Observing America – From Sweden


Thoughts in Passing —Two Days After The Election

paper-fixedSwedish News The Day Before Election

(A nightmare, or the first woman?)

Seems to me we’ve had a bloodless, blue-collar revolution. No guns fired. A large number of angry people of mostly modest means, or less, unheard from for the most part. An upending of global order some fear. They have taken over, unseated the Queen and throned a leader unlike any we have seen before, for better or for worse. People get hurt in revolutions, always, but no deaths so far in this one.


I remember Buckminster Fuller talking to a kitchen table full of avid students at the home of one of the professors. Telling us he was not unhappy to see Nixon elected, because he would be sure to screw things up—expose the inner workings of the government. He said this in a much more learned way of course, but you get the idea.

Anything might happen—and always does. (Nothing happens far less frequently.) What if the Potus looses it and exposes . . . God knows what?

It’s interesting about the wall. I suspect he might very well be able to make the Mexico pay for it. Not like Mexico agrees, hands over a suitcase full of large bills and says, “Go build it.” It would be done with some clever tariff, or exotic business trick with trade that would literally pull the money out of Mexico’s pockets. It will be interesting to see what happens with the wall.

The immigration thing is interesting. I imagine he will be able to keep a lot of people out. The ‘Politically Correct’ pendulum has begun to swing. The unwanted will come to Europe. I think we have enough already. There’s a vast array of problems and incredible expense. I write this as an American living in Sweden.  Most people when given the opportunity of choosing to taking in refugees would say, “Fine, but let’s set a limit.” Europe is changing and change is something not so much sought out when things are going okay. We’ve seen news shows, Paris, Berlin, London, and Malmo as millions more prepare to escape destroyed homelands.

Potus will be a feast for comedians, but watch out. This man can hurt you. He wants to change laws about what it is legal to say, or draw about someone. His lawyers might use a cyber-bullying ploy.

We live in interesting times. Take a deep breath, relax, and watch the show, it’s better than the TV movies. Wait . . . let strength and resilience return as we see what happens next. Time to stop crying now.


About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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One Response to Observing America – From Sweden

  1. ShimonZ says:

    Yes, I agree with you. It’s too early to cry. Best to give him his chance to lead… a hundred days of grace is the tradition. And as you say, how good that such changes can occur peacefully.

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