Friday, January 20, 2017

My Four-Year Resistance

Fuck, America. We really did it. We really let this happen. We really let him become President.

Today I will not be watching Trump’s inauguration. I will not dignify our great democracy’s history by celebrating a man with such blatant disrespect for women, people of color, immigrants, the disabled, LGBTQ people and so many he deems “others.” I cannot watch because it hurts, in ways I never even knew it could hurt, to see this happen to my country. And, yes, I am scared. It’s OK to be scared. We can be scared together. I am scared of such a thin-skinned narcissist with no intellectual curiosity and a proven history of vengeance being handed nearly unlimited power with a majority party behind him happy to overlook countless conflicts already. To put it short, we’re fucked. We’re so fucked.

Yet while it might seem nice (so fucking nice) to be put into a cryogenic sleep for the next four years to avoid the coming Armageddon and retain some semblance of our sanity, the future demands our full attention. We must be awake and ready to fight like never before. We must resist all attempts to undermine our core values as a nation and turn back the hands of progress. It will be on us, all of us, to reach into the deepest wells of our resolve to make it through this administration. We will grow weary, we will lose at times. But the fight is now entirely in our hands. Keep our hard-earned civil rights, preserve our precious Earth, save more than 20 million people from losing healthcare, and on and on.

Find joy where you can, for this fight will seem endless. So today, instead of watching that bloviating, bigoted Hate Pumpkin, I will rewatch President Barack Obama’s first inaugural address. Remember why it all matters. Remember what it felt like to have so much hope. Resist this illegitimate president and everything he stands for. We the people, we are all we have. And, yes, we can do this. Happy weekend all; fight on, America.


Anonymous said...

I think we should read "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand if we wanna understand what motivates Trump. He is a full-blown Objectivist.

I am very scared that he will be a very "successful" president and very much like Putin in Russia loved by a majority of people. For Intellectuals, Minorities, Artists, Journalists etc it will be hell.
But like Bertold Brecht said "Erst kommt das Fressen dann kommt die Moral" "Grub first, then ethics."
Let's hope for a miracle that this nightmare is over sooner rather than later and we don't have to endure this idiot for even more than 4 years.
Unfortunately a lot of people are secretly in love with "Dictatorship" and happily give up freedom and a lot of rights, if they are taken care of, have a big car in front of their house and the "bad ones" are punished. Shitty times.
sigh :(

wallywaffles said...

Watch Samantha Bee this week, if you haven't already. Masha Gessen said that we all need to stay panicked. I plan to despair today, but get panicked again tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Honestly, what are you talking about? It is insulting to the thinking person. This fraud and liar has murdered, MURDERED, innocent women and children, all over the globe! Guess what? That's criminal behavior! Hello!!!
The unprecedented prosecution of whistleblowers.
The least transparent admin in history.
NDAA signings that make Orwell spin in his grave.
Extraordinary rendition of journalists.
Illegal waging of war inn libya!
Etc. Etc.

Obama was a neoliberal fraud, a first class liar and a wall street courtier.

What on earth are you cheerleading? The fact he was seemingly more intelligent than his predecessor? His numerous tv appearances? Because as far as policy goes OBAMA NOT ONLY CONTINUED BUT INTENSIFIED BUSH'S AGENDA!!
But don't let reality or facts get in the way.

Anonymous said...

I appreciate your continuing voice on politics. You interweave humor and policy with ease. Whether it is tank top Tuesday or a column such as this, I look forward to your words. You are a leader and we need you in this fight.Please keep writing about politics.

Erin O'Riordan said...

Let's just hope his impeachment will be imminent, his resignation swift, and his public humiliation thorough.

Jen said...

Im going to stand behind him and see how he does. Lets face it the country does have its problems and lets give him a chance.

Anonymous said...

Is it possible that Melandia Trump is a Russian operative?

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