Hello dear reader(s)!
It is hard to see a bright side in the aftermath of a fascist takeover of our government. In the short-term, things could be hell. Even in the long-term, we may have some issues, depending on his Supreme Court Justice nominees. However, even with all this doom and gloom on the horizon, I do see something that may actually be good.
People are finally waking the fuck up.
A great example would be the Standing Rock Reservation protests against a pipeline going under the Missouri River and threatening not only the tribe’s lands, but also millions of people downstream who rely on the Missouri for drinking water.
Despite a major media blackout, thousands of people gathered to protest the pipeline and even attempted to peacefully block its path. Veterans “deployed” to stand behind the tribe and water protectors. The Army Corps of Engineers had planned to remove by force the protesters, but yesterday, they denied the easement of the company attempting to build the pipeline to drill under the Missouri river, essentially ending the struggle for the near future.
The overly harsh treatment of these peaceful protesters by militarized thugs from law enforcement working for a private corporation in order to take and threaten public resources was too much for reasonable people on both sides of the aisle, and they mobilized to show that the people still have some power in this country. For those who take issue with my use of the word thugs to define the law enforcement presence working against the protesters because they were just following orders and doing their jobs, I would remind you that was a defense used by the SS and Gestapo at Nuremberg.
I’ve seen non-partisan Facebook groups dedicated to resisting a fascist American regime born into existence.
I’ve watched people set aside money they otherwise would have spent on gifts in the tradition of a consumer Christmas to go toward organizations and vital programs that will surely be threatened by this administration.
I’ve seen small armies of people wearing those safety pins while out and around.
I’ve seen entire communities come together to repair vandalism damage caused by Trump supporting racist pieces of shit.
I’ve listened to my countrymen actually realizing that Trump’s tweet about taking away citizenship or jailing people who burn the flag was nothing more than a distraction from the fact that he is beginning to appoint an administration of wealthy elites who have never done anything for the working class, that he is not attending regular State Department briefings, and is generally just not showing that he will be an effective leader. I have watched veterans say they will fight to protect a person’s right to burn the flag, should it come down to it, because as much as flag-burning makes them sick, they believe in the First Amendment.
I’ve listened to people who understand that Trump’s little deal with Carrier was actually terrible for the people in manufacturing, because they essentially proved that a company can extort the government in order to keep only half the jobs in the country they had before they decided to threaten to leave, in exchange for tax cuts.
The media is feeding us what it wants to, in order to keep us all on the corporate dole. They do not realize the trust they have lost, in their non-coverage of anything that mattered during the last election. Standing Rock has shown what free-thinking people can do, even without media coverage. We are our own media. They have become irrelevant, and finally, people are catching on.
I’ve head calls, by those who love peace, to actively resist any Trump-created deportation force, no matter what legitimacy they may claim under the rule of law.
I saw a picture of Justin Norman, from Texas, at Presbyterian, holding a sign outside of an Islamic Center telling the people there, “You belong. Stay strong. Be blessed. We are one America.”
I’ve heard calls to banish the electoral college system, realizing that the Constitution reads “We The People”, not “We the Land Area.” I know it would take an amendment to abolish it, and I do not see that happening, given it would mean states would have to ratify against their own interest, but it is nice to hear the calls. It is ridiculous to think that Bob with no neighbors for hundreds of miles has over 1.000 times the voting power of the people in a city on the coast who actually live in a society.
I’ve seen so many acts of humanity out of the majority of people who did not support this orange fascist since the election that I really do not believe his actions will last long, should he even be able to carry out the single term the broken system has granted him.
Pendulums swing. Without W, we would not have had Obama. And I guarantee, this time, it’s swinging back hard.
Hopefully, we can achieve a government of the people, for the people, and by the people peacefully. What I think a lot of people do not understand however, is that just because we all want peace, does not mean we are unwilling to fight for our freedom. And when the 1,000 Carrier workers (still a 1,000 net-loss) do not satisfy all the rest who do not see their standard of living improve, those people who didn’t realize they were voting against their interests are welcome to educate themselves, and join the fight.
In the words of Edward R. Murrow, and then Keith Olbermann, “Goodnight, and good luck.”