In the name of the Vanishing Corals and the Vanishing Bees;
In the name of the Dragonfly, Horsefly, and Firefly;
In the name of the Hummingbird, Robin, and Sparrow;
In the name of the Orangutan, Chimpanzee, and Bonobo;
In the name of the Frog, Turtle, and Beetle;
In the name of the Valleys, Rivers, and Streams;
In the name of Air, Wind, and Water;
In the name of the Dandelion and the Oak;
In the name of the Constellations and the Oceans;
In the name of the Destitute, the Immigrant, and the Refugee;
In the name of the Widow, the Orphan, and the Stranger;
I call upon Humanity to Awaken to its Best Self;
To Forever Abandon Hatred;
To Forever Abandon Cruelty;
To Forever Abandon Torture;
To Forever Abandon Greed;
To Forever Abandon Evil;
To Forever Abandon Mistrust and Paranoia;
To Forever Abandon Deceit;
To Forever Abandon Poison;
To Forever Abandon Prejudice;
To Forever Abandon Sexism;
To Forever Abandon Violence, against Self or Other;
To Forever Abandon Evil;
To Forever Abandon War;
To Abandon its Suicidal Path;
To Abandon its Self-Destruction and Self-Immolation;
And to Embrace its Destiny;
To Embrace Love;
To Embrace Oneness;
To Embrace Joy;
To Embrace Abundance;
To Embrace Celebration;
To Embrace Wisdom;
To Embrace Fellowship;
To Embrace Togetherness;
To Embrace Peace;
To Embrace Fun;
To Embrace Play;
To Embrace Healing;
To Embrace Freedom;
To Embrace Beauty;
To Embrace Truth;
To Embrace Creation;
To Embrace G-d;
To Treat each other with Respect;
To Treat each other with Dignity;
To Treat each other with Love;
To Treat each other with Care;
To Treat the Earth with Respect;
To Treat the Earth with Dignity;
To Treat the Earth with Love;
To Treat the Earth with Care;
Never Harm a Child;
Never Harm a Woman;
Never Harm a Man;
Never Harm an Animal;
Never Harm the Earth;
For the Earth is Your Home;
G-d’s Gift to You;
Do Not Forsake Your Home;
Do Not Forsake G-d’s Gift.
This Truth I share;
In a Dark Time of His and Herstory, of Ourstory,
Of Love’s Story.
Do Not let Love’s Story end.
Do Not allow hatred and fear to overcome You.
G-d’s Love is here today, Now, if you want it.
The Messiah is here today, Now, if you wish it.
“Return to Me, and I will Return to You, so Sayeth the L-rd.”
“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
So said Mr. Trump at his Inauguration on January 21, 2017. Like so many things he has said before and since, it was a lie. This morning, at 6:55AM, Mr. Trump tweeted: “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!”
The news in question was related to Rex Tillerson’s response to Mr. Trump’s reported desire to multiply the U.S. nuclear stockpile tenfold.
Coming from the President of the United States, whose Twitter account has about 40 million followers, a comment such as Mr. Trump’s is not a hypothetical or rhetorical question: it is a threat (like his infamous and ugly “Second Amendment People” comment during the debates). He is endorsing and advocating shutting down a major news network for reporting an important story, and it is clear he would have no qualms about doing so.
This attack on the Freedom of the Press is a nasty violation of his oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States,” and is hardly the first instance: in fact, it is only the tip of the iceberg, and it is perfectly fair to say that Mr. Trump has nothing but contempt for the Constitution of the United States. His political methodology is authoritarian, undemocratic, and literally and unquestionably textbook Fascism.
In fact, the charge of “Fake News”, or “Lügenpresse” was incorporated by the Nazis as an attack on Jewish, Communist, and foreign newspapers (use of this term is not limited to Nazis, of course, but it’s telling) leading up to and during World War II.
Mr. Trump’s infamous attack on NFL players who choose to protest by not standing for the national anthem at games is mirrored in the Phillipines, under dictator Rodrigo Duterte, where “the country’s House of Representatives has approved a bill requiring members of the public to sing the country’s national anthem, Lupang Hinirang, ‘with fervor’ whenever it is played publicly.” Duterte has praised Mr. Trump, and vice versa.
Mr. Trump has engaged in voter suppression, and his so-called “Commission on Election Integrity” (Executive Order 13799) is a figleaf to rig elections in the United States to keep him and his cronies in power. Those who are focusing on the 2018 Congressional Elections as the means to weaken Mr. Trump’s fascist policies wrongly assume that Mr. Trump will permit this to happen. Anticipating a loss in 2016, he already tried to discredit the electoral process, and when he was running for president, he called for his supporters to “monitor” polling places, which many interpreted as an invitation to violence.
Mr. Trump will absolutely use every means in his power to prevent fair elections in 2018, and he has a lot of time to do it. Ultimately, it is his party that is in power, controlling all three branches of government, and to think that the Party of Trump will play fair is simply naive.
Mr. Trump is also engaged in targeting Free Speech online:
Trump administration lawyers are demanding the private account information of potentially thousands of Facebook users in three separate search warrants served on the social media giant, according to court documents obtained by CNN.
The warrants specifically target the accounts of three Facebook users who are described by their attorneys as “anti-administration activists who have spoken out at organized events, and who are generally very critical of this administration’s policies.”
In other words, Mr. Trump is seeking to suppress those who dare criticize him or organize to oppose his policies online. This is another gross violation of the First Amendment, and a hallmark of Fascism.
It is time for Americans everywhere, in both parties, to take this threat seriously: anyone who values the freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment, the freedom to worship as one pleases (or not to), the freedom to express oneself politically, and to disagree with those in power, and the freedom to report the news as it happens: these freedoms are under unprecedented attack by Mr. Trump.
There is already ample legal basis to impeach Mr. Trump. An opinion piece in the Boston Globe made a compelling case that Mr. Trump could already be impeached for Obstruction of Justice and violation of the Emoluments Clause, which forbids “federal officials, including the president, from receiving anything of value from foreign governments and their agents”.
All of this is sufficient cause for genuine alarm without touching on the even bigger elephant in the room, Mr. Trump’s illegal collusion with Russia leading up to the 2016 election.
Mr. Trump is leading this country, and the world, into a very dark future, and every day that Mr. Trump is allowed to remain in power is another dangerous step towards disaster.