From the farce of yesterday’s hearing on Capitol Hill (“oversight” by mendacity) to the spectacle in Great Britain (a President’s destabilizing, unstable, and racist interview) to the trailing exhaust of American leadership left in Brussels (with a friend like the U.S. who needs… Russia?) to what awaits in Helsinki (a bromance with a wily KGB agent), what we are witnessing is far beyond the realm of this reporter to put into full context.
I doubt Dante could imagine the circles in which we find ourselves. P.T. Barnum couldn’t figure out a way to sell it. And Rod Serling would shake his head in disbelief. All metaphors are rendered largely impotent – be they circus, swamp, or dumpster fire – because they seem to understate the sheer dangerous absurdity of it all. There can be no individual accounting of all damage.
I surmise this is what in some ways passes for the strategy of the President and his accomplices. See how many reactionary judges they can install, how many loopholes for the rich and connected they can construct, how many protections to health, water and air they can shred before the inevitable backlash.
I list all of this not to sow the seeds of hopelessness. Quite the contrary. That is what the forces of authoritarianism wish – that they can launch a reclamation of the Gilded Age on the backs of a demoralized majority. But I have seen these types of actors before. I have seen these odds. They cannot understand that the forces of goodness can channel a fury of righteousness and action. The time for slumber is over. No one can ever argue that elections do not have consequences. Even with the hurdles they are erecting to democracy no President and no political party, no matter how cynical they may be, is bigger than the country at large.
The goal of Trumppublicans was to disrupt. This was not stated by Dear Leader. His job was to lie and keep resistance tamped down.
Steve Bannon and others expressed the real goal of disruption. So far they have tremendously disrupted our country and our individual lives.
Could you have imagined two years ago that we would have a president under investigation for treason? That our allies would be seen as our enemies and our enemies as our allies. Who could have thought that NATO would be a punching bag for a US president? That we would be breaking trading partnerships with our closest and most trusted allies?
We all knew that Obamacare would be a major target as would Roe v. Wade. But who could have imagined that soybean farmers and pork producers would also be targets. It is little surprise for a Trumppublican administration to open the treasury and hand it off to their rich donors, but who thought they would kick the teeth of their base in?
Racism is making a huge and very open comeback. Everyday we see a new video of attacks on people of color with racist language and often using police to act as a quasi military against people of color.
Every cabinet official was chosen not because of their expertise in a given area but specifically for their animosity to the area they were charged with. Betsy DeVos at Education and Scott Pruitt at the EPA may be the worst, but others are not far behind.
But who, two years ago, could ever have imagined that our government would be jailing babies? That out government would be ripping families apart never to be united again. The specter of babies being hauled into court at age 1 to defend themselves is beyond absurd – yet it is reality in America today.
So we have an election on November 6th. You can accept today’s reality and vote for Trumppublicans or not vote. Not voting is a vote for what is happening. Or you can get off your butts today and get to work to end this madness. There are candidates in nearly every race from the county courthouse to the statehouse and congress that are standing up to say “ENOUGH!”
They need workers, they need money and they need your vote and that of your friends.
If you don’t just try to imagine what else could be coming. Maybe your children in jail? You may laugh, but did you ever imagine what is going on at the border in your name?
If you think this could never happen to US citizens, let me tell you about the citizens of Puerto Rico who have been abandoned by their government in a time of greatest need.