Loving America and Resisting Trump


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This piece is reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.

So reality has inexorably, inescapably penetrated my life.  It didn’t take long. Yes, Donald Trump is actually the president of the United States. In that guise, in just his first weeks in office, he’s already declared war on language, on loving, on people who are different from him — on the kind of world, in short, that I want to live in. He’s promised to erect high walls, keep some people in and others out and lock up those he despises, while threatening to torture and abuse with impunity.

Still, a small personal miracle emerges from this nightmare. It turns out that, despite growing up an anarchist protest kid who automatically read Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States alongside the official textbooks, I love this country more each day.  So I find myself eternally upset about our new political reality-show, about a man so thin-skinned he lashes out at everything and so insulated in his own alt-reality that no response to him seems to matter.

Above all, I am so mad. Yeah, I’m mad at all those people who voted for Trump and even madder at the ones who didn’t vote at all. I’m mad at everyone who thinks the sum total of their contribution to the political well-being of this country is voting every two or four years. I’m mad at our corporate-political system and how easily distracted people are. I’m steaming mad, but mostly at myself.  

Yep, I’m mad at myself and at the Obamas. They made empire look so good! Their grace and intelligence, their obvious love for one another and the way they telegraphed a certain approachability and reasonableness. So attractive! They were fun — or at least they looked like that on social media. Michelle in the karaoke car with Missy Elliot singing Beyoncé and talking about global girls' education! Barack and a tiny Superman at a White House Halloween party. Michelle, unapologetically fierce after Trump’s demeaning Access Hollywood comments came to light. I loved those Obamas, despite my politics and my analysis. I was supposed to resist all his efforts at world domination through drones and sweeping trade deals and instead I fell a little bit in love, even as I marched and fasted and tried to resist.

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12/12/2020 4:40:48 AM

There are many problems that sprang up during Trump's term, situations that we've never encountered before, at least in our lifetimes. We need a much better system of vetting a presidential candidate. Would Trump have made it to the White House if we all knew beforehand that he: was sued by the DoJ (1973) for refusing to do business with any non-white individual/group, had deflected a significant number of alleged rape charges/ laundered hush money for a sx act with a porn actress (which he denied), threw $25 million at the court to make a class action lawsuit for fraud (regarding the now shuttered Trump Univ.) disappear, multiple tax problems with the IRS, decades long agenda of personal gain above all, multiple bankruptcies (bad decisions, etc), fancy dancing between the banks and the IRS, and, mostly pretending to be something he never was - a successful businessman. a self-made billionaire, etc. The real author of "The Art of the Deal" and the producer of "The Apprentice"/Celebrity Apprentice spoke out about the deceit. The President of the U.S. should be held to some standard, better than the one that exists today. We've been conned, unfortunately. Now we have a leader gone amok who has been tearing the country apart for his entire term, gutted the government from within, defied Constitutional law, snuggled up to despotic leaders of enemy countries/severed ties with U.S. allies, inhumanely disregarded the pandemic (admitted it) and embraced herd mentality to thin the ranks of the general population. He also presided over the largest transfer of wealth from the masses to the already wealthy/elite. Now he leads millions into an attack on our system of government. He didn't drain the swamp, he is the swamp.

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