Feeling Disillusioned: USA Edition

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“I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” – President Trump

So yesterday, Trumps comments regarding Jewish Democrats went viral throughout every social media platform I take part in. I couldn’t help to think about how Hitler and his party’s propaganda machine started out by dehumanizing Jews and accusing them of not being loyal to the state.

However, Trump and his administration actively dehumanize people every day, and whenever they’re not writing executive orders to take away the rights of every day people, Trump is parroting comments straight out of Goebbels handbook. It’s starting to become so consistent, so repetitive, that his comments and actions are doing exactly what they’re supposed to. Normalizing his behavior.

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Then he tweets out this nonsense someone said about him. Our president thought it was appropriate that he tweet out that he was “like the second coming of God” and that he’s like the “King of Israel”. Naturally “King of the Jews” and “King of Israel” started trending. I read this via a couple of Rabbis who tweeted out their horror regarding the above tweet. All of a sudden my coffee didn’t taste as good as it had.

After 3 mass shootings in the last month and change, weekly arrests of white supremacists planning more mass shootings, and watching my fellow citizens turn on immigrants, Jews, Black people and anyone who doesn’t agree with them just… has me disillusioned. Watching people demean and dehumanize anti-fascist counter protesters to white supremacist groups, calling them terrorists and then literally getting mad when they defend themselves and their communities against violence.. it just makes me sick.

When I was a little girl, in my little bubble of my lower middle class community, I was taught about a different America. I was taught that America was free. I was taught that America fought against fascism, racism, and hatred. I was taught by everyone from my teachers to my church, that America was good! That people traveled from around the world to live here, free from persecution and violence, to receive an education and live in peace to practice their religion of choice and live the life they wanted to lead. I was taught that America was a melting pot, where all races were welcome, and that we could only strive to be better despite our past abuses. I believed it.

It was a lie.

Every day it’s something new. Some new bill is introduced to take away my healthcare. Democrats are laughed at for wanting to help people with student debt. Nazis are marching on our towns, meanwhile the Right keeps parroting that there aren’t really Nazis in America, and that we have to respect their opinions despite those opinions being that a large amount of use shouldn’t exist much less live on American soil. Our president publicly mocks his opponents, which results in death threats. He will proclaim the media to be the “Enemy of the State” almost weekly. We’re detaining undocumented immigrants, while the Trump administration tries to make it indefinitely, and then refusing them vaccinations; essentially insuring more deaths this flu season.

Through all of this, the vast majority of Americans don’t care. Or worse, they support all of these atrocious actions, if not take part in it themselves. America hasn’t learned from the past, nor has it learned from the History books. We’re enabling all of this, and frankly, I’m ashamed.

That doesn’t mean that I’ll give up by any means. That doesn’t mean that any of us who consider this country our home, those of us who have good in our hearts should give up. I just needed to get this off of my chest, and I know a lot of you are feeling the same. We have to do better, before it’s too late.

 

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Chances are, you’re an Anti-Fascist.

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Never in a thousand years did I think I would hear people demonizing Anti-Fascists. From racists with tiki torches all the way to politicians, it’s been one giant smear campaign, especially since the Fuhrer started his campaign. Hell, Senator Ted Cruz sacked up and submitted a bill decrying Anti-Fascists as a terrorist group.. despite far-right groups such as the KKK not being deemed the same.

The sheer absurdity of it is astounding. Depending on your source, white supremacists murdered 40 (The Independent) to 50 (ADL) people in 2018. Guess how many murders Anti-Fascists committed? ZERO. Hell, a large amount of the mass shootings here and around the world, a vast majority of them had links to far-right groups. Yet, here come Americans, afraid of people who fight against racism, fascism and homophobia.

The funniest part about all of this, is that Antifa isn’t a giant group. We don’t have decoder rings or membership patches, there’s no uniform, and there are broad politics & belief systems across the board. There isn’t a Tuesday night pizza night, and there isn’t a Friday Night raffle for “Left-Wing-Extremists” only. Why? Because this country’s default position used to be Anti-Fascist.

Hell, unless you ARE looking for a decoder ring, you might already be one of the scary Antifa! Do you yell at your friends when they make racist comments or jokes while hanging out? You’re Antifa. Do you help out your community or donate your time regardless of who receives the benefits? Yup, Antifa. Do you get disgusted when you see a swastika carved into a bathroom stall? Also Antifa. Do you try and peel off or cover up white power stickers when you see them? Still Antifa. Do you believe that literal nazis walking down the street chanting “Jews will not replace us!” is wrong? Antifa. Do you write, draw images, design stickers that denounce racism, homophobia and fascism? Antifa. Have you given the finger to a racist asshole in the general public? Antifa. Have you, or would you punch, pour a milkshake on, or throw trash at a nazi? Antifa.

That’s the danger of demonizing the Anti-Fascist movement. You’re not just demonizing the people who dress in black with a bandana over their face, you’re also demonizing the school teacher that teaches kids that all races, sexes, and orientations are equal. You’re not just putting down a person who dumped a milkshake on a fash supporter, you’re also demonizing a teenager who tells their racist classmate to shut the fuck up. You’re not just shitting on the person who punched Richard Spencer, an admitted White Nationalist, in the face, you’re also demonizing your neighbor down the street who is appalled at the not-concentration-camp conditions at the border.

Sure, if you disagree with dousing a nazi in silly string, or punching a fascist, no one is making you. However, in our country, up until recently, we de-platform fascists. That ranges from peeling the swazi sticker off of a stop sign, to marching in pride events to protect pride goers from the Nazis that seem to swarm to them. That even includes reporting a fascist on Twitter or Facebook, or giving one the finger.

Americans are basically getting mad at their own communities for fighting back against fascists. Why get mad when a community organizes a small group of people to counter-protest people waiving the Nazi Flag? Why get mad when a community gets together are chases the KKK out? You don’t like the fact that someone might get punched? Well, we should probably talk to all of the WW2 vets and their families, since they fought an entire war based on “The Only Good Nazi is a Dead Nazi”.

Fascists, White Nationalists, Nazis, whatever you want to call them, MURDER people and destroy communities and countries.. yet our country, our government wants to notate anyone who may fall under the Anti-Fascist stroke as a terrorist? Wake the hell up. If we could STOP voting Nazis into office and start denouncing racism when we see or hear it, we wouldn’t even be in this predicament.

In the meantime, before you shit on Anti-Fascism.. realize that that’s how all Americans SHOULD be. Think about what Anti-Anti-Fascism is.

 

Spoiler: It’s Fascism.