It’s Not What You Think.
I’m not saying that I like Trump, because I don’t. I’m simply saying I am thankful for him as The Antidote for our American Passivity. Donald Trump has done what no other politician, spiritual leader, or whistleblower could have done; scared Americans into mobilization.
For this, I am grateful. As an outspoken community activist, I have been subjected to Whack-A-Mole-politics for many years now. Any time I pointed out an uncomfortable truth the club would come out. Today, however, there are not enough clubs to silence all the moles popping up from their cozy dens, condemning America’s harsh and hidden truths.
America’s deeply rooted racism, sexism, and indignation towards plant and animal have been here all along. It’s just now rearing its nasty head like the Hydra of Lerna for all of us to clearly see and finally strike with a Herculean force, and burn to the ground.
Don’t think for a second that there would have been much of a difference between the Clinton/Trump Presidency. They both represent the Deep State; the military, banking, corporate, media, Silicon Valley, surveillance state that has us in a planetary headlock. If Hilary had been elected, yes, we would have been able to spare our Meals on Wheels and ACA, etc., but the military-industrial-surveillance state would have continued unabated.
DRUNK ON POWER
As long as Washington and the drunk-on-power politicians continue to eviscerate health coverage, Meals on Wheels, the EPA, and Endangered Species Act, while ignoring climate change, forcing Muslim bans and a symbolic, if nothing else, concrete wall upon the American people, expect America’s elite to get pounded by the massive wave coming their way.
The level of activism we have witnessed in just the last two months since the election of Donald Trump is unprecedented. Our country will never be the same. There is a tsunami heading towards Washington. Our elected officials do see it, but they simply smirk at it. From their vantage point it looks as if the sea is gently pulling away from their political shoreline and they simply can’t imagine the wall of highly charged water coming their way.
The youth are getting it as well. With the current leadership, they now realize they have no chance of the bright future that had been promised their parents and grandparents. They know they have nothing to lose.
Somebody needs to send Washington a memo: The next election will be a game changer. We will be making massive inroads at every level, local, state, and national because it will be during the next 18 months that Americans who voted for Trump will realize they have been duped.
THIS IS NOT THE 60s
While many may think this activism reminiscent of the 60’s and 70’s it is not. While Americans took to the streets to march for Civil Rights or to protest the Vietnam War, today, Americans are going beyond this. They are strategizing and creatively engaging unlike ever before; they are going beyond voting. They will be replacing this monolithic political machine that is chipping away at the very foundation of our wellbeing.
We don’t need the whole nation to jump onboard in order to make this transition. We need only 15-20% involvement in order to create a cultural shift or tipping point. This was brilliantly demonstrated in Malcolm Gladwell’s 2000 bestseller, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. The tipping point is “the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point….. it is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.”
Trust me. We have tipped.
I fathom that upon reflection the year 2017 will be known as The Year of Mobilization. Hands are moving away from their keyboards and taking up pen, paper, telephone, and texting. Others are lacing up their shoes for town halls and donning pussy hats for marches while the more intrepid are learning how to run for elected positions. And as long as Trump & Co. continue to behave like they have a national mandate, this wave will continue to rise.