". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Monday, January 23, 2017

Nor'easter of Opposition

     . . . . This extensive slide show covering the world of protests is in the NY Times, which has a pay wall.  If the NYT  isn't your own local subscribed to paper, the link below can be plugged this into your browser’s incognito window:

The viewer's excitement increases the longer she clicks through this slide show of photos of protests against little hands from around the world. Imagine how all his care-takers are working around the clock to shield him from the fact the world does NOT love him.

The photo of the scientists on a ship in the Antarctic was particularly striking in it's diversity and due to its location.

The one of women with physical disabilities who could not march, in a room in Gulfport, Mississippi -- I admit that one brought tears to my eyes.

     . . . . Contributing to continuing the necessary pressure, a friend forwarded me this from her sister, who will be most happy to have it go further:
[ “Received this in the mail today from Diana Chapman Walsh was president of Wellesley College 8 years ago. She recently emailed her former colleagues the following idea: 
Listen Up! The Republicans need to get the message from the majority of Americans that we value and need the benefits of Obamacare. Here’s how we do that. 
On January 23rd, everyone who feels that way (our numbers are legion) sends a note to Donald Trump with a simple message:
“Don’t make America sick again. Improve Obamacare. Don’t repeal it.”
One envelope for every ACA supporter in your household…even if they are under 18 years old. Just that simple message.
Put it in an envelope, and put a stamp on it. On January 23rd, mail it to: 
Pres. Donald Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20500 
Can you imagine the picture of 53 MILLION letters arriving at the White House by January 26th? It will be a mountain. That image might help deter the Republicans from killing the most substantial improvement to American healthcare since the discovery of Penicillin.
Do it today! Drop it into a mailbox near you on Monday, January 23rd.
Please send this email to 20 (or more) of your friends, neighbors and fellow Americans. Ask them to do the same. This also helps out the US Postal Service, with about $20 Million of stamp sales. 
Don’t send emails to Trump…they don’t photograph well. ” ]
This is the response I sent my friend:

Remember Andrew Jackson suffered perpetual apoplexy and bad digestion because John Quincy Adams brought in the anti-slavery letters petitions mailed to him from all over the U.S., Britain and other European countries, and from the speeches JQA gave in the House condemning slavery? Though Jackson's southern, slave owning House majority cronies instituted a gag rule forbidding even a mention of slavery, JQA never quit. There was an entire room at the Capitol that was filled to bursting with all the House confiscated anti-slavery petitions and letters by the time JQA died. And by the time JQA died, with his significant contribution of never allowing the issue to be ignored despite the gag rule the House to shut him up, anti-slavery had grown into a powerful force in US politics. It did take a long time, but it happened that finally enough people saw slavery as an active evil in the body politic -- not to mention the body economic for the north -- that anti-slavery forces formed a new party and achieved the White House.

    . . . .That little hands could ask why these people hadn't voted if they were so unhappy on Saturday shows how out of touch with reality he and his cronies are about everything. The protesters did vote.  Here in the U.S. the protest numbers from across the country are roughly equivalent to the numbers by which the popular vote outnumbered the votes for little hands.  Yet he's pretended that everybody did vote him, that didn't receive the majority of popular vote and that the voting rights of many millions of voters were systematically, deliberately and consciously supressed.

He is reminiscent of Princess Elizabeth Charlotte, Princess of the Palatinate, second wife of way-of-the-closet, Philippe I, Duke of Orléans (who founded New Orleans)  -- who insisted on heralds preceding and following her wherever she went — a contingent of horns announcing her every arrival and departure, at which all had to applaud and bow. That’s what little hands has resorted to all his life, a constant shield wall to applaud his every word, threaten anyone who doesn’t also cheer, and hide reality from him.. But it's possible on the national and global field to force reality through his shield wall if the pressure is sustained from every quarter on which he's declared war. Eventually, as it does everyone, reality will choke him.

Another feather indicating the velocity of the winds that oppose his regime and him personally -- I cannot recall ever a political comment out of a Hi and Lois comic, but there's one today --  it is clever while being subtle.

Blow ye winds, blow!  Blow the man down!

No comments: