Resisting, Phase 2

Hello dear revolutionary(s)!

You may or may not have heard about the piece of shit “Christian” from Montana who was just elected after committing assault on a journalist for daring to do his job.  You may or may not have heard that even before the assault, he said he wanted to get rid of Social Security because retirement was not biblical according to his fiction book said that Noah built an ark at the age of 600 and therefore it is okay to make laws based on that disproved line of bullshit.

Today, you may have heard about the governor of fucking Texas (Why don’t you just fucking secede already, since you think you’re better than everyone and you are your own fucking republic anyway?) made a “joke” (credible and dangerous threat) about shooting reporters.

The fascists are in power.

The House passage of the AHCA, the movement on Trump’s budget, Jeff Session’s for-profit drug war, and Trump cozying up with murderous dictators (even congratulating them on it) should show that fucking petitions, letters, and phone calls aren’t cutting it anymore.

The way we resist needs to change.

But what can we do short of armed insurrection?

Well, how about we as liberals and progressives quit living in a fantasy world that doesn’t exist?

The conservatives, the GOP, the NEW Soviet Union, and the inbred Trumpeters all would gladly watch our nation burn just to spite us, even if it means catching themselves on fire.  They control the government and use the insane laws we have been fighting to get changed in order to maintain it.  We have tried every single method to change those laws but to no avail.   Until we can change those laws, we need to take advantage.

We need to arm ourselves.   Train ourselves.   Form militias that can exist under the law the same ways their stupid fucking hate groups can.  Not to fight, but to prove we can.  It won’t take us long once we finally start taking advantage of how things are now before we are stronger than they are.  After all, we are not ignorant, inbred, hateful people who parade around in Cabella’s camo gear but couldn’t lift our AR-15’s to our shoulders because we are too exhausted from the all the moonpies, Whataburgers, and beer weighing our fat asses down.

We need to get on juries.  Quit trying to dodge them.  Get on those things, and if someone is up for a drug crime, we fucking acquit them.  If they seem as though they have an overworked public defender, we fucking acquit them.  If they are being accused of anything that you know you have done, or another person you know has done, we acquit them.  If them being incarcerated serves the private, for-profit prisons of Jeffyboy and his buddies, we acquit them.

We take advantage of the ridiculous “stand your ground” laws that we so despise.   We can change them when we win.  In the meantime, they are taking advantage of them against us.  George fucking cunt-ass Zimmerman is a hero to some of these Thugpublicans.  You’re a reporter from the Guardian and some Montana dickhead decides to assault you?  Well, maybe he had an iced tea and skittles on him.  How are you supposed to know?  I call shooting him self-defence.  He came at you.

They pushed these laws on us to bring “frontier justice” to our doors.  We can’t bury our heads in the sand and pretend they are not fighting against us anymore.  They want the Wild West, they can live the consequences too.  These laws are being used to kill the poor.  The minorities.   The free press.  The liberals and progressives.

Only because we want peace.

But when someone is literally trying to kill you, closing your eyes and choosing not to participate just gets you killed.

It’s not time to revolt.  Yet.

We don’t commit the crimes.

We don’t need to.

We don’t want to give the fascists an excuse to “crack down” and send out the badge-holding goons to quell anything.

But we need to quit pretending we can ignore the armies being formed against us.  The government endorsed acts of terror.  The stealing away of our fundamental rights.

There is a war being fought against us.   The fastest way to lose a war is to surrender.

Good day and good luck.

 

 

Dear Trump Voters,

The people in your life either think that you are too functionally idiotic to tie your own shoes, or that you are a racist piece of shit.  In most cases, it is probably a little of both.  I would say the ones still in your life are probably leaning toward the former, unless they too, are racist pieces of shit.

What has your savior accomplished?

  • The ACA remains in place and as broken as ever.
  • Families are being split apart by the jack-booted thugs at ICE and LEGAL RESIDENTS are shot in their amateur-hour raids.  Not enough people torn apart to make your jobs come back, (as if that was ever the reason they were taken anyway), but enough to make us look like fucking Nazis to the rest of the world.
  • Millions of dollars were wasted in a fireworks show causing no real damage in which Russia was tipped who tipped Assad solely to distract from the likelihood that the Trump campaign and Russia colluded to engage in dirty tricks to influence the election.
  • The LGBTQ community is being harassed in levels not seen since the AIDS panic.  A futile effort to get rid of those who are no threat to you.
  • Sean Spicer has publicly, as the mouthpiece for our head of state, denied the Holocaust.  Remember when you rabid asshats were calling for war with Iran and were touting Ahmadenijad’s holocaust denial as evidence the entire country needed to be bombed?  Well, using your logic, that’s now us.
  • Our allies are beginning to hate us, and our enemies are being threatened on Twitter by a petulant man-child.
  • Russia may be acting upset with us for Trump’s little light show, or may be trying to deflect from their relationship, but regardless, when two countries armed the way we are happen to be posturing in the same area… things can go horribly wrong.

What hasn’t he accomplished?

  • Are you closer to the heavily marketed American Dream based on anything he has done?
  • Are the coal jobs coming back?
  • Is crime over?
  • Is your child’s school any better?
  • Are the roads and bridges any better because of his actions?
  • Are you safer?

No, the only thing he has done, is made you aware of the other hateful and stupid fucks out there who were hiding in the shadows.

About Sean Spicer today, and Trump in general…  Many people have brought out Hanlon’s razor when I call them both evil.  If you don’t know it, (and if you’re a Trump supporter, that is a near-certainty), it is, “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

In other words (so hopefully you Trump supporters can understand), “They ain’t evil, they just stupid”.

Because some people are stupid.  Some people misspeak.  But some people know that they are not cut out to be the motherfucking PRESS SECRETARY of the Untied States of America if they can’t do something as simple as realizing that Hitler killed 6 million Jews with chemical weapons.

Some people know they are not cut out for the job when they can’t hire someone whose job it is to talk for a living without saying some of the most reprehensible shit imaginable.  Some people are good enough people to put their fellow people over their ego.

So even if Trump is on the same brain-level as an amoeba, applying for the job, dividing the nation in the process, and taking the job was an act of malice against the people of this country and people all over the world.

And to you, the Trump supporters.  Even if you feel conned… even if you weren’t trying to be racist or xenophobic, or authortarian, or anti-human rights. or homophobic, or a Christian supremacist when you cast your ballot for him, the very fact you voted in such an uniformed and gullible way is an act of malice against the rest of your country.

You get no sympathy from me when his shit affects you too.

Celebrating in the Dark

Hello dear revolutionary(s)!

What are you doing to resist?

If you’re like me, the answer, is probably, “Not a whole hell of a lot.”

Of sure, you might be speaking out on your social media.  You might have made phone calls to your Representative’s offices only to be brushed off.  You might be going to Starbucks in an attempt to counteract the fascist boycott of their business for daring to announce they will hire refugees, despite disliking their coffee and wanting to support local coffee instead.  You might have deleted Uber, if you ever used Uber and weren’t already anti-Uber for their union-busting and attempts to avoid any kind of responsible regulation for the safety of those who use their service.  You may have donated to the ACLU.  You have helped spread the word about what is happening.  You may have even shown up to a protest or two, or possibly even helped to organize one or more.

Now what?

Well, now it is time to celebrate.

Why?  Have we won?  Did we score an important victory?

Hahahaha!  No.

Not even close.

In fact, until there is a full-scale revolution (something that will not happen until those with the weapons of war are literally watching their families starve), this country is lost.  The Republicans are ignoring the Constitution.  They are changing the rules as they go.  There is no effective opposition, and any attempts at one have been successfully silenced or ignored.  Absolute power has been achieved, and any notion you have of being free is nothing more than a fantasy.

So why celebrate?

Because, for right now, you can.  You may not be able to soon.  Don’t listen to the memes going around trying to shame you for attempting to enjoy yourself during this time.  What else are you going to do?

Soon, the wonderfully erotic sex you enjoy may be illegal.  Soon, the music you listen to may be banned.  Soon, you will have no time to celebrate as the state demands more of your time for work in their service.  Soon, the beautiful light of the sun, filtered through clouds, will be obscured by thick layers of pollution.  Soon, you will not be healthy enough for celebration.

Do it now.  Celebrate now, while you still can.

Create art, write poetry, sing songs, and play music.  Leave record for those in the future that there is another way than that which brought us down.  Reach out to people with love.  Enjoy these days to the best of your ability, knowing what is coming.

Despite those who speak to the contrary, you can resist while having a good time.  It is okay to fill out stupid surveys on Facebook and to re-post articles about the atrocities the Republicans are committing.  The two actions are not mutually exclusive.

These are dark times.  But you are alive today.  Celebrate that.  Enjoying yourself is an act of resistance in and of itself.  They want people to get used to the idea that misery is acceptable.  Resist that.  Resist that life should be about work, hate, and obedience.  Celebrate today.



Hello dear reader(s)!

Today I have a doctor appointment.  It is a follow-up for my appendectomy.  Tomorrow, I have another appointment with my oncologist.  I have two large booklets of paperwork to fill out for each one, and I am getting really tired of it.

People do not know how much work goes into being sick.  The amount of trees felled for duplicate questionnaires and disclosures for my illness is depressing.  The amount of time I have spent dealing with patient registrations, pre-registrations, filling out forms, calling and responding to calls from medical office staff, and just waiting to actually see doctors once my appointment begins is like a having a full-time job in and of itself.

Despite this, I will celebrate when I can.  Today, until sundown on my path, is Imbolc.  I intend to celebrate the first signs of Spring, as they peek out from this cold and darkness.

As much crap is going on this world, I have plenty to be grateful for.  I will celebrate that while I can.

Good luck to us all.

Vicious Cycle

Hello dear revolutionary(s)!

Yesterday, at least 13 Jewish Community Centers were evacuated due to bomb threats.  Today, it appears as though some have already been evacuated this morning for the same, heinous reason.

My Facebook feed was lit up last night with debates over whether the new Republican administration had emboldened anti-Semitic assholes in this nation, or whether or not it has much less to do with the administration than people think, as anti-Semitic bullshit has been on the rise in this nation for years.

I did my best to stay out of the debate, because I wanted to hold onto the good mood I was in yesterday, the potential emotion involved of some of the participants who may have a personal stake, and because I was freaking exhausted.

But I saw this debate, with both sides agreeing how terrible it is, regardless of how it happened, and I realized how awful we can be at really understanding the simple nuance of things.  We want everything to be simple.  To be black and white.  And in that desire to keep things simple, we over-complicate things.  Because the simple answer to this debate, is that both sides are absolutely right.

The fact is, this administration would not exist, were hate against other ethnicities, other religions, other sexual orientations, other sexes, or other any other category that people choose to group other people into – not on the rise in recent years.

The fact is also, that public and criminal incidents of this type of emboldened, hateful bullshit have increased since the campaign, election, and inauguration of this Republican-Nazi administration.

It is a vicious cycle.  Nazis are given deference by a ratings-hungry, agenda-driven, corporate media as if their opinions are actually valid and not to be laughed off camera or given no airtime at all.  Those Nazis then elect a head Nazi to power.  The rest of the Nazis, still fearful of potential public backlash, see head Nazi in power and suddenly realize it is safe for them and their backwards, reprehensible, idiotic, hateful, disproved ideas and behavior to come out of the woodwork.

I support a free press, but television news and cable news networks are not a free press.  They are a ratings-reliant, propaganda system that creates news out of inflammatory nonsense in order to make money.  They do not report the news, and do not care about the truth.

A debate currently taking place is whether or not it is okay to punch self-admitted Nazis while they are being interviewed.  I strongly believe the answer is yes, but that isn’t the debate we should be having.  The debate we should be having is whether or not it is okay to punch the people who decided to give this asshole an interview in the first place.  Not all opinions are valid.  It is not the responsibility of the press to ensure that Nazis get interviews, and Nazi rallies disguised as political campaign stops are carried in full.  It is the responsibility to bring the people the truth about what is happening in the world, particularly when that truth is being so blatantly obstructed.  Being objective does not mean validating bullshit.

I’m not going to entirely blame the press, though.  The fact of the matter is that too many Americans are hateful, racist, anti-Semitic, Christian-fundamentalist, pieces of shit.

But there was a time once, even in my life, where if you wanted to fly a Nazi flag, it was going to be with a bunch of your fellow inbred fucking idiots behind your single-wide in your fucking trailer park.  And you sure as hell weren’t going to be interviewed as if what you had to say was any more valid than the rantings of the most unstable psychiatric patient who had been off their medication too long.

Cable and television news are not your friend.  They are not a friend to democracy.  Find news that investigates.  Support them.  Headlines are usually just tools of distraction.  Read the stories. Think.  Stop the cycle.



Hello dear reader(s)!

I want to talk about love today.  I think love is more important than ever.  I think you should be open to it.  Realize that means putting yourself out there, and making yourself vulnerable.  Realize that it means you are going to get hurt a few times before you find someone who doesn’t want to hurt you.  (At least, not in the ways you don’t like.)  Realize that it means that there are going to be a few people who will know your secrets, and know the deepest parts of you that you don’t believe deserve to know.  That’s okay.  Because when you find someone to love, who loves you, it will all be worth it.  Love yourself enough to know that you can withstand the heartache needed in order to find it.

Now, more than ever, love matters.  As hate fills everything around you, take comfort in your love.  Radiate that love, and maybe people will see there is a better way.

Good luck today, everyone (except fascists).

What Else Is New?

Hello dear revolutionary(s)!

Trump fired people trying to keep him from obtaining absolute power.  This is what authoritarians do.  Speaker Ryan is a little bitch (not even the fun kind) who won’t stop his shredding of the Constitution, as is any other member of Ze Repulikanz.

Anything else from here should come as no surprise.  We have witnessed this before.  An unpopular leader and his party, with a minority of support, seized power through a flawed system and worked within that system to bring it down in order to replace it with their own twisted dictatorship.

In the early days, when it could have been stopped, a military and militarized law enforcement community brainwashed by nationalism that his party echoed, failed to do anything.  A weak and corrupt legislation failed to challenge him until it was too late.  A judiciary who opposed was ignored or eliminated.

We all know this story.  No matter how badly our education system has tried to whitewash history, the lessons of the rise of the Third Reich were taught to us all.  Maybe some of us were too stupid to pay attention.  I don’t think that is the case here.

I think too many of us want it.

Any Republican looking at Nazi Germany knows that the loyal Nazis who were not under suspicion had it pretty good while the Nazis reigned.  Sure, most (that didn’t escape) had it pretty bad after, but who is to stop the Nazis of the United States?  Who will be our liberators?  With the rise of far-right parties the world over, who will save us from fascism this time around?  The Republicans are betting that nobody can.  They are lining up in lock-step, ready to give the Nazi salute to their Führer.

It is increasingly more important to stop speaking out about Trump.  It isn’t just Trump, Bannon, and Pence.  They could not succeed without the Republicans.  We must stop framing this as Trump against America, and make the discussion about the truth.  We must speak out against the Republicans.

It is something we tend to forget when we think about Nazi Germany.  We tend to think of Hitler as the madman.  He was a madman.

But he had to have many, many Nazis to help him.  He had to have other madmen working to support him.  He had to have the weak, and corrupt who were too concerned with their own political power to oppose him.

Trump isn’t shit, without the Republicans.

This isn’t a Trump administration.  It isn’t a Trump government.  It is a Republican government.  Until we start framing the discussion in that way, no resistance effort could possibly hope to succeed.

Republicans opposed to fascism should resign from their party.  If they don’t like the Democrats (who can blame them at this point?), they should start their own.  They should recognize that the enemy of their enemy can be their friend, however, and ally to bring down the fascists that stole their party.

Those who stay in, are giving consent to fascism.

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” – Desmond Tutu

So no more, am I going to talk about the evils that Trump has done.  No more, am I going to talk as if Trump did an end-around all of the Republicans who support his subversion of the Constitution.

They watched, and at worst, they cheered.  At least, they did nothing.

But really, what else is new?



 

Okay, so I am thinking I do not want to turn this blog-type-thing into an exclusively ant-fascist blog.  I am determined to keep speaking out against these Republican fascists, and I am determined to devote at least some space to that, but honestly, I have to remember that there is a life to live that makes the fight worth it.

On that note, split posts like this will likely become a regular feature.

I want to talk about my friends.  My friends have impressed me lately.  Some, I think spoke up a little too late, but so many are compassionate and involved people who I am proud to know.  My social media feeds are filled with people unafraid to really speak up.

I am proud to be with my girlfriend.  She is brilliant, eloquent, and isn’t afraid to voice her opinions, either.  She is a great friend, a great person, and is someone I respect and admire.  Even if I weren’t so damn attracted to her, I would be proud to know her.

I am going to go now.  I need to get ready to go have fun.  I have a life to live.  At least for today.  Each day could always be our last.  It has always been that way.  I don’t know if the risk of it being our last day collectively has been this high, but individually, tomorrow isn’t ever promised.

So today, go out and live while you can.  Do things that might be illegal tomorrow.  Squeeze every drop of pleasure out of this miserable situation that you can, while you can.  Tomorrow you may need to fight.  Tomorrow you may not be here.  Tomorrow isn’t promised at all.  Help people if they need it today, but if you can take tine to remember why you’re alive, I suggest you do that.

Good luck to us all.

 

It’s Worse Than You Think

Hello dear revolutionary(s)!

This will be a short post.  I am a little frazzled.  I have a bit of living to do today while I still can.  Things are going from bad to very bad, and most people aren’t even aware of what is happening.

Yes, millions of people are outraged over Trump’s actions.  It is nice to see people standing up.  A lot of people are happy that there is still a branch of government who occasionally is concerned with the Constitution and justice.  People openly cheered when the courts put a stay on parts of Trump’s unconstitutional actions.

It is clear now, that in most places, the cheering was premature.

Because, despite the Constitution being crystal clear about judicial review as one of the key checks and balances of government power, court orders based on that review are being willfully ignored by Customs and Border Patrol (Schutzstaffel  2.0), under what is now a clear directive from the White House.

The Executive Branch has seized absolute power, and it seems that nobody is prepared in or interested in stopping them.

In a sense, the Republic has already fallen.  The Constitution, is void.

This is hardly being reported, and when it is, the implications are being brushed under the rug.

Rather than spell out that the Constitution only works if it is being adhered to and properly enforced, the most you will hear about this, is it being called a Constitutional Crisis.

There is no crisis with the Constitution.  The Constitution is clear.  The crisis exists because Trump and his cronies have chosen to ignore it, and nobody is going to stop them.  The crisis exists, because as long as this is allowed to continue, the Constitution is worth less than the paper it is printed on.

Let me make this perfectly clear:  Those who swore and oath to uphold and defend the Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, are duty-bound to stop this.  Those that continue to allow this are traitors.  

I’d be worried about saying that; fearing I could end up on some list.  I am sure I am on some list already.  Besides, the dictators know I am no threat to them.  There is no fight to join.  I sure as hell am not advocating that anyone takes on our military who is so damn brainwashed by propaganda that they are cheering these actions, rather than holding to their oath.

I’m just some guy with a computer telling the truth about the fact that we already live in a dictatorship, and there doesn’t seem to be damn thing we can do about it except for hope that somebody in power actually grows a spine and decides to care about the nation, and the Constitution, and put a stop to this shit.

We can continue to speak out, and promise not to go quietly when they come for us.

I’m no fighter.  Even if I were healthy, I probably wouldn’t even know what to do.  I’ll protect myself, and the innocent, if faced with the immediacy of their danger, but that is about the most anyone can get from me.

But I promise you right now that I will not stop telling the truth about these fascists while there is breath in me.  I will not stop advocating for their removal from power.  I will not stop hoping that someone in a position with enough power to help restore our freedom will hear our voices and decide to help.

I’m not going to give up, as tempting as it is.  I just don’t know what there is to do.  I was momentarily cheered up by the amount of donations the ACLU has received this weekend, but I also know that if when the ACLU wins in court,and the courts are ignored, it hardly matters.

Congress:  Do your jobs and impeach this madman.

Judiciary:  Use the Marshals to enforce your orders.

Somebody-anybody with the ability to stop this:  Do what you have to.  Keep your oath.  Be a hero.

The very notion of freedom is counting on you.

 

Choose A Side

Hello dear revolutionary(s)!

About last night…

Listen, I do not care to argue (today) over the morality of turning away refugees from countries we are responsible for destroying.  I do not care to bring up the fact that those nations affected by this travel ban have not produced a US terrorist since before 9-11.  I do not care to talk about how your ancestors were likely immigrants that the majority of people already in the US at that time were afraid of.  I don’t care to bring up all the ways you are more likely to be killed than in a terror attack.  Those who agree with me, agree with me.  Those who don’t, will not be swayed by facts, and statistics.  They will continue to believe the brainwashing that has been perpetuated in order to advance dehumanizing policies.  There is little point in trying to convince these people that accepting immigrants and refugees is actually beneficial.  There is little point in mentioning that the further the United States strays from its values, the further the possibility exists that it could ever be “great”.

Instead, here is what I ask you all indulge of me.  Let me attempt to appeal to any vague sense of humanity you may still have.  Please imagine a scenario for me.

Let’s imagine that you are out of the country on business.  You pay taxes.  You have a good job, where you have worked for decades.  Your children and spouse are home.  You are tired.  You look forward to going home, kissing your children on the cheek as they lay in their beds, so happy their parent is back.  You look forward to cuddling with your spouse before getting some much needed rest in your bed.  Your credit cards are near their limit from your travel.  You just want to be home.

You land at your city’s airport, and are greeted by armed and aggressive, jackbooted Customs and Border Patrol officials who tell you that you have been detained by Executive Order, and plans were being made to deport you back to the country you just flew in from.  You have no hope of return for the next 90 days, and there is no guarantee return will be allowed.

Then the interrogation begins.  They take your cell phone, and access your social media accounts.  They grill you about your party allegiance.  They demand to know if you support the person in the Office of the President.  They harass you, and belittle you.  They deny you access to an attorney.  They attempt to coerce you into signing away your permanent resident status.

You hear the protesters outside.  You hear lawyers shouting, “Contempt of Court!” and “Let them see an attorney!”  You know something isn’t right.

Still, the agents keep you detained, barring you from legal counsel.

A court has issued a stay in certain parts of the Executive Order.  Subsequent courts have ruled that the Customs and Border Patrol officials now have no legal standing to detain you.

You remain detained, denied access to counsel.

Now, ask yourself…

Is this what you want the United States to be?  Would you be okay with this if it was you, or your family?  

I don’t give a shit if you think we shouldn’t let in as many refugees.   Well, I do, but that isn’t the point right now.  I don’t care if you are anti-immigration.

What I do care about, this morning, is that the Executive Branch continued actions ruled unconstitutional by the Judicial Branch, thus violating the Constitution, and you are not sufficiently outraged.  What I care about this morning, isn’t the reasoning for the ban (which is shit), but that Goebbels (Bannon) and Hitler (Trump) overruled the Department of Homeland Security’s advice that the order not apply to Legal Permanent Residents and instead, treated people who have been completely vetted, living in, and paying taxes in this country for YEARS as if they are subhuman.  I care that you lack a fucking conscience.  I care that heads are not literally rolling over this.  I care that you don’t care because it doesn’t affect you.  

Trump wants to Make America Great Again by rolling back the clock to a time he thought we were a bigger power in the world.  Might I suggest the sixties?  Where a President might be a bit scared to remove the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Director of National Intelligence from the National Security Council’s Principals Committee in favor of a fascist, propaganda minister without worrying they may have to pay for such a decision?

Tuesday, November 6,2018

If we have anything close to what resembles free elections on that day, it is important to remember which side your Representatives chose yesterday.

It is important for all of you to pick a side too.  The time is now.  If you work for Customs and Border Patrol, you should resign.  If you wear that badge, you may as well be wearing the bolts of the SS.

If you work for any enforcement agency asked to subvert the Constitution or increase the power of the fascist regime in charge of the government, you should resign.

If you are sitting at home, and didn’t know any of this happened.  You need to educate yourself and choose a side.

You won’t be forgiven by history for just following orders.  They tried that at Nuremberg.

Choose a motherfucking side.