It Will Not Happen Here

For weeks now I’ve seen people within a certain band of the political spectrum laughing and chortling and preening and crowing about the victory of Donald Trump. People who think this is all funny and whoever gets the best flame for the most likes wins. Everybody laugh at the realization of American Facism.

I’d like to address those people now:

I don’t know what you think is funny about people, including women and children, being assaulted and harassed and terrorized as a direct result of the rhetoric of Donald Trump and the sense of empowerment he has given the very dregs of this nation.

I’m here to tell you it’s not funny, and I’m here to tell you this is not a debatable point in any sane and rational mind.

This is my gift to you: your final clue. I’m telling you that there’s still time for you to save your asses, all sixty some-odd million of them, before you sell out every single liberty you have.

I’m also going to say that this is probably going to come off in several spots sounding like a “threat.” It’s not. This has nothing to do with any act I plan to engage in, nor any plan I have, nor any intention. This isn’t a warning of “I’m gonna” or “we’re gonna” or “there’s a plan” or “there’s a movement.”

It’s simply a series of observations and predictions.

That’s what scientists do: observe, describe, predict, and explain. I minored in political science; I am therefore by definition a political scientist.

I have observed, now I will do the rest of my job and describe, predict, and explain. Pay attention:

My father was born in The Hague, Netherlands, during the Nazi Occupation.

His father was a fairly prominent banker there. His twin uncles were policemen in Amsterdam.

All three were instrumental in helping thousands of targets evacuate Europe to escape the reach of the Nazis. The same is true throughout my extended family on my dad’s side, through both of *his* parents and their families.

Nearly every one of those people went to the United States. As a simple matter of mathematics, it absolutely must be true that there are millions of people in this country who would not exist if not for their work. You might even be one of them, I don’t know your family history. But if your family emigrated from Europe during the Nazi years and passed through the Netherlands to do it, there’s a very good possibility that you wouldn’t be reading this or anything else if not for some of the people by whom my own values were shaped from earliest memory, values like opposing bullying and aggression toward the innocent.

Eventually, in 1947, my dad and his family emigrated from Holland to the US as well, a few romantic dinners later and here I am.

I grew up hearing stories of what life was like under that regime, first-person accounts of the neighbors and friends and family who turned a blind eye to the Nazis, or who even resented those that stood up because they were afraid of the repercussions. ┬áThe brash and loudmouthed grandstanders talking about “what they’d do if” who disappeared and shut up when if came around.

  • That sounds like the long form version of “by any means necessary.”

    • Might be. We’ll have to see how things play out and what people do with it.

    • I’m withholding judgment, because “necessary” is subjective.

    • I am quickly approaching the “by any means” necessary point. If I didn’t have kids, I would be seeking out training to live off the grid and be a survivalist for the revolution that is inevitable.

    • I saw this coming as early as 1966. I thought it would hit in 1994, but it took a bit longer. I’m not sure what I will do. My vision of it had me in the thick of it at 44 and not surviving. I’m 66 now, and a little wilier about how I do politics. That’s where the subjective definition of “necessary” comes in. I think I have more colors in my paint box, and more brushes, these days. Mind you, I was 15 when I had my vision, probably given to greater nuance than most people that age, but still nothing like I was at 44 or am now at 66.

      I’m not hooked on surviving, but I’m also not a danger junkie. What I am hooked on, if anything, is mental judo. I’d rather not hurt anyone in the process of protecting myself or others from injury. I need to get back to that practice. My anger is okay as an energizer, but I need to put it in its proper place. It’s the weather. I am not the weather. I have skills for dealing with the weather.

  • In response to Nick Hanauer’s “warning” to the greedy pricks that are destroying the middle class in this country, I said that these people are not worried at all. They control the government and the government controls the military and the national guard and the police, which the government has been heavily militarizing for the past 10-20 years. When the shit hits the fan, these assholes will be protected. This is also why the republicans don’t give a shit about global warming. Most of them are smart enough to know it is real. They just don’t care because when the shit hits the fan and there is massive flooding, super storms, droughts, diseases, and other environmental disasters resulting in shortages of food and freshwater, the politicians and the other fascists will get most of the resources while the rest of us are fighting over scraps. This is also why they don’t care about oil companies and others poisoning the drinking water. Nestle will sell bottled water to those who can afford it. The rest will be forced to drink contaminated water. It will be like every dystopian science fiction story that the hunger games ripped off.

  • You know what else, John? I disagree that it can’t or won’t happen here. In many ways, it can and has happened here already. The Patriot Act. Warrentless wire taps. Searching people’s library history, web browsing histories, and e-mails. And it will get a lot worse under the Trump regime. The tyrants and fascists will always use a threat, real or fabricated to turn it into a boogeyman to scare the sheep into giving up rights. It used to be the USSR and communism. Now it’s terrorism. All it takes for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. Well, that applies to not voting as well. Tens of millions of people do not vote, and evil is triumphing.