The highest office in the United States may soon be so defiled by the presumptive presence of a vicious, sleazy conman that the office will no longer exist. Donald Trump will never be President of the United States because his presence obliterates all meaning inherent in the office. But he will, if not stopped, utterly destroy the United States.
That a single American voted for this repulsive charlatan remains an unfathomable mystery. Yes, the other candidate, a brilliant and experienced politician with a lifetime of service to our country, is a woman, and a significant percentage of men hate and fear women. Especially women in positions of power. But apparently some percentage of (white) women also hate women, at least insofar as they were willing to sacrifice all integrity in the interest of imagined personal financial gain or protection from Islamic terrorists. (Terrorists from other religions are okay.) That any woman cast her vote for a pathetic, predatory, narcissistic joke of a man, is insane.
But here we are and now, barring a miracle, we must reap the whirlwind of that insanity. If Trump is actually allowed the pretense of power, there will be no government. There will be nothing but a series of machinations the sole intent of which will be to increase the wealth of already-wealthy white men. The disabled, civic financial burden that they are, will be the first to suffer through curtailment of services. In Nazi Germany disabled people were deemed “life unworthy of life,” warehoused and slaughtered in the original extermination camps. That success led to expansion of the endeavor to include the massive inclusion of Jews and others who represented a threat to the wealth and supremacy of an imagined “race.”
An extremist comparison, but for the undeniable facts of human psychology. Severe economic stress, at-times realistic fear of “the other” and the innate primate wiring toward an alpha-male “savior” invariably combine in mass capitulation to a demagogue. And what follows is invariably horrific.
If nothing can be done to derail a Trump “presidency,” every American capable of understanding that this really is the end of a once-great nation and culture must be prepared to fight back. Day and night. With no concern for personal wealth or power. For as long as it takes to rebuild what has been sacrificed to primitive stupidity.
That means abandoning all gooey calls for “unity” under the tiny orange hand of a monster. That means opposing the beast and its lackeys publicly and incessantly in every way possible. They deserve no courtesy. The offices they will befoul once deserved those civil observances, but those offices are about to be defiled beyond recognition.
There may soon be nothing left of the United States but a landscape occupied by the forces of greed and hate. But in every occupied nation there is resistance. That has to be us.
Tortured and killed, Ravensbrück, 1945