Earlier this morning on Facebook I wrote “I’d like to know where to go to reject my citizenship. I don’t believe I’ve ever felt more shame having to wear the label “American.” I lost it there for a second, after seeing Donald Trump re-tweet xenophobic claptrap from a “Britain First” puppet … polluting his feed (which the WH Press Secretary has made clear are official documents of this administration), with extreme violence, promoting racial tensions.
It took a conservative voter asking “are we supposed to pretend evil doesn’t exist?” for me to examine — rationally — WHY I was ready to grab my go-bag and head for the border (three hours and change, if I push it). I thought, “I’m not thinking clearly.” None of us are, frankly. It’s all just too, too much.
If we’re going to survive this administration (personal odds had us at 80/20 for the republic’s survival prior to that N. Korean ICBM test…) we have to STOP. And THINK. As I said in a previous essay, “ponder, even.” Go ahead … it won’t hurt … much. Of course evil exists — and I told our conservative friend, “evil is as real as a breeze on your face.” Think about that.
When I wrote back, I said (regarding evil), “You can’t touch it — but you can feel it. It’s real … but you and I have zero effect, save as a barrier. In the end, love is stronger than hate. I don’t need my president promoting these images and this confrontational mindset — effectively setting up the world’s biggest fan to “help” the winds of hate. But that’s me.”
A half hour later and another cup of joe down my gullet, I found I was angry I’d wasted any time on the entire mess. Me wasting time was THE POINT of Trump’s tweets and I fell into the trap … again. Along about the time I’d convinced myself I was “done with all things Trump for the day,” (sound familiar?) Edmund Burke (the father of modern conservatism) started whispering in my ear. Ironic, huh?
“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”
That’s the King James version — American Standard sounds more like, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
So, I guess I’d better do something. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯