The Fall of American Democracy – The Rise of the Resistance and of Hope

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Note: This will be mostly free write, with most likely few sources. I have been struggling to put my thoughts into a coherent order for days now, but have only been able to muster disgust and anger. 

“If you want water, just drink from a toilet.”
-Border Patrol to a woman in custody at Southern Border

Have you ever felt utterly disgusted in your country? I have. I do. Every single time I think that things will get better, something else pops up, and I feel like vomiting. Whether it’s hearing interviews with detained immigrants about their treatment in our Concentration Camps or seeing how Border Patrol acts via a Facebook Group: Propublica Article, it disgusts me.

Then we have our so-called Christian President and Vice President championing this behavior, this crisis, that their administration CAUSED. We have people who are crammed in a room built for half the number, which leaves them only able to stand, for DAYS, and these god damned Christians are fucking cheering it on.

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I read these articles, I watch the videos, and I’m disgusted. Yet, some Americans believe it’s “Fake News”. Some just don’t give a shit, and some even LIKE it. I watched a video a little while ago of a Grandmother from SoCal that was trying to drop off toys to a camp being detained.

Between the camps and SCOTUS refusing to rule on Gerrymandering (PDF from SCOTUS), and Americans just burying their heads in the proverbial sand, America’s version of Democracy is dying.

And. No. One. Cares.

At least not enough of us. Hell, currently America is so convinced that Antifa is a terrorist group, yet they won’t fucking say shit about the fascist pieces of shit who attack people every day. America is so goddamned scared of “brown immigrants” that we’re turning our cheek while we erect concentration camps on our border. America is so god damned weak right now, we’re letting politicians change their districts so they can get more votes for their party.

It’s sickening.

However there is hope, it’s just ever so hard to hold on to these days. In my rage against organized religion, especially in relation to our current events, I stumbled into what I refer to as “Religious Twitter”. All of a sudden I’m reading the tweets from a Rabbi.

I found a woman of faith, who was speaking out. Who was outraged, who not only raised her voice for what she believed was right, she used her faith to back her up. (She also posts a lot of information regarding Judaism, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Education is always a plus.) Before I knew it, I was coming across different Rabbis, Pastors, and even a Priest who were fighting for these immigrants, against racism, sexism and antisemitism.

Then This!

Needless to say, my opinion about organized religion has been rocked a bit, and these people have given me a bit of hope. I have always had faith in antifa fighting the good fight, and I have faith in the politicians who are standing up and strong, and I have faith in the people who have been screaming with me. Having a bit more faith helps.

It’s just daunting, it’s simply disgusting how our country is behaving, how our government is behaving. It’s hard to watch democracy fall. It’s painful.

Yet, not all Americans will be on the wrong side of history when our grandchildren read about it. It’s hope, and more importantly, it’s a hell of a start.

 

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Make Orwell Fiction Again

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It wasn’t too long ago, when I wouldn’t have considered adding the “Make Orwell Fiction Again” sticker to my car. I might’ve chuckled about it, maybe even sent it to a friend who could appreciate it. However, I truly felt that our country was making strides in equality, laws and fair elections. (Spoiler: I doubt I will ever be truly happy with our Republic as I don’t agree with certain kinds of laws. I was however happy that it seemed like an attempt was made to improve our country for everyone.)

Yet, when I wake up in the morning to check the news, there is so much god damned BULLSHIT going on in our country, that I’m quickly losing faith in our ability to turn it around.

For example, do you remember when Camp Sill was reopened during the Obama Administration as a migrant camp and a large chunk of our country collectively shit a brick? Well. You might not. It seems that most people have no idea that even happened, or even that it was a Japanese Internment Camp. (Although the Army, not the rest of the world mind you, still states it only held prisoners of war.) It lasted for 4 months before being shut down again. Now? The Trump Administration is planning on housing 1,400 CHILDREN there.

That’s right. We’re putting children in an old camp that was either A. An Internment Camp for Japanese Americans or B. a camp for war criminals depending on your view. Why is that? I suppose it’s because we jump, skipped and landed face first into fascism with out anyone noticing.

Our country has had a lot of dark times. Ranging from slavery to the internment of the Japanese, to outright racism towards different groups like the Irish, African Americans, Germans and Mexicans. Depending on what decade you pick we had a different flavor of racism (oft times more than one), slavery or war atrocities.

Someone who has been speaking out about his experience in a Japanese Interment Camp is George Takei : Interview with Democracy Now!

The fact that Americans are not alarmed by this is so fucking stupid. World War 2 wasn’t that long ago, shit, segregation was even more recent! God fucking dammit, you guys already forgot about the atrocities committed at Guantanamo Bay? We start making progress.. moving forward and bettering ourselves.. and then over the course of two years, we’re back to where we started.

Houston Camp Conditions : Buzzfeed
In this article there are quotes from immigrants who compare their treatment to that of dogs, who are dismayed because they thought America was better than this.

Teen Mother & Her Premature Newborn Neglected For A Week In Border Patrol Custody : Refinery29
This is just more proof that not ALL life matters, as no one clearly cares about the “brown kids”. Fuck off Pro-Life Republicans. Eat my ass.

So here we are. 2019, and I’m watching women lose their rights, all around discrimination and racism, and kids being locked into an interment camp. The Orwell sticker has a place on my car now. We’re at the point where Americans should be rising up, protesting this disgusting regime (hopefully before we start a war with Iran) …

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… but we know that won’t happen. We literally have a president who has “joked” about extending his term (which by the way is NOT LEGAL) several times now, and Americans are just like “Meh”. We literally have children DYING in our not-concentration-camps.. and half of America is CHEERING. Most of those are CHRISTIANS. We are threatening Iran with war, over an attack we can’t even prove was from them. We are gearing up for yet another pointless war, and half of Americans are basically frothing at the mouth.

So my question is no longer “When are Americans going to stand up for what is right?”

How could it be? Americans are calling for concentration camps to be normalized, because “they should’ve known before they came here” or.. “That’s not what a concentration camp is!! Stop being an alarmist!!”

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How could it be, when Americans are defending LITERAL NAZIs parading down our streets? How could it be, when Americans scoff when the president makes jokes about breaking key parts of our constitution? How could it be, when Americans cheer as rights are stripped from women and the LGBTQ+ community?

My question is now, how far will America fall, before it burns?

Early 2019: The Political Climate & Creeping Towards Fascism

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Disclaimer: I am not fully discussing the Mueller Report, but I have read it. If you would like a PDF copy of it, you can find it on the DOJ website, or you can comment and I’ll send it to you. 

I’ve been screeching about Fascism & the United States Government for months now. I’m not the only one, although a lot more people are now also alarmed recently. In my opinion, our government, under the Trump Administration, is straddling the fence between our distinctive form of Democracy and Fascism.

Of course there is the uptick in hate-rhetoric and general nazis, but that’s not entirely what I’m screaming about today.

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I’m referring directly to President Donald Trump and his administration.

As I’m sure you all know, the Mueller Report was released yesterday. I quickly obtained the searchable PDF version from friends (the one on the DOJ website is NOT a searchable version) and sat down with coffee, a notebook and a pen and started reading. 8 hours later I got through 4/5 of it. Yes, it’s that huge.

Inside of it, is tons of information in each volume, which there are two. The first volume covered Russia influencing our election and the idea that Trump committed conspiracy. They did NOT find evidence that Trump committed conspiracy, but there were several others whom they looked into, from the top of the food chain to the bottom. Donald Trump Junior was not charged because he purely didn’t understand or was ignorant of what he was doing and was involved in. (I had a good chuckle at that, he was essentially too stupid to be charged!) Most importantly it detailed just how far Russia went to infiltrate our elections.

Volume two covered obstruction by the President, and cited 10 examples which were then followed with how they did or did not qualify to the legal requirements of obstruction. It was damning. However, the special counsel did NOT make a judgement and left it open to congress and the AG. Posted below is a photo of the conclusion (I did not take it, but am posting this as I’m refusing to open that damn report again today) where you can clearly see that the report does NOT exonerate him.

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Either way. The report has been released (granted it is SEVERELY redacted in parts) to both the public and congress, and outside of Trump’s base people are horrified. The report lists 10 examples or “keys” that if nothing else show Trump attempting to cover up, lie, or misconstrue information as well as trying to get Robert Mueller removed from the investigation and to close the investigation.

Which if you didn’t know, is shady.. as fuck.

People are outraged (and frankly they’re not all “libtards”.. it’s pretty far across the board) and an article of impeachment as been introduced into the House.

Now that that’s stated, (and don’t argue, I’ll just send you a copy of the report) here’s why I’m especially alarmed today.

Since the investigation concluded and we were made aware of it back in March, Trump has been parroting “NO COLLUSION – TOTAL EXONERATION!!”. Almost a full month of the same crap. Which whatever, is essentially what AG Barr had stated in his original presser, and then again yesterday morning before he released the report. (I do want to go ahead and point out that he’s NOT supposed to be acting in Trump’s best interest, but the country’s. Yet, he came out and attempted to spin it in favor of Trump, which people are still dissecting and disproving.)

However, once the report got released, and not only painted Trump, his family and his administration in a very bad light, but stated he was NOT exonerated by the report, Trump has gone into a rage. One that I consider very scary.

(Also, screenshotting Trump is HIGHLY annoying as he still hasn’t figured out how to create a thread on twitter after all these years.)

The last tweet, with the highlighted part, is what I’m concerned about. He has spouted this kind of rhetoric before, and his supporters cherish it (they’re still suggesting hanging anyone who was part of this investigation on Reddit, Twitter & Facebook). However, he has actually used the word “justice” in regards to all of this, purely because his administration was put under the microscope, and he came out slightly dirty.

We cannot label investigators “dangerous” yet. Do you know why?  We are lucky enough to still have a working government. We are lucky enough that when the suspicion of corruption/conspiracy came up (complete with enough proof to get the S.C. looking into it) our government actually INVESTIGATED. That’s more than a lot of governments around the world, and we should embrace what little we get out of ours. The Special Council did exactly what it was supposed to do, and proudly. Many people forget that Mueller is a card-carrying Republican, ex-director, and veteran, yet a lesser version of him could have potentially swept all of this under the rug. Mueller works for the law and for us. Which is something that Trump seems to miss, the government does not work for HIM. (<- See Mueller report: Trump states that the next AG should protect him. Barr comes into the picture.)

As Mueller clearly states throughout his report, his service is to the rule of law and that is not something we need to deem dangerous or “sick”. In fact, even remotely applying the word “Treason” to a legitimate investigation, one that fought for our country and it’s citizens, making sure that nobody “is above the law”, is deranged. That is exactly the opposite of what the president should be parroting.

He should be using his ridiculous Twitter Platform and his rambling speeches at events to champion our justice system, instead he makes comments about how “This should never happen again”.

What Donald Trump is proposing, and has proposed in the past is that our government and citizens should NOT be allowed to investigate a sitting president or his administration. That essentially gives full rule allowing a government to descend into dictatorship. If a government and it’s head of government is allowed to do whatever they please without the threat of an investigation, our country is doomed.

United States citizens need to remember it is our right to investigate our government. They work for us, not the other way around. We are lucky enough to still have a government that will turn its eyes inward to police itself. (Of course my friends, our government still has its MANY issues.. but today is about holding on to what little we have.)

To have a sitting president threaten anyone who investigates him, or speaks against him, with the full weight of his office behind him, is a heavy foot into fascism.

To have him call anyone who speaks out against him, or reports information that is not favorable to him, treasonous is a heavy foot into fascism. 

We need to wake up America, we’re getting closer and closer to a place we won’t be able to come back from, and nobody seems to care.