Wednesday, September 13, 2017
How To Save Your Soul In Trump's Hell
Ever since Donald Trump became president, the resistance to him and his deranged regime has been loud and proud.
And deeply personal.
But Trump has now been president for seven months and 24 days, and sustaining that level of resistance is not easy.
Not when Trump is such a monstrous hog.
And not as Charles Blow writes, when living in America is now like living in Trump's Hell.
You could stay in hell for a little while if you knew that you were going to get out.
My mother always told me that when I was going through something tough and dispiriting. It was her way of saying that trouble doesn’t last forever, that even in your darkest place, hold fast to the hope and the light, that though today you are in the valley, tomorrow you shall scale the peak.
Well, Mama, this is hell. Indeed, Donald Trump’s America is the Ninth Circle.
And it's hard to keep your spirits up.
While I know that a president is limited to two terms, and I highly doubt that Trump could be re-elected to a second term and think that Robert Mueller’s investigation may curtail the first, I am still struggling to maintain optimism and perseverance.
I don’t think that this is even a matter of fatigue, but rather of the capacity of rage and the length of mourning. Hopelessness is a very human response when the feeling of persecution intersects with the feeling of powerlessness.
Especially when you know that all the protests in the world won't bring down the monster...
And that you will have to wait until the next election to drive him from office.
I feel for our neighbours. I love them, and it must be horrible to see up close what that monster is doing to their country.
It is hard to witness a bully attack traditionally marginalized communities, one after the other. It is hard to witness a family of corruption besmirching the presidency, the country and America’s standing in the world.
It is hard to witness the dismantling of basic norms, the dismissal of propriety and the devaluation of truth and honesty.
It is like being injured and having the offender repeatedly pound the wound before it can properly heal.
But while the Americans must find their own way out of the nightmare they created, I think we Canadians can use our experience to encourage them.
For while they enjoyed the classy Obama years, we had to fight for almost ten years to get rid of our monster Stephen Harper.
And although it was hard, long, and depressing, we finally did it...
Harper came down and so will Trump.
Blow is right when he says this:
I try to nourish my soul so that it will survive, because I know that the fight is not finished. We are in hell. We have to remember that one day we will get out.
And this would be my message of encouragement to our neighbours...
Resist, resist, never give up.
The longer and harder the struggle.
The sweeter the victory...