More reactions to Trump’s election

On 11-24-16 William Rivers Pitt said on truth-out.org: “We’re in the pipe now, five by five, charging into a future that reeks of the past…Watching the TV people exonerate themselves for the ruin they gleefully foisted upon us in the name of ratings and advertising dollars makes me glad, for their sake, that I’m a peaceful man. I am so tired. I’ve spent half my life trying to stop or slow down that which now comes onrushing like a wave so tall it blots out the sun. But I won’t be still. I won’t be silent. I’ll volunteer at a food bank to help those who will feel the grind of these coming years most keenly and to be an escort at a women’s clinic because my daughter has rights. I’ll offer my home is a sanctuary for anyone who fears being unjustly thrown out of the country. If they institute a registry of Muslims, I’ll be the first to sign my name. I will do that, and more. Through it all, some of me will ever be in the forest with my daughter. I’m in a horde of leaves amid the hushed susurrations of wind with a little girl who knows nothing of sorrow yet as she stands in a throne of wise bark. When next we pass over the ancient stone wall into that sacred shrouded space, I’ll whisper to her the lines from her favorite bedtime poem: ‘The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.’”

The 11-25-16 online issue at counterpunch.org has several interesting articles. Dave Lindorff warns that what’s being done to the Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters protesting the DAPL pipeline will be done to all who protest “Trumpian America.” He also reminds us that this is what happened to the Occupy Movement under Obama, who’s also failed to support those at Standing Rock. Jeffrey St. Clair thinks that the lesson of the last two administrations is that we shouldn’t “wait and see what happens with Trump, who put his cards on the table by picking Bannon, Sessions, Pompeo, and Flynn for his inner circle.” He adds, “You have to give a strange kind of credit to Trump. His election has served as kind of psychological magnet, pulling out into the open the secret bigotry of elected officials across the country. What was once subliminal is now explicit…I hope Trump keeps up his late night Tweeting after he assumes power. It will be like reading the transcripts from the Nixon tapes in real time.” Neve Gordon answers a question I had as to why Israeli governmental officials would be happy with Trump’s selection of anti-Semite Steve Bannon as senior advisor. Apparently, Bannon is a Zionist, proving that “anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism are not the same.” In the same issue, Ramzy Baroud explains that “the Trump team is filling up with dishonorable men like Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich, who’ve made careers out of pandering to Israeli interests and discounting Palestinian rights. While Gingrich claimed in 2011 that Palestinians are ‘invented’ people, Giuliani is fondly remembered in the Jewish community for expelling Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chief, Yasser Arafat, from a United Nations concert at Lincoln Center in 1995. Considering earlier statements made by Trump himself last May – that the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the Occupied West Bank ‘should keep moving forward’ – to more recent comments by Trump’s point person in Israel, Jason Greenblatt, that the illegal colonies are ‘not an obstacle to peace,’ it’s fairly certain that the Trump administration will be anti-peace and anti-Palestinian. Presenting the news as if the prospects of a thriving just peace had existed under the administration of Barack Obama is laughable, however. The Obama administration, despite the uneasy relationship between President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been one of the friendliest and most generous towards Israel. Only recently, Obama signed a ‘landmark agreement’ by giving Israel $38 billion in military funding, the largest aid package in US history. If a distinction is to emerge between the Obama and Trump administrations, it’s likely to be manifested in rhetoric, not in action: the former refined and articulate, the latter belligerent and demagogic. Either way, Palestinians lose.”

Finally, Rebecca Gordon says on truthdig.com, 11-25-16: “I’m too old and too stubborn to cede my country to the forces of hatred and a nihilistic desire to blow the whole thing up just to see where the pieces come down. I’ve fought, and organized, and loved too long to give up now. Trump and the people who run him can’t shove me – or any of us – back in that bottle.”

About (They Got the Guns, but) We Got the Numbers

I'm an artist and student of history, living in Eugene, OR. On the upside of 70 and retired from a jack-of-all-trades "career," I walk, do yoga, and hang out with my teenage grandkids. I believe we can make this world better for them and the young and innocent everywhere, if we connect with each other and create peaceful, cooperative communities as independent of big corporations and corporate-dominated governments as possible.

Posted on November 27, 2016, in After the 2016 election. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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