Resist: The Downfall of the United States

20 Jan

resistI know I and millions of Americans are in mourning today. We are in mourning for the contempt, disdain, and utter destruction of Trump and  his racist, homophobic cabinet of multi-millionaires. We are mourning the celebration of sociopathy over compassion and love and the idea of paying it forward. We are mourning the day in history when the world will look back and ask: “why and how did people support Trump?” Today I weep for America.

The old rules of any type of civility are now over and we are now navigating a Trump world of sociopathy. Yes, Trump, Kellyanne Conway, Jeff Sessions, Reince Priebus, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell and most of the GOP are now engaged in such mendacity and hypocrisy that the world seems upside down.

How do we resist? We keep vigilant, we continue to protest, we continue to call our members of congress and demand to be heard. I realize this is difficult, given that Paul Ryan seems to have disconnected his phone, as I have been calling his office once every day. We must never normalize this. We must never become people who turn their backs on the poor, the targeted, the registered! We all know that Trump will soon turn Americans against each other and ask that we spy on each other and report people. We know from his behavior that soon news outlets will not be invited to the White House; that he will censure journalists that ask questions; or that he will just stop providing news conferences.

I will challenge myself and all of America to take action! We need to organize, support each other, and change this system. Let us make every effort to mitigate the destruction he has laid out, the shredding of rights he has promised. Stay mobilized and passionate! There are anti-Trump rallies taking place all over the country — people are organizing and taking action. Be part of the movement, the resistance.

14 Responses to “Resist: The Downfall of the United States”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW January 20, 2017 at 6:33 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  2. joseph elon lillie January 20, 2017 at 8:04 am #

    Always remember we are part if a larger kingdom, that cannot perish tarnish spoil or fade. The light never needs to cry out against the dark. It just needs to shine.

  3. BRENT BLACKMON January 20, 2017 at 8:39 am #

    Where is the Michael I know and love? Where is the thought leadership that we need so much right now? All I hear are the hysterics and the despair. The tide comes in and the tide goes out – you can’t despair that it’s never coming back or that the world “will remember this day.” When the tide goes out, it lays bare the ground underneath. Time to examine it and go to work to fix it up to be ready for the tide to come back in. The important point is – you’re not going to make the tide come back in by demonstrating, ridiculing and shouting at the other side. It’s just an opportunity to get some much-needed foundation work done.
    For instance, now is the time to show them that we are good sports; that we can be good citizens when the vote doesn’t go our way; that we want to get along. They have become afraid that we are trying oppress them. I don’t believe that, but that’s what they fear. And their fear is our worst enemy. You can push people or you can hug them. When you push these people, they push back and you have justified their own prejudice and bigotry. When you hug them, they hug back. You can’t hate bigots and expect to make progress. You only stiffen their resolve.
    When we sound like anarchists, or terrorists, and threaten hate and violence if we don’t get our way, we are going to get the harshest kind of response. Don’t blame Trump – blame US for being so foolish. We will get that response regardless of who is President.
    Come on, Michael – you’re fighting the wrong battle. It’s not Trump we’re trying to change, or Paul Ryan, for that matter. It’s the people that put them in office: the voters that are afraid of us too much already. Do we want them to be inclusive and compassionate? They need more hugs, not more hate. You want to win their hearts and their minds? Show them that we aren’t poor losers. That we are inclusive and compassionate as well. That we are willing to go to work where work needs to be done. They aren’t going to open their hands to us if we are showing them the “red fist.” Really, Michael? The red fist? You’re trying to lead the wrong group. You shake your fist at them because you think that is how we want you to lead us. But the truth is, we need you to lead THEM. We need you to take them by the hand and lead them. They will follow you/us but we have to lead with love. And respect. And good manners. And hugs. You take the lead, Michael. We need you. It’s what your best at.

    • penguinlad January 21, 2017 at 6:46 am #

      I could hardly disagree more, Brent. First, you really miss the point of this post. The incoming administration has demonstrated nothing but contempt for actually governing, and presents active threats to marginalized people. RESISTANCE is critical. There is no Trump mandate, and those of us who care about how this country is led must stand up to bullying and fascist tactics.

      Second, your tidal analogy is sweet and charming but wholly wrong. This isn’t even a tsunami. It is a nuclear blast. It is set off with intent, aimed at destroying the legacy of the first African-American President and the progressive values he worked hard to enshrine in our government. It is aimed at everyone who is not white, male, Christian, and wealthy. We must resist before more blasts truly destroy us.

      FInally, and perhaps most importantly, your push and hug advice is very odd, and smacks of blaming the victim. When someone hits you with a bat, hugging them is not a reasonable response. I absolutely agree that peaceful dialogue and collaboration are the best tools for governance and living together. Sadly, the rage that Trump whipped up, taking advantage of racism, misogyny, homphobia, and all our basest natures, is where we live right now. We simply must resist in order to maintain any sort of foundation on which we can build again.

  4. brianarbenz January 20, 2017 at 9:09 am #

    I’m in Pittsburgh, Pa. on a stop heading to D.C. for the big protest tomorrow. I’ll be thinking of your words here, Michael! Thanks.

  5. evelyneholingue January 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm #

    Amen to your words, Michael. Let’s. Resist. Let’s. Create. Art can be so controversial.

  6. theotherdavid January 25, 2017 at 11:53 pm #

    Basically, what is happening with the clamp down on all of the departments regarding their communications…never done here bofore (um…think…I don’t really use this analogy easily…Nazi Germany) is that Trump is putting their communication through an approval process, not independent from, but subject to career politician’s review. He’d hope, under executive review. Well, yeah, his cabinet crazies. Are you trump supporters crazy. No…are you people who are sitting here trying to give him a fucking chance crazy? No…am I crazy? taking moments off? This is not good. These departments are supposed to be filled with experts, having PHD’s and/or years of practical experience, they give information, publically, and we see it..and politicians vote on it…and we are supposed to have the say, in the next election, whether we agree. THIS IS FUCKING NOT RIGHT. RESIST!!!!!!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 26, 2017 at 6:09 am #

      Great comments, David. Yes, we must not normalize any of this. Trump’s actions clearly indicate he thinks of himself as a totalitarian leader. We must resist at every turn. I think most of us knew it would be bad but I suspect we did not know it would be this bad in the very first week of his regime. Peace to you. In solidarity, Michael.

  7. andres March 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm #

    in the beggining of… this you said “We are mourning the day in history when the world will look back and ask: “why and how did people support Trump?” the answer? is half in your article and half in reality, you dont stop to call trump supporters sociopaths and call to organize against him… YOU MADE THIS HAPPEN ill explain, you called christians racists and homophobes and that they should vote hillary, what did you think happened? they votted TRUMP because thats what happen when you do that, there are around 50m christians in the usa, once ive got called a homophobe by a hillary supporter on social media… im bi, ive got called a racist… im latino and i still remember when you bragged about how hillary was going to win… im sick of you you call for social justice but i havent see any article mentioning your hypocrisy of your members to show that it is equal to everyone that even you sometimes are just wrong, last weekend i came back from miami, im latino and i didnt get deported… im sick of you.

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