LET'S ADDRESS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
Mainly the orange one elected to the office of President last Tuesday.
Shit, there's been a billion hot takes on it, and MC Lars really has the one I can relate to the most, how we hoped it would never happen, how we all wondered why it all went wrong, and proceeding forward by Making Good Art.
The key word at this point in time is Vigilance.
Donald Trump has given us NO reason to trust him. His entire campaign was spent othering people who aren't Cis Straight White Dudes. Everyone he wants in his office is clearly reinforcing this notion; from his vice-president Mike Pence, who is SUPER evangelical and anti-LGBTQ, to his most recent appointment of chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, who runs Briebart, which is where you go after Fox News rejects you for being "too racist". All of his debates were spent talking over Clinton, lying about everything, showing an overall poor temperament and just spouting catchphrases ("ISIS!" "EMAILS!", etc.).
The motherfucking KKK is happy about this.
Now you see stories about how he's going back on several of his campaign promises, and everyone's saying "he might not be so bad", and how we should work together and-
What I mean by vigilance is that this validated a lot of shitty people, and be vigilant by sticking up for those who are going to be hurting from all this. Sometimes just the fact that someone is watching is a discouragement. If you're witnessing harassment, interfere.
You can write your representatives:
Make your voice heard, and keep talking. Dissension keeps this shit from being normalized. We've come too far as a nation to have all of that reversed.
Trump supporters, be vigilant too, but not for "Un-American Activities", but to be critical of the man you elected.
Let's not assume you're racist, sexist whatever. You voted for him because he was going to change things up? He hired Newt Gingrich, Rudy Guillani and Chris Christie to his transition team, about as inside ball as you could get. Going back on some his promises, such as when he wants to keep parts of the Affordable Care Act? When the KKK and the American Nazi Party are doing the Daniel Bryan YES! chant over the decisions he's making? Ask yourself "Is this what I signed up for?" every step of the way, and it is perfectly fine to say "no". See the "Contact your representatives" part above.
And now he's "surprised by the scope of the job"... oh...
We can't ever let up. Not now.
THIS WEEK'S JAM: "We've Got A Bigger Problem Now" by The Dead Kennedys
Well, duh. Of course, this is super relevant because I'm about to crack into the 33 1/3 version of Dead Kennedy's "Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables".
SOMETHING POSITIVE TO END ON THAT ISN'T STEREOTYPICAL CUTE FLUFFY ANIMALS
If you're reading this, you're still alive, and can do something about the future
SOMETHING NOT LIFE AFFIRMING OR MOTIVATIONAL EITHER
Tiger Mask W is a really fun anime.
NOT WRESTLING OR ANIME RELATED
Fine, here's me being a big ol cosplay nerd: