Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Election thoughts and book club idea

So I guess this is where we are all supposed to come together, "accept the results," "support our new president," and sing Kumbaya.

Fuck that.

Or perhaps as more eloquently put in Mother Jones: "Don't Mourn, Fight Like Hell." Old hatreds won the day, but they can and must be vanquished.

Yes, I plan on fighting. There will be no syncretism in the name of sappy and antiquated patriotism. This thug Trump and his sad, ignorant, and destructive cronies will never be my leadership. He is never going to be my president and he will never speak for me. Whatever he wants, I will work through local legislators to oppose it by the most obstinate but peaceful means available. Whenever something goes wrong, he will be blamed for it.

Sound familiar? That's because I plan on giving Trump and his family the exact same level of respect afforded to the Obamas by the conservative right. If I sound strident it is only because I believe the situation warrants it. This is not John McCain or even Mitt Romney that we are talking about. This is not a man whom I might disagree with but can have reasonable assurance will make a level-headed decision. No, this is, as David Remnick says in The New Yorker, "a tragedy."

"The election of Donald Trump to the Presidency is nothing less than a tragedy for the American republic, a tragedy for the Constitution, and a triumph for the forces, at home and abroad, of nativism, authoritarianism, misogyny, and racism."

That's right. If you are in my social media circles and voted for that turd Trump, please do us all a favor and see yourself out. For this is beyond politics. It's not that we may simply disagree over trade agreements or Supreme Court selections. This is about how anyone who isn't a straight white male gets treated. This is about basic humanity. If you cannot or refuse to see that, then we likely have little in common anyway. A state of war now exists between us. Go. Enjoy your Idiocracy (John Shirley posted the trailer to the film on his FB page and thus I mention it.)

Those of you who remain, I have an idea. I did not found ESE to be a political blog. Those issues just sort of worked their way into the discourse. Then again, all rhetoric is political but I digress...
Long story short, I don't plan on devoting much more post space to that orange idiot. Instead, I thought I might tender the suggestion of a book club that deals with issues arising from this whole mess as well as seeks answers as to how to handle what surely awaits us in our future. Here are a few ideas for selections:

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
If you're a woman, this book may accurately describe your future. It takes place in a U.S. that is ruled by a totalitarian theocracy where women are subjugated. Doesn't matter how it carry that thing to term, ladies.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Why think? Live in a world of pure entertainment where everything is under control and a reality TV star as political leader sounds like a dandy idea.

Eclipse by John Shirley
Europe is in flames after attack by a resurgent Russia. The Second Alliance Security Corporation, a private for-profit company of mercenaries, is happy to help...for a price.

On the Beach by Nevil Shute
The crew of a submarine shacks up in Australia after nukes fly in World War III...and then simply waits for the arrival of the inevitable radiation cloud.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
"I've...seen things you people wouldn't believe..."

Ghost of Chance by William S. Burroughs
The story of a pirate colony established in Madagascar after environmental collapse.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
After disaster, why read? Anti-intellectualism has its obvious rewards in Trumpistan.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
A father guides his young son across an America utterly destroyed by cataclysm. The man attempts to instill in the young lad a sense of faith in humanity even after all hope (and food) is gone. Good luck.

Warday by Whitley Strieber
A sort of "mockumentary" of post-nuclear war America. A fun look at radiation sickness.

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