The strategy for Trump, his administration and the GOP is to
roll out their hate filled, money grabbing and far right conservative agenda as
quickly as possible. They are using blitzkrieg to overwhelm the population and
the news media with so much that none of their policies will be properly analysed.
Sure, there will be a few major policies that get people riled up, but the majority
will slip through the cracks. Even more sinister is that some of these major
ones are designed as distractions while they get the others passed.
While Trump and his cronies work at the federal level, the same thing is being done on the state and local level. Using Trump as the distraction / encouragement, so many new anti-choice, discriminatory bills are getting passed every day. You have an administration that just outright lies (e.g., Bowling Green Massacre as a way to defend the Muslim ban? Just outright lie) and no one on the right holds them accountable? Trump and his administration has been beating the drum of 'fake news' so much that when credible news outlets tries to call out these lies, they can easily label them as 'fake news' and the public believes them.
Trump's administration has started lying about attacks by Iran and China that never happens. To accuse another country of an attack is an attempt to incite a war. That is the end game for this administration as through war they will really concentrate their power. This is a very dangerous game that they're playing. Again, while they distract us with all their horrible internal policies, they are creating the same havoc around the world.
So where do we even start?
To try and keep up with all the damage they’re doing
is simply too exhausting. The anger and rage that one feels can’t help but ooze
into other aspects of one’s life. I personally feel that the anger I feel is leaking into my personal/social life which is one thing I def don't want. So what’s the solution here? Stay informed
and let the anger slowly eat you away? Be uninformed and let the world burn
while you ignore the injustices happening? Is there no middle ground?
I would love to say that I have the answers for you, but I
don’t. I don’t think there is a silver bullet and more than likely, the answer
will be different for each person and will probably change with time.
This is going to be a long and exhausting fight and it’s one
we must win. Stay well everyone, remember to take care of yourself. Unplug when
you need and come back strong and refreshed. We will remain vigilant while you
rest and you can do the same when others need to do the same.
Yesterday, Donald Trump was sworn in as the American
president. As he began his swearing in, rain fell as if in solidarity with so many that now live in fear. Trump swore on a bible that he doesn’t read and on a constitution that
he doesn’t believe in (and probably haven’t read either). For years, the
conservative movement have used anger, fear and lies to manipulate the American
public. With the help of Russia to weaponize the fear and ignorance that they
have spent the last 8 years breeding, they won the ultimate prize in putting a con man/puppet in the most prestigious
and powerful position in the world, and in turn, giving rise to a new era of fear and uncertainty
for the world.
For decades, the US and most of the world have been slowing evolving
in the progressive values of equality and caring for not only ourselves, but
our fellow human beings. We started to care more about the
state of the planet, about those without a voice and those under such horrible situations that we can’t ignore. While most of world was working towards these
goals, we ignored a dangerous minority growing all over the world. A
minority who fears losing power, a minority that has no interest in equality
and a minority that seeks to force their hateful views on everyone around them. This minority
was cultivating a local and global fear culture, and succeeding.
Hate/fear groups are generally well known by organisations
that keeps track of this type of thing (e.g., Southern Poverty law Center).
We’ve had too many run ins with these hate groups in the US (and worldwide) to not keep track of
these groups, but where we failed was to take action when the canaries were
sounding the alarm. For too long, the
general public ignored that these hate groups were growing in numbers and
influence (esp in the last 8 years of the Obama administration). Meanwhile
there were others who naively tolerated their hate in the hopes that they would
somehow change on their own.
By ignoring or trying to somehow get along with these hate
groups and not taking the steps to root them out (or at least a stronger plan
to contain their numbers and influence) is how we’ve ended up with a Trump
presidency. During the last 9 months (or so) of the presidential election, progressives
were not prepared to battle with this level of hate culture. They were well funded, well organised and had the help from a major foreign power. It
would’ve taken a major effort to combat them even if we were prepared which we were far from.
Even towards the end, too many progressives still believed in the good of
people and believe that people will do the right thing.
We need to realize and examine the mistakes that we’ve made, but it’s
time to move on. Spending too much time looking backwards is not productive. We’ve
had a few months now to feel shocked, sad, and drink our misery away. Trump is
now the president and he’s bringing in a host of hatred and ignorance to his
cabinet to further spread the hate culture in the US and around the world.
it’s time to get off our asses. It’s time to work. Make no mistake, we are all under attack. Even if you're not being attacked today, you will be tomorrow. If we don't rise up for each other, they will divide and conqure.
This time, we need to be better prepared. We cannot
underestimate the strength of hate and fear again. We must be prepared to fight
(we can’t bring a drum circle to a gun fight). It’s not going to be easy, it’s
not going to be pretty, it’ll take a lot of time and effort, but it’s something
we must do. We must think about the long and short game (the hate groups are extraordinary
at the long game).
Hate groups all around the world have been embolden by a
Trump presidency. We must show them that they will never be the norm, we will
not accept the hate and fear that they represent and we will drive them back
into the dark corners where they came from. They may have caught us unprepared and won this battle, but we will win the war.
Today, as in the times before, we fight not only for ourselves,
but those who are powerless, those that will be a target by this hate administration,
and for future generations. Now, more
than ever, organise, take action and join the resistance!
If you haven’t seen Star Wars: Rogue One, stop reading. Go
see the movie now.
I was pretty stoked to see this movie. After seeing the
trailers and finding out what it’s about, I was even more excited. For years,
fan have complained about why in the world would you design the ultimate weapon
with such a ridiculous flaw. Now we know.
I was amazed by a lot of things in this movie, but probably
the biggest thing is how someone went to the Disney movie execs and said ‘hey,
we’re going to make a movie where everyone dies. Everyone.’ and then having the
execs say ‘sure, go ahead’. How did they manage that? Jedi mind trick?
The movie filled in a lot of holes in the New Hope and added
a lot more depth to the Star Wars universe. What I thought was most interesting
is getting a better view about the alliance. Like many alliances, this one was
hanging on by a thread. Everyone wasn’t in and everyone was certainly not ready
to commit to fighting. It took the bravery of a few people to wake up the
masses and take on the threat.
While I’m used to these types of endings where the heros die
from Asian cinema (pretty much the cornerstone of a good hero – that they die),
this was really unexpected from a western movie, especially one made by Disney.
It brings a harsh reality that often times gets missed. We have probably never
heard of most heros and what they’ve done for the world (or for certain
countries/people). Those that win and those that survive gets to tell the tale.
The dead does not speak, no matter their heroics.
This could just be my 2017 mentality, but what also strike
me about the movie was about taking action. You don’t just sit by as you watch
the world get taken over by bullies and tyrants. If there’s an opportunity, we
must do just that. We must stand up for the weak, for those that can’t stand
for themselves and for the future of the dream that we are all in this
There are so many things against the people right now. So
many people without hope and so many being oppressed by those tyrants mad for
power. For those of us who can do something, however small, it’s time for us to
stand up. It’s time for us to come together, come out of the woodworks, even if
we’re just a rag tag band of misfits. We all have a part to play in this and we
must fight back the tyranny.
One post. That’s all I managed in 2016. I know, I’m
terrible. For the last few years I’ve posted during my year end wrap up that
I’d write more the following year, but I’m failing pretty miserable. It’s not
that I haven’t wanted to. If it’s the thought that counts, there’d be hundreds
of posts in 2016 but alas, one must actually type them out.
I think most people (who reads this blog anyway) would agree
that 2016 really sucked. The American people have decided to listen to a con
artist and fake news from Russians to begin four long years of corruption,
geo-political uncertainty and the (re)rise of the white supremacists movement
I’m sadden that Americans were so easily fooled (although it’s
been years in the making with pseudo ‘news’ outlets like Fox breeding the
ignorant). There is a large majority in the country that has been bred to hate
anything that has been labelled as ‘progressive’ or ‘liberal’. At times even
when it’s good for the person or the country. They’ve been able to take that
out of the thinking. They have been taught to just hate, not think about why or
what exactly it is they’re hating.
What's more infuriating is that Russian has meddled so much in this election with their trolls and fake news sites and the GOP refuses to do anything about it. How can you say you're American when you don't care about our political process? What would they be screaming if the Russians were helping the democrats? The hypocrisy is mind boggling.
The difference today versus before is that the hate is not
about a difference in ideas (conservatives don’t actually have any ideas other
than to repeal anything they see as progressive), but they’ve been able to
harness pure mindless hatred in the American public. This is where things get
dangerous. This is Un-American. This is how we got Trump.
Yes, I understand where this hate came from. It comes from
fear. The fear that middle white Americans will have to adapt to the changing
word (economically, politically). Unlike all other ethnic groups who have had
to adapt to survive, this is new for white Americans and this need to change
has brought on fear. This fear has brought on hate.
I’m going to save some of my rage for later posts as I don’t
want to get too worked up on this first post. Hopefully, there will be more
posts this year J
On to other things. 2016 has also sucked due to a few
notable deaths of cultural icons. Prince and George Michael, two of my favorites,
passed away this year. The one that hurt was Carrier Fisher. The princess we
all grew up watching. For me, she was one of the first female characters that
wasn’t just a damsel in distress. Leia was strong and held more than her own.
She wasn’t just someone that needed saving, but she was the one who saved the
2016 also saw the UK exit the EU in what is probably one of
the most ridiculous political moves. Conservatives stoked fear and make
promises that they were never going to keep (money going to the health system?
Yea, we were just kidding). Very similar to the US elections, it was fueled by
fear and ignorance. At the same time, apathy from those who would now regret
While the world seem to be crumbling all around us, it was
actually a pretty good year for me personally. I know it’s terrible to think so
selfishly with so much going on around the world, and believe me, I’m thinking
about what’s happening everywhere, but I guess it’s important to remember to
think about yourself too.
We finally started and finished a renovation at our house
which is great. After having to deal with council and 2 terrible architects for
over 2 years, we lucked out with our builder. Everything went as planned and on
budget (close enough anyway). Now we have this great en-suite with a great
view. Other than that, I got a promotion which is always nice.
We were supposed to have a big trip to Machu Pichu this year,
but it fell through due to my poor planning. The time we had wanted to go got
booked up so no South America for us. We’ll try again in a couple of years.
Next year, there’s an exciting Japan trip planned. So excited about going back.
I used to go every year for a while because I had clients there, but haven’t
been back in about 4 years now. Can’t wait to go back to experience it on
holiday rather than work.
Here's to a decent 2017. I know it's not going to be good around the world, so let's make a pledge to watch out for each other. Help those weaker than ourselves. If you see something, do something about it. Don't wait for someone else because there is no one else. They're coming after all of us and it's time we fight back not with words, but action.