SOLVING THE TRUMP PROBLEM WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN ONE APPROACH
The signs carried by millions of people on Saturday contained a wide range of messages, and the people who carried them have a wide range of concerns. What happens next, if history is any guide, is that those most interested in a specific issue will go one direction and others within that group will spin off into some other direction, etc., etc. And that’s just those united by the topic of their concern. There likely will be countless directions for countless topics.
Would it be better if the progressives settled on one approach? Maybe so. Could that possibly happen? No. So let’s not waste energy worrying about it.
Some will want to write letters, others will want to organize more marches. Some already are getting involved in the next round of congressional elections in order to eliminate the GOP majority. Those are all fine ideas and they should be pursued. If you think any one of them is misguided or stupid or counter-productive, great. Busy yourself with your better idea.
If Trump does what he says he is going to do, there also will be a need for active resistance. Sit-ins and even blockades. Boycotts will be logical and tax protests. If you don’t have the time or the inclination to become involved, that’s just dandy. Do what you can and try to enjoy the show.
If I was smart enough to take my own advice, I’d stop arguing with the knuckleheads on the other side. I made a point long ago to forgive and forget those who voted for Trump because they feel discouraged or disenfranchised by the way things are. Those aren’t the deplorables. The deplorables are the ones who do know better, who should know better, but I know that it isn’t doing any good to argue with them, so I am trying to stop, I really am. If only they would stop acting like that.
Speaking of wising up, hope abounds that Trump will wise or that his handlers will wise him up before he destroys their economy, and maybe that could happen. But even at his very best, I see little chance that he won’t be the very worst. Trump adviser Steve Bannon helped write Trump’s inauguration speech, which, put to music, could become a nationalist anthem. Bannon says he is simply a nationalist, not a white supremacist or a white nationalist, but read his publication and decide for yourself. Sure, the racism isn’t always right there out in the open. He uses code words.
And don’t tell me that Trump-style nationalism will make the world safe from U.S. imperialism. On his second day in office, he was talking about going back into Iraq for the oil. No, I don’t think he was joking.
If you think this country can do better, if you worry about the old people and the young and the poor and the black and the brown, you’re going to want to do something. Great. Do it and ask for help. There is plenty of room on the bus. And if you don’t like the something I choose to do, well that’s fine, too. I’ll try not to get in your way.