“Oh my God, yo! Oh my God, yo!” my younger cousin yells at me. “Yo, cuz, Trump on some bullshit — he’s blowing up Syria and ready to pop off at North Korea! You ain’t worried?”
He’s halfway through his first political science course at a community college and has quickly turned into an MSNBC, CNN and hate-watching-Fox addict. I told him to fall back — even though we supposedly live in a form of democracy, this is still way out of our control. I know that’s easier said than done because of last week’s Syria missile raid and the administration’s disturbing talk about North Korea, but somebody has to be cool. I’m older; that’s my job.
“Cuz, you think Trump’s gonna reinstate the draft?” he asked me while pacing back and forth. “Man, I ain’t trying to fight for this racist-ass president in his racist-ass country. Fuck that. Send them clowns that voted for him over there. Matter of fact, he needs to send his ugly-ass kids over there!”
“They’ve probably never been in an un-orchestrated fight; what are they gonna do?” I said.
“I’m just saying, yo, I’ll feel better if his kids were at war with the rest of us. Keeps him honest,” he said.
I told him to stay away from cable news for a minute. “It’s cooking your brain.”
On the ride to work, I thought about my cousin’s temperament, his uneasiness with the current administration and how so many other Americans are probably feeling the same way. And I thought about what he said about Trump needing to send his own “ugly-ass kids” to war. Genius.
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