So Donald Trump is now our president-elect.
Of course, FBI Chief James Comey is the proximate cause of this disaster. His October surprise intervention in the presidential campaign represents yet another coup by the ruling class to nullify grassroots democracy.
It’s like the Supreme Court’s selection of George W. Bush back in 2000. This time, however, the FBI is the agency of intervention on behalf of the elite.
In any case, Comey’s maneuver, like what happened 16 years ago, embodies the corruption of a system that needs to come down for reasons far beyond banana republic pre-election shenanigans.
After all, the American system with its burgeoning police state at home and its brutal imperialism abroad is responsible for most of the world’s problems: unending wars, oppression of poor people everywhere, planetary destruction by way of human-induced climate chaos, and reversion to pre-Magna Carta torture and imprisonment without charge or trial.
In the name of humanity, in the name of Mother Earth, then, the system just described has long deserved dissolution.
But how would such destruction occur? Until Nov. 8, it all seemed so entrenched — controlled by overwhelming military and law enforcement powers, not to mention a network of propaganda and mis-education that keeps citizens asleep and rebellion at bay.
Enter Trump. Enter the U.S. electorate.
The election of Trump represents (in filmmaker Michael Moore’s words) the Molotov cocktail the desperate subconsciously required to destroy dysfunctional arrangements that no longer serve them.
It’s like the Brits and Brexit. There, too, ordinary people refused to be led by the “experts.” They knew the system had to be destroyed. So they gave the middle finger to their “betters.”
Yes, Trump remains an absolute lout, and a know-nothing. He’s a climate-change-denying sexist and racist xenophobe. But as such he makes clear to the entire world what “America” has become: loud, boorish, fearful, uneducated, racist, sexist, domineering, undemocratic and xenophobic.
With his election, it is no longer possible to pretend otherwise.
Ironically, however, the Trump version of us all might represent exactly what’s needed to spark and catalyze the revolution against everything he, our country and many of us have come to embody. He’s what’s required to destroy the system as we know it, and to coalesce revolutionary forces roiling just below the surface of contemporary American life.
So following his inauguration just watch the agents of revolution come together. I’m talking about:
▪ The civilized world.
▪ Women tired of being objectified and harassed and underpaid.
▪ Black Lives Matter activists.
▪ “Fight for Fifteen” workers.
▪ The new First People’s Movement resisting installations like the Dakota Access Pipeline.
▪ Prison strikers.
▪ Young people energized by Bernie Sanders.
▪ Muslims at home and abroad.
▪ Religious leaders like Pope Francis.
▪ And Mother Earth herself.
But, be forewarned: the next four years will be rough. There will be a lot of broken heads and imprisonments. We’re about to experience a genuine revolution.
Mike Rivage-Seul of Berea is a retired professor.