Today, Oregon’s governor, Kate Brown, announced that she has reached an agreement that federal law enforcement agents would begin withdrawing from Portland as early as tomorrow. “Federal officials confirmed an agreement,” says the NY Times, “but hedged on the timing.” At the same time, federal agents are being sent to Detroit, Cleveland and Milwaukee. I don’t know if Suzanne’s approach is one that could save us from an escalation of Trump’s fascistic tactics, but I do think it is worth considering and would welcome your thoughts.
Take away his excuse for a militia
by Suzanne Brita Schecker, Treehouse Community, Easthampton, MA
Dear Black Lives Matter, Moms, and all of us that support you and your constitutional right to demonstrate against institutional racism, in our police forces, our educational system, our politics and justice system. Everywhere.
I am with you. I support you and honor your right to demonstrate. I am also a German American raised by a mother who came of age during Hitler’s rise to power, who lived through World War II and the Nazi Era. I can see the writing on the wall.
The current administration, many of the Republicans in Congress and the man who sits in our White House, care nothing about democracy or our constitutional rights. He does not obey court orders, even from the Supreme Court, and he will do anything—and I mean anything he can get away with—to stay in power. He is amassing a personal militia (think Nazi SS or Brownshirts) and sending them into our cities, against the wishes of governors, mayors and local police forces, to fight an imaginary uprising and “lawlessness” from the left. He is gaslighting and using fear and propaganda to scare people into supporting him.
If he is successful at creating sufficient unrest, he will try to declare martial law and make a shambles of—if not outright stop—our election, claiming it’s too dangerous to change leadership. We cannot win against these tactics, and a militia that sees itself outside of the law may be all too happy to shoot some liberals. You cannot fight for your rights against a government that does not acknowledge that you have any.
I know this flies in the face of everything that rings true and just and fair, but the best way, perhaps the only way, to deny this president his evil intent for our country is to take the demonstrations off the street. It is time for all of our leaders to call for a united effort to find different ways to demonstrate and fight for our God-given rights.
If we could make that sacrifice for our country, our democracy, our dreams of a new administration by denying Trump a reason to create and deploy his militia, we will be rising to a new level of cooperation, collective love and unity.