Personal Narrative

I’ve been keeping my powder dry

Donald TrumpThere’s an old phrase that comes from the 1800s – “keep your powder dry.” It harks back to a time when firearms were fired with black gunpowder, and wet gunpowder wouldn’t fire. The idea was that you wouldn’t be able to use your gun when you really needed it if you let the powder get wet.

Since the election of Donald Trump to be the next President of the United States, I’ve been very busy with work and family, and I’ve been largely focused on what amounts to self-care for my mental and physical health. After all, I’m no good to my family, friends, or coworkers if I’m always fried, mentally and/or physically. And I haven’t been writing much.

What I have been doing is keeping my powder dry.

Today is Inauguration Day. Within minutes of Donald taking control, every mention of climate change had been purged from the White House website. His first speech featured jingoistic “America first! America first!” And his Cabinet nominations have been either singularly unqualified for their position (Betsy DeVos for Education) or public foes of the organizations they’ve been identified to lead (Scott Pruitt for the EPA). Or both.

I don’t know yet what issue will be the first to draw my fire. But it’s only a matter of time before something does.

It’s a good thing my powder is dry.

2 replies »

  1. Do not be quiet!
    But be respectful as it is the opposite of the tactics used by DJT!
    a sad day…keep breathing and try not to lose hope.

  2. From the Standing Orders, Roger’s Rangers, ca. 1759:

    #2 “Have your musket clean as a whistle, hatchet scoured, sixty rounds of powder and ball, and be ready to march at a minute’s warning.”

    You want a revolution? Learn from the best.