None of This is Normal.
Things have been so busy that I've not been able to post on the blog. Indeed, when I went in today to write this post, I had to spend some time reacquainting myself with my blog's interface. But, now that the first draft of my book is finished and my job is falling more into a routine and I'm settled into my new city, I can make this pledge to you: I promise to post twice a week from here on out. Let's get back to something resembling a schedule!
One of the things that keeps running through my head over the past few weeks has been "this is not normal." We humans are incredibly adaptable - we can adjust to pretty much any situation and eventually let it become our new normal.
But the situation we're currently in is not normal. It is not normal for a president to use his social media to control stock prices. It is not normal for a press secretary to call a special conference to rail at the press for accurately reporting attendance numbers. It is not normal for spokespeople for the president to go on TV and proclaim that the White House is simply offering "alternative facts." It is not normal for 4 million women to take to the streets to protest our new president. It is not normal for a new president to order a government department to stop tweeting things because it makes him look bad. It is not normal for a president to be so unwilling to be criticized.
None of this is normal. This isn't government as usual. This isn't simply sour grapes. This is a thin-skinned egomaniac, unable to divide his sense of himself from his sense of power over others. This is a man who proclaimed he would lock up his opponent when he won. This is a man who potentially colluded with a foreign power to win his election. This is a man who offers so many bald-faced lies that we can barely sort out the truth, if there is any to be had.
None of this is normal. And I will keep saying that until my voice goes hoarse and my hands can no longer type. Do not allow yourself to become complacent: none of this is normal.