This is going to be short and to the point. Let’s consider just some of the worst things Trump, his administration, his cronies, and his hate-maddened cult followers have done. Consider every one of them before moving on.
They tore immigrant families apart for the sheer, cruel pleasure of doing so. This is unforgivable on every level, from political to human. This alone should have Trump and dozens of his officials found guilty of crimes against humanity and punished accordingly.
Trump unilaterally pulled us out of the Paris Climate Accords. Also unforgivable, and on a much vaster scale. We are on the very brink of global climate disaster, and we need to have begun drastic action years ago (decades ago, really). Instead, Trump fucked us over for four years that we cannot get back. I can’t even begin to estimate the cost to humanity and to the global biosphere.
Trump is a racist. His top officials are racists. His followers are racists. He has empowered the worst of America’s bigots, from the Proud Boys to the various “militias” (read: terrorist groups). I’m not even going to bother with a link because there are just so many goddamn instances of this from his pisshole administration.
Trump reached out to Russia to help overturn American democracy in return for letting him squat in the White House for four long, miserable years. Where do I start with this? “Russia, if you’re listening…” Giving Putin every single thing he wanted over the four years of his tenure. Putting a foreign agent in charge of the NSA. Giving Russian officials highly classified intel and then destroying the records of him doing so. Donald Trump committed sedition and should be treated as such. So have Republicans like Rudy Giuliani, Josh Hawley, Louis Gohmert, and so many others — and they’re still doing it as I write this.
Trump, his family, and his officials stole — just flat out fucking stole — billions from the American taxpayers and distributed them among themselves. I dearly hope President Biden will put a pit bull (I cite the breed in a strictly metaphorical sense) in the Office of the Attorney General, someone who will go after the financial and political crimes of Trump and his goons with the stern, almost fanatical drive of Cotton Mather.
Trump led the Republicans’ charge to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The loudmouths among the progressive left, shut up. Everyone knows the ACA is far, far from perfect. But we had to fight like tigers to get that much past the obstructionist GOP, and it needs to be expanded and repaired. But again, we had not a goddamn whit of progress. Instead, we had to fight a rearguard action to protect what we have against the relentless attacks from the right. Medicare For All? Absolutely, but we won’t get it if progressives like Bernie Sanders and his cadre of assclowns hinder everything we do to move forward towards that.
His handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The US death toll stands at some 350,000 as I write this. Yes, it would have torn through the country even if someone sane and committed to keeping our citizens alive were in the White House. Yes, many would have died. I don’t care about parsing fucking numbers. Every single one of those deaths, from Dawn Wells and Herman Cain to so many families’ grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, children, and grandchildren, was caused by Donald Trump and his savagely hateful “handling” of the US response. Every goddamned one of them.
There are so many other things we could consider. I won’t even bother writing them. Please add them in the comments.
Now. Let’s consider the year stretching forth in front of us.
This year we fight together to balance the scales. We will fight for progress. Enact justice. Exact retribution. (The photo accompanying this article is from the Nuremberg Trials that followed World War II. I chose it for a reason.)
The scales are tipped so far out of whack that they are all but broken. I want you to think about how much energy, how much righteous outrage, how much downright ferocity we’re going to need to get them back in line. (Then we push them leftward, but that’s another discussion for another time.)
We join together. If the MAGAts fight us, we fight back ten times as hard. If the small but loud and toxic contingent on the left try to sabotage us, treat them the same way we treat a Trump cult member — in the end, their effect is exactly the same. If you want to stick with the WWII metaphor of the picture above, stop thinking in terms of the Maginot Line and start thinking about the US storming the beaches of Normandy.
Now we start to balance the scales.
Happy New Year, everyone. This year we fight back. Americans, assemble.