Thanks, Thom Hartmann.
Yes, actually, a lot of us saw this coming, and said so, before 45 took office.
Mostly to widespread scorn and derision from those “liberals” and “progressives” with whom we dared to speak…
I’m glad you still have the heart to stay with it, Mr. Hartmann—to keep trying to assist those who are continuing to deny that the wholly logical next steps in enacting authoritarianism could indeed happen here.
I myself am convinced that it is too late to assist anyone who is still in so much denial.
If they’re in this level of denial—still trusting in their talismans of quasi-religious faith—the courts, the elections, the “good” politicians—clutching at these like Christians might clutch their crosses in a moment of trial, but still refusing to admit any identity with those Christian neighbors—they will only be rescued from it by total calamity.
Apparently, many “liberals” and “progressives” are now capable of perceiving only two possible responses to this totalizing crisis—“Vote!” (but let’s debilitate ourselves and one another by arguing, again, about HOW all right-thinking people should vote, and heaping hatred on those who refuse to do it OUR way!) or “Lie down and die!”
At this point, about only useful thing I can think of to say to such folks is, “Do you have a plan? A handgun and enough ammunition to kill yourself and your immediate family? A ready supply of heroin or prescription opiates adequate to the same purpose? A nice bridge you’re sure you’ll be able get to, with a drop sufficient to kill you, and the will to jump off of it?”
“If not, you’d best take care of these things…”
Because just as it was obvious to me that 45 was indeed going to come to power, just as it was obvious to me that the regime would indeed run down the classic authoritarian playlist, it is obvious to me that it will not stop now.
It is obvious to me that clutching at religious talismans of God Mind/God Money—elections, courts, the Constitution, the EU or the World Court—will prove as overwhelmingly futile as the Cherokee’s attempts to save their lives as they knew them through collaboration with the European conquerors.
At this point, I find it easier to converse with my Christian family members and neighbors who perceive these as the End Times than with such leftist religious fanatics, leftist fundamentalists.
Hey, at least my Christian relations express joy and humility in relation to the unfolding events! At least they regularly express a sense of adventure in relation to the unknown!
If we’re all gonna die, en masse, soon, I’d rather do so next to folks who are prepared to go down laughing and singing than with a bunch of people who seem likely to spend their last moments arguing about who was right, and what someone else should have done to prevent this dreadful outcome.
Maybe I’m finally gonna kick my long-standing addiction to reading leftist news. Because there’s nothing new there, no matter how hopefully and persistently I look…