It has happened. The monster that we feared of greed, misogyny, racism, anti-Semitism, environmental disregard and corporate destruction has been born. The veneer has been ripped off. The bully, the abuser, the creep has won. Biff Tannon of Back to the Future is president.
This election, unfortunately, has demonstrated Reich’s observation that the masses in their rage,pain and fear would only too willingly ally themselves of a Fuhrer Daddy symbol promising to make them great. Fascism triumphant. As the Star Wars movie put it, “This is how democracy dies- to great applause.” Beneath this catastrophe lies a great gift- a massive wake- up call.
The shadow has emerged in the White House. I’m as angry and enraged and frightened and freaked out in despair as the next guy. An outright misogynistic, racist, mocker of the disabled, greed peddler who has promised to register a particular group ala hitler and the Nazi scum and to deport more people than the city of Chicago holds has been given the codes to an unfathomable nuclear genie. An avowed White nationalist, misogynist wife- beating, anti- Semite is the new White House strategy director. A Senator who was denied judgeship by virtue of the fact of a history of racism by a Republican Senate is to be Attorney General. We will be confronted with an EPA director who denied climate change and believes that pesticides pose no danger for us and a National Security Director who has ties to Putin’s Russia and has called mainstream Islam, not Radical or Jihadist Islam, a cancer. Take a breath! That is the shadow we now are confronted with.
How to proceed? While I understand and experience the rage and terror, for us to simply feel that we are the “children of light” posed against the “dark side” in a Manechiean fantasy is not beneficial. We confront the other- in this case our political other with their own pain and fear. We may rage against their choice of this gutter fuhrer as a hate crime and argue that while they may not be an outright racist, they supported one. However, we must understand , though not agree, their pragmatic experience of hopelessness/ rage. Psychologically, we must find the shadow in ourselves- where is trumpf in me, where is my racism, misogyny, greed, etc? They function as internal oppressors within.
My prescription: logotherapy's "defiant power of the human spirit". Action. If I take action now I won’t feel as traumatized later. Buy organic foods for the earth, embrace vegetarianism, donate to Greenpeace, Earth First, Planned Parenthood. This is a wake-up call. It has activated my FIGHTER, my FATHER BEAR who confronts those who abuse my fair sister and Earth mother and all oppressed who inhabit her. Let us be authentic and find healing and solidarity.