I don’t put very much political content up here because I know that is not what most of the people who come to read this thing are here for. This is an exception.
The other day I was watching an old Doctor Who episode, ‘Horror of Fang Rock’, which is my favorite, in part because my favorite companion, Leela is such a tremendous badass in it. There’s a point where things are going badly where she says ‘The creature has got into the lighthouse. Now we must fight for our lives.’
I thought of that this morning.
I see a lot of ‘you’re worrrying too much’ and ‘oh well’ posted around already and I wish I could feel that way. I have friends in the U.S. who have to worry because their rights are about to come under attack. If you think it won’t happen you didn’t pay very much attention to what the man and his supporters have been saying. If you’re black, or Muslim, or LGBTQ, or a woman in America, if you’re an immigrant, your new leader made a bunch of promises to do awful things to you, and your country told him to go ahead.
This isn’t just ‘Oh Bush won instead of Gore’ or even ‘Well Harper instead of Ignatieff’, where the government is going to make a bunch of decisions you won’t like but life will be more or less the same. If the new president does even half the things he said he would do America will not be the same. I know politicians make promises and don’t keep them all the time. Most of the time, the promises are not like this. He has promised deportation forces and punishment for abortions and things I thought I would never hear any serious political candidate say. For a historian, the parallels are as obvious as they are chilling and I hope I will be as wrong about them as all the pollsters were in the run up to last night.
I find it genuinely scary, and I don’t have to live there. If you’re horrified like I am, though, now is not the time to give up on the things we believe are true. There are people who are really in danger and we need to help them however we can. We need to push twice as hard for the causes we think are right and be as unapologetic about it as this guy who was backed by the KKK just was. I still believe what Jack Layton said, that love is stronger than hate, but love has to be strong to win. Hate evidently is.
As much as I can, I’m gonna be there for people who are scared and don’t feel safe under this new reality that has dropped on them. I don’t know how much help I can be, but I’m gonna try. If you’re upset about America’s new president, please try to do the same. People really are going to need it.
I’m profoundly grateful to live in Canada, with the awareness that we’re far from immune from the hate. If we really like our (relatively) progressive society, “It is time for us to fight”.
(For the little bit it’s worth, Leela’s ‘Finished! I did it.’ after the monster is killed is a scene I am also trying to keep in mind this morning)