Monday, November 14, 2016

What Is Your Red Line?

The Omnivore is not, as a rule, given to hysteria. When discussing what Trump's victory could mean for America (and, specifically, The Omnivore's minority children), The Omnivore laid out a set of "conditions" that, if they came to pass, would indicate that it was maybe time to leave the country. This is not said as a protest or in anger--The Omnivore doubts that these lines would actually, in reality, be triggered.

However . . .

The Red Lines

The lines that The Omnivore drew were as follows:

  1. There has to be actual alt-right personnel with "levers of power" (the ability to make or strongly influence policy decisions). The selection of Reince Pribus as Trump's chief of staff is an example of Trump not doing this. Pribus isn't, so far as The Omnivore knows, a white nationalist of any stripe.
  2. There has to be a civilian force that is acting under the "aegis" of Trump in a way that has material impact. The idea of a Hitler-Youth is far-fetched and, in America, frankly absurd. Protests and random acts of violence don't count for this--it would have to be organized, hierarchical, and explicit. It has to be at least moderately wide-spread.
  3. There has to be a link between the power of the state and this group (or coalition of groups) that gives them protection, links to local law enforcement, etc.

Where Are We Now?

Stephen Bannon is a vile white supremacist. As the White House Strategist he will have a great deal of power and influence. Anyone who did not see this coming was, of course, kidding themselves--but we all know it "can't happen here" and "it's all going to be okay." Don't we?

Below is the Twitter page of the Lion Guard. The Lion Guard is a civilian group that is designed to "protect Trump Supporters" and explicitly disavows the use of violence. They take their name, encouragingly, from a quote by Mussolini. Their social media footprint is currently tiny. They're not going anywhere.

They certainly won't get support from people like Bannon who won't have access to power or policy decisions anyway.

At any rate, right now there is no indication that local law enforcement is interested in working with these Lion-Guard people who are totally not racist and are certainly only defensive--and justifiedly so.




1 comment:

  1. Ah, you loved me as a loser, but now you're worried that I just might win
    You know the way to stop me, but you don't have the discipline
    How many nights I prayed for this, to let my work begin
    First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin.

    --- RIP LNC (1934-2016)

    -- Ω