Actually there is too much happening. Each time I start to pick a topic to write about, there is another headline, another outrageous action taken, another horrid confirmation. I don’t care whether you support President Bannon – oops, I mean Trump – or not, things are moving so quickly one doesn’t have time to fully judge the consequences. I’ve decided to follow two rules: try to stop mocking him and laughing at him. And pick an area or two and concentrate on them.
Rule number one is difficult: There is just too much to make fun of coming directly from the Trump Administration. In the past two days we’ve had the President ask us to pray for Arnold Schwarzenegger since higher ratings mean more money – not for Arnold but for the President. I thought he was supposed to divest himself, but obviously the regular rules don’t apply. For a Black History Month speech, the President told us that Frederick Douglass was still alive at the ripe old age of 122 and still trying to teach us. At least the last part of that sentence is true as we can learn from reading his writings. And then we’ve had a fake terrorist attack to justify a travel ban based on religion. Yes, the infamous Bowling Green Massacre concocted by Kellyanne Conway who later explained she misspoke. But I try not to laugh too hard and keep reminding myself this is really serious business.
Senator Cory Booker was on the Rachel Maddow Show the other night. He and Rachel talked about protest and opposition fatigue. This is what I’m trying to avoid with rule number 2. But I think I’ve picked areas that are just too broad because I’m following civil rights and civil liberties. They can encompass women’s rights and immigration huge (as our leader would say) topics in themselves. But I am a woman and the daughter of immigrants.
This is how Charles P. Pierce opens his short February 2 essay We Know How This Ends: The White House is once again tolerant of white supremacy.
There are some remarkable stories that have vanished for now in this city. One of the most prominent of these is that out-and-out white supremacy is operating at the very top levels of the executive branch of the government in a way that it hasn’t since, I don’t know, the Wilson administration. The Collected Works of Steve Bannon are bad enough. From USA Today:
“They are motivated. They’re arrogant. They’re on the march. And they think the Judeo-Christian West is on the retreat.”