Roseanne and Trump?
With hyper-partisanship filling virtually every news outlet, many core issues facing America remain largely unaddressed. Yet into this political and broadcasting acrimony, steps an unlikely founts of social commentary about issues affecting American families. Furthermore, the dialogue erupts from two individuals no one expected: Roseanne and Donald Trump.
Bringing frank conversations, exasperation and an unquenchable sense of humor, steps “Roseanne.” Revived this year on ABC, Roseanne fearlessly addresses virtually every issue beleaguering households.
From prescriptions, three-generation households, political rancor and jobloss, Roseanne tackles it all. In addition, she fearlessly dives into financial hardships, bigotry and even care for aging parents.
Speaking to the Isolated
Roseanne redefined the word “everyman” to “every-family.” Inviting America into a dilapidated home with a struggling family, Roseanne makes no apologies for discomfort viewers feel. Life can be uncomfortable.
Health care, caregiving, relationship issues, opioids, weapons in school and political correctness are all served on a platter of candid conversation. Roseanne gives us permission to cry, laugh, engage and most of all breathe. Someone entered the isolation of our own fears and heartache and said, “You’re not alone.”
Tears, anger, angst and despair all beautifully synchronized with humor and blunt dialogue.
Rage-fueled commentary extensively fills major media outlets and programming. Finally seeming to have enough, even Saturday Night Live alums raise flags against their alma mater’s crossing of lines. Seemingly ignoring Americans bleakly discussing brutal challenges around the kitchen table, the media and Congress continue a self-indulgent war.
People who care for aging parents with health issues have little desire or tolerance for politicians who produce little. Nor do they care for self-indulged commentators repeatedly banging on a drum holding little importance to them.
Single parents raising children, particularly children with special needs, want to know that the frustration, hopelessness and even rage they feel is not unique to them.
Families stretching dollars to translucency just to make the co-pay of prescription drugs want to know that political leaders see the difficulties of their lives and are working to offer a path of help.
An unprecedented connection
President Trump descended on an escalator to share a stark awareness and connection with the American people uncommon to New York billionaires. In that same vein, Roseanne candidly shuffled into America’s dens and shocked the nation. With a laser beam connection to America that Hollywood stars aren’t known to have, lightning seem to strike twice.
The unlikely duo of Trump and Roseanne both brashly look American families in the eye. Reveling in tactless talk, they make a connection unseen in this country. Americans responded by loudly proclaiming to political and entertainment establishments that frankness and results outweigh decorum.
Crushing challenges lie upon families living paycheck to paycheck (or without) while caring for multi-generations. As a result, those families and individuals, many bearing significant health needs themselves, cried out for help.
Their cries were heard by the improbable pair of Trump and Roseanne. Together, they are stiffening the spines of America to face those challenges with strength, candor, and yes, even a sense of humor.
About Peter Rosenberger
A thirty-year caregiver for his wife, Gracie, who lives with severe disabilities, Peter Rosenberger understands the journey of a caregiver as few do. His experience led to him to author four books including Hope for the Caregiver, and 7 Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them.
An accomplished martial artist, Peter recently earned a 2nd Dan (degree) black-belt in Hapkido. A pianist and music major, Peter also recently released his new CD, Songs for the Caregiver.
Peter and Gracie live in Nashville, TN, where he also serves and the president and co-founder of Standing With Hope.