Marx was wrong. First there is the farce and then comes the tragedy. First there is the sham election and the coup that inserts the monster clown as leader. It is not only a hobgoblin conjured by Stephen King. It murdered a woman in Charlottesville. And It is not done.
This requires excuses on behalf of the complicit – the media and the indifferent – and it requires justifications by the spineless by which we mean the liberals. Ask Michael Moore and Jon Stewart about their empathy for Trump supporters and ask them if it’s any more difficult today to claim that they know his supporters and that “many of them are not bigots.” And then ask them, even if it were true, if it makes any damn difference.
And then on to the cowards. The hypocrites. The oily lubed up pols more afraid of losing their job then losing a life or their soul.
They are to blame for this. But they are not alone. The circular firing squad is large. Every one of them who endorsed Trump. Every one of them who refused to say: I will not participate. Every one of them who made an excuse and sought to use this malignant troll for their own ends and justified their inaction by whispering we must not allow the liberals to gain power; we must stack the court, we must deny the truth…we must…
“Well, just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke. OK? I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists. So, I don’t know.”
— Donald Trump.
We know. We know a demagogue when we see one. We know a fascist when we see one. We know a bigot when we see one. We know a liar when we hear one. But more importantly we know collaborators as well. The republican party cannot excuse itself before history by condemning a murder when it had its hands on the wheels of the car. They can’t claim to be shocked or indignant after the fact. It is not enough to say they condemn Nazis and the Klan after the lynching when they have done nothing to condemn the leader of their party for making common cause with Nazis and the Klan.
The republican party murdered a woman in Charlottesville. The republican party lynched a woman in Charlottesville. The republican party held a torch lit ceremony in defense of bigotry and armed rebellion against the government. The republican party has opened the machinery of the night on the country and the drum is sounding.
First the farce and then the tragedy.
And as in Shakespeare, the audience knows the play is done when the stage is littered with corpses.
How many more will it take? When is there enough blood for the leaders of the country to say this far and no further?
Donald Trump has shouted fire in the theater of the nation. The republicans and the spineless liberals have handed him a can of gasoline and a box of matches.
How many more people are going to have to die before even one of them wakes from their stupor and says, this far and no further.
First the farce. Then the tragedy.
It has now reverted to his defense of Nazis.
This is not surprising as It is clearly mentally unhinged, erratic, and possesses a reptilian and damaged soul.
While it is essential for the safety of the nation that It be removed from office as quickly as possible and hopefully before further acts of facist violence give It an excuse to declare a state of emergency and suspension of what’s left of our civil liberties, we draw your attention to the appeasement wing of the republican party – the collaborationist and fellow traveller wing.
Here is the moral coward and speaker of the House of Cowards, Paul Ryan as quoted in The Guardian:
“The House speaker, Paul Ryan, weighed in as well but did not directly mention Trump’s comments. “We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity,” said Ryan on Twitter.”
Don’t expect leadership from Ryan. Expect the bare minimum of condemnation and the maximum of self-protection and political pettifogging while the nation boils and races towards the edge of a cliff. The utterly repugnant cowardice of Ryan, his willingness to ride Trump to achieve his Handmaid’s Tale Theocratic dictatorship is as much a threat to the nation as Trump and the Bannon fascists.
A general strike is the only legitimate answer. Stop participating and demand the resignation of any official who continues to do business with Trump. Demand that all companies and corporations suspend business with the government until Trump is removed from office.