After the shock of the election, I am becoming more alarmed at the potential for a far right-wing Fed to mine social media for 'Unamerican Activities'. Of course this may sound alarmist and paranoid, but you know what? History repeats itself, and our species tendency is toward autocracy.
Is it a waste of time to delete a Facebook account? Does this do anything for my privacy from peering eyes? My settings are already set to Friends Only, but as we know FB mines everything we ever put up there to sell us to advertisers. I also figure after deleting, I can set up another account and keep the posts to Happy Birthday, and congrats...
Of course, I can't delete myself from the ACLU donors db, nor the DNC database, etc., but with people shooting up pizza places, and my friends kids being attacked on school buses for being jewish is all the warning I need to start thinking about the unthinkable.
Thanks for being here.
I would rather not let our reactions contribute to the destruction of even more important institutions.
What have we been seeing for the last 30 years?
Claims of media bias make it seem normal for Fox to become a wing of Republicanism.
Claims that CNN was in the pocket of the Clinton campaign made it seem normal for the head of Breitbart to head the Trump team, and for the head of Fox to become an advisor.
Claims that sharia law is being enforced makes it seem reasonable to make Christianity a focus of state activity for fundamentalists.
Claims that liberals are intolerant of disagreement more than any other selection of human beings made it seem justified for the alt right to engage in online harassment and threats.
I'd rather not act like the rule of law and the strength of our constitutional freedoms are already gone entirely, because that will make it seem inevitable, or even normal if and when those are actually broken.
If you feel that the Trump administration may deprive people of rights, now is the time to donate more to the ACLU, not less.
Remember that Trump was elected with the enthusiastic support of maybe 15-30% of the population.
His vote share was smaller than his opponent's, who happened to be the second least popular candidate in history (behind him).
Less than half the people voted. Less than half of those voted for Trump.
And a slight majority of the people who did vote for him did so despite being wishing it was almost anyone else (as long as he wasn't Hillary satanic child sex email server serial murderer Clinton).
I think we may well be in for a rough few years. But the Night of Knives (or Day of Rope) really isn't in it.
We're due for at least a few decades of clashing with fascists before they truly have the juice for something like that.
In the meantime, Trump's administration may violate some rights rounding up immigrants, or it may not, we have to be right on top of it if that happens (ACLU)
His administration may try to nationalize stop and frisk, we have to, city by city, call bullshit on that.
Remember that the vast majority of violations against American's rights happen at local levels.
Under the Trump administration, the federal government may or may not prove to be a hindrance to efforts to oppose that rather than an ally, but that doesn't mean the fight is hopeless.