Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Nobody is Coming to Save Us

“Where are our Men of abilities? Why do they not come forth to save their Country?” 

― George Washington

Don't hate the media, become the media.

--Jello Biafra

I go through cycles where I feel like I have to stop writing about national politics in order to maintain my sanity. What has changed my outlook on this is realizing that nobody is going to save us, so we have to save ourselves. The elites, the law, and the institutions that kept us safe have all failed. Even if the FBI finds something, so what? It will be denied, it will be delayed, and a Supreme Court now stolen and stacked will serve as Trump's firewall.

I have seen people lose their minds over this. We have to unify and fight against the evil that delivered us Trumpism. This fight needs to unfold at the local, state, and national levels. It is the civic duty of every American to pay attention because this shit matters.

Facebook is going through another phase where unsophisticated users are amplifying "fake news" stories from disreputable sites. I had to spend a handful of hours over the weekend disinfecting my feed. Something about that "I Heart PBS" sticker sets me off now. It seems to be a common touchstone for the foreign-based trolls that have seized the accounts of dead people. Formerly reasonable people who were actively involved in simple but civic-minded groups are now rabid Bernie Bots or anti-liberal maniacs. They went from supporting Hillary and Democrats to being mouth-foaming berserkers. This is what I have observed on my own, so consider this mere anecdotal evidence that American political civic engagement online continues to be under some sort of attack from the outside.

Friend requests come up daily, and they're usually one of two kinds--the half-naked lady with a man's name or someone who is now, all of a sudden, philosophically aligned with whatever someone working for Russia would think can manipulate liberals. These fake or hijacked profiles have proliferated because the sponsors of those sites, likely some sort of contractor for the Russian government, are desperate for impact and to make people question their loyalty to the Democratic Party. It isn't 2016 anymore--it's happening right now because the Russians know they have the advantage.

Bernie Sanders has become an unwitting foil for the sort of activity that creates division. There are individuals actively engaged in making Hillary supporters hate Bernie and his supporters and that's absolute nonsense. I am a very vocal critic of Bernie Sanders and his followers. But they are not the enemy. Hillary isn't running and neither is Bernie. They're both finished. I believe the Democratic Party is ready for another version of President Obama--a young outsider with the ability to bring tens of thousands of people into arenas and turn out the vote. We need charisma, organization, and moral clarity. No one on the left is an enemy anymore because Trump is the enemy. If you want to cling to hope, then hope that enough people agree that Trump is the only one worth fighting.

The transition to this new reality comes with a decision. Do we allow Sanders to keep siphoning off funds for Democrats that are then used to advance the political fortunes of people who work from the far left against the Democratic Party? Jello Biafra gave his famous speech and delivered his notable quote--don't hate the media, become the media--to the Green Party. They're not getting my vote or my money because our only hope is to support Democrats who can win races. This means I encourage a reformed and reorganized Democratic National Committee to raise funds to support candidates in all 50 states and pursue the recapture of the House and Senate in 2018. If you want to be a pragmatist, you have to assume that there are going to be left-wing opponents. We have to fight apathy and we have to win the support of the far left.

Anything that goes against this process is what I oppose because it plays into the hands of Trump supporters. It should be the central organizing principle of every decent American to take control of Congress. The only chance civilization has is to hand someone like Adam Schiff the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee and so on and so forth. If Bernie isn't on board with that, we have a problem. I believe he is, so I'm going to withhold my criticism for now. I'm not going to react to him on a daily basis. He is not going to run in 2020, but if he does, he's a fool

Continuing the fight between Bernie and Hillary is not going to solve anything because she's not going to run, either (and if she does, then she's as big of a fool as Bernie). How do you motivate yourself to keep up the good fight when there are so many sinister actors on the fringes? How do you write about these things? The process has become exhausting and overwhelmed with negativity. You can see it in the non-reaction that you get when you publish something. I think it comes down to the fact that people want escape. They want a break from what's been happening. Eighty days of Trumpism has broken the back of the American attention span.

It is essential to remain engaged, but not with insane assholes.

It is vital to guard against cynicism, but you'd better learn to be a realist. Fast.

Human beings are going to die from lack of health care, starve from being left hungry, and destroyed by out of control policing if we don't remain focused on the political and social arena. You're not just fighting for yourself--you're fighting for civilization when you protest and remain engaged.

Do you want to be one of the people sitting on that United Airlines flight, watching the police beat a man bloody? Do you want to sit there with a shit-eating grin, happy it isn't them on the other end of the violence? Do you want to check out and give up and walk away from what matters?

Civic engagement matters at every level. You can disconnect completely from national affairs and stay involved at the local level. I respect and understand that. You can drop out for a while, and I'm a firm believer in taking breaks. We, as a people, can't walk away from what's happening.

You can't stop watching this train wreck, and you should not stop documenting the atrocities as they fly by. Literally, there will be three or five or nine atrocities committed by this regime and they will sail over people's heads. This is by design. They are ramming so many different horrible things down our throats that it is important and necessary to track them and understand them for future reference. Being engaged for the last nine years has meant that I can draw on experiences, and that's what infuriates me on a daily basis. The Republican Party threw sand in the gears every minute of every day, starting from Election Day 2008 and onwards. We're not supposed to fight the Trump Regime? Please. We will fight like it matters because it does.

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