2/8/20: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” MLK
The Women’s March
Journalistic and Legal Investigations
Tax, Emoluments, Sex and other scandals
The Muslim Ban
Foreign and domestic disinformation campaigns through social media and propaganda channels masquerading as journalism
The Tax Cut for the rich
Leaving the Paris Accords, the denial of, and the exacerbation of climate change
The attack on public education and the encouragement of fraud in for-profit schools
The denial of the fact of income inequality and economic injustice in America
The end of Department Injustice prosecutions related to police misconduct, racially motivated and otherwise
The attempt to repeal Obamacare
Gorsuch and Kavanaugh (the unjust aftermath of Garland)
The Cultural Divide — some identify with the Constitution and democracy, some identify with raw power
The mainstreaming of phony legal and political philosophies asserting absolute Presidential power, unchecked by Congress or the courts (Dershowitz and Barr)
Trump’s continuing dismantling of the Obama legacy, the social safety net and government regulations — government for sale to the highest bidders
Trump’s attack on the alliances that sustain the Free World
Trump’s sympathy and collusion with dictators
Trump’s continuing attacks on U.S. diplomats, law enforcement and intelligence professionals and the integrity of the military
Trump rallies filled with invective
Trump’s incitements of violent acts
Emboldened white nationalists
Cruelty towards refugees at the Southern border including infants
A pattern of criminality, indecency and incompetence
The Mueller Report
Barr’s Distortion of the Mueller Report
Criminal convictions of several close Trump associates
The House Judiciary Committee’s Unsuccessful Hearings re: the Mueller Report
The Ukraine Conspiracy
Trump’s blanket obstruction of Congressional oversight
Impeachment led by Pelosi
The Republican Senate Caucus’ (minus Mitt Romney) corrupt acquittal of Trump
The Republican Party’s betrayal of America in complete supplication to Trump at the behest of their donors for money and political power
Trump’s 2020 State of the Union address, a dictator’s polemic is praised in the press and Trump gets his highest approval rating of 49%
Trump attacks Pelosi, Schiff and Romney at the 2020 National Prayer breakfast
Trump outlines his agenda of revenge related to his impeachment at a White House “celebration” the day after his acquittal.
The Iowa Democratic Party screws up the Caucus vote count
The Democratic Presidential candidates give a strong collective performance at their debate four days before the New Hampshire Primary, prosecuting a case against Trump and offering positive ideas to serve the desires, needs and values of the American people
The 2020 election’s security is in question given fears of foreign interference, domestic dirty tricks, and voter suppression and repression
and God knows what evils have been covered up by darkness, depriving us of awareness of all specific information and evidence
America’s Constitution, laws, ideals, culture and values have been under attack by Trump and the Republican Party.
Our laws, ideals, culture and values are always under attack, and weren’t in very good shape prior to the rise of Trump and Mitch McConnell.
Citizen’s United is one of the worst decisions of the Supreme Court, on par with the Dred Scott decision. The Trump nightmare is the whirlwind that Citizen’s United has reaped.
A cabal of rich Republican donors have achieved a hostile takeover of that party and much of America’s wealth and power.
America has always been a contest between freedom and democracy and community, and greed and authoritarianism. We have seen worse times than Trump. The Civil War and the Viet Nam era (including the struggles for even basic rights for African-Americans at that time) were worse.
The times now, however, are pretty bad — the climax of a regression toward greed and power that began with the election of Ronald Reagan.
And Democrats were not immune from applying power to the diminishment of American justice, freedom and morality.
However, I am hopeful. The arc of American history tends toward progression. Slaves were freed. Women got the vote. Immigrants participated in economic and political power.
What is good about America won’t die, unless we let it …
and we won’t let it because we never have.
Through all of the pain since Trump was elected, we have been fighting
in the courts
even in the Executive Branch
in the streets
in the family room
at the water cooler
Eleanor Roosevelt said that no one can make you feel inferior unless you let them do so.
As long as you keep good America alive in your heart,
and assert it’s reality and defend it
and at the right time
in the moment that it is challenged
will be OK.
Dark America tries to intimidate
But you know who and what they are
and who and what we are
Good America will not die.
Hang in there
we will be OK
and when this Trump thing is finally over
we’ll be better than ever
and ready to eliminate the root causes
of Dark America.
Copyright 2020 Richard Thomas