Sic Semper Tyrannis, Trump!
I know a lot of Hillary Clinton voters and anti-Trump people were hoping against hope that a miracle would happen in the Electoral College vote on Monday and that faithless electors would spare us four years of the Emperor of the Idiocracy. But I’m glad it’s over with.
It’s time to put the safety pins away and drop the blinders and mental constructions that have shielded us from the reality of the horror befalling the nation. Instead, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and fight this bastard.
It’s amusing to hear the Trump fans say it’s just “sour grapes” or being a “sore loser” to continue to oppose Donald Trump. Sour grapes? Sore loser? This wasn’t a sporting event. It wasn’t a game. Reckless Trump voters handed a loaded firearm to a toddler. You’re damn right I’m unsettled about it. I fear it. I loathe it. I reject it.
But if Trump opposition is simply a matter of being a sore loser then what do you call the reaction to Obama’s victory in 2008, when leaders in the Republican Party met and plotted for hours on inauguration day 2009 to uniformly oppose the new president? What was the Tea Party if it wasn’t sour grapes over their candidates losing? What was the birther movement? The accusations of socialism, of being an Arab, a Muslim or terrorist sympathizer?
It’s a shame I have to call this a flaw but President Barack Obama’s biggest flaw was the fact that he really believed we weren’t red states and blue states. He genuinely believes that what binds us is stronger than what divides us. He believed that if he dealt with the Republicans reasonably they would return the gesture. I used to believe it, too. I love Barack Obama and think he was a great president but hello, Charlie Brown, she’s gonna pull the fucking football out of the way when you try to kick it just like she has all those other times!
“Give the new president a chance” is the mantra of those still determined to kick that ball. Look at the evidence since the election. His thin-skinned tweeting has continued. He’s caused an international incident. He’s assembled a cabinet that looks remarkably like the Trump Organization, mostly wealthy white males. And the people he’s chosen are often the enemies of the departments they’re set to run. He’s only done token outreach to Democrats and people who disagree with him. He treats divesting from his businesses with the same seriousness he gave to releasing his taxes. And he’s sided with Vladimir Putin over the United States.
I can read the handwriting on the wall.
I’m here to tell you that the battle has been joined. The message you’ve sent has been received loud and clear: the era of bipartisanship is dead. Screw the better angels of our nature. It’s time to unleash the hounds of hell.
I’m locked and loaded against the new administration. If there’s a chance to help drive a wedge between Trump and the Republican Party I will seize it. And even though many of Trump’s fans are incapable of seeing through the fog of his misinformation, I will continue to call out his lies because facts matter. Words matter. I refuse to be assimilated into the Idiocracy.
If you don’t know who your senators are or congress person is, then find out. Put their phone numbers in your phone. Put their email addresses in your contacts. It sounds trite to write your representative but it works. It works if you apply pressure. The NRA has an outsized affect on the Congress because they consistently contact their representatives. They show up at town halls. They make their presence felt. They vote. They get results because they act.
It doesn’t matter if the NRA’s opponents outnumber them if opponents only whine on social media but never involve themselves in the process. Writing or calling your representative, going to town halls or showing up to a rally and networking is way more effective than your Facebook posts with fifty likes.
It’s been written many times but if you want to oppose Donald Trump you have to support good solid journalism. Trump is waging a war on the media. He wants to discredit the people who ferret out his lies. Get a subscription to a reputable newspaper or visit reputable news organizations online and support them. Support their advertisers. Write letters to the editor.
Join groups that will oppose Trump. It costs $30 to join the NAACP. Donate any amount to join the ACLU. It costs $15 to join the Sierra Club. Donate to Planned Parenthood to support women’s health. Look into Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Council of La Raza, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Brennan Center for Justice, Black Lives Matter, Asian American Justice Center, Appleseed, the National Immigration Project and others. If you don’t like these groups then find groups that you support that will not only be a beacon of hope but a raised fist for the cause of equal rights.
Obviously resources are limited and people can’t support every group. But find one that speaks to you and join them to take up the fight for human rights and dignity which will be under attack from an administration that offers minorities and women little to nothing. In fact, with his continued rallies Trump has sent the message that he’s the president of those who voted for him. There’s been no outreach to the majority of Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton or other candidates.
You will notice I haven’t encouraged donations to the Democratic Party. After watching what the DNC did and seeing clueless Democrats again choose Nancy Pelosi as minority leader you might as well set your money on fire. Until Democrats finally realize that they’re supposed to be the party of the working class and they find the sack to oppose Trump they don’t deserve financial support. Donald Trump ran a fact-free campaign but Hillary Clinton ran an idea-free one. Learn that lesson.
I would encourage any and all people wronged by Donald Trump in business or women sexually assaulted by Trump to explore legal action against him. In 1997, in Clinton v. Jones, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that presidents have no immunity from civil litigation for acts taken before and unrelated to the office. It would be excellent to have President Trump sit in deposition after deposition under oath. And if a wealthy progressive bankrolled lawsuits against Trump the way right wing billionaire Peter Thiel does against progressives that would be a modicum of justice.
I will not normalize Donald Trump as president. I believed Mitt Romney when he said dishonesty was Donald Trump’s hallmark and that he was a con man, even if Romney embarrassed himself by prostituting for a job in the Trump Administration. I believed former Texas Gov. Rick Perry when he said Donald Trump was a “cancer on conservatism” before Perry, too, whored himself out and joined the administration.
I will not respond to President Trump the way I would with a president that I just disagreed with on policy. Donald Trump is not a normal president and thus doesn’t deserve a normal response. I will not extend the hand of bipartisanship to a feckless pseudo-leader that deserves nothing but the back of my hand.
My respect for the office will return the moment someone fitting occupies it. I got your sour grapes.