Terror From the Right

How — in this “land of the free…” this would-be haven of inclusivity and democracy for all — in these UNITED States of America are so many Americans embracing Trump, making jokes or excuses for his despicable character — or worse, loudly and even violently agreeing with him? How can so many Americans who so proudly and loudly proclaim their perceived constitutional rights to freedom accept HIM as president?

He mocks the disabled. He mocks Native Americans — truly, no one is American enough not to be a target of his rampant and despotic bigotry. This man is a pandering, self-aggrandizing, hate-mongering, cheating, thieving, racketeering, mobbed-up, pro-Russian, incest-fantasizing misogynist, isolationist, racist, bigot, xenophobe, serial-adulterer, serial-divorcer, fraud, narcissist, sociopath, and poster child for corporate welfare who delights in profiting off other people’s suffering, and keeps putting forward outrageously UNconstitutional — if not outright illegal — plans for this country and for the world. And, the Russia scandal makes it increasingly obvious that he seized power with the help of hostile foreign state intervention in our elections. He is the antithesis of our American ideal.

What is so deeply wrong in the hearts of the right that could give rise to someone like Trump for president? How can so many ignore the undeniable parallels between Hitler’s regime and Trump’s rhetoric? How can anyone look at that jaundiced countenance and listen to his demented rhetoric and not realize that he is a very sick man? How can anyone make excuses for supporting someone with whom Skinheads, the KKK, Neo-Nazis, WBC, and even ISIS agrees? When those groups agree with your positions, it’s time and past time to examine your positions and change — it’s time to examine your soul.

It really is frightening, especially for folks like me and my family. With kids already calling my half Persian, Christian son “ISIS” and talking about Trump sending Middle Easterners to “concentration camps” or the “gas chambers,” the prospect feels like real and present danger to me. What Trump proposes is TERROR. It is terror on a grand scale — a scale comparable to Hitler… to Stalin… to Mao.

And, Trump is making the GOP over in his image… orchestrating global terror from the American right. He is making the GOP into the so-called Alt-Right… into a white supremacist party.

For those folks still supporting Trump, please consider: This is not some philosophical exercise in democracy… This is the reality FOR every parent and child in America, FOR every not-white, not-male, not-rich, not-ChristianISH child in America and around the world most imperiled by the Trump presidency. When what you believe is used to oppress and even endanger someone else, it is time and past time to examine just what it is you think you believe.

Even when Trump backs off hateful, Hitler-esque rhetoric, as with his “Ban on Muslims,” he really just finds a new way to double down on his plans for targeted marginalization (creating an avenue for genocide). Everything he says and plans specifically targets peoples of already marginalized ethnicities — You are deluding yourself if you believe he won’t ultimately target everyone who are the NOT-white-rich-ChristianISH-men of the world.

The Trump/GOP regime has shown itself to be AGAINST Americans like my naturalized citizen husband and son, Hamid and Graham Mehrzad (“Mehrzad” means “born of love”), and against every ordinary, hardworking Middle Eastern-American family and every immigrant family and every minority family in the UNITED States of America.

Remember their names: Hamid and Graham Mehrzad. Hamid is the kindest, gentlest man I’ve ever known. He’s proud of his citizenship and he always tells people that they don’t realize what they have in America; he says there’s an essential “freeness” that exists no where else he’s ever been. And, he traveled throughout the Middle East and Europe, and has lived in three countries. Our son, Graham Mehrzad is a brilliant, funny, loving boy whom we are raising Christian. He made his personal commitment to Faith five years ago. Graham Mehrzad has always had a heart dedicated to charitable service, from raising thousands of dollars for the AHA, to charity walks for ALS and Cancer, to homeless outreach, to volunteering in the local food pantry, and more… and he’s only thirteen years old.

My husband weathers Middle Eastern bigotry almost daily on his job. But, the customer is always right, so he “weathers” it by just having to put up with it. Our son has been threatened that Trump will send him and his father to the gas chambers by middle school bullies. He’s been called “terrorist” and “sand n*gger.” He’s even been assaulted, and left with a serious concussion from which it took the better part of eight months to recover.

My husband, who is so proud to have become an American, sees the America he knew slipping away. He sees it turning on him and his son, born in America. He sees all those essential freedoms disappearing. He sees parallels in the theocratic rhetoric of the mullahs with the rhetoric of the GOP. We keep seeing white American progressive pundits drawing parallels between the GOP and the Taliban, mostly for effect. But, Hamid, who lived through the Iranian Revolution, recognizes parallels between the GOP and the mullahs… he sees what he escaped growing in the heart of our American leadership.

©MomzillaNC D. Denise Dianaty 25 June 2016, updated 22 September 2017


Images of Hamid and Graham Mehrzad through the years