‘I am deeply disturbed by today’s news. We will not back down from our values that make us who we are as a city. We will fight for our residents, whether immigrant or not, and provide the best quality of life for all Bostonians. I will use all of my power within lawful means to protect all Boston residents — even if that means using City Hall itself as a last resort.’ ~ Martin Walsh, Boston mayor (in response to president Trump’s executive order on punishing ‘sanctuary’ cities)
This is civil war lingo – polemic, inflammatory, emotional, Manichean.
Others would disagree. ‘Don’t be overdramatic,’ they say. ‘It’s just politics. A battle for public opinion. Business as usual.’
Yet that’s what everyone said about Trump’s advance, and no one took him seriously, and look what happened.
Also, let us note that business as usual isn’t a positive situation. Business as usual is what got us in this mess in the first place. It gave bigots like Trump a platform, a way in.
This, like it or not (listen closely, all around), is civil war lingo, and it stretches from the White House and its don’t-criticize-me president to everyone who’s had enough of his administration’s blatant lies, its utter disrespect for high office, including Kellyanne Conway and her ‘intelligent design’ approach to politics, her alternative facts and her stupid grin.
Then there’s the hysterical crazies and their socialist agenda — yes, they exist, too (brand me a bigot based on what I just said. Go on, do it!) — and the big government leviathan that is entrenched deep, unwilling to be reformed. No, the world needs the EPA and other select agencies, desperately, but that doesn’t absolve ALL big government, whose first instinct is to never downsize itself.
Glad we’re clear on that.
Then there’s all the motherfucking racists who think they can perform a coup d’etat and get away with it. They can go fuck themselves. Their time has passed. They belong to the ash heap of history (words they can relate to) along with Soviet Communism and any overcentralized system, left- or right-leaning, any system unfortunate enough to still operate on an oppressive and exploitative platform rooted in last century’s prejudices.
And don’t forget Wall Street’s plutocracy. If the free market were a panacea, all we’d have to do is dissolve authority, exercise free trade, and our problems are solved. The unregulated financial system would be be our heaven on Earth, and wouldn’t have caused the 2008 crash and the Great Recession that followed.
So, having said that, one can’t help but realize that things are on the ropes. Everyone grapples for a hold on the new world disorder, issuing directives that lead to extraordinary confrontations, possibly hot confrontations.
This is civil war lingo.
The writing’s on the wall, in the press, on the internet . . .
Ignore it at your peril.
From your ever-vigilant Spin Doctor,
Eyes open, mind sharp.
This is a WAKE OF LIBERTY bulletin.
PS – Martin Walsh is right in standing up against any policy that targets citizens based on their ethnicity. Trump is wrong to frame the issue in terms of race. Had he framed it in terms of crime, targeting all criminals regardless of race, color, or religion, going after every individual who broke the law, that would be another story. But with white supremacy behind the move — well, white supremacy isn’t known for its smarts. So perhaps this is a good thing, after all. Thuggery shooting itself in the foot is a desired outcome. Just like with socialism, all we have to do is let the extreme wing govern and watch it implode. The problem is, until it does, it will take many people for a horrifying (Trump)ride.
For more details on Martin Walsh’s reaction, click here . . .