It’s time we face up to it. Donald Trump’s election was not just an aberration or as I’ve heard described “an asterisk in history”. It was a clear choice between two fundamentally powerful beliefs that form the fabric of the American society and culture. It was not a choice between conservatism and liberalism. Not a choice between progressives and pragmatists. It was not even a choice between Donald and Hillary. It was a choice between the rule of law vs. America’s identity as white, heterosexual and Christian. In the minds of Trump supporters, it was clear that America’s judicial system, which was the pride of the world, was being used to empower immigrants and minorities to assert their rights as equal US citizens to the extent of placing white Americans in the minority. Rather than allow that to happen, 60% of white Americans are willing to “suspend” the rule of law for the purpose of re-empowering white America’s rule over everyone else in American. I place the word suspend in quotes because in the minds of those who do it, it’s always temporary. Just ask the Germans. However, once the deed is done, you’re stuck with what ever is left. People who seize power that way never give it back, willingly. Trump supporters see their ownership of automatic weapons as insurance against any dictatorial takeover. I would suggest they talk to the rebels and insurgents in Aleppo, Syria and ask them how effective those weapons are against government forces intent on putting down a rebellion. As usual, movies and television have romanticized the righteous rebellion, with the rebels bound by love and patriotism, hiding and fighting the good fight against the evil government. No. You get to be buried alive from the shelling of hospitals and churches. In today’s world, there is no defense against a government that is willing to kill every human being in its borders when there is no America or NATO to prevent them from doing so. If you don’t believe me, just pick up the paper. It’s happening today all over the world. When the Trump Administration really does form the so-called “deep state” (that in today’s reality doesn’t exist), Trump won’t hesitate to bring to bare any power under his control to protect his interests, especially with his buddies in Russia, North Korea and the Philippines cheering him on. Heck, he’s already talking about suspending the 2020 elections for “the benefit of the Country”.
It’s important that as Americans we understand this. By electing a man like Donald Trump as president, who may himself be a felon and who is unquestionably dishonest and immoral, America was actually voting against the rule of law. Once you put that dynamic in place, you now have survival of the fittest – a world where might always trumps right. I don’t think we truly understand what that means. It means that if you have a dispute with your neighbor, for example, the resolution is going to depend on who can pay the most tribute to the power in control of that issue, not the rule of law. We in America, especially in the last 50 years, have been spoiled by the privilege of living in an environment that is virtually corruption free. Corruption is not just part and parcel of dictatorships; it’s the whole point of it. Every society is full of rich would-be kings. The only thing preventing them from corrupting all of society is the rule of law. So the question is, what do we do about it?
The first thing is stop acting like that judicial system is going to save us. Trump and his Republican cronies are busy packing the courts with Trump friendly judges as we speak. The Muller investigation is fast loosing credibility thanks to the Fox News propaganda mill. While it’s important that we continue the battle on that front as long as we still can, we must also prepare for the world we’re going to be living in if Trump supporters don’t come to their senses in the 2018 elections. That world requires that we stop fighting the NRA and join them. As bad as we need gun control, you must understand in the brave new Trump world, those laws will be applied differently to Democrats and minorities than to white Republicans. We need to form our own community watch groups and local militias, fully competent in the use of military arms and tactics. The NRA advocates claim that American would be a much safer place if everyone were armed. Maybe they’re right. I know I certainly would go out of my way to be kind and courteous to everyone I meet if that were the case. Of course, life would get real interesting when people did happen to lose their temper or wake up in a bad mood. We probably would have a daily body count in the local news, just like the pollen or air quality count in the summer. The second thing we must do is to pay more attention to local elections while they are still free and fair. If you are a Democrat or minority, you must vote in every election and know the person you are voting for from dogcatcher and register of deeds to mayor or state senator. Regardless of how insignificant you think your life is and how little your vote counts, for the next two years at least, you must regard voting as a means of survival and not just a right or obligation. Generally speaking, you must live your life with the understanding that the people controlling government today regard anything less than acknowledgement of America as being a country of white, heterosexual, Christians as a treasonous act of war.
Finally, I would like to leave any Trump supporters who may be reading this something to consider. There is a book out titled, How Democracies Die. It was written by two Harvard professors name Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky who have studied and researched democracies in Latin America and the developing world for the last twenty years. In it they relate an old parable that you would do well to heed. I don’t have the exact wording in front of me right now, but the jest of it goes as follows:
In ancient times, the stag and the horse were in constant conflict. Finally, exasperated, the horse went to the man and begged for his help. “I’ll help you”, said the man, “but you must allow me to put a saddle on your back so I can ride you with ease, and put a bitt in your mouth so I can control your movement.”
The horse quickly agreed and in no time the man and the horse together vanquished the stag. “Oh, thank you so much”, said the horse. “Now that we’ve succeeded, you can take the bitt out of my mouth and the saddle off my back.”
“No”, said the man. “I think I’ll leave things just as they are. I think it’s the best thing for both of us.”