We’re not celebrating Thanksgiving at our house this year.
It just doesn’t feel right to us when so many of our minority neighbors are feeling frightened and uncertain as Donald Trump mans his fortress of power.
I know that many people are working very hard at looking for ‘normal’ amid the new world order, but that just reminds me of the many books I’ve read about Germany in the earliest days of Hitler’s rise, when denial was still the favorite defense. I highly recommend “Inside the Third Reich” by Albert Speer for a primer on rationalization.
I won’t belabor the parallels here, beyond a reminder that Hitler didn’t steal into power but was carried in on a populist sweep that exploited weaknesses in what was ostensibly a democratic system; and although accompanied by a heavy handed dose of demonizing the ‘other,’ his early policies seemed benign enough, including national health, full employment and support for the family.
Perhaps I will return to an interest in delving into political intrigues and policy issues on the local and state level, but until we see whether any rule of law can be enforced to check the ambitions of Donald Trump and his Cabinet of Horrors, I can think of little else.
It was gratifying at least to read the joint statement by outgoing Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin and incoming Republican Governor Phil Scott, promising to hold the line against the most hateful prospects of a Trump presidency. I sincerely hope that the new Governor is as good as his word.
Nevertheless, all one has to do is look at the remarks of Trump accolade Darcie Johnson and comments in the blogosphere to see that there are plenty of Trump’s cohorts ready for their marching orders, even here in the benevolent state of Bernie Sanders.
It’s as if a poisonous vapor has been released to waft through the countryside, reviving prejudice and suspicion wherever it lay dormant, inviting the spiteful to feed on the weak and vulnerable.
True evil walks the land.
No, we’re not giving thanks this year.