Why would a President Hold a Rally?

Terrifying: “I will always be with you.”

“I am here because I want to be among my friends and among the people,” Trump said to open his rally. “This was a great movement, a movement like has never been seen before in our country or before anywhere else, this was a truly great movement and I want to be here with you and I will always be with you.”

The fucker has “followers.”

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“People want to take back control of their countries and they want to take back control of their lives and the lives of their family. The nation state remains the best model for human happiness,” Trump said.

Definitions from Webster’s…

Definition of nation–state: a form of political organization under which a relatively homogeneous people inhabits a sovereign state; especially: a state containing one as opposed to several nationalities

Definition of fascism
1: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

To answer my question, I came up with two things. 1) to gather his followers in preparation for an all-out fascist takeover of the country. But…it’s Melbourne, Florida. 2) because things aren’t going so well for him as President so he’s reverting to wannabe fascist dictator.

Those are both awful.

Yesterday I listened to as much as I could bear of his egregious and seemingly endless press conference. I realized that if he did not repeat everything he says, it would have been 30 minutes long instead of 3 times that long.

He relentlessly attacked the media, demeaning and humiliating actual human beings attempting to do their jobs and who would, probably, like to write something nice about him. But rather than changing HIS approach to the press, he orders them to “be nice” to him and see how much better their lives are.

A sincere and articulate Jewish guy stood up and made a point to say he KNEW 45 is not anti-Semitic and then asked how 45 was going to respond to anti-semitism on the part of his followers. Fuck face NEVER answered that question. Instead he berated the young man who asked it.

It’s a question that needs to be answered. If a small city in Montana can stand up to anti-semitism why can’t the President of the United States answer the honest concerns of a Jewish guy?

 

I don’t think it’s news ( ha ha) to anyone that not everything written or said in the media is the truth, nor is everything complete. I read a lot of non-news every day. Much of it on both sides is written to inflame either by throwing up a marginally accurate headline, for example, ‘Psychological warfare’: immigrants in America held hostage by fear of raids when the real story (printed below the headline) informs the reader that there was a memo on which action is unlikely ever to be taken but some people are still scared.

I, personally, long ago realized that I exist in a world in which millions and millions of people who are not like me also exist. I have always found this fact tremendously exciting. Rather than wanting LESS of that, I want MORE of that. I’m surrounded by people who voted for 45 and they’re good people. Their reasons are multifarious — everything from “I always vote Republican” to “I hate Hillary” to “I love this man” — and godnose what else.

I’m disgusted by the situation in which I find myself without having chosen it, without approving of it, without liking it or believing in it. Up until now I’ve been able to say, “OK, that guy is going to do the job he’s supposed to do. I’ll just go about my business,” but I’m finding that impossible now.

I am also disturbed by the raised fist. It has meant many things throughout history, but one thing has remained consistent — it signifies solidarity with a group of people. I listened to some of the rally and then the stuff afterward — arguments between the Resist people and 45’s supporters. I had the distinct impression that the followers were very eager to rally behind a leader. Why does that bother me?

I was raised that there are no leaders who are above our conscience. Consult conscience first. A healthy conscience is centered on the Golden Rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Would I want to be rounded up and sent away from what I consider my home and/or sanctuary if I have committed no crime? No, I would not. The people from whom I am descended experienced just that treatment in Switzerland between the 16th and 18th centuries simply because they refused to put the state before their conscience, to take oaths or to take up arms. I think many of us in the United States could look back on a similar story early in our family’s history.

 

Hearing this yesterday was sickening, “As beautiful as it looks, it’s 30-years-old — can you believe it?” Trump said while examining the new Boeing Dreamliner. “What can look so beautiful at 30? An aeroplane.”

And that juvenile, demeaning and patronizing sexist remark was followed by a demonstration of 45’s ignorance of how, in fact, an airplane is put together in these Global times, his consummate unawareness that parts made in the USA are also going on foreign made airplanes. Stupid fuck.

 

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Would someone please wake me up from this terrible dream?
Caveat: You can be a supporter of 45 and take major umbrage at all I’ve said here. I don’t want to hear about it. I’m going to do just what he does and say, “No. Sit down.” I’m not interested in debating anything.

26 thoughts on “Why would a President Hold a Rally?

  1. If you don’t mind, I’ll reblog — or, more to the point — press it this later in the week. I get tired of my own pieces these days, so it’s nice when I can find someone else who is saying the stuff I wish i were saying. There’s nothing I can add to this. You’ve said it all. Except … what’s next? And how awful will it be?

  2. I’m writing poems instead of blogging. You are a stronger woman than I. I cannot watch the man. At least you report him honestly. I’d ask you to keep it up so I have a good source, but I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

    The Founding Fathers are twisting in their graves. Perhaps this is the logical result of freedom from tyranny. We were simply an exercise to see how long it takes to devolve back into tyranny. The Daleks have the upper hand for now. Resistance is futile.

    • He doesn’t have that much power but it is bizarre. Going to “the people” is the most dangerous thing (IMO) he’s done yet. As long as he stays within the framework of the government, he’s not a menace. It is totally bizarre. But the majority of us hate him, so…

  3. I truly scares me to hear him say the media is the enemy of the people. I picture the newspaper coming out…..and there is no news. That we, the people, don’t have a clue what’s going on until Spicer or, heaven help us, Conway tell us.

    • I can’t believe they let him run without submitting his tax returns. I blame the RNC and, of course, HRC and the DNC for not paying attention to what the people were telling them. The trumpeters have a legitimate gripe with the establishment…

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