A Peaceful Resistance Requires Sacrifice

It’s no surprise to see Trump lash out at others and reject the concept of individual accountability. A child of the 1% with no discernible talent, skills or virtue beyond that of self promotion. A man in constant need of validation because deep down he fears he will never live up to daddy’s expectations, never be truly loved. A man with an ego so fragile he can’t deal with dissent or opposition.

Trump has spent a lifetime avoiding accountability. He justifies his deplorable behavior through incredible displays of cognitive dissonance; scapegoating, and otherwise shifting blame to the underprivileged, the disenfranchised, and those less able to defend themselves. He silences critics with bribes, quid pro quos and empty promises and delights in his ability to leverage his advantages to evade individual consequences for his action.

This is to be expected. He was raised and operates with a privileged inherited CEO mentality. One who answers to nobody but a family trust or Board of Directors. The type who believes that “regardless of anyone’s past experience only they know what is best, and if it goes wrong it’s because others failed to execute.” Trump cannot be expected to understand a nation that was founded on the very concept of “we, the people.” A nation whose birth rejected the notion that a single authoritarian knew best.

We are of a nation of informed consent. We must not be driven by our insecurities. Fear is a powerful motivator but we were founded on the belief that all people, regardless of race, religion, gender or creed are born with certain inalienable rights.

For better or worse the office of the President of the United States represents our values. We cannot continue to ignore the damage he is doing to our reputation and pretend it does not define us all. We, the people, are responsible for those actions and behaviors we observe each day and fail to condone.

The Women’s March, March For Our Lives, Blue Wave and relatively low level Mueller indictments are nice but ineffective in the larger constitutional battle ahead. They fail to reign in the worst impulses of our Comrade in Chief and his caravan of the corrupt. They are effective mechanisms of protests that raise issue awareness or promote systemic change, but they also bide time for the ruling Executive. Affords the opportunity to produce a manufactured counter narrative. To use his past television experience to craft a set of alternative facts that will marginalize, belittle, conflate, de-legitimize and, if necessary, squash any dissent and opposition.

America must learn from the ongoing French protests. Understand that to force change you must commit to it. One off protests and mid term elections are not enough. If we believe our will is not being followed and the government is no longer acting for the people then we must drive that narrative in ways that are impossible to ignore. We must take to the streets daily. Refuse to accept “many sides” or “who know” or “anyone could have done it” as an answer.

If we are to insist that we are a nation in which all men, regardless of race, gender, religion or national origin are free and equal. If we believe in the Bill of Rights that put the great American experiment in motion, that guaranteed certain freedoms for all Americans and bestowed inalienable rights on all mankind. Then we must act to defend it when we see it being trampled upon.

Does it Even Matter?

Trump’s financial ties and efforts to develop a Trump Tower Moscow were well known and a matter of public record long before this week. While I celebrate Consigliere Cohen’s growing conscience there was scant new evidence learned from his plea.

That’s the problem. Trump is well aware of his crimes. He knows what Mueller is certain to learn. His only concern is how to prevent it from ruining him.

He got into this mess because he was an overleveraged tycoon who had already been through multiple bankruptcies. Following the financial collapse and the enactment of new pesky regulations he was unable to secure new loans from domestic banks. To keep his remaining investments afloat he had to reach across the ocean for a few rubles to get back on his feet.

Make no mistake. Trump is willing to do anything to protect his legacy, grow his family fortune, make his daddy proud. There is no deal he would not make, quid pro quo he would not offer, alliance he would not break if necessary to advance his cause.

What makes Dear Donald so dangerous is he stands for nothing. He is the perfect mark; a man with little moral character willing to offer anything to protect his family name. Is it so hard to believe he’d betray his birth country if threatened with a pee tape and debt collectors.

Let’s save two more years of investigation. Donald Trump is using office of the Presidency to enrich himself and his cronies. He has tarnished the office of the Executive, diminished our world standing and extinguished the torch of liberty that once illuminated America’s shores.

Il Douche is the only man in America who knows exactly what is at stake in the Mueller investigation. Yet he has unilaterally been allowed to place nearly unvetted loyalists into lifetime judiciary appointments or other key national security and cabinet positions.

The one man who’s willingness to protect his legacy may have led him to commit treason has been allowed to lead our country as if he is a traditional risk. As if he hasn’t been stacking the deck to neuter whatever checks and balances may have been effective in exposing him.

If the Mueller investigation confirms what most of us already suspect;

That this caravan of corruption actively colluded with Russian counterparts to elect our Comrade in Chief,

That Trump is financially or otherwise compromised to Saudi, Russian and other foreign adversaries,

That the Trump empire knowingly laundered money on behalf of oligarchs and foreign investors in violation of numerous financial and tax laws.

If Mueller were to confirm these things beyond shadow of doubt. Would it even matter? All it really shows is most powerful man in the world sits in the office of the White House with the support of both America and Russian armed forces, also committed treason on his rise to power.

Would that be enough to dissuade his followers? End his movement? It does nothing to delegitimize his agenda.

The ends justify the means they will argue. He did what he had to do to ascend to highest office of a corrupt system. To drain the swamp you have to get dirty.

His means have always been distasteful. Judge his agenda. Listen to him now…

America first, they will scream!

Protect our borders, they will rally!

Lock her up, they will echo!

Blue Lives Matter, they will counter!

MAGA, they will chant!

PsychoAnalysis

They say to know thy enemy is to love him. Well, not so in the case of Donald Trump.

Our Comrade in Chief is a man of flawed character. The embodiment of the 21st century American dream. A child of the 1% with no discernible talent, skills or virtue beyond that of self promotion. A self aggrandizing narcissistic sycophant with an unhealthy obsession for celebrity and fame. A self hating man child who overcompensates for his shortcomings by bullying, intimidating and surrounding himself with “yes men.”

A man in constant need of validation because deep down he fears he will never live up to daddy’s expectations, never be truly loved. A man with an ego so fragile he can’t deal with dissent or opposition. Who spent a lifetime avoiding accountability and consequences by silencing critics with bribes, quid pro quos and empty promises. Who justifies his deplorable behavior through incredible displays of cognitive dissonance; scapegoating, and otherwise shifting blame to the underprivileged, the disenfranchised, and those less able to defend themselves.

Like most bullies our so called President stands for nothing. He is driven by vengeance, looking only for the next score to settle. All he knows is how to marginalize, belittle, conflate, de-legitimize and, when necessary, squash dissent and opposition. Doing so allows him to continue presenting alternative facts, only now without the alternatives. Lies then become truth, and perception reality.

All Americans need to carefully consider their next move. Reflect on your history. Get informed. Ask yourself; when has the leader who ruled through fear, intimidation, propaganda and slogan been on the right side of history?

I’ll spare you the research.

The answer is never.

Love and inclusion has and will always trump hate in the end. Compassion and empathy win the day over oppression and ethnocentric behavior. Do not be blinded by the short term narratives.

History is unkind to those who resist change. You can engage and choose to help make AMERICANS great again! Or you can hold on to a past that will never return and choose appeasement.

Progress only knows one direction, and it doesn’t look back. Barack Obama has 103 million twitter followers. Hillary Clinton received 65,844,610 votes in the presidential election. Sometimes size does matter.

Choosing to believe perception and alternative facts, doesn’t change the reality. The Electoral College does not change popular opinion. We are the majority. We will not be silenced. We will not be intimidated.

It’s either appeasement or resistance.

Choose wisely. History has its eyes on you.