Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Fuck

[TRIGGER WARNING: MASS SHOOTING, ANTISEMITISM]

After two days of running around doing a ton of shit and not sleeping well and napping, I finally need to sit down and write about the shit going on in this country.

I know everyone is saying this and I've said this and it's useless to say it but fucking hell. I would never, ever have thought in a million years that I would be living through a time when the president of the U.S. called himself a nationalist while spouting antisemitic dogwhistles only to have a mass shooting at a synagogue that the same president dismissed, victim blaming because they didn't happen to have armed guards that day even though the shooter killed four cops in the process, then put this shit cherry on top:

Trump admin will apparently not renew program to fight domestic terror

"The Trump administration had already canceled a grant for a group that fights white supremacist terror."

I don't know how people can look at all this and not come to the conclusion that Trump is not only happy to have white supremacist and neo-nazi terrorists in this country, but is actively encouraging them to commit acts of terrorism and working to prevent them from being caught/punished.

The horrors just never end. I don't need to watch a scary movie today because nothing is scarier than our reality right now. I'd normally try to have fun on Halloween but, fuck. FUCK.

Don't think I want to believe this myself. But experts on fascism are saying that were are already several steps down the process of descending into a fully fascist state. I hope we can put the breaks on by flipping the House and Senate on the 6th, but I cannot get my hopes up.

Part of the reason violence has escalated is because of the approaching midterms and talk of the "blue wave." We need to be prepared for more violence as the 6th inches closer, and especially be prepared to protect each other at the polls. I'm in a vote-by-mail only state, but in states that have polling locations, be careful and protect each other. Go to the polls in pairs or groups if you can. Be prepared for intimidating presences.

If there is a blue wave, take a bit to celebrate, then prepare for the possibility of more reactionary violence. White supremacists will feel their grip on the country loosening and it will frighten and anger them. If you're a potential target, be careful. If you have a lot of privilege, protect your vulnerable community members.

Things are getting worse. Every day is going to be a battle. I can only hope that Trump has shown his hand too early here. Trump is a fascist and he wants fascism. Don't mince words. Don't assume that he's doing anything out of ignorance or ineptitude. Don't ever underestimate him or his evil administration.

Keep fighting. I love you all.

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