The problem with the United States right now is that most Americans would hire a Mexican day laborer to carry their burden of citizenship if they could.
Nothing against the hardworking immigrants from the South, but that’s now how citizenship works. Democracy is not a spectator sport.
To quote the Rolling Stones, everyone has to shoulder their “fair share of abuse” when the chips are down. Regardless of the size and scale of their personal contribution.
Right now that means protecting those doing the heavy lifting in this era of open treason at the highest level. Like Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into the Russian Puppet in the White House.
So, how do we do that?
When you have a bully who gets off on ruining his critics, as Trump bragged about Saturday, you protect his targets by standing beside them. Openly and publicly.
Trump and his shameless lackeys must be made to feel the full weight of the disapproval of their fellow Americans via internal exile. That means refusing service to his parasitic staffers; walking away from them in private functions; haranguing them about their bad deeds in public; and making them generally feel isolated, unwanted and alone.
It also means suspending your respect for the office of the president for the duration of the disastrous Trump regime and replacing it with open disrespect until he’s ousted.
You don’t have to be Bernie Sanders, actor Robert De Niro, Columnist Charles Blow, NBA Star LeBron James or Elizabeth Warren to do this. You can show your solidarity with other patriots who believe in The American Way and the principles of equality, democracy and freedom by copying the lead meme of this column and posting it to your social media accounts.
It’s not a political statement. It’s a personal attack directed at the one person we all would like to admire, because of the high office he occupies, but simply cannot abide.
You’re not saying “I hate Republicans and love Dems” with this meme. You’re simply saying you love The United States of America and Donald Trump is not your idea of a proper American or a proper human being, much less a proper president. Basically, you’re saying we deserve better.
If we all post “Fuck Trump” there isn’t a damn thing corporate human resources, Russian trolls or social media surveillance professionals can do about it. Fortunately, there isn’t a whole lot Wall Street wants to do about it either, at a time when Trump is endangering future corporate profit growth with his needless trade wars.
De Niro brought the phrase into the public forum in June at the Tony Awards. The acting legend is a native New Yorker from working class roots and no fan of the trust fund baby, Reality TV star and five-time draft evader in The Oval Office.
We all know Trump needs to go. We all know he’s totally unsuited for the office of the presidency and should be sharing his crackpot conspiracy theories and fake tough guy temperment with his fellow alta kakers in some retirement home in Palm Beach, Fla.
It’s just a question of how long it will take our faltering democracy to rid itself of this foreign puppet, who is hell bent on playing class warfare, alienating our allies, destroying NATO for Russian spymaster Valdimir Putin, undermining American democracy, muzzling our free press, and dividing and disenfranchising the American masses.
The chaotic Trump presidency is itself a case study in the downside of the Citizens United ruling, which turned out elections into public auctions in 2010; a Facebook monopoly that embraces corporate profit growth by any means necessary; widespread political corruption; and the ridiculous idea that the rich and famous have all the answers.
Clearly, they do not.
We need to protect people like Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating the five-time draft evader in the White House, in this dysfunctional climate. Also, the other members of our intelligence community; beleaguered regulators at government agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Environmental Protection Bureau; vulnerable minorities; the poor and unemployed; the courageous and abused journalists of our free press, like New York Times Columnist Charles Blow; and patriotic Republicans like U.S. Senators Jeff Flake, John McCain, and Bob Corker who are finally pushing Trump away and treating him like the social and political pariah he is.
This isn’t just about Russia either. It’s also about Saudi Arabia, Israel, China and all of the other nations and multinational corporations who have secured political influence for themselves in Washington, D.C., at the expense of America’s poor and middle class. And it’s also about Trump’s obvious racism, sexism and enthusiastic scapegoating of minorities.
It’s about saying the USA is still our country and we’re better than this piece of shit and those like him.