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.

Vice Article on Camp Conditions

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?