What's happening now in the US government feels like a dream. for me, it's been literally nightmares. I've had dreams about the future of this country, and it's impact on the world. I know I'm a sensitive guy, but these feelings of dread also come from pattern recognition. I pay attention to what happens in front of me, and I listen to history. Patterns are easily seen in retrospect, but can also be predicted in the moment.
The ascension of Donald Trump to the presidency has emboldened a part of the United States that feels they have been wronged, or held down by the establishment. Ironically it's a group largely comprised of white people, and most vocally white men. Ironic, as white men are still very much in power in this country, and this is the case in most of the world. What they feel has happened to them, these white people who feel less in power, its that they've lost control. They've lost their status as top dogs. They've lost their entitlement. They literally feel they they are superior by race, and that everything wrong with their lives, in their opinion is due to outside causes.
These offenses are, to me, what has made America a better place. Inclusion, diversity, and strides toward equality. Their fears are fed by right wing media, and made concrete by the mocking left wing media. The age of enlightenment that I was sure was coming in this time of the internet and sharing of the world's information has been corrupted and dismantled by fear, and the growth of the religious right. By using the tactics of fear and ignorance that some churches swear by, this branch of America has grown not to bring the country together to move toward a better, freer, more equal future, but apparently to try to roll bak the clock to a time that never existed. A time when Whites ruled the world, and women and brown people knew their place. Everyone used to be happy with this, right? That's what TV told us, right?
Steve Bannon is the face of this group to me. He has skillfully maneuvered up through the shadows of bitterness to embolden white men to "take back" what was never really theirs. Europeans came to this land, and murdered their way to ownership. They felt the pinch of their taxing, debt-shackling king and rebelled. They build an inspirational country fore themselves, yes, but they created a workable, living system of government that could evolve over time. We've rolled with those changes, but never without resistance and bloodshed. Our forefathers inspired everyone to form a nation where together we stand, divided we fall. Most of us grew up believing that, but some of us believe that "together" can only mean "their kind." I reject this idea, and will continue to believe in the red, white, blue, pink, black, brown, yellow, whatever colors of this country.
Fear has never made anyone stronger, only more fearful. Right now we're seeing the violent and oppressive actions of a large group of people who are very afraid, like a wild animal in a corner. They are dangerous, but we are all greater than them.