(Edit: People have been asking if they may share this on social media. Feel free.)
Fair warning, I am going to ruffle some feathers today. I am going to piss some people off. But I am an artist and a storyteller; some days it is my job to be silly and make you feel better about your life, some days it is my job to rile folks up.
I have heard some variation on the following phrases over and over again the past few months:
“Get over it. Your side lost, our side won. Now we have to come together, and work with the President to make things better. We didn’t throw a fit when your guy won. We survived the last 8 years, so you will survive this. We are all in this together…”
Now, it is their right to say all of that. We live in a country that values free speech. So bravo to them for exercising it. Here goes mine.
We are NOT all in this together.
A minority of Americans elected a man totally unsuited for the office of president. We are clearly not in this together.
When you voted for a man that mocks women, calls them horrible names, and brags about grabbing them in the pussy, you decided that your needs were more important that the safety and respect of women.
When you voted for a man that courts white supremacists, reposts Nazi memes, and has gone to court over racist business practices, you decided that your pride was more important than the dignity of your black neighbors.
When you voted for a man who undermines the intelligence community, sends antagonizing tweets about foreign countries, breaks years of diplomatic norms, threatens to leave NATO, and cozies up to Vladimir Putin, you decided that the spectacle of a “man who speaks his mind” was more important than the knowledge, experience, and bravery of our intelligence officers and diplomats.
When you voted for a man who calls all Muslims terrorist, all Mexican’s rapists, plans to build a wall, and is going to send everyone back where they came from, you decided that your fears were more important that the reality of everyone who isn’t a white, native born, American.
When you voted for a liar, you decided that your comfortable ignorance was more important than the truth.
And that is your right. It is your right to vote for a misogynistic, egotistical, womanizing, racist, lying, con artist. And it is my right to call you out on it.
“Whoa, whoa, whoa! He is the president now, like it or not. You can’t talk about him that way! You have to respect him!”
Just like you respected the Muslim, Libtard, African-Born, Dictator-in-Chief, Obummer, huh?
I don’t condemn you for calling him names. That is again, part of a grand tradition in our country. You have the right, nay the duty, to question and challenge the commander-in-chief. He works for us. He is not a king, not a man above reproach, not some holy grail of politics. Our founding fathers, and many presidents since, have made it clear that it was meant to be this way.
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
“But we have to support him. It’s not like anybody wants him to fail!”
There, I said it. I hope he fails.
I hope he fails so miserably that everyone who voted for him opens their eyes, realizes how badly they have been played, and makes sure they never ever repeat the same mistake again.
I hope he fails to alienate, vilify, bully, and ultimately silence the free American press.
I hope he fails to keep covering up his tax returns, his foreign interest ties, his white supremacist leaning, and his abysmal business track record.
I hope he fails to turn the United States into an authoritarian regime.
I hope he fails to convince the military to let him have parades with tanks and missile launchers, like North Korea and Russia do.
I hope he fails to rip health care away from the millions of people who depend on it.
I hope he fails to raise taxes on the middle class.
I hope he fails to start a trade war with China, or an actual war with anybody.
I hope he fails to steal tax payers money to build a wall.
I hope he fails to kick out Muslims.
I hope he fails to get his idiotic pick for the Secretary of Education confirmed.
I hope he fails to deport the dreamers.
I hope he fails to strengthen his personal brand and tank others with his tweets.
I hope he fails to squash the fiery passion of artists, musicians, authors, and actors.
I hope he fails to defund the NEA, NPR, and PBS.
I hope he fails to eliminate planned parenthood.
I hope he fails to stay scandal free for 6 months, let alone 8 years.
I hope he fails to legitimize fascists.
I hope he fails to normalize racism again.
I hope he fails to gut the EPA.
I hope he fails to reverse Roe vs Wade.
I hope he fails to take away the right for same sex couples to get married.
I hope he fails to start a new nuclear arms race.
I hope he fails to sell off public lands to private interests.
I hope he fails to ignore climate change and global warming.
I hope he fails to con us a second time.
I hope he fails in all the horrible things he, and those around him, have promised to do. Because I actually believe in an America where everyone has the same rights, the same responsibilities, and the same opportunities. I believe in an America that actually stands by the promise on the Statue of Liberty:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
I hope he fails, because the world he wants is not one I wish on anybody. The world you agreed to when you voted for him. I didn’t agree to it, and I will fight as hard as I can to keep it from happening.
But if they succeed…
If they do the things they want to do, have said they will do, have promised to do.
Well then, that’s on you. He’s your president after all.
So yeah, I hope he fails, because clearly, we are not all in this together.