Right-wing politicians and pundits represent those who oppose Trump-style politics as a violent liberal mob attempting to topple the pillars of our government because we didn’t win the presidential election and failed to defeat Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
From Trump, McConnell and Ryan to Ingraham, Hannity and Fox & Friends, they have incited fear and resentment against anyone who speaks up.
Rather than shrink from the reference, I embrace the fact that I am a proud member of this “angry liberal mob.”
I am a proud member of the angry mob that resists the increasing fascism encouraged, facilitated, and organized by the Trumpian Party.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that opposes destroying long-term successful alliances around the world and treaty agreements while cozying up to brutal dictatorial tyrants like the Saudi Crown Prince, Kim Jong Un, and Vladimir Putin.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that demonstrates against the confirmation of perjurers and accused sexual abusers to judicial appointments.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that fights against the scam that gives tax breaks to the rich and corporations and mere crumbs to the rest of us. Not only did Republicans significantly raise the national deficit, they want to “fix” it by reducing public entitlement programs.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that challenges plans and policies that take away health care from people without substituting benefits with something more equitable.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that battles against an administration and political party that actively inhibits the passage of gun safety measures while simultaneously connecting itself to the N.R.A.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that opposes blatantly oppressive and inhumane immigration policies that place children in cages, separate and incarcerate adults, force people back to countries where their lives remain at risk, and dehumanize and restrict people based on their religious, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that fights against Trumpian Party policies that increasingly privatize public education, corrections facilities, public lands, government and other services by placing them in the hands of for-profit corporations.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that resists conservatives’ denial of global climate change as a result of human activity and loosens environmental protections meant to protect the air, water, and soil.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that dissents against governmental insistence on continuing our nation’s addition to fossil fuels while failing substantially to increase our investment in clean renewable energy sources.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that combats any person – including the President of the United States – who dehumanizes and steps over the bodies of Muslims, Jews, women, black people, Latinx people, Asian people, Native peoples, activists in Black Lives Matter since they did not matter to them, people with disabilities, bodies that may not fulfill rigid social standards of female beauty, prisoners of war, Gold Star parents, women who have the audacity to fight to control their own bodies and their own lives, transgender people of all ages, couples in same-sex relationships, invading “alien” immigrants, Dreamers, in fact, anyone and everyone who disagree or criticize right-wing dictums.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that contradicts this president’s appeals to compulsory markers of hypermasculinity and extreme nationalism, his objectification of the female body both in language and in alleged deed, and the base notions of tribalism of us versus all “others.”
I am a proud member of the angry mob that calls out the President for his constant attacks on the free press.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that opposes Republican attempts to suppress peoples’ right to vote by employing deceptive and blatantly abusive methods.
I am a proud member of the angry mob in calling out the President of the United States and his enablers in leadership positions for their failure to provide moral direction in a severely traumatized nation.
I am a proud member of the angry mob that works to unseat a President who is unstable in character, ignorant in mind, unfocused and abusive in action, self-serving and self-obsessed, and dangerous to the country and to the world community.
So, yes indeed, I stand up to hatred when I perceive it, for when I do not, I collude in the oppression.
And while the political right refers to me and others who oppose them as constituting an “angry liberal mob,” I prefer the term “progressive resistance movement,” one that promotes policies not to “Make America Great Again,” but, instead, to “Make the United States Better Than It Has Been.”