Friday, November 11, 2016
The Darkness of Trumpland and the Light of Resistance
It sure is dark out there. The darkness of Trumpland is truly upon us.
On a day when we honour our Canadian soldiers who died fighting the fascists.
On a day when we mourn the death of the great Leonard Cohen.
And must now face the horror of this fascist clown.
Who after praising Obama as a "very good man" after having slandered him for years. And trying to look as humble and presidential as possible.
Returned to his Trump Tower penthouse and revealed himself again to be the dangerous demagogue we know so well...
Who would denounce and slander peaceful protesters, while his own deplorables are on a rampage.
And the Klan is on the march all over the American south, and talking crazy violent.
As white supremacists and neo-Nazis celebrate the results of the presidential election, Michael Hill, president of the neo-Confederate League of the South, reacted to Donald Trump’s victory yesterday by vowing to show “no mercy” to “the enemies of our God, our Folk and our civilization” and to finally “drive a stake” through the heart of “the globalist-progressive coalition of Jews, minorities, and anti-white whites.”
As only they can.
While Paul Ryan in a desperate effort to save himself from the wrath of Trump's inflamed fanatics, rushes to declare Obamacare dead...
Even though, as Canadian Cynic points out, his plan could hurt many old Republicans, and leave at least 20 million poor Americans with any kind of health insurance.
And yes it is insanity, and with reports that the deranged Sherriff Kenneth Clarke is about to be named head of the Department of Homeland Security...
It is fascism.
And it is starting to look a lot like the fall of the American empire...
But strangely enough, despite all that madness, I don't feel scared or depressed.
Instead I feel happy even exhilarated, like I did when I first starting fighting bigots and bullies at the age of fourteen.
And I am eternally grateful that I lived to see and take part in what is surely the beginning of the Final Battle for Humanity.
The one where we get to crush the forces of darkness, in America, and this country, and all over our threatened planet, and bring light back to the world.
I give thanks that the monstrous orange demagogue has finally done what we could not do, and united the left.
A crazed demagogue who is also, as Charles Blow writes, an evil bigot.
Let me be clear: Businessman Donald Trump was a bigot. Candidate Donald Trump was a bigot. Republican nominee Donald Trump was a bigot. And I can only assume that President Donald Trump will be a bigot.
It is absolutely possible that America didn’t elect him in spite of that, but because of it. Consider that for a second. Think about what that means. This is America right now: throwing its lot in with a man who named an alt-right sympathizer as his campaign chief.
Who is not worthy of respect, and must be resisted at all cost.
I must settle this in myself in this way: I respect the presidency; I do not respect this president-elect. I cannot. Count me among the resistance.
It is impossible for me to fall in line behind an unrepentant bigot. It will be impossible for me to view this man participating in the pageantry and protocols of the presidency and not be reminded of how he is a demonstrated demagogue who is also a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe and a bully.
That is not a person worthy of applause. That is a person who must be placed under unrelenting pressure. Power must be challenged, constantly. That begins today.
That resistance is already in the streets, the young are leading it.
I'm so proud of them and my LGBT brothers and sisters who are on the front lines, standing up for their rights and the rights of others.
I'm also grateful that all of this is happening on a day when we honour those who died fighting the fascists. So we can truly appreciate how much we owe them.
And so when I tend the graves of Canadian flyers in little cemeteries scattered all over the Scottish highlands, as I do every summer...
I can tell them like I will tell this hero, the fascists are on the march again, but we will help crush them like you did. You who sacrificed your life at such a young age.
As we may have to do, if we are to remain free.
Finally, I am also eternally grateful to the great Canadian poet and singer Leonard Cohen...
For although I am so sad he died yesterday, because I wanted him to live forever.
His death at this time will serve to inspire our movement.
And remind us, as he did in his epic song Anthem, that even in the darkness there is light.
There is a crack in everything
It's how the light gets in.
And remind us as well, that in a time of fascism we are all partisans...
Thank you Leonard for your greatness.
Thank you to our Canadian soldiers for their sacrifice.
We will never forget you.
And now prepare to help our American neighbours fight the Final Battle for Humanity...