Message to the world

Dear world,

We haven’t given you much reason to have confidence in us. We – or a minority of us – have just elected a protofascist, nationalist, racist, sexist, xenophobic, isolationist narcissist with the attention span of a fruitfly to arguably the most powerful position on earth. We have turned our backs on facts and science and love and decency, and shamefully given in to fear, hate, selfishness, ignorance, and monstrously unforgivable short-sightedness.

Nobody could fault you for just building a wall around US and leaving us to eat each other, while you continue to go forwards. Many of you have your own protofascist shit to deal with – there’s an upswing of it lately, and Islamic terrorists murdering innocent civilians in countries that have welcomed them aren’t fucking helping, guys – but still, we have taken a giant step back from the Enlightenment, and we have a long and painful road ahead of us.

All I ask is that you remember that America is bitterly divided, and there are more of US then there are of THEM. Because of our idiotic electoral college that gives more weight to the votes in former slave states, our orange-skinned short-fingered vulgarian has ascended to the White House despite losing the popular vote by millions of votes. That’s our bad, and it shouldn’t have even been that close, but still, Trump and his people are A MINORITY of Americans. Far less than half of us support him. The rest would still be decent world citizens who believe in truth, fairness for all people, the rule of law, and equal opportunities and rights for ALL human beings on the planet, not just those we think are similar to us.

Millions and millions of people took to the streets around the world today to protest the current state of affairs; I was among them, as I hope many of you were too. This video shows a tiny slice of what happened. Take heart and believe. Believe in the Enlightenment. Believe in progress, and moving AWAY FROM hate, fear, and selfishness, even though they have temporarily triumphed. We know you can’t solve our problems, other than by continuing to be better on your own and leaving us in the dust. Don’t wait for us. Just remember that most of us are with you, despite the loud and ugly voices of the minority that has taken power here. Our voices will never be as loud, but there are more of us than there are of them.

Wish us luck. We’re going to need a lot more than that, but I don’t know what it is just yet.

Seems like a good point for a reboot.

If this isn’t a moment to start over and refocus, I don’t know what is.

2017 is upon us. I spent 2016, and much of 2015, reassuring friends and family that this whole Trump thing would just give us a good scare, but that in the end of course he’d lose – deep down, we aren’t THAT stupid – and everything would be fine. I was completely convinced of that, right up until about 11pm on election night, as I watched the unbelievable cascade of swing states go down one by one, and realized that I was wrong and the world was now upended.

And now progressives are being told that it’s our fault for not listening enough to the concerns of poor, poorly educated white people.

I don’t fucking buy it.

Trump is an absolute nightmare come to life for anyone who shares the values of the Enlightenment. The four cardinal virtues are courage, justice, wisdom and temperance. He possesses none of them. Bluster is not courage. His reaction to perceived dissent is to punish it (flag-burners should get a year in jail or lose their citizenship). He has parlayed a life of sumptuous wealth and privilege into nothing but self-aggrandizement; he has absolutely no qualifications to be President of the United States. Not a day of public or military service in his entire life. He lies pathologically and brazenly, unapologetically and even proudly, and his supporters eat it up, thinking he’s laughing with them and not at them. He boasts about the power he wields that allows him to sexually assault women and walk in on half-naked teenagers whose beauty pageants he owns. And now as the President-elect, he tweets about the balance of global nuclear power, which can extinguish life on earth in a breath, as carelessly as he tweet-feuds with celebrities who make him mad. People who voted for him are either racist / sexist / whatever-ist themselves, or willing to tolerate someone who IS in exchange for the liberal tears they’d been craving.

This wasn’t what the next four years were supposed to be about. The issue was supposed to be that we weren’t moving forward quickly enough. Not that we are actually being pulled backwards towards the dark ages again. Not that we have to actually put our focus back on civil fucking rights again, like it’s even a fucking question.

I have no idea how we’re going to manage this, but I know this: I am in the resistance. I will never back down from facts, science, reason, logic, intelligence, and compassion for ALL people, all races / ethnicities / religions or lack thereof / sexualities / genders / nationalities and whatever other categories that fearful people use to put people in “other” groups. If this makes me an enemy of the new State, then so be it. I don’t want to belong to a State that resists any of that.

NO to walls, to fear, to hate, to discrimination, to wars, to unjust laws, to the power of wealth, to racism, to sexism, to homo/trans/xeno/islamo/whateverthefucko-phobia, to destroyers, to ignorance, to malice, to abusers and manipulators and gaslighters, to tyrants and to would-be tyrants. And a spectacular FUCK YOU to the Patriarchy, and to those for whom it was teed up and ready to smash, and who chose not to because of fear, hate, selfishness and/or ignorance.

I’ve had 50 years of relative peace and comfort as a white American male. I’m ready to give that up. It was a good run. Whatever it takes to resist the rise of fascism in America, I will do.

No more silence. No more normalizing.

Vive la Resistance.