I've tried. I've really, honestly tried. Yes, I voted for Hillary Clinton, and am damn proud of it. Yet as a citizen, I realize that "The President" is not just the republican president, but rather, the President of the United States. So, I have tried, since the election in November, to think of Donald Trump as my president.
I can't do it any longer. Yesterday, the Trump administration's official spokesman made clear that this presidency is repeating history in the worst possible way. One simple statement says it all:
“The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media, and the whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”The context of this quote is Stephen Miller's objection to the judicial decision to put a halt on the ban on travel from seven countries into the United States, yet the implications of the statement are much broader. In specific, the term "protect our country" has been used to refer to a number of intended actions by this administration, including their pretended outrage over three to five million illegal votes cast in the previous election.
This administration lies without restriction...about everything. Yet this lying isn't benign. It has an intent, spawned by people like Miller and Bannon, to overthrow the institutions of democracy. When a presidential spokesman speaks of "our opponents, the media", he is representing no the President of the United States, but rather, the President of something else. The media, and the "opponents" within this country are not separate from the "United States", but rather, an integral part of it. The same goes with the Judiciary.
This President, and his spokesman, have made it clear that this administration does not in any way represent the majority of the United States, but in fact, is dividing it.
It's time to take a stand. It is not an exaggeration that this President is on the road to fascism. In fact, as of February 12, 2017, we have arrived.