The Importance of Unity

Before I begin, I would like to state the obvious, a looming fact over our nation ever since 2015 when the 2016 campaign began: Divisiveness is destroying us. There is no question that unity is not what we want. It is unachievable, but there would be no change without a divided society, however, when division feeds off of itself, and an issue breaks apart into smaller and smaller issues, feeding the mouths of self-centered trolls, our division does not work for us, and makes clear waters murky.

Seeing issues like feminism become about racism in comment sections is sickening, and it breaks apart that trust that builds movements like The Women’s March. The little pieces of anger that we turn into other pieces of anger is not a helpful thing.

An election cycle is a slow process of masked unification. It begins with the primaries. So many choices. Then it usually ends up narrowing down to two choices — in our most recent case, Clinton and Sanders, Then the Democrats and Republicans only have one choice for their party. Many Democrats who did not like Clinton’s viewpoints, Clinton ended up not voting. Trump supporters, whose radical anger they had kept themselves unleashed “The Silent Majority (minority technically because she won the popular vote)” in which Trump won by a fair amount at least under electoral college standards.

Wow. I am getting off topic.

One of the reasons that the Democrats lost 2016 was that we were so divided. After Bernie Sanders, we had a taste of something that we’d wanted a revolution, and now we couldn’t go with Hillary, an extremely qualified, decent candidate whose image had been tainted by the money of the right wing media.

And it shows, although Bernie’s change would have been wonderful, and we needed it, (I’m not going into why I didn’t support him, see last year’s diaries) it also created a division, caused by a moderately left party leaning left. Of course, this may not be the most accurate example. Hillary Clinton had an email account, and we all know how horribly dangerous that is, (too bad she didn’t have a secret Russian communications backchannel instead), and this statement is merely an observation based on voters I’ve talked to, and poll numbers. But who knows? What would have happened if Sanders had gone on to win the nomination? The presidency? How divided then would we be? How would Trump supporters react?

Are we now in this present day ahead of a civil war?
Would we be ahead of a civil war too if change-maker Sanders had been elected?

If Bernie had won, it would be great from one side, as is Trump’s case, but does a good president really signal good for unity?

Obviously we are at the cusp of a tipping point. The election only revealed what is, not changed what could have been.

 

Karma – America Edition

America is still in its early stages of political and governmental development. Compared to societies that have existed for thousands of years than our 240-year-old country, America is still an infant. Democrats took Obama for granted for a little less than eight years and then in the final few months realized how much time we had wasted underestimating him.

Karma is a bitch.

So this is what we get.

That aside, having the youngest president (somehow oldest) in office is quite representative of our own political knowledge. Nothing works when we just sit around and let the country simply collapse. So the country collapsed for us, and did it just enough to give us the opportunity to fix it, and take action.

The paragraph I was thinking of writing next has been written so many damn times. “We have to stand up… etc.” But I’m going to leave that paragraph to be written in your own mind. We need to get some work done here.

What Have We Done?

All of our lives we have lived beneath a safety net that has never broken. On January 20th, 2017, we were stripped bare of this, and now, without protection, we are liable to be victims to the flame we have created. We have lost our core protection. On December 19th, the day that the Electoral College voted in Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, I lost a lot of faith in our system, (as if I hadn’t already). On that day, we found that the Electoral College, an institution created with the purpose of being the sanity behind a country with broken democracy, had failed us. That was the day that we found that our very last safety net had either never existed or long ago collapsed under our own weight.
Why did the figurehead that we chose this election have to be one to also wrought so much wickedness upon our flag, our land our people? Why must he be so extreme? Is is because if any man or woman of lesser evil were elected, we would be that less motivated to reverse our slow decline? Our own fear has doubled upon itself with the help of our new president. That is called tyranny. We have to be stronger than that.

We Are A Country of Immigrants

It has only been a few days since Donald Trump initiated his travel ban on people entering into the United States from seven different predominantly Muslim countries. He also banned all Syrian refugees from entering the United States.

The chance of an American being shot by a foreign terrorist is 0.003%. 

What has happened that has changed? The United States has changed so rapidly, from the figure of hope and change to a narcissistic leader of millions cowering in fear of being killed in an incident which occurs less often than a shark attack. As the French political scientist Montesquieu taught, tyranny happens in a society corroded by fear. The fear akin to the fear of monsters under your bed. The chance is so small. Think about what the gun you keep your closet might do. Who might it kill simply by the hands of Americans. ISIS is a threat, they are evil and barbaric, the evil by electing Donald Trump using American fear is just as bad as beheading of journalists and slaughtering of innocent civilians. It is because of the turmoil that our new President will bring upon the world that makes so many of us scared for our future.

People living well-off in the United States are even being kept out of the country, even though they have green cards simply because they happened to be traveling to see their families when Donald Trump imposed this.

We are a country of immigrants. 

It is the duty of the white population to remember their ancestor’s status as immigrants. They killed the wild buffalo and tore apart the fields with their machines and brought saws to virgin woods, and murdered the people who lived here, why was that perfectly OK when the steps of a woman in a hijab across the street is not? Immigrants shaped America, whether we like it or not, immigration is the reason we are here living like this today. We need to tell Donald Trump that when he demonizes others and locks them out, he is only demonizing himself.

Away Into The Firestorm

These are our final hours

 

Rain falls gently like a blanket

Tomorrow there will be fire,

And we’ll say goodbye to the rain

That we never truly needed

Away into the firestorm

Away into the melting aurora borealis

Tomorrow we will cry

but the day after we will walk

Until we stumble on our own flesh

And then start all over again

Season after passing season

As it gets hotter

So does our compassion for a cause

Which we have lost

but we’ll never give it up

Away into the firestorm

Away, away, away

The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day. I thought, like most bloggers like me are thinking, that I might take some time off my day to address the impact of a man and his speeches and activism 50+ years ago on our nation today.

Back then, the Civil Rights movement was in full swing. This era carved into our history the meaning of what it was to stand up to your beliefs and succeed as a result. We are facing a new wave of injustice. Only today people participating in a MLK day parade were shot. Because of their peaceful honoring of a hero? A hero who himself was assassinated? Yes. That really did happen. Hate crimes are one of the terrible realities that minorities must face in the years to come. Maybe it is the election of our next president that has inspired this spike in hate crimes. Do these white supremacists see this country as their’s and solely their’s now? It is a question that those who may fall victim or have the capacity to stand out must understand.

It is the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. that we must remember today. If we cannot, then what will happen to our democracy. If we do not use this energy, this passionate vigor now, then will our nation begin to fall — fall in a direction that we do not want to go in? Today is a day of reflection. With only four days left to go until the inauguration of our next president, we must use this time to ponder what we can do — inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. to get ahead, and use that sentiment of love that he preached in our words and our actions.

Where will we be in four years? We will still be fighting. We will be broken down, or perhaps we will be stronger than ever before. Hang on tight. Stay strong. Don’t let the hate leave you in despair. It will be a rough four years. Let the voices that bring us hope be heard. Let the horizon be our warning and our destination.