The Reckoning will examine America’s national trauma, rooted in our history but dramatically exacerbated by the impact of current events and the Trump administration’s corrupt and immoral policies. Our failure to acknowledge this trauma, let alone root it out, has allowed it to metastasize. Whether it manifests itself in rising levels of rage and hatred, or hopelessness and apathy, the stress of living in a country we no longer recognize has affected all of us. America is suffering from PTSD—a new leader alone cannot fix us.
An enormous amount of healing must be done to rebuild our faith in leadership, and our hope for this nation. It starts with The Reckoning.
As I delved into The Reckoning, I think I was expecting more about our personal experiences living under the rule of a fascist narcissistic president, someone who put all of us at risk and did nothing to mitigate the crises he created.
And there was some of that in this book. But it was also interesting to see the context that brought this country to where it is, beginning back at the very start of it all, with slavery and the cruelty enacted on black slaves. The act of “freeing the slaves” was only the beginning, after all. What reparations had there been?
I like this quote: “At almost every step of the way in our history, there were opportunities to make this country more democratic, more open, and more equitable. Instead, the North became more segregated and the South continued to be a closed fascist state. The political will to do the right thing was lacking, and one could argue that a scaffolding upon which a fully democratic society could be sustained had not yet been built.
“By the same token, between the 2020 election and the inauguration seventy-eight days later, the Republican Party and its leadership were presented with many off-ramps (as they had been as soon as Donald announced his candidacy in 2015) that would have prevented or at least mitigated the damage Donald, as lame duck, was able to cause…”
The failure to counter or condemn The Big Lie could have gone a long way toward repairing the damage. But that didn’t happen. And we are left with the PTSD of it all, as a country.
There was much to devour throughout this book in not that many pages, but it was meaty and presents many challenges to all of us. A 5 star read..#2021ReadNonFic