Tuesday, November 29, 2016

After Trump - Note for a discussion, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United."

Judith Levine, "After Trump," bostonreview.net; via PVB on Facebook; original article contains links.

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“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country,” [JB emphasis] President Obama declared at the White House the day after election. Thursday, after an hour and a half chatting with his successor, Obama told Donald Trump that the current administration is going “to do everything we can to help you succeed—because if y­­ou succeed, then the country succeeds.”

We should not be rooting for his success. In fact, if Trump succeeds, our country—and our world—is fucked.

We are morally obligated to stymie his leadership and defeat his success at every juncture. His every move must be closely watched and challenged. The ACLU has the right idea: its homepage now features a picture of Trump and the message “See you in court.”

The U.S. does not need unity now. We need division. In Europe, the minority party is referred to as the Opposition. Its job is to block the majority party’s worst initiatives. In countries with repressive governments, the popular opposition is called the Resistance. It does all it can, from writing novels to acts of civil disobedience, in order to disrupt official business as usual and to offer another vision of politics, justice, and life. ...

Our task is not to unite with but to divide the one-party government against itself, to disarm the brown shirts, and conquer Trump and Trumpism. The future depends on our vigilant, organized resistance.

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