Is Trump evil enough yet for us to stop him?
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.
Once upon a time, when I was very young — and yes, it was long enough ago that it might as well be a fairy tale now — I believed in Truth and Justice. I grew up on a university campus, so I already had my doubts about the American Way. Growing up in segregated Missouri, I rapidly was disabused about Justice and Vietnam and Nixon finally cured me once and for all of believing in Truth, but I still felt that our country was well enough structured to keep real monsters in check.
That was until Trump.
At this point, we all know the list — particularly if we’ve been following the marvelous Amy Siskind’s The Weekly List — which is out in book form but can also be followed on her marvelously, horrifically thorough website: The Weekly List. Do peruse if you need filling in. It will either curl or straighten your hair, depending on its starting point.
Until Trump, I figured if a president was just absolutely egregious — not just miserable and sneaky and dishonest and power-mad, like Nixon, who still did some notably good things (what Nixon did right) before imploding and having to slink off in disgrace — we would rise up and get rid of the bastard.
Not so with Trump.
It’s been nearly three horrendous years. Our country is in chaos. The planet is dying in front of us and it will take us with it — did anyone think we had a safe room? Trump continues to get worse and most of us would never have believed that was possible.
So now I must ask — is there anything bad enough that will force action from the only people who can get rid of this rotting squash with the mouth of a duck? This fiendish orange lamprey who gets miffed when the Danes are offended that he wants to buy freaking Greenland? Who has declared himself the “Chosen One” (the orange megalomaniac declares his own divinity). He’s gone full megalomaniac — now he actually thinks he’s God.
Stupid orange slug, despised by the world — perhaps he thinks because the Romans detested Jesus, that makes them equivalent.
And from Congress? Lots of sparks — no boom. These are the people we voted in to be our voice. To hold our power in trust and act on our behalf and in our best interests. Those people.
The Senate, of course, is a lost cause. Eisenhower is probably in anguish, wherever he is. One of the last empathetic Republicans with a sense that the American people should come first, he wouldn’t recognize his party if they dug him up, resurrected him and gave him a seat on the Cabinet (what “Eisenhower Republican” means). Today’s Republicans, in my considered opinion, are utterly rapacious, lacking in any vestige of empathy, and are shamelessly kleptocratic monsters who view US citizens are corporate resources to be used and discarded and the planet as nothing ore than something to be ravaged and burned for their lifetimes and bedamned to future generations. Even the better ones like John McCain have their true natures betrayed by their votes. They occasionally talk a good game, but they vote against the interests of the American people consistently.
But lest you think I am letting Democrats off the hook, hang onto your hats. Not a chance in hell.
The four fierce women — The Squad — aside (in case you haven’t heard of them) and Pelosi’s delicious expressions of contempt notwithstanding, what the hell have they actually done to put an end to this apocalyptic farce? It’s kind of hard to tell. The immortal words of Shakespeare come to mind (Macbeth, Act V, scene v):
This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
I see plenty of noise. Swords rattled. Fists shaken. Soliloquies of outrage. And that orange colostomy bag and his wretched zombie horde are still in power. Still humiliating us on the world stage. Still fiddling as the Arctic and the Amazon go up in flames.
And Trump is still waddling about like the overgrown baby blimp he is, spewing narcissistic blather in an incomprehensible word salad that is only truly comprehensible to his base who appear to be even more stupid than he is. Or, if not stupid, as evil.
I know we’re tired. I’m exhausted. We should be marching daily the way they did in Hong Kong. But we’re so damned tired. And the bills still need to be paid. And the kids need care. And and and. I get it.
What we need to understand is that we’re in the fight of our lives. We came together over World War II in a great, national, concerted effort. But even that pales against the end of the planet.
Do you have kids? Grandkids? People you care about? Yeah. Me, too.
Now I want you to do what I’ve been doing — hard and traumatic as it is. I want you to run the future with me. I want you to play out the current scenario which is hurtling us toward the end of this earth — in fire and drought and ever-increasing heat, in rising seas and diminishing food supplies, with panicked hordes of desperate people grown rapacious in their efforts to survive. And I want you to visualize your loved ones among those desperate people or among the people they will surely destroy in the process of trying not to die. I want you to visualize your loved ones in a conflagration, perishing in agony.
I am not being cruel. I am trying to wake you up to exactly how dire — and how immediate — the consequences of our inaction are.
We have just a few slim chances to survive and one of the first things we must do, starting with ousting Trump and his every associate, is get rid of every damned single corrupt Republican politician who has clearly advocated for the rapacious policies that are destroying us. It is equally important to boot every damned single Democratic politician who went along, who remained silent, who refused to risk their precious career because to rabble-rouse would draw the ire of the orange terrorist who has singlehandedly but with the collusion of the evil has brought our country to the brink of its agonizing end.
And we must do this right now. If not sooner.