I’ve seen a meme quite a few times over the past year. It’s of 45 hanging from the side of a building by his fingertips. The meme asks the question: What would you do?
Some larger Twitter accounts posted the meme and the answers were resoundingly in the “I would step on his fingers” category. Followed closely by the “I would walk away and do nothing” category.
Seriously? What would I do? Would I help another human in peril? Fuck yes, I would.
We must keep our humanity. We must.
For all that is fucking holy, if we become monsters from this fight, why are we fighting?
Just fucking join them.
So, I responded to the tweet stating my views and got a little push back.
I’m paraphrasing, but responses basically said of course they would knock him off because, so far, he’s getting away with his crimes and his policies are killing people. Also, his hatred and bigotry are hurting the world and must be stopped.
I have two problems here.
First of all, of course I loathe him.
I will fight against him with everything I have and will not mourn when he dies.
Quite frankly, I am stunned the Big Macs haven’t done their job yet.
But I believe in the sanctity of life and if I decide I can pick and choose, then where does it stop? Where?
I have to believe that in the end, the good guys are going to win. When this dark chapter closes, we are going to be left with millions and millions of terribly racist, angry bigoted people. Do we just stomp on all their fingers?
We have to find a way to live with each other.
I am not saying we condone the behavior. Fuck that. It should be renounced, rejected and shunned. People who choose to keep their bigoted views should know no peace. But we’re going to have to give them room to grow and change.
The second issue I have is we are fighting for our democracy. For our rule of law.
Our rule of law.
The only way the right can win is by cheating. With gerrymandering, voter suppression, fraud or help from foreign hostile governments.
We need to win, and protect our rule of law, but we can’t when we don’t follow our rule of law.
The president needs to be held accountable. If he is, that will strengthen our rule of law.
If accountability gets sidestepped, rule of law will stay in peril.
It will not be tested and will not grow.
If we had the opportunity to dispose of our problem without following our own rules, wouldn’t that mean we won by the same means we are fighting against? Wouldn’t that mean we must admit we are fighting for something we actually don’t believe in?
I believe in life. I believe in us.
When all is said and done, I hope what remains doesn’t look like what we were fighting against.
I hope we can still call ourselves the good guys.
Photo courtesy of Anja.