Bannon and Trump are sharing the presidential bed. Melania must feel left out. She gets a cot out in a hallway somewhere. While Melania tries to catch some Zs, Bannon and Trump giggle under the sheets about their egregious takeover of America.
The Muslim ban is the first step in a calculated death-march planned by Trump and his rich cronies. They pine for a fascist regime in the United States. This is not hyperbole or conjecture. Fascism is on the rise.
Trump already wants to silence journalists. He wants to cut funding for the arts. Same goes for scientists. These are strategic maneuvers.
Undermining the credibility of fact-based journalism leads to the rise of propaganda. Cutting the arts leads to the rise of regime-controlled imagery. Denigrating science, and the scientists who defend and enrich science, leads to the rise of a nefarious government that no longer believes in non-biased research or objective knowledge.
What famous author talked about all this stuff? What’s his name again? Oh yeah…George Orwell. 2017 is looking like the new 1984.
We shouldn’t applaud Trump for following through with all his campaign promises. All the promises were designed to create division. “Make America Great Again.” Yeah right. Trump just wants to watch it burn.
Trump promises to bring jobs back to the US. What an empty, deceptive promise. We’re talking about a guy who was raised with a golden spoon. He has no idea what middle-class or poor americans want or need. He is totally out-of-touch.
It is wholly necessary to oppose Trump and Bannon’s brand of fascism. And it can be done with the tools we have. It can be done with peaceful, fervent protesting. It can be done with facts. It can be done with music.
The will not to be silenced is crucial. The people need to create a greater vision than Trump can handle. A vision of unity, dignity, respect, and intelligence.
Four years seems like a long time. Four years with a malignant narcissist stealing all the headlines seems like four years of collective dyspepsia to me. But let’s remember the words of Lao Tzu:
A swishing wind does not outlast the morning; pelting rain does not outlast the day. Who makes these things but heaven and earth? If heaven and earth cannot maintain them for long, how can man?
Everything passes. This includes Trump.