Putting all of these here for anyone who wants to use them for memes.
Seven years of my professional life were spent in the legal sector as a consultant: four in public, three in private. I have spent hundreds (thousands?) of hours in courtrooms, analyzed evidence in painstaking detail, interviewed witnesses, crawled up fire escapes for crime scene photos…
I’m not a lawyer, but I know a lot about what constitutes guilt liability in a court of law.
Trump is guilty AF.
👩🏽🧑🏼🦲”Now we know how Germany allowed Hitler to rise to power.”
👱🏻♂️👱🏻”But my friends and family who support Tяump are good people!”
No, 👱🏻♂️👱🏻, they are NOT good people. As long as they are a part of this mob that is pushing gleefully toward a fourth Reich and another Holocaust, they are bad, shitty, horrible, evil people. You need to suck it up, accept it, and push back against their bullshit.
Maybe after we’ve defeated the regime and your Tяumpy relations distance themselves from the mob, they’ll go back to being good people (albeit with a bloodstained history), but for now, they ARE the Germans who cheered for Hitler—right around the point in history where gangs of fascists were torching Jewish businesses and beating Jews in the streets. We have passed Krystallnacht.
Anyone who doesn’t think that the timeline could repeat itself is a fool.
As much of an asshole as I come across as, I always try to empathize with people in news stories. I was raised Quaker from birth, and it’s what we’re taught. “There is that of God in everyone,” is a lofty way of saying, “Everyone else has feelings just like you do, asshole.”
The thing is, after decades of performing this exercise with every single person in every single news story, there are people that—when I still my mind and do the Deana Troi thing—block the empathy wave with a selfishness so great that no amount of positive vibes can pass. These creatures are ready, willing, and often eager to let thousands of people suffer and/or die for any amount of gain. It could be like, “I hate that black guy, so I’m gonna undo this legislation he enacted,” even though there is no reason to do so except spite. As a result, thousands of people can’t get some crucial medication, and their lives are fucked up or ended.
Why Not Just Fake It?
I am past that need to appear like I have some angelic moral high ground by saying shit like, “They are human beings, and they deserve our sympathy!”
Fuck that. We’ve given them enough energy. Now, I say fuck them. They don’t deserve any more of it. Let them suffer and die. My energy is going to the people who are going to make things right.
I constantly make efforts to empathize with others—though it may not seem like it.
When I attempt empathy for Tяump over the past 24 hours, I get to “This is an old man suffering, and possibly fearing the worst,” and I feel it. I do. It’s frightening.
As I proceed in my journey, I am impeded by obstacles like hateful words where there should have been comforting words, lies that cost thousands of lives, and a constant onslaught of selfish bullshit that leaves destroyed families in its wake. Children raped, parents grieving over lynched children, people suffering long-term damage from a virus that could have been stopped…
I cannot wish him well. I have tried. Truly. As a yellow person with a brown child, two girls, and a job that involves helping some of the most vulnerable Americans, I am unable to reach that point.
I do not wish him dead, because I still have that shred of my Quaker upbringing. I DO wish him to experience a lot of what he has done to others.
And when he finally dies, I will celebrate. Because fuck him.