Treason and the Embracing of Fascism

30 Jul

I have spent many weeks working on this particular article, as it has been eating at me and has been the cause of great consternation. While I typically do not reach out to 45’s base supporters, I am reaching out now, as I am exceedingly nonplussed. My observations are that continued support of 45 in the wake of his behavior in the last two years provides overwhelming evidence of a disturbing embracing of fascism and a complete lack of understanding of how a democracy operates, not to mention the overwhelming evidence of how racism unites a huge portion of the population in the United States.

In the past two years we have witnessed such sociopathic behavior from 45 and the entire GOP and what we have witnessed can’t be undone–it cannot be taken back. We now have to look at how do we repair the monumental damage done by this administration and all of you who colluded with this nefarious behavior. Here is just a minuscule list of the damaging and unacceptable behavior that is moving to deteriorate and dismantle our democracy: 45 endorsed and campaigned for Roy Moore who raped countless women and girls–how on earth do you move forward after that? How is that acceptable behavior? While campaigning, 45 mocked a reporter with disabilities–for me, I was certain this would have been the end of his campaign, but the American people sadly proved me wrong and said it was okay to mock people with disabilities. His base further disappointed me by saying it is acceptable for men to grab women by their genitals. I don’t know how any of you readers were raised, but I was raised with respect for human decency and all of 45’s behavior and the collusion and support by the entire GOP fly in the face of human decency.

Another breaking point was the separating of children from their families and placing children in cages in camps. When we learned that one particular child with Down syndrome was separated from his family, FOX correspondent Corey Lewandowski mocked the child and family with his pathetic “womp, womp.” Honestly, how does one bounce back from this behavior? Have you no decency Mr. Lewandowski? Have you no empathy? I grow fearful and exhausted by 45’s base who shout: “if you break the law, you get separated from your family.” Sadly, you all don’t seem to understand how the law works and how applying for asylum works, or what due process means. One has to be on American soil to fill out the paper work to apply for asylum and should not be separated from one’s family and then is entitled to due process.

Now let us talk about treason.  While 45 works to alienate our allies and insults Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, demonstrates unbelievably boorish behavior to the Queen of England, and then praises oppressive dictators like Kim Jung Un seems like a dystopian piece of fiction, but sadly it is our reality. His private meeting with Puppet Master Vlad Putin is more than just problematic, it is in fact treason. 45 said: “It is U.S. foolishness and stupidity and the Mueller probe that is responsible for the decline in US relations with Russia,” all of this in the face of the evidence that Russia was involved in disrupting our democratic process. Then to make matters worse, 45 has now invited the Puppet Master to come to DC for another private meeting. Why are we not collectively freaking out over this? Why have charges of treason not been filed?

Moving on to more examples of behavior that you can’t take back–behavior that painfully demonstrates that 45 and the entire GOP display the very worst of humanity. 45 and his administration are currently trying to purge all current soldiers who are impacted by HIV.  Even more disgusting is that 45 is diverting Ryan White funds that are designated to help those impacted by HIV to separate children from families. The very unstable 45 has now also threatened Iran with war.  Is this who we are as a nation? The sad answer is YES–this is who we have devolved to as a nation. It is not a small wonder that we have lost any respect from our allies around the globe.

In my 51 years of living, never did I imagine I would witness the nation embracing Fascism, but alas here we are. Fascism is the embracing and subscription to an authoritarian government that does not allow for opposing views; it vilifies the free press and demonizes opposing voices as “enemies of the state.” There is a strong push towards nationalism and great disdain for economic equality, rampant misogyny, and disdain for the arts and intellectuals — disdain for human rights. All decision making is from a unilateral voice without a system of check and balances, and fraudulent elections.

Call to action: I worry that those of you who remain in 45’s seemingly implacable base, your legacy is one of hate, racism, homophobia, misogyny, and fear. Please prove me wrong. I implore all of us to reflect and show ourselves and the world we are better than this. I want America to weep no more. For all of us in the Resistance, please practice self-care. For me, I am watching Netflix and Kim’s Convenience.

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25 Responses to “Treason and the Embracing of Fascism”

  1. Brenda Davis Harsham July 30, 2018 at 6:53 am #

    The 45th supporters I know seem to live in an alternate reality where Fox news is the messiah, the presidency is blessed by God and the 45th doesn’t do any serious wrong. They don’t seem to take in the same facts as the resistance. I asked one how he could support the 45th after that “Mexicans are rapists” quote, especially as he has nieces and a nephew who are Mexican. He stood up and shouted at me that that was a lie, it never happened. He seemed ready to be violent.

    Why do they permit the 45th to commit any crime? They even seem to be willing to embrace that he knowingly accepted help from the Russians to win the election. This seems to be about stacking the courts from the Supreme Court on down. The minority that wants to overturn Roe v. Wade are happy to ignore Stare Decisis, the constitution, and the rule of law to create a religious state where women can finally be controlled. The right way.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 30, 2018 at 6:56 am #

      Brenda, you are experiencing a lot of what many of are experiencing–this bizarre alternative reality that is not based in reality in any way. I’m not sure how to reason with it, or even if we can reason with it. I am open to suggestions. In solidarity, Michael.

      • Brenda Davis Harsham July 30, 2018 at 7:20 am #

        The only way I know to solve this is a similar paradigm to the rule of law. You have to be willing to set aside bias and look at the facts. Spin is fake news. Sometimes I hear the main stream news media reporting speculation when facts aren’t available. Who can blame them when Fox has made an empire from elevating opinion to appear equal to news? I wish we could go back to hearing fact-based news and less opinions of panels and hosts.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 30, 2018 at 7:22 am #

        Yes, absolutely! Sadly, I suspect we have turned to transforming news to entertainment because it generates more money, which seems to trump any need for news/facts.

      • Brenda Davis Harsham July 30, 2018 at 9:53 am #

        Sadly, it’s part of what’s driving our fears, though. Maybe we need a network that promises facts. Or we need to watch it all and process, but who has time for that?

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 30, 2018 at 11:36 am #

        There are some good sources out there. DailyKos, and Fivethirtyeight are two sources I rely on, and honestly Samantha Bee and John Oliver.

      • Brenda Davis Harsham July 30, 2018 at 8:44 pm #

        Love Samantha Bee and John Oliver. Love Rachel Maddow, but she does put opinion up there. On the other hand, she doesn’t then report opinion as fact. Peace.

  2. Juliane McCall July 30, 2018 at 8:00 am #

    I have felt I am in the twilight zone for nearly two years. I didn’t think that #45 could be elected after many of his comments and actions you wrote about. But I feel this will fall on deaf ears…I have tried to have conversations with those who support him but end up getting yelled at before I even open my mouth. I pray ALL Democrats and Independents vote in November 2018… we need a change… he has already torn down so much that it will take decades to get back to where we were.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 30, 2018 at 8:08 am #

      Hi Juliane, thank you for your comment here. Yes, I fear many of us feel despair. Yes, let us hope we get out and vote in November and that the election is not hacked. In solidarity, Michael.

  3. bevanyardleigh July 30, 2018 at 11:27 am #

    The horrors mount and grow, and the GOP does nothing. Why? The monster lets them pursue their agenda, grinding away decades of progress. Why? Authoritarianism is more in tune with their beliefs than democracy. Why? The free press and an educated population are enemies of most of what they stand for. As long as the monster continues to entrance enough of the GOP base, he will NEVER lose their support. So, we must take their power from them and try to save our nation. May it not be too late.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 30, 2018 at 11:38 am #

      Yes, may it not be too late! Bevan, you certainly captured a big part of the problem, in that many of the white GOP power structure are not interested, nor do they understand how a democracy works; thus proving how ignorance only benefits their base. I attribute much of this to the Tea Party victory in 2010 during the midterm elections. In solidarity, Michael.

  4. Dr. Rex August 1, 2018 at 7:29 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    I believe that the point of no return has been reached and crossed!!
    ‘In the past two years we have witnessed such sociopathic behavior from 45 and the entire GOP and what we have witnessed can’t be undone–it cannot be taken back.’

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 1, 2018 at 8:20 am #

      Horty, thank you for reblogging this! I hope you are practicing some self-care, as we so need your voice! All my love, Michael.

      • Dr. Rex August 1, 2018 at 9:17 am #

        Most welcome!! 🙏🏽 … all my love back!! 💞 I’m trying to get my body in shape, at least!! Hugs … 🤗

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 1, 2018 at 10:34 am #

        Lots of love and good healing energy to you!

  5. eurobrat August 1, 2018 at 9:02 pm #

    I agree that we have crossed a line. The Trump supporters that I have tried to talk to no longer care about politics and ideology, even–it’s all about Donald for them. It’s a cult of personality. Whatever he says is right, even if switches his point of view from one day to the next. This is very dangerous.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 2, 2018 at 5:44 am #

      Eurobrat, thank you for your comment. Yes, I fear you are absolutely right. His base supporters do feel like a cult. Peace to you, Michael.

  6. Gronda Morin August 2, 2018 at 11:38 pm #

    Dear Michael Hulshof-Schmidt,

    I live in Tampa. I did not go to his rally. A local former US representative David Jolly (R) was there and he described this as a frightening scene. He was talking about this group QAnon.

    I’ve thought long and hard about who makes up his base. It seems that it is comprised of Evangelicals at about 35%, ultra conservative Jews, those who belong to racist/ hate groups, the closet racists, those who are anti-immigration, those business folks who don’t care about anyone, just how their pockets are filled. It is this last group who are peeling away. They already have their tax cuts and the elimination of quite a few regulations, but they don’t like the rest of it.

    The folks who are the died hard Trumpers have nowhere else to go. The only prayer we have to stem this, is for good folks to get out the vote this coming November.

    I used to wonder how a country like Germany could devolve where mass atrocities could occur. Now, I know.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 3, 2018 at 5:41 am #

      Hi Gronda,
      Yes, the QAnon cult is terrifying as they are not tethered to any type of reality; they are like a mass group of Alex Jones traveling around spreading hate. Yes, it is exceedingly sad to how the US is now devolving. I’m so grateful for you and for Horty who work so hard to make the world a better place for all! In solidarity and with love, Michael.

  7. evelyneholingue August 6, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    The November elections are approaching, Michael.
    Don’t you have a good feeling about them? I want to:)

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 6, 2018 at 12:15 pm #

      Hi Evelyne, Yes, I am trying to remain optimistic about the midterm elections and we have so much repair work to do! In solidarity and with love, Michael.

      • evelyneholingue August 7, 2018 at 12:47 pm #

        Good! The good hearted always prevail. It’s only a question of patience. Hard to wait but I remain positive. Take good care of yourself!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt August 8, 2018 at 5:43 am #

        Yes, a great deal of patience is needed, and I am grateful for people like you!

  8. Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 30, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

    Nancy, thank you for reblogging this! With love, Michael.

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