Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Donald Trump and the Road to Resistance
If you put a toga on him he would look like an American Caesar.
Donald Trump basking in the warm glow of his inflamed supporters, as he continues his triumphal "Thank You Tour" of his conquered country.
Swaggering around one stage after the other, bragging about how great he is, soaking up the adulation like a sponge, and thunderously declaring that The Resistance has been CRUSHED!!!
But sadly for Trump, and his plan to turn the U.S. into a militarized kleptocracy, he couldn't be more wrong.
For while it's true that many progressives have gone from shock and disbelief, to anger and despair, at the thought of their country in the grip of that monstrous demagogue.
His plans, and the people he is appointing to enforce them, are so extreme and so dangerous, resistance is inevitable.
And it is as Charles Blow writes, the duty of all patriotic Americans.
Nothing is safe or sacrosanct in Donald Trump’s developing governance team, and America had better start being alarmed about it and moving to actively oppose it.
The time for voting has elapsed, but the time for being vocal has emerged.
Trump's decision to appoint many cabinet members to head government departments they have vowed to destroy, is insane.
In a way, Trump seems to be trying to destroy these agencies from the inside out, the way a worm slowly devours an apple.
But while the mood may be grim, and for so many progressives this is so true.
I know that it can feel like we are all drowning in a deluge of compounding outrages, with every headline about this impending administration appearing to one-up the last...
So is this:
You may have been on the losing side of this year’s election, but you are on the right side of history. In the final tally, courage will always defeat fear; love will always conquer hate; the beautiful diversity of America, and indeed all of humanity, will always outshine the darkness of racial enmity.
I don't know what form or forms that resistance will take, but what I do know that it will be formidable. And that as Canadians we must find ways to help our neighbours.
So I'm glad to see that some of us are already doing that by preparing to help American scientists safeguard the truth.
Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it from any political interference.
The efforts include a “guerrilla archiving” event in Toronto, where experts will copy irreplaceable public data...
The truth that must be protected, like our precious planet, from the depraved demagogue who would torch them both. Because that's how low America has fallen.
And the good news?
As Charles Blow also points out, the American Caesar is not as popular as he think he is, even as he sniffs the sweaty scent of victory at one Thank You rally after the other...
Just 37 percent of the public views Trump as well-qualified; 32 percent of registered voters described Trump as well-qualified in October. Majorities continue to say Trump is reckless (65 percent) and has poor judgment (62 percent), while 68 percent describe him as ‘hard to like.’”
The Russian hacking scandal has shaken up even some of his most rabid supporters...
Like the right-wing radio show host Joe Walsh, who is now aiming his musket at Trump...
It won't be too hard to encourage those feelings of betrayal...
Or portray him as an illegitimate president, as the Republicans did to Obama as soon as he was inaugurated.
So the monster has feet of clay.
It's still Never Trump.
And sooner or later, even in the ruins of America.
He will go down hard...