You are at war.
Every last one of you.
I have said this many times – Trump and his allies are traitors to the United States. They despise everything it stands for. This last week has demonstrated that clearly, and if you don’t “get it”, then you are part of the problem.
I have also said this, many times: It only takes one side to start a war.
Well, they have brought the war to your doorstep. It is rampaging through your streets as we speak.
The “very fine people” of the KKK and the neo-Nazis, and their allies within various corrupted police forces, have turned a broad swath of non-violent protests into riots, in a successful effort to ignite a “race war”. In this case, not one where black people have taken up arms against the US, but where white-trash racists have taken up arms against black people and their supporters.
And Trump is finally stepping up to declare himself THEIR leader. Not the leader of the USA, but just the leader of the bad actors.
It should be abundantly clear to you all that he has allied himself with the worst of our international enemies, and now he is shoring up support with the worst of our own people.
Their goal is to kill you.
No bullshit. That is the only way they will ever be happy. Any dissent with their aims is to put yourself into the “enemy” camp and they are incapable of acting any other way. They *will* kill you. And your children. And anyone you are friends with.
We’ve seen this movie before, people. Hitler did it. Stalin did it. Mao did it. Kim Jong Un did it. Hussein did it. MBS is doing it. Putin does it. And there are always those who are happy to serve their kind.
They rise up, people don’t take them seriously, and then they gin up a reason to stage a coup and decapitate the existing government, to replace it with their own loyalists in the fragments left behind.
Today, what you are seeing in the news, that is the United States having a Reichstag Fire.
It is not, however, too late.
The good news here is that Trump and his supporters, despite being violent assholes, are also generally pretty fucking stupid. There are exceptions – William Barr being a good example – and those are the dangerous actors behind the throne, as it were.
They are also, to a person, cowards. They bluster when they have the advantage, but they have zero personal courage. And that’s what makes them hate you. They envy your courage, your independence, and your happiness.
And they will do everything in their power to drag you beneath them.
Because that is the only way they can feel good. By establishing a false sense of superiority through strength, they can convince themselves that they are morally superior. This is why White Evangelicals line up behind Trump – they’ve been raised from childhood to have an inferiority complex and to assume simplistic, idiotic traits like the color of one’s skin to be indicators of worth. It’s what makes them fools and cowards, it’s what enables Trump to con them over and over again.
Trump has called out his intention to unleash the US military against protesters (which is an illegal order, for the record). He has called out his intention to sic the US law enforcement agencies against “antifa” (a non-organization which is defined by its opposition to fascism). Antifa, by the way, having no “membership”, means anyone who opposes a fascist dictator – by definition, if you oppose Trump, you can be labeled antifa.
Think that over.
Those States which are not run by corrupted Republican officials must declare themselves in opposition to Trump’s actions. Media outlets must declare Trump’s actions unlawful and violent. The US Military is bound by law to dismiss the President’s illegal orders. Those police forces which remain uncorrupted must dig out and destroy the threats to our citizenry.
On the assumption that there will actually be an election in November, individual citizens must re-check their registration status and get their votes in, on paper, and keep a copy for their own records to supply it in case it is needed for validation.
It would also be advisable to arm yourselves. Because those violent hicks supporting Trump – both in and out of uniform – won’t think twice about using violence against you. Being cowards, if they know there is a good chance of coming to harm themselves, they will avoid confrontations with anyone other than unarmed and defenseless persons.
I cannot impart in words how saddened, how let down, how disgusted I am with the state of things today. None of this brings me anything akin to joy.
It does strengthen my resolve, however. Resolve to support the country I grew up in, the United States and those people loyal to one another – because that is who the US is, it is her people. And being loyal to the US is being loyal to one another, our neighbors.
War is being fought against us. Against our people. By those we thought stood with us. We’ve seen other countries go through this, we’ve fought this war once before already.
Sadly, it must be fought again. Outside of the Trump supporters, no one wanted this war. But here it is, on our doorstep once again.
And we must take a stand here.
I will end with a quote from Elie Wiesel:
“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.”