by David Todd McCarty | Thursday, November 10, 2016
“What do we do now?”
This is the question that was posed to me earlier today. What do we do now?
I don’t agree with the futile wasting of energy. I don’t understand the protest marching and I will not put energy or voice behind the effort to discount the electoral college.
The election is over. That much we should all be able to agree with. From that standpoint, we really do need to move one. But in what direction?
You’d like to think young people are generally more liberal, meaning they want or at least understand change and cultural evolution. But only 19% of Millennials voted in this past election. Of those, just over 50% voted for the Democratic candidate. So 80% of eligible young people didn’t vote, and of those that did, almost half voted for Trump or a third party candidate. At this point, young people marching sounds like a social event, not meaningful action. There will be plenty of time to march. For now I suggest you conserve your energy.
For many Americans, the results of the Presidential election are cause for great fear and sadness. Not because “our” candidate lost, but because the candidate that won has continually attacked the very thing we think this country represents. Freedom of speech. Freedom of expression. Freedom of Religion. Freedom to love who you want to love. Affordable healthcare and education. Equality for all. A fair justice system and police who are not at war with our communities. Prisons that are not profit centers for corporations. The list is long.
The next President of the United States of America, said that many Americans, people who are our friends, neighbors and co-workers are simply not welcome here in America, and other friends, neighbors and co-workers rewarded him with the highest office in the land.
How else should we feel but to assume that they agree with him?
How would we not feel isolated?
How would we not feel attacked?
How would we not feel fearful for the future?
So, what do we do now?
The first thing everyone needs to recognize is that we are not alone. A great many Americans believe as we believe. That truth is an absolute. That freedom in America is a right and not a privilege. That the rule of law still exists. That love wins over hate, at least in the long run.
Gandhi said, “Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.”
We are not the first people to face the threat of a tyrant. We will not be the last. We are not even the only ones on the planet fighting.
But how do you oppose a tyrant? First you organize a resistance. Then you fight.
I don’t yet know what the fight will be. I don’t yet know what shape the organization needed to fight it will be. But I can tell you this. This isn’t political opposition because I’m not sure the Democrats have a clue what to do. This needs to be a resistance against tyranny; against fascism.
There needs to be a Resistance Movement much like the French mounted against the Germans during World War II. A guerrilla war fought by citizens against an occupying force. A Resistance Movement much like the Indians mounted under Britain occupation, when they non-violently threw off the yoke of the Empire.
As a middle class, white Christian male, I am less likely to come under direct attack unless we throw out the Constitution entirely. It’s happened before so it’s not out of the question. The Hollywood Ten served a year in prison, not for what they said, nor for what they wrote, but for Contempt of Congress, because they wouldn’t cooperate with an illegitimate attack on their First Amendment right to think and speak and write what they wanted to, by asking them to inform on their friends.
So some of us will be attacked directly. Some of us might just need to be the one to stand in front of the tanks to protect a weaker person.
But we must do it together.
So, what do we do now? We come together.
You are not alone.