America Needs Justice More Than Unity Right Now
There are Republicans who haven’t fallen to the cult of Trump and gotten so high on the wine of white supremacy that they were now worthless, racist speedbumps on the road to justice
I watched President Joe Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris’s Inauguration at 1 am Philippine time on January 21, 2021, squinting into my laptop screen and holding back tears.
The last four years have been a battle for me in more ways than one. I’ve watched what was happening in my beloved America from 8000 miles away, not knowing how to help. So, I loaded up my memes and took to Facebook, challenging every right-winger to a debate and scorching the conservative agenda with fire from my perch atop the highest horse in the land.
But, I quickly found out that most of the Trumpers and Republicans didn’t want a debate. They didn’t want to talk about ideas and discuss ways to heal our country.
I found out that the racists in America finally had what they wanted in a President. They could finally be free showing their true confederate colors, and they were going to do their best to remain ignorant of anything remotely liberal.
I started out trying to have conversations with Trumpers but was soon frustrated in my attempt to make any sense of their weak and ignorant arguments. Even some members of my own family fell to Trump, and as much as it hurt my heart to see, I had to block them finally.
Not all Republicans were unreachable. There was still a minority who hadn’t fallen to the cult of Trump and gotten so high on the wine of white supremacy that they were now worthless, racist speedbumps on the road to justice.
But as 2020 drew nearer, MAGA continued to pull away from the rest of America to become a red, noisy stain on this great country.
I became like many liberals, angry by the sheer illiteracy and stupidity and disconcerted by just how indoctrinated half the country was by the Cult of the Orange Fascist.
Instead of talking sense to the MAGA tribe, we came together as liberals, democrats, leftists, democratic socialists, centrists, intellectuals, creatives, free-thinkers, Black, white, brown, Native American, immigrant, and expat.
We came together because we knew we had to defeat Trump and the Republicans, the white supremacists, and the 1% who want to profit from the inherent disunity and injustice.
We won the election resoundingly because we knew Trump and his cronies would have tricks up their sleeves, and even turned Georgia blue for a majority in the Senate.
And even though the MAGA tide attempted a coup and tried to take the Capitol, where they pillaged our most sacred places and showed they were liars when they said that Blue Lives Matter. In their hysteria, they killed a police officer and showed that their chants of “All Lives Matter” only attempted to make Black and brown bodies less valuable.
And even though they hide in dark places and scheme and come out only for violence, the fact is that the right people won this war, much like we did the civil war. But much like the people still smarting from losing the civil war, these MAGA’s won’t let this be.
Unity Sounds Like a Pipe Dream
When President Biden was talking about unity in his speech, my heart soared much like everyone else. I want to think that we could come together as a country and heal our wounds, but half of us want it the way it used to be under Trump.
They saw their white agenda pushed, and the corporations and the wealthy saw their net worth increase dramatically. Somehow, Trump made his cult believe that he was fighting for them, even though the only things he wanted were division and more money in his pocket.
The MAGA hat-wearers are fired-up and see themselves as patriots because they believe the election was stolen and now live under an oppressive regime. They see themselves as freedom-fighters, and that is a frightening reality considering how well-armed they are.
They don’t want unity. They want supremacy and a world where their white skin makes them better than everyone else. They want a world where it’s okay to be ignorant and uncultured, where lies become truth and the media are the “enemy of the people.”
Those of us who have remained sane in America know we won the battle, but the war has just begun. The MAGA’s have huge numbers, are well-armed, are highly motivated by four years of brainwashing, and now feel like they have no other choice but to lay down their lives for what they believe in.
If they weren’t so damn unorganized, we might be in bigger trouble.
They Need to Come to the Table
It should not be up to the Democrats and liberals to make an effort to come to the table. We have been at the table all along, but the Trumpublicans wanted supremacy and sowed division and disunity.
Now they are saying we all need to come together, but I don’t think those of us who have been fighting should forgive and forget so easily.
Racism has been a problem for a long time, but the last four years have been an attack on democracy, and the MAGA are traitors and we should deal with them accordingly.
It is time for justice because if they walk away with a slap on the wrist, they will go right back to fashioning nooses in their basements while wearing white sheets and praying to their supreme leader, Donald Trump.
We have been under attack by fascists, and as much as we would like to see unity, President Joe, we need to see justice served more.
The people who tried to turn this country into a racist paradise, where capitalists put billions in their bank accounts during a pandemic and people of color are the enemy, need to receive justice first before we see unity.
President Biden, as much as we want unity, we need justice a whole lot more. We need to send the message that this country is not for sale to the highest bidder and the lowest life form. We need to send a message that supremacists are not welcome in America anymore.
We need to send a clear message because it’s only a matter of time before someone more potent and charismatic takes control of the minds who make up the Trump cult and put us back on the wrong road again.
The racists and fascists are still out there. They haven’t gone anywhere. They are scheming and planning, and no one will be safe until justice is served.
Yes, America needs unity, but it needs justice more.