It’s hard for nice progressive people to imagine the violence, racism, gun love, and other dangerousness that inhabits the minds, hearts and culture of Trump and the Trump cult.
Unless you’re a chameleon like I am, and have talked to the Trump culters (especially in the old Confederacy but also in the rural west and midwest), you don’t realize that another Civil War is on the horizon, except that this time, in the White House is the anti-Lincoln, and the Republican Party is the party bent on destroying the Union by eradicating progressives, environmentalists, atheists, LGBT, minorities, poor people, and women who want reproductive freedom.
The violence Trump explicitly encouraged at his campaign rallies, his slagging of Maxine as “a very low IQ person,” his defense of KKK goons in Charlottesville, and his pandering to gun fetishists and the military are all indicators of the brutality of this man and his followers.
It’s uncomfortable to realize that there might have to be an epic, physical battle between the forces of good and evil. It had to happen to get rid of slavery and it might have to happen again.
I remember a protest on behalf of ancient redwoods in NorCal when loggers and police goons beat and even killed non-violent forest advocates.
The only thing that stopped them is when the forest advocates started beating them in return.
Bullies will never stop until they get their ass beat.
Heed well this wisdom from Thomas Jefferson:
Paris Nov. 13. 1787.
The people can not be all, & always, well informed. the part which is wrong will be discontented in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. if they remain quiet under such misconceptions it is a lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. we have had 13 states independent 11 years. there has been but one rebellion. that comes to one rebellion in a century & a half for each state. what country before ever existed a century & half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? let them take arms. the remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. what signify a few lives lost in a century or two? the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. it is its natural manure."