Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Trump
E. A. Gilmartin
For the purposes of this article, the term eunuch is not based on its literal Latin origin but rather the political ineffectualness as exemplified by today’s Republican party.
So another one bites the dust. Hearing of J. D. Vance’s prostrating himself at the throne of Trump all in an effort to seek his approbation, all I could think was coward.
What unites us as Americans does not rest on holding the same political views but it does require a shared belief that its people are the basis of political power through…
It’s Time to Take the Ego Out of Politics
by E.A. Gilmartin
Aside from several lame attempts as an elementary school kid running for the student council, I have zero political experience. What I did observe then, as I do now in the world of grown-ups, is that oftentimes it is the one who can wow the audience with a funny joke or insult or make empty promises like recess all day and no more math class. And they won much of the time.
Back in 2016 when Trump asserted himself as the hero outsider, that precisely because he was…
NEED GAS and Other Life Lessons
by E.A. Gilmartin
It was a dark and stormy night…no, it wasn’t but I always wanted to begin a story that way. So anyway, it was a warm summer evening with the sun rapidly descending in the sky. My daughter and I were driving along a lonely Pennsylvania highway, cornfields on either side of us, occasionally passing 18 wheelers.
My daughter was actually driving, giving my tired legs a break on our way back from Virginia to New York, a quick trip to visit possible law schools for her. We had taken a break…
by E.A. Gilmartin
Yes, yes, I know, this makes me a heretic in the world of psychotherapy and maybe I will have my license revoked, but two decades of serving clients coupled with witnessing our current state of affairs have convinced me of this.
If you have not been in individual therapy before, I am sure you can still imagine the typical prompts given during a session, something along the lines of, “So how did that make you feel?” and “What were you feeling when that happened?” and so on.
Introspection is often a healthy endeavor in measured doses. Reflecting…
Resentment is the Fuel for the Trump Supporter, So Why Do We Still Resort to Logic?
E. A. Gilmartin
I do not anticipate that anyone planning to vote for Trump in 2020 will be even remotely inclined to read this, but what the heck, here I go.
Let’s be honest;
You see the economy as the most pressing issue when it comes to voting and yet select a leader who demonstrably cannot keep from running his own businesses into the ground.
You purport to value truth and yet vote for a confirmed liar.
You claim to value commitment and yet…
NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO SERVICE
Imagine this. You go to your local restaurant and are seated with your family perusing the menu when a commotion erupts near the hostess podium. Curious, you look up to see a middle-aged man wearing nothing but boxers, his ample belly hanging over the elastic, one bare, callused foot stomping with great indignation. The anger on his face is palpable as the words issue from his mouth in a vituperative stream, “But it’s my constitutional right!”
Much to his chagrin, he is not seated, while you and your family share a collective sigh of…
By E.A. Gilmartin
Disclaimer: This is not to malign Damon, the person, but rather to make a point.
I noticed the movie, The Martian, was on cable again recently. I had seen it a few years earlier having come across it when mindlessly flipping through the channels.
What I thought would be a fantasy story of survival on a hostile planet turned into a sad and infuriating commentary on our feel-good culture that entirely ignores real pain and suffering.
I know, I know, it’s just a fantasy movie, get over it. But what movies are selected to be produced, the…
Character is revealed when pressure is applied.
Alas, I’d like to take credit for that quote, but it’s not mine. I share it here as it is quite apropos given our current extraordinary circumstances. Living under duress as we all are during this pandemic certainly tests our resolve. Whether or not one is directly challenged by COVID 19 as a patient, a health care provider, a beleaguered family member, the impact is felt as any semblance of a predictable daily routine is upended. For many, the floor of economic stability has fallen out with no determinate end in sight. We…
by E.A Gilmartin
Okay, no, I am not referring to the actual embodiment of some red-toned, dual-horned, pitchfork carrying creature of the netherworld, although orange-toned, phone carrying, twitchy-Twitter fingered creature does come very close.
This essay is not to imply the existence of a biblical beast out of the Book of Revelations. This is simply a character study in which two extremes are placed in juxtaposition for illustrative purposes.
One need not be a Christian to have a general sense of the qualities imbued and espoused by Jesus; whether or not one believes he ever existed or if he did…
by Elaine Gilmartin
Yes, congratulations on this past week’s victory! How proud you must be!
Yes, yes, it is hard and thirsty work to defy conventional wisdom on the merits of a valid and thorough trial. Not so easy to swallow any sense of values and commitment to truth and oath of office, not so easy to choke out that ‘Not guilty’ with a tenuous smile on your face, no, not at all. But you did it! Kudos to my Republican brethren!
And so what have we won?…drum roll, please!
Well, firstly, you parted ways with your pesky soul and…
A therapist by profession, a runner by passion, a writer by necessity.