It’s somewhat bizarre to use Ted Nugent as an intelligent reference, but he made an astute point during an interview several years ago. Frequently, I have been reminded of it since President T-word (Trump) took office. (It’s not a good idea to say his name too many times – you’ve seen the movie.)
The interview occurred during the 1980s, when there had been a resurgence of “Skinheads.” Nugent was asked his opinion regarding the group gathering in public places. I don’t recall his exact response, but it was along the lines, “I like it. I don’t want them hiding. I want them out where I can see them; keep my eye on them.”
Since the fall election, out where we can see them, those serving in positions of authority have been peeling away masks, and revealing their true identities. T-word, the pied piper of dark forces, has tooted his horn, and those forces have gleefully answered the call. It’s been both fascinating and terrifying to witness.
Fortunately, this embarrassing, intolerable debacle has also triggered the best of humanity to rise up, which has been a joy to witness and to be a participant. Even the smallest acts can result in a grand impact, such as a recent posting on Listserve.
Listserve is a version of Craigslist on Northern California’s Mendocino Coast, minus the segregated categories. Subscribers post or receive notifications of diverse requests and/or offerings, such as rides, jobs, rentals, events, recommendations, politics, etc. On this recent New Year’s Eve, a gentleman posted the following:
“Hmmm, let’s see how this goes. I don’t drink, so I’m alone tonight, but don’t really want to be alone tonight, but didn’t realize it until now. So, does anyone want to join me in celebrating CA entering into a cannabis legal state at midnight? At the corner of Redwood and Franklin Streets (the empty lot). Bring a chair and a coat, and whatever smokable you have, but please…no tobacco. I’ll arrive about 11:30 pm. Hope to see someone else. Wishing you all, a fruitful and happy new year.”
The following morning, New Year’s Day, he posted, “I’ve never had so many private replies to a posting. It’s somewhat astounding.”
We don’t live in a perfect world. But, when needed, we are perfectly capable of providing assistance.
When we see someone in trouble, we can step in and ask how we can help. And, when we see someone abusing human rights, the environment, the economy, we need to take them down.