Yesterday was the Inauguration and DJ is now officially the President. Very depressing. Pissed me off, too. It was the culmination of a campaign that brought about the very situation the Constitution’s safeguards were included specifically to avoid, a federal crisis in which the checks and balances of our government were defeated. The people’s majority vote was overruled by an outdated institution of proxy electors that was designed as a balance to ensure whomever assumed the office was fit to do so. At the same time a foreign power interfered with our electoral process to warp the results in their favor and the incoming President is in violation of the law since the moment he took the oath.
When we look at this man, his inner circle of family, sycophants and hangers-on, it is chilling. There’s a vague sense of misdirection and unspoken intent that seems to linger beneath the surface of his words and actions. For instance when he says “America First”, a phrase with a past tied to the fascist sympathizers of WWII and white nationalists. On the surface it could mean making America’s well-being a first priority. But it also conveys a feeling of isolationism and a “no more mr. nice guy” vibe.
He has made himself into a kind of cult-like leader, the leader of what he now calls a “movement”. He and his inner circle proclaim his ascent and attack any who disparage or question his sincere intent using denial, conflation and aggression. A good example is when he picked out CNN and its reporter at his press conference. There was a definite feeling that he, and afterwards as his people as they fanned out to the news shows, was putting the other media on notice that if they didn’t toe the line they might be next.
The same attitude and approach is common in his core supporters also. They will go through the same verbal acrobatics, denial of facts and blind trust that in the end it’ll all be great. They have also taken the concept of rejecting political correctness to include verbal and even physical attacks against those they consider outside the “movement”, as well as now feeling free to voice any and every coarse, racist, misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic, crude bullshit that they choose. And they twist concepts like pretzels as when they claim their free speech is denied by not being allowed to voice racist comments or when they reject facts as just somebody’s attempt to discredit one of their wingnut “truths”.
Meanwhile he calls the majority of Americans who voted against him and the media his enemies. He makes it very clear that he will have his agenda and he believes that nothing and no one can stand in his way. He has informed Congress that either they can cooperate and pass his legislation or he will institute it through executive action. He repeatedly asserts that he and his “movement” have a “mandate” from the people that cannot be denied or forestalled as he basks in his perceived leadership bringing sweeping change.
His Inaugural speech was unsettling to the vast majority who viewed it. It becomes ever more clear that his vision of the future benefits only himself, his inner circle, his followers and those willing to bend to his will. And through it all runs an undercurrent of authoritarianism and conformity.
It is an ominous cloud that seems to hang over not only our nation and its people but the entire world. I have heard so many speak in tones of defeat and fear following the election and even more after the inauguration as if the battle is over and lost. But it isn’t.
I was overwhelmed today as I watched the live feed from the Women’s March on Washington. The outpouring of solidarity and inclusion and the resolve to stand for human right for all people and knowing that fierce dedication was being shared across our nation in hundreds of cities and out internationally made my heart swell. This great gathering of energy and outpouring of support and determination was in response to the farce, the tragedy and the travesty that is DJ and his new ruling class as they attempt to dismantle decades of progress and impose an authoritarian kleptocracy on America.
There is fire and will among us. That was amply and effectively demonstrated today. We are the majority. We need to take the lessons we have learned from this long struggle and our recent losses and the determination to resist that has been honed by blood, sweat and tears and build a strong united movement. I believe the progressive movement and its people should focus on advancing a progressive agenda throughout our communities and at all levels of government by spreading progressive awareness, enacting progressive legislation and electing progressive leaders from school boards to president. We need to keep up the pressure and demonstrate that we are serious. We need to take back our country.
Till next time.