Saturday afternoon, I had the random thought that this would be a good time for me and other “good people” to step forward and do something about this little political problem we’re having in the United States.
This was about half a day after Trump’s Chicago rally was canceled after a large number of protesters made the Trump supporters nervous. This made me unreasonably happy, and I would apologize to my Chicago friends for cheering except I think they were cheering too.
It was also a few hours before Kansas City cops preemptively pepper-sprayed protesters at Trump’s rally there. Per this Tweet, the police chief thought it was the best thing to do. (If there’s anything a Missouri police officer is for, apparently it’s preemptive action against black people.)
We in America have for years accused our opponents of all manner of things in fits of hyperbole, but I have to be honest, things are looking kind of bleak in a scary way right know. One of the bleakest parts is that so few people are speaking out against Trump’s madness or trying to put a stop to it. Yes, I know everyone with a social media presence is speaking out, but we’re just a dull roar. We’re apparently not making a dent in the hordes of haters who comprise Trump’s army of supporters. Truly prominent people are not saying much, and very little is actionable under law so far. What do we do?
I can confront people, but I don’t encounter Trump supporters. I work for a firm in the education industry; my friends are nearly all college graduates in liberal arts; I sing folk music, for cryin’ out loud. I don’t encounter many Hillary Clinton fans, let alone Republicans.
I could send money to Bernie or the Democratic party, or maybe to some Democratic candidate for senate (especially since I believe the Democrats aren’t doing enough to take back the Senate). The problem with the senate idea is, neither of Michigan’s senators is up for reelection here, so I’d have to spend money to meddle in the election of another state. Well, it wouldn’t be THAT much money, anyway.
That doesn’t seem to be enough. If we’re really at risk of electing a fascist totalitarian as president, shouldn’t I be out in the streets? Shouldn’t ALL of us be?