Review of ‘Not Normal’

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I am a frequent participant in Internet polls, especially those on political issues, which in the past year seem to be more frequent than usual. One of the questions, ‘Do you think things in this country are on the wrong or right track?’, I always answer ‘The wrong track,’ because, despite lower unemployment figures and the occasional uptick in the stock market, I am convinced that things in the United States are heading in the wrong direction. Call me a pessimist, but now I have at least one intellectual who has publicly agreed with me.

In Not Normal: A Progressives Diary of the Year After Trump’s Election, progressive writer Stuart Shapiro has gifted us his Facebook postings beginning the night of Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the 2016 presidential election. Shapiro reacts in real-time to the many gaffes and missteps of candidate, and then President Trump, as he’s tweeted and lied his way from one crisis to another, all actions taking the country down a dangerous path of being isolated in an increasingly dangerous world.

Shapiro takes on Republicans in congress, voters who vote their anger rather than a careful analysis of t heir true self-interest, and mainly, a man who occupies the nation’s highest office, but who lacks even the most basic intellectual and emotional qualifications for that office. His conclusion that the situation in the US is clearly not normal, and regardless of the eventual disposition of the current administration, will be a long time (if ever) getting back to normal is chilling, and regardless of your political inclination or persuasion, should give you pause.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and I recommend it highly. I give it five stars.

One thought on “Review of ‘Not Normal’

    dancingpalmtrees said:
    December 1, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    I agree with you. I tend to be a realist who hopes for the best. As for lower unemployment rates that could mean some People stopped looking or they are trapped in low income dead End jobs. Sure you can have a fast food, restaurant or retail job but you don’t make much money. People who make less must spend less. Always on a budget which in turn is not good for American companies or industries.

    However on the Bright side the dollar and discount stores are doing very well. No Walmart in New York City since they don’t allow unions.

    But that allows the Mom and Pop stores in low income Neighborhoods like mine to flourish. I would rather spend my money with local merchants.

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