Dayenu – or The Eleventh Plague

an alternative reading for Passover 2020


      i.          If he had mocked only the differently-abled

And not also praised the “good people,” chanting Jew Will Not Replace Us

      It would have been enough 


      ii.         If he had dog-whistled hate-group-conspiracy-theorists suffering white-anxiety

And not also hyped birtherism, called black kids thugs, and their mothers “low-IQ”

       It would have been enough 


      iii.        If he had pegged Warren- Pocahontas, Clinton- Nasty, Pelosi- a Sick Puppy

 And not also dubbed immigrants ‘animals,” while separating families at the border, and putting children in cages

       It would have been enough 


      iv.         If he had stigmatized Mexicans as rapists  

And not also molested Moriah, Mindy, Jill, Jessica, Cassandra, Jennifer, Natasha, Samantha, Lisa, Rachel, Kristin, Cathy, Karen, Ninni, Summer, Stormy, and Temple

      It would have been enough 


      v.             If he had boasted of grabbing women by their genitals

And not also nominated a sex offender to the Supreme Court

      It would have been enough 


      vi.            If he had packed the Judiciary with unqualified, NRA Hand-Picked incompetents and given them lifetime tenure

And not also played Wayne Lapierre’s lap dog, letting the gun lobby curb his pledge for “very meaningful background checks” after multiple mass mall, and school shootings

      It would have been enough 


      vii.         If he had defrauded students at Trump University, and misused charitable funds for his own political gain

And not also offered a quid pro quo to a Ukrainian foreign government against an American citizen for his own political gain, and then perjured himself for his own political gain

      It would have been enough 


      viii.         If he had labeled lies “alternative facts” and every criticism “fake news” and termed the Press the Enemy of the People

And not also paraphrased Minister of Propaganda Goebbels, “if you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes accepted as truth”

      It would have been enough 


      ix.         If he had mimicked Hitler’s strategy that “broad masses of a nation … more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods”

And not also praised Putin’s “82 percent approval rating,” called Kim a “smart cookie,” cozied up to Crown Prince Salman, “very friendly” Duterte, “Big Daddy” Xi, and “my favorite dictator” el-Sisi

       It would have been enough 


      x.        If he had turned his back on our traditional Canadian and South Korean friends

And not also threatened NATO’s 70-year alliance, and withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord

      It would have been enough 


      xi.        If he denied global warming while gutting the EPA

And not also rolled back Obama-era laws limiting toxic emissions; allowed drilling on Native Sacred Lands, repealed policies protecting wetlands, and defanged the Endangered Species Act

       It would have been enough 


       xii.        If he had thrown paper towels, “these beautiful, soft towels. Very good towels,” to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Ricans while withholding disaster relief funds

And not also cut the budget for CDC and dismantled the global health security team in charge of Pandemic Preparedness Response in spring 2018

       It would have been enough 


       xiii.         If he had compared Covid-19 to the common flu and insisted social distancing was a hoax while continuing to push for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act

And not also crossed out Corona and called it the Chinese-virus

       It would have been enough 


       xiv.        If he had said on national television “I don’t take responsibility at all,” and “one day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear”

And not also continued to encourage Church gatherings on Easter Sunday, before finally admitting in the same press conference on April 4th 2020, as I was writing this, that “there will be a lot of death”

       It would have been enough

       We should have said enough

       We could have cried enough

       We did not do enough—


You may now all drink your second cup of wine

Richard Michelson, April 6, 2020