Today, my partner and I had the kind of discussion my ancestors
must have had before their decision to emigrate to the United
How much time do we have?
What country will have us?
How do we seek asylum?
Maybe the U.S. will return to normal between now and January 20, 2017.
But this is not normal.
A normal American President does not choose an avowed racist and anti-Semite to serve as his Chief Strategist.
The New York Times November 16, 2016 Steve ‘Turn On the Hate’ Bannon, in the White House
To scroll through Breitbart headlines is to come upon a parallel universe where black people do nothing but commit crimes, immigrants rape native-born daughters, and feminists want to castrate all men. Here’s a sample:
“Hoist It High and Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims a Glorious Heritage” (This headline ran two weeks after a white supremacist massacred nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C.)
Normal American media does not perfume the ugly racist lies spread by the Trump campaign as folk culture.
The Washington Post, November 16, 2016 America’s working class has its own culture. And they will fight to keep it.
The populism of Middle America stems from the view that the traditional world of the petty bourgeoisie is under threat from the “politics of the civilized minority.” It is a culture — a way of living that is being defended. But in the face of external threats, folk cultures can succumb to the temptation to tribalism and a politics of envy and resentment. The racist rhetoric in certain sectors of the electorate is the manifestation of the instinct to protect folk identity.
Maybe I’m simple but a racist is a racist and when I’m under attack,
I don’t have to understand him.
In fact, I expect the law to protect me from his racist temptation to tribalism and his politics of envy and resentment.
A normal American president does not send out surrogates to warn us to be careful of what we say.
Be very careful of criticizing the incoming president: Kellyanne Conway issues warning to Democrat Harry Reid as she drops hint of legal action against Trump critics
But, Harry Reid is doing the job the people chose him to do.
Harry Reid speaks for the majority who voted to elect Hillary Clinton.
“The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America. White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear – especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America.
I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics.“ Harry Reid, The UK Daily Mail
I just looked up to see my partner frantically tearing through his papers.
When I asked him what he was doing he said, ‘Looking for my passport.’