Open Concept, Behind Closed Doors: Donald J. Trump and the 59 Million in the Storage Closet

November 10th, 2016 by elaine

We recently moved from a four bedroom, two bathroom apartment to a one bedroom, one bathroom (both behind closed doors) open concept apartment.  My new kitchen is huge, beautiful, and very efficiently designed; my old one was tiny, beautiful, and very efficiently designed as long as only one person was within its confines.

It didn’t take me long, however, to discover the efficiency in my new apartment is restricted to good layout, lots of cabinets, lots of drawers, lots of storage space, lots of space all around.  The ceilings are eleven and a half feet high!

My tiny apartment allowed me to have my pans convenietly hanging overhead from a pan hanger suspended on a chain; my utility devices (spatulas, ladles, etc) were hanging from hooks under the stove hood; my coffee mugs and even a stainless steel clock to match my stainless steel back-splash were hanging from under my cabinets. You get the picture?  Everything was just a reach away..

Now that everything is in a cabinet or a drawer my pots and my pans are nestled one within the other, five high;  my utensils are scattered helter-skelter in narrow channels within a drawer; rice cooker, slow cooker, griddle, food mixer  - anything large, in pursuit of the clean uncluttered look so important to open concept, is kept on shelves behind closed doors.-

Doesn’t this belie the concept OPEN?  I mean, so much is hidden.

Donald J. Trump, President-elect of the United States of America, probably has never seen the kitchen of Trump Towers or Mar-a-Lago or anywhere he has every lived.  But he has brought everything hidden out into the open – racism, hatred of anyone different from oneself, misogyny (the hatred of, contempt for, or prejudice against women or girls.)

I put the definition there because I had to look it up, no kidding!  At my age and because of my literary background, whenever I see that word (A GREAT DEAL LATELY) I think of Moliere’s play Le Misanthrope (the general hatred, distrust or contempt of the human species or human nature.) Does this mean I had a poor university education, or does it mean that misogyny was in the closet back in the ancient time of my education?  Or did I mistakenly assume that women were included in the human species?

Well, thanks to Donald J. Trump it is no longer hidden.  All that ugly stuff that fell so glibly from his jaw brought 59,904,886 votes from the human storage spaces of dark hearts.  And Hillary Clinton’s 233,404 extra popular votes don’t mean a thing in the electoral system created by the Founding Fathers to insure that the values so importantly enshrined in the Constitution to safeguard a true democracy were not messed up by the common man.

In The Federalist Papers Alexander Hamilton explained how the Constitution of the United States of America is designed to ensure

“that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.” The point of the Electoral College is to preserve “the sense of the people,” while at the same time ensuring that a president is chosen “by men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station, and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation, and to a judicious combination of all the reasons and inducements which were proper to govern their choice.”

By whom he meant the Electoral College….who is?????

Originally, members of the Electoral College were senators who were, at that time, appointed by their state legislatures, not voted into that role.  Which is how the Founding Fathers staved off direct democracy – which they absolutely did not trust.  Now it is mostly party loyalists who are appointed to the Electoral College by the political party to which they belong.

So how do I feel about that – that distrust of direct democracy?  Well, I’m tempted to say today I feel great about it.  But really I don’t because human beings, educated, thoughtful, or not, can still be idiots.

The things I have heard people say in defense of their vote for Trump as President of the United States of America are scary sometimes, expressing hatred of different races, different religions, and fear of immigrants, not the rapists, the desperate ones whose country is racked by war .  Sometimes I hear stupid things like,  He didn’t mean that, it’s just talk. When I read about a tweet issued by a well-known conservative blogger who is “pro-life”

Ann Coulter @AnnCoulter

I don’t care if @realDonaldTrump wants to perform abortions in White House after this immigration policy paper. http://bit.ly/1EvT3Ja

12:36 PM – 16 Aug 2015

I simply can’t believe in that kind of human intelligence.

So I am trying, like so many others smarter than me, to make sense of what David Remnick of the New Yorker calls An American Tragedy. And this much I know:  Donald J. Trump’s open concept started way before his campaign for the presidency – it started with reality TV; it gave permission to the guys in the storage room to mouth off rudely, not just in the locker room but everywhere, in tweets and on the internet in the comment sections, no holds barred, in disguise, hiding their name, their face, but never their hatred, their anger, their venom.  They just needed to fill in the circle – a vote for Trump and we know they’re there.

I love my new kitchen.  I love open concept.  I’ll settle for the inconvenience in favour of the clean spacious look.  And I will continue to express my thoughts and deepest feelings to the world openly with my full name, but only the people who read my stuff by invitation will be free to comment – by return mail or when ever they are ready.

You know who you are, and you know who I am too.

©Elaine A. Zimbel 2016

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