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By NATINA NORTON — 

Post the presidential election of 2016, in an attempt to find solace and commiseration, I found myself reading a lot of posts, comments, and commentaries. There has certainly been a great deal of anger, that the lesser evil did not prevail, fear of what is to come, and confusion as to how our country became so divided, and – worse – a disunited and ugly place.

And I mean really, really, to a profound degree, no alibi, U-G-L-Y.

One such perspective I came across, in regards the ugly America factor, came from a blog titled “Danielle’s Thoughts.” The author, I felt, encapsulated well this uneasy epidemic of ugliness.

“We have become complacent with putting others down and being hateful to one another. […] Now before Trump has even taking office we have condemned him, blaming him for all that is wrong with this country. He is already our new excuse for our problems. This is absurd we have no idea what he holds in store for this country. I myself was not a Trump supporter, but I also do not know what he holds for us as a nation and I personally refuse to condemn someone before even seeing what they are going to do. I will hold my judgment until I see actions personally. He will not be my new excuse to sit idle and hateful without action. We have got to stop this cycle, we have got to stop allowing our hearts to be so polluted and making excuses for spreading this ugly disease.”

The President to Blame by danielleremainstrue

I wholeheartedly agree with her sentiment. We have become, not only complacent in this country, but flippant about treating each other like the enemy. Every individual is responsible for his or her own actions. If we don’t like the way things are, we should stop blaming Democrats, Republicans, and those who voted for one side or the other. If you don’t like the direction of our country or even your own life, stop condemning everyone else and do the work yourself; vote, take a stand, fight for what you believe in. Look at the situation in Standing Rock as a prime example.

As far as condemning Trump goes, however, I’ve got zero qualms doing so.

Donald Trump and his ilk are not an excuse for the current epidemic of ugliness in the United States; they are the contagion.

We already know what he has in store for this country, or at least what we wants to do. He already told us.

He wants to build a wall.
He wants to kick immigrants and Muslims out of the country.
He wants to take away our healthcare (including the pre-existing condition rule).
He bragged about sexually assaulting women.
He is open to using nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation.
He wants to kill the families of terrorists and bring back torture.
He thinks climate change is a hoax.

And, in addition to all of the above condemnable stuff – even when digested individually – he has a long, sorted history of making inflammatory judgments, statements, tweets, bullying, racism, sexism, (every isms really) and generally being an hateful instigator of inexcusable ugliness.

I don’t condemn Trump for our country’s problems, of which obviously there are many. That said, I will and do blame him for his actions; not just over the course of the presidential campaign, but his entire adult life. At best, he spent the whole of his run for president fanning the flames of an ugliness in this country for personal gain. It’s the equivalent of shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theatre, only in this case Trump was shouting bigoted rhetoric to a theatre full of the armed, uninformed, and angry; xenophobes who needed their own “other” blame. And he gave that to them. He told them they were justified in blaming everyone else for their problems. That’s what a demagogue does. That’s who Donald Trump is.

We know who he is, we know what he wants to do. He should be condemned. Anyone who behaves as such should be condemned and held accountable. His wholly uneducated view of the world puts all of us in danger; our environment, our health, our safety, our right to religion (all of them), love (e.g. who we choose to), speech, press, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

SoMany. FuckingReasons. To. Be.  AngryConfused. and Afraid.

Those of us who did not vote for Donald Trump, who do not subscribe to his divisive hyperbole, have a right to be afraid and to condemn him. But then as citizens of this country, we also must do whatever we can to make sure this ugliness never has a chance to fester long enough to infect our entire nation. We must protect our rights – and more importantly each other – and protect the ideals that have always made this country great. Make our voices heard.

Donald Trump and his ilk are the contagion. Those of us who recognize this ugliness – not only in them, but in ourselves – we are the cure.

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viva-la-resistance-a-rebel_s-guide-to-overcoming-resistance-1By Natina Norton —

After the results of the 2016 presidential election, it’s easy – as a reasoned observer – to be angry, fearful, and confused. Maybe even a little hostile. But as much as I don’t, I can’t comprehend what has happened as I write this so close to the finish, my stomach still so filled with vitriol and acidity, I know there is hope just over the next horizon.

If our country, the United States, is still standing, the heart of it still beating in 2 years – and we’re not on the verge or deep in the grips of a nuclear winter – enough time will have passed for the consequences of this egregious error to be laid bare; for the choice of more than half our country to prove its lack of quality.

[Correction: As of Wednesday afternoon, 11/9/2016, despite losing the electoral college 228 vs. Trump’s 279, Hillary Clinton was actually leading the popular vote by more than 200,000; 47.7% to Trump’s 47.5%. Also, according to the United States Election Project, nearly half of eligible voters (231,556,622 people) did not vote in the 2016 presidential election (46.6% of the population). This means, when it comes right down to it, Donald Trump was not the choice of “half our country” because only 25% of eligible voters actually voted for Trump.]

In all likelihood, in 2 years, our economy will be tanking, employment struggling, healthcare in shambles, and our international reputation an embarrassment; point being, it’ll be abundantly clear to everyone, including Trump supporters that – either from a true lack of power or complete incompetence – all the things Donald promised he’d do or could do will not have materialize. And, pending this fact, as a united states in 2 years we can fight together for a common purpose.

We all let this happen. We were indifferent or oblivious to the building of an almost literal white noise. We assumed the ignorance and ugliness of our past was in the past instead of simply lying dormant.

Nevertheless, in 2 years we will vote again. Assuming that right isn’t removed by some kind of totalitarian tactic, on November 6, 2018 33 of the 100 seats in the Senate and all 435 voting seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for grabs. As a country, as a collective, we will have the opportunity to vote and start the long process of undoing this absolute clusterfeck of an election.

In the meantime, however, we must be diligent and dissident. We should react to this, not with violence and hatred, but with strength. No matter his title, his position, or is words, Donald Trump cannot change who we are or silence our voices.

And, once I’ve recovered from my shock and disgust, that the next American President will be a racist, sexist, misogynist demagogue, you can be damn sure I’m gonna make my voice one of the loudest.

Fuck Donald Trump.

Vive la résistance!

A little light reading and inspiration..

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By NATINA NORTON —

It all started June 16, 2015. Donald J. Trump slithered down an escalator to declare his candidacy for President of the United States. Since that fateful day, the Republican nominee has been called an awful lot of names.

Racist, bigot, xenophobe, sexist, conman, and – one of my personal favorites – demagogue, just to name a few.

To justify all of the above name-calling, there’s a virtual smorgasbord of scandals to choose from. A few examples:

If in need of further data, on September 13, 2016 noted journalist, Keith Olbermann, host of GQ’s The Closer, offered a comprehensive list of “176 shocking things Donald Trump has done.” Olbermann’s 176 (plus a sequel of 74 more) were then followed by Trump’s 5 A.M. Twitter tirade against former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, and the self-professed respecter of women impotently bragging how celebrity allows him to get away with sexual assault.

So, based on the evidence, it appears the name-calling list thus far is accurate, and we can also add misogynist.

With most of his deplorable behavior well covered, some have added supplementary names to the list using his above behavior combined with his apparently Everest-sized mountain of lies. Again, just a few examples:

With reference to Trump’s documented lies, Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC’s Last Word called Trump a pathological liar, meaning his lies are compulsive. “He knows you know he’s lying […], but he simply cannot resist […].” Conversely, Fareed Zakaria of CNN and the Washington Post believes, at his core, Trump is instead a bullshit artist. “Liars and truth-tellers are both acutely aware of facts and truths. […] The B.S. artist, however, has lost all connection with reality. He pays no attention to the truth.”

So, whatever way you cut it, based on the evidence, Donald has told a myriad of easily exposed lies. This means we can now reasonably add to our list pathological liar, bullshit artist, or just plain ole liar, liar pants (made in China) on fire.

Seriously. Name-calling Trump is exhausting.

Every day it seems the Republican candidate for President provides us with yet another scandal, another lie, which ultimately lengthens this already extensive list of unflattering names. But when it comes right down to it, what does all this name-calling accomplish? We already know – and have known for some time – what this tangerine-faced, tiny-handed, Twitter meltdowning, dictator-loving, deeply narcissistic, profoundly insecure bully with the temperament of an infant, racist, bigoted, xenophobic, sexist, conman, demagogue, misogynist, pathological, bullshit shoveling, liar has always been…

Donald Trump is an asshole.

It all started June 16, 2015. Donald J. Trump slithered down an escalator to declare his candidacy for President of the United States. Since that fateful day, the now Republican nominee has said and done plenty of abhorrent things to warrant being called an awful lot of names. He didn’t just cross the line with his comments about Mexican immigrants, Muslims, women, veterans, the disabled, the media, the President, or any number of people, places, and things; he crossed a thousand lines a thousand and one times proving himself over and over and over to be the most unqualified, undignified, insufferable a-hole to ever darken America’s doorstep, not to mention a presidential election. When this all comes to a merciful end, November 8, 2016, it is my hope, as well as the hope of millions of other rational people around the world, that Donald J. Trump will finally be called the only name that truly matters.

Loser.