THE FIRST 100-DAYS
The nation has survived the First 100-Days of the Despicable Orange Menace in Washington D.C. The Fake Administration has managed to ram its way through the month of fiery Aries, tossing aside all manner of conventions and overturning civil rights and environmental protections without much effort. It may be hoped that now, as we have entered the month of earthy Taurus, we the People will strengthen our roots in the soils of democracy and continue to increase our resistance to the inconceivable regime-change that is fast approaching.
Trump and his Monstrous Minions have avoided self-destruction while wreaking havoc on the Constitution; erasing many of the nations’ rules of law; trashing truth and decency; threatening the lives and jobs of millions of legal immigrants; declaring virtual war against Muslims and rattling the saber of World War against foreign nations. Most alarmingly, by denying the facts of science and common sense regarding the dangers of Climate Change and discounting the need for Environmental Conservation, they threaten the survival of wildlife, parkland and natural resources throughout the world. All for their greedy drive to drill and dig for oil. This is not hyperbole. It is no longer just a possibility. It is Real.
The list of their attempts to circumvent laws and rules of democratic government is endless. Just as we may think it’s as bad as it can get, it gets worse. Too many Americans still let themselves be entertained by the daily side show of Trumps tweets and other idiocies, failing to realize that all of that has a purpose. The purpose is to deflect the public’s attention from the administration’s true crimes.
Beneath the firestorm of False News and Alternative Facts that spew from the White House, lurks the ugly secret these are designed to hide: Namely, the administration’s byzantine tangle of intrigue and collusion with Russia’s interference in the presidential election. Trump conspires clandestinely in Vladimir Putin’s schemes to undermine the democracies of Europe and America. White supremacists and nationalist demagogues throughout the world have been slowly rising during the last decades, while Americans sat smugly complacent, assuring themselves that “it can’t happen here”. Now we learn that the most malicious demagogues and corrupt billionaire war-mongers have been here all along, awaiting their chance to take control.
Hate and Rage, driven by Fear, contaminates the entire planet.
But now, our nation’s people have at last been roused from years of blissful ignorance and complacency concerning the doings and misdoings of our government and political parties. Gigantic protests and marches throughout the nation inspire hope and determination to resist the autocratic take-over of our country. A steady stream of calls and petitions to congressional Representatives and Senators in every state is heartening as elected politicians are forced to face their own wrong-doing and unpopularity.
Yet how long will people be able to maintain the momentum before falling into dispirited despair and then back into the indulgence of indifference? It seems crucial that we keep up the resistance while we still have the freedom of press and speech that our Constitution guarantees. For, little by little, those freedoms are being undermined by the despicable regime of Trump and his allies. Once they destroy the privacy rules and neutrality of the internet, suppress the press, silence the public airwaves, and tap our private computers and phones, it will be far more difficult and dangerous to stand up against their lies.
Personally, I find myself bereft of inspiration and drained of motivation to write anything meaningful. But I spend nearly all my free time with my nose buried in detailed articles and enlightening essays from publications such as The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Time. I pick up more online from The Washington Post; New York Times, and Mother Jones. A stream of news-bites flow steadily through my email as well, and, last but not less, I share on Facebook and find fresh headlines with the latest unbelievable antics of the reviled Crooked Republican administration and its dreadful Fake President.
It amazes me that I take time to do basic house chores or eat meals. There is a frantic urgency to this insane obsession that matches the pace of unfolding events in the news-stream. My moods swing from delight at some small victory of the Resistance, to dispirited despair at the never-ending, on-rolling tsunami of Washington Political Dysfunction and deliberate Destruction.
I Hate that I write only about doom and gloom in my Blog lately! I had only intended this to be a pleasant romp through all kinds of spiritual and creative ideas… a place to air peaceful, happy thoughts. The election has completely turned such plans upside down and inside out!
But this is not a time to seek the ‘nice and simple and pretty’ to avoid the ‘ugly and mean’ things going on. We are foolish to let ourselves be ‘entertained’ by the comedy of errors in Washington. It is important to stand up against every falsehood, speak Truth to Power now, for we may begin to lose the freedom to do that before long. Imagine how it would feel when it becomes dangerous to give voice to your thoughts and beliefs, to disagree with those in power… when simply posting something online could get you arrested, jailed, or worse! It could be easy to retreat into cowardly silence or to meekly surrender to their evil cause.
This is a precious moment demanding to be seized by every freedom-loving American, for if we fail to take courage and resist the flow of apathy and disbelief, it may be too late later. We are advised by those who have been there in the past: Practice standing firm in small ways now…join marches, speak up to false news, make comments online and email, pass the word even to those who don’t like or want to hear it. It will help you stand firm when things get tougher.
Personally, I feel ravenous to learn as much as I can… to understand the depth of evil that pervades the history of our nation’s politics and of the greater world, for I am one who has had the luxury of never meeting true evil face to face.
One of our nation’s Founding Fathers, John Adams, is quoted as warning: “Democracy never lasts long… it soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy that did not commit suicide.” President Lincoln also predicted that if America were to fail it would not be by attacks from outside, but from within when we falter in our belief in democracy. These are hard words to take in, yet it is easy to see, now, how it could happen when we witness the numbers of Americans supporting this disastrous administration and the rapacious political party behind it.
For a country founded on principles of freedom and equality and claiming Christian ideals, we are showing a very ugly underbelly. We could easily self-destruct in this maelstrom of hatred and bigotry.
We must learn to work together with all peace-loving people to keep Truth, Justice, and Freedom alive in America. We need to put aside our differences on the personal issues such as abortion, gun control, fiscal policy, women’s equality, immigration and human rights, LGBTQ, social security, welfare, taxes and all the other matters of our daily debates. We must unite and consolidate our forces to defend our Constitution and fight to preserve the Democracy that bestows us the freedom to hold civil debates on vital matters in our ordinary lives.