I could spend time breaking down President Trump's bizarre press nightmare, but I don't really fucking care what he said today. He was saying it all along, but some people just weren't paying attention. Hillary Clinton gave an entire speech about Trump and the so-called "alt-right" almost a year ago, and I thought the case she made was solid and apparent--my bad. It turns out, someone like Donald Trump can be a lifelong racist surrounding himself with other racists, and people will actually pretend they don't notice. That shocked me more than it should have, I will admit.
But then again, I am a funny old thing--I believe Americans should kill fascists.
Look at the header of my blog--"This blog kills fascists. Eventually. It's a process I'm working on. Be patient with me." That header is a call-back to Woody Guthrie, who just forthrightly put "This machine kills fascists" on his guitar. My blogging isn't up to Woody Guthrie's songwriting, but I aspirationally hope I'm doing my bit. I'm not going to kick fascist ass all at once, but I will attempt it. Like I thought it was my job.
And what do you know--Guthrie had his dealings and complaints about Old Man Trump (Donald's daddy). Donald Trump started the hell off in this life Team Racist and fascist-associated. (No really, I'm not linking The Nation and I don't want to say Roy Cohn was such a fascist, but am I pretending Roy Cohn was not a fascist? Go--read Politico. McCarthyism is fascism. It doesn't matter that Cohn was a gay Jew. Demonizing and destroying and doubling-down and publically lying about everything? Shit's fascist. )
This blog is rooted in the mid-20th century ideas that Keynes rocked, that civil rights for all were a positive good, and that we all are supposed to stand against fascists. It's what the good people do. It's what Churchill and FDR did. (Stalin--I don't know him.)
It's what heroes are supposed to do.
In the United States of America, where I thought I was living, Nazis are stupid and bad at best and are history's worst monsters because of course they are. I mean, who demonizes and singles out ethnic minorities and gay and trans people and religious minorities and disabled people and tries to codify into law ways to make the oppression of these people permanent?
Oh, right. Trump. Because he is what he is. (And let's not actually "go there" and pretend his honesty is refreshing-it's shit. I don't expect people to eat shit and smile. You like this? You like eating shit, and there's something fundamentally wrong with you.)
We are supposed to see Dictators as bad and even clowns in this society.
Hitler and those who are Hitler-adjacent are supposed to be targets of our scorn, not our admiration. People waving Swastika flags are not okay--ever. You should expect better. The people who would easily accept standing right by them--are not okay either. And this Confederate thing--kind of fascist, also too, with the added problem of being treason against the US in the defense of bondage-slavery, because read the actual articles of secession of the states in question. Yes, it was always about slavery, not states' rights. Because it was about states' having the right to endorse slavery. Because the South was like, "Screw it" with respects to Northern States' feels about the Fugitive Slave Acts, which made catching free human (black) bodies and delivering them back into a pernicious bondage incumbent upon people who didn't want any part of it. Which was obviously fuckery. Northern states had to comply with making black people slaves, and the South at first simply didn't give a shit if the Federal law was about determining what states were free--but then when GOP President Lincoln happened, they had a total freak-out and got scared he'd take away their bondage humans.
Wow. Fucking snowflakes. Makes you wonder why the Party of Lincoln is being all about Confederate statues now, doesn't it?
So color me unimpressed with the reasoning of weirdo RW fringe folks like disgraced election campaign finance fraudster and adulterer Dinesh D'Souza, who somehow thinks General Robert E. Lee was not in favor of slavery or secession, but kind of led the Confederate Army anyway.
Robert E. Lee, slave holder and warrior for the cause of secession, would have been astounded to have been so misconstrued, as was his opposition to Confederate monuments. Also too, we seized his property and buried heroes on it. But D'Souza is firmly ensconced in hind-titterati land, anyway--after all, writing something with the title "The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left" is pretty explicitly recycling Jonah Goldberg's drool through a badly-abused sweat sock. I'd worry after his health if he gave me reasons to give a shit.How ignorant of the left to choose Robert E. Lee--who opposed both slavery & secession--to symbolize the evils of slavery & secession— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) August 13, 2017
Anyway, when idiot-ass thoroughly uncloseted racist Donald Trump talks about antifa showing up with clubs, it is kind of weird that I just note that the only club-swinging-like activity I noticed was the abuse by racists of Deandre Harris. And I note the car-ramming terrorist tactic was fresh out of violence ideation posted to Fox News via The Daily Caller. Which Red state legislatures were totally here for, and hate group leaders approved of.
We've seen RW terror before, and we'll see it again. What we need to know is, this ideology is geared towards violence, and opposition to it is the only way to get over it.
Trump has tacitly supported our domestic enemies (which isn't what his oath of office was about at all). But I would hope most Americans knew what side they meant to be on. And yes, I would hope it would be the not-Nazi, not-treason-side.