The clouds may be gray, but today we begin the struggle to fight against regression into the past.
It is a gray overcast day in upstate New York. No sunshine. But the clouds continue to drift, the birds are flying, cars and a school bus pass on our road, the subdued remains of our fall garden are soothing.
Life does go on for all of us even in the midst of profound political/social disaster. The racists and haters of women, and those who are intolerant of immigrants and refugees and Muslims and Mexicans, the KKK and the neofascists and the nativists, the supporters of the ruling class and neoliberal capitalism — all have won the election.
This is evidently what it takes to “Make America Great Again.” When was America last great? I think they believe it was In the 1950s. Before the civil rights revolution, before the defeat in Vietnam, before the uprising of American women ended some of the worst aspects of male supremacy, before Roe v. Wade, and before much else that has served people in recent decades.
Now, today, begins the intensive struggle to fight such regression. There will be many thousands of fight backs over the next few years, starting soon. The left will mobilize quickly, but just behind them will be millions of Democrats, Bernie supporters, Blacks, Latinos, and others. Our various movements will grow and support each other.
There will be a large anti-Trump protest in Washington on Pennsylvania Avenue in January as the president-elect rides to his inauguration.
We will not allow our country to go back one day, much less several decades. Each of us has a part to play, whether it is through conversations critical of Trump to those who support him, or joining protests or offering civil disobedience and other actions that promote the cause. For the sake of all our families and the American people, the people of the world and future generations, we must all fight back.
So buck up, friends, there’s work to be done to defeat the racist forces of the far right and their exultant neofascist friends. Dump Trump!
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[Jack A. Smith was editor of the Guardian — for decades the nation’s preeminent leftist newsweekly — which closed shop in 1992. Smith now edits the Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter.]