I went yesterday to my talk-therapy session. I hadn’t been since the election and there was much to discuss. So many negative things had happened: my perception of my relationships with people I thought I knew changed; the fear of attack, both verbal and physical, had overnight grown exponentially.
Most hideously illuminated were the people in my life that I had always considered supportive of me; people I thought decent, thoughtful and reasonable American voters who would turn toward reason instead believed and embraced an incredibly racist, xenophobic, homophobic and mentally unhinged incoming President, becoming by fiat fact-deniers, homophobes and racists, overt or clandestine.
They willingly and without consideration of their collective madness handed an incapable, trite and childish, ignorant, unintelligent and uncaring (not to mention an extremely dangerous and unstable) president-elect the codes to our nuclear arsenal and set him up as the incoming Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of our nation.
As if there wasn’t enough to fear.
Now, many might say this is unreasonable thinking on my part, that there are sufficient checks and balances within our system to prevent a knee-jerk reaction from the aforementioned unstable president-elect or may say, perhaps, that I am in fact fearing a thing that would probably never come to pass, and that there is no way our supposedly balanced government would allow its own citizens to come to harm.
Let’s review current events…
Our government is in fact intimidating of Native American citizens by using our ‘peacekeepers’ as if this was the year 1816, not the year 2016.
Trump’s threats against political dissent come from a president-elect who takes his ideology right out of a fascist Hitler-Mussolini-Franco playbook:
Trump puts avowed RACISTS, misogynists and KKK supporters into influential positions in his incoming administration:
Trump is a man with a disproportionate and delusional view of his own achievements and abilities. He is a braggart, a liar that time and again not only lied to the press but to all those people who supported him in their unthinking ignorance. As a result they voted in a fascist, bigoted, arrogant, ignorant and completely unfit man into the most visible, important and critical position on the planet:
Trump actively threatens our free press and ignores the First Amendment of the Constitution; a man who threatens citizens by taking the position that we should be prosecuted for speaking our minds:
Trump’s vice-presidential cohort is the most EXTREMIST, RELIGIOUSLY RADICALIZED, hate-filled, backward thinking man to hold the office since the Richard Nixon/Spiro Agnew era:
Trump’s ideal of ‘Making America Great Again’ resulted in his handing the reins of the helm of what is arguably one of the most important cabinet offices, the Secretary of Education (a post whose aim is to guide the education of our most important resource, our children) to the most supremely unqualified person imaginable:
Still think I am over-reacting, being unreasonably, ridiculously fearful over nothing? Hmmmm?
Uh… I don’t think so. I have every reason to be fearful, but I WILL NOT.
Self-portrait addressing fear (above) and My Declaration, 2016 (below).
I WILL NOT BE SILENT.
I WILL NOT ALLOW INTIMIDATION TO FORCE ME INTO POLITICAL SUBMISSION.
I WILL SUPPORT THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.
I WILL NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO FORCE CHRISTIAN OR ANY OTHER RELIGIOUS ZEALOTRY UPON ME OR ANY AMERICAN.
I WILL CONFRONT HATE, RACISM, HOMOPHOBIA, XENOPHOBIA AND MISOGYNY WHEREVER IT REARS ITS UGLY HEAD.
I WILL OPPOSE THOSE WHO ACTIVELY, PASSIVELY OR BY DISPASSION EMBRACE OR ESPOUSE HATEFUL, DANGEROUS AND IGNORANT RHETORIC.
I WILL OPPOSE ANYONE THAT INITIATES VIOLENCE, INTIMIDATION AND HATE CRIME AGAINST ANYONE ELSE.
I WILL OPPOSE THE EROSION OF MY CIVIL RIGHTS OR THE ATTEMPT TO SUPPRESS MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF FREE SPEECH AND THE FREEDOM TO PEACEABLY ASSEMBLE WITH OTHERS IN PROTEST OF INJUSTICE.
I WILL NOT ALLOW ANYONE TO TRAMPLE ON THE BLOOD OF THOSE WHO DIED FOR MY FREEDOMS NOR ALLOW THE DIRECTION OF OUR NATION TO EMBRACE TYRANNY.
I WILL RAISE MY VOICE AGAINST INJUSTICE AND TYRANNY, AGAINST OLIGARCHY AND AGAINST DICTATORSHIP.
I WILL NOT FEAR.