It’s not funny anymore. I keep waking up thinking that the nightmare will end, that goodness and reason will prevail, and that good normal people will, once again, be in possession of their wits. Chaos seems inevitable. I live in trepidation that the day after election day I’ll wake to find its Groundhog Day!
In the movie Groundhog Day, Bill Murray keeps waking up to the same scripted events every day. For seven and a half long years many, including myself, have awoken every morning to the Obama administration singing “I Got You, Babe.” We all arrived at Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania clamoring for the promises of hope and change. Life was going to be good: Health insurance for all; The end of war as we know it; The most transparent government in history; Gay marriage; An end to corruption in government; An end to gun violence, and an end to racial tension. It was going to be Grand! The promises were nearly endless.
As I look around today, I see people acting like they are in a full blooming case of Stockholm Syndrome. It is a psychological symptom that occurs in some persons in a captive or hostage situation, where the hostages develop a paradoxical emotional bond with their captors. It usually happens to those that feel as if their situation will never end. They grow fond of their captors.
Today I see groups of people willing to vote for candidates who violate the very sacred morals the people espouse and govern their lives with, all under the heading: God can use the ungodly! I see voters supporting a Black President who forgot what religion he believes in, and cannot fathom what it is like to be an average Black in America today. I see Christians supporting a man who brags about the married women he has bedded, and has lied so many times he cannot remember what he said last. I see women concerned about women’s issues but voting for a woman who ran intercept for her philandering husband who takes advantage of weak women, who also has also lied so many times she can’t keep the truth clear in her head, and stands accused of violating laws for mishandling top secret information. What more do you need to conclude that voters are acting like they are captives?
Will we ever grow bored with our suffering and stop voting to win, and start voting our conscience? According to Eckhart Tolle’s interpretation of the movie “Groundhog Day,” Phil (Bill Murray) is released from the cycle of suffering when he begins to surrender and accept the present moment, and becomes a positive force in the present moment. I believe that requires us to accept that we created this mess, and vote our conscience, not our fears. That is what it means to be a positive force in the present moment.
“Phil” (Bill Murray) is responsible for his happiness in this movie, as we are in our lives. When the alarm goes off every day, it can be Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton singing “I Got You, Babe,” or it could be someone else singing a completely different song, because in the end, its not the inevitable. It does not have to be another Groundhog Day election. We can end this cycle of captivity we have chosen.