We can all use a few “Rip van Winkle” months


Where’s Washington Irving when we need him?

Before I retired last evening, I read several headlines.

They were pretty grim, verging on dystopian.

  • Washington PostTrump calls governors ‘weak,’ urges them to use force against unruly protests
  • Boston Globe(GOP Mass. Gov) Baker didn’t hold back on what he thinks about Trump’s message on protests
  • New York Times – Trump tells governors they must ‘dominate’ protesters
  • The Nation – Trump’s Authoritarian Porn Has a Lot of Fans
  • Washington Post – Trump’s inability to speak convincingly to anyone but his base is a unique liability in the moment
  • South Florida Sun Sentinel – Anger boils over in US
  • New York Times – Did You Really Think Trump Would Mourn With Us?
  • The Atlantic – Is This the Worst Year in Modern American History?
  • Washington Post – As Trump attacks voting by mail, GOP builds 2020 strategy around limiting its expansion
  • Salon.com – George Floyd died in agony and a police station burns: This is Donald Trump’s America
  • New York Times – As Protests and Violence Spill Over, Trump Shrinks Back
  • The Atlantic America Has No President
  • San Francisco Chronicle – A Nation in Crisis
  • Washington Post – Police gas, force out peaceful protesters so Trump can pose for photos at a church
  • New York Times – As Trump Calls Protesters ‘Terrorists,’ Tear Gas Clears a Path for His Walk to a Church
  • CNN.com – Bishop at DC church outraged by Trump visit: “I just can’t believe what my eyes have seen'”

Not exactly the stuff of sweet dreams.

But as I began drifting off, a thought occurred to me: Wouldn’t it be unreal if we could all go to sleep tonight, or tomorrow night or some night in the next few days, and when we awoke it would be late October 2020? (Full disclosure – it would be unreal). The pandemic would be behind us (hopefully); the riots would be behind us (God-willing), but not our right to peacefully protest; Trump’s egregious presidency would be almost behind us (if all goes well).

We’d awake just in time to send in our legal mail-in ballots as the polls show Joe Biden and Kamala Harris 20 points ahead of Trump and Nicky Haley (yes, Pence would have been dumped – brown-nosing can only get you so far). And we’d only have to endure a week or so more of Trump as he faces the certainty of an ignominious defeat. (Whether he actually, and gracefully, hands over the reins of government in January will be the subject of another story.)

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
“Guess it’s time to mail in my absentee ballot.”

If Rip Van Winkle was able to sleep for 20 years and, in so doing, miss the entire American Revolution, surely we can sleep a mere few months and, in so doing, miss the remainder of the Trump convolution?

One can dream, right?

Published by Ted Block

Ted Block is a veteran “Mad Man,” having spent 45+ years in the advertising industry. During his career, he was media director of several advertising agencies, including Benton & Bowles in New York and Foote, Cone and Belding in San Francisco; account management director on clients as varied as Clorox, Levi’s and the California Raisin Advisory Board (yes, Ted was responsible for the California Dancing Raisins campaign); and regional director for Asia based in Tokyo for Foote, Cone where he was also the founding president of FCB’s Japanese operations. Ted holds a Bachelor’s degree in communications from Queens College and, before starting in advertising, served on active duty as an officer on USS McCloy (DE-1038) in the U.S. Navy.

2 thoughts on “We can all use a few “Rip van Winkle” months

  1. not good reading before trying to sleep or before eating!
    do you really want to wake up in October when Covid-19 may be just starting its fall/winter reappearance?
    we are limiting ourselves to one hour of news-PBS…


    1. Better than having to watch Trump destroy the country for the next five months. And, yes, I do want to wake up then knowing the virus will be reappearing. Got to vote!


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