Occupy Yourself: Strike For Democracy

Date: February 17th, 2017

Previously on PZ: My 31st Birthday

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Trump Regime: I
Democracy: II

Today is especially reserved for #Strike4Democracy. I am not working today. Instead I'll be roasting Donald Trump and his terrible Administration in honor of The Resistance. ♥

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

-Helen Keller, ‘The Open Door’

Until 2016, I basically kept my nose out of politics - I purposefully left such decisions up to my fellow Americans for most of my life. It did not really matter to me who ended up in power so long as the nation as a community was moving in a generally positive direction, even if only at a snail’s pace. But then I heard that Trump was running for president, which made me cringe. I immediately thought, ‘Oh shit, that can’t be happening’, which morphed into ‘Oh fuck, this can’t be good’ as his campaign wore on. I knew that he’d get a minority of the public to follow his crazy parade, but for the most part I, like a lot of other people, thought there was no way in hell that enough people would vote for him to get elected president. I thought the American public was smart enough to know better. I thought everyone, certainly the majority of the population, could see through Donald Trump’s lies just as well as I could. I saw him make an ass of himself and disrespect other people multiple times on the television in the break room of my work place. I figured ‘There’s no way anyone can take this guy seriously’.

“The bulk of the world’s knowledge is an imaginary construction.”

-Helen Keller, ‘The Five-Sensed World’

And then on November 8th, 2016, I realized that Trump technically won via the Electoral College (despite the fact that Hillary Clinton won 3 million more votes than he did), and from that point on I started paying attention to politics relentlessly. I started speaking out against him on Twitter, not because I hate Donald Trump so much as because I hate Donald Trump being in the White House as president. If asked a decade ago whether or not I thought Trump would make a good-quality president, I would have said “no” back then… and I still say “no” to Trump’s presidency now. The man is unfit to hold the office of the presidency, plain and simple. The reasons why I feel this way have been documented and widely shared by others for months. Aside from Trump’s awful behavior and disrespect for others, he “won” the election by colluding with Russian political powers and he is backed predominantly by white supremacists. He also has many business interests all over the world which amount to one big scandalous pile of conflicts of interests, as he uses his office to enrich himself in ways he couldn’t have as a mere civilian.

“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”

-Semisonic, ‘Closing Time’

I have already decided what I think is the best way to move forward from here, and it is squarely positioned in opposition to the Trump Administration. Trump stands for hate, but I stand for love; when they go low, I fly higher. Celestial Pearl Productions is all about creating experiences for anyone and everyone to enjoy, and its fundamentally humanitarian values run contrary to the lack of values exhibited by the GOP. Not only have I joined those of The Resistance, but I have also found myself a secessionist in favor of CalExit. There are two U.S.A.s, and that is becoming more apparent every day. I think perhaps it is time for the American government to reflect this somehow. This decision was not motivated out of hate, but inspired out of love - some people are much easier to love at a distance, and there is enough room in this world for all of us to coexist and thrive.

“There are many worlds, but they share the same sky - one sky, one destiny.”

-Kairi in ‘Kingdom Hearts II’

The energies that have led up to this series of unfortunate events have been churning for years, even centuries. From the Crusades to the arrival of Columbus, to the American Revolution, the Civil War, to World Wars I and II, to the Iraq War, all of these things have been building up for a long time. Trump’s absurd campaign has translated into an absurd presidency, and there are whispers of his impending impeachment floating around. But even then, this political story would be far from over. Trump’s entire team is loaded with corruption, and the rightful POTUS is actually Hillary Clinton after all. Things like this have happened in history many times before; we are not alone in this struggle if we empower ourselves with proven methods of past revolutions. Mass protests and mass strikes will become indispensable effective tools of The Resistance so long as we resist and persist peacefully, with purpose and with gusto. An avalanche of snowflakes will break through the wall of hate, slow yet powerful, like droplets of water breaking through a dam. I may be just a snowflake, but at least I am in good company. “We are all worried about Trump,” my prescriber said to me when I expressed how glad I was to feel the relief of a regimen of antidepressants during this particularly turbulent political season. Politics have always depressed me, and these latest intrigues would have certainly devastated my mental health were it not for the Prozac I take every day to balance my brain. This helps me cope with all that is going on in the world, my world. But I’ve also been preparing to face this darkness my whole life. I was born with an anti-authoritarian personality, and I’ve always known I should put this blessing to good use. That is what I am doing nowadays.

“The fact is: Anything can happen in the future. For some people, that’s exciting. For others, that’s scary. And even if both kinds of people are working toward a better world tomorrow, only one of them gets to be happy today.”

-Neil Strauss, ‘The Age of Fear’

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