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23Feb/171

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Rise of Fascism in the USA.

American President?

I am trying to describe what I feel now.

Now that this man was elected President.

President of our country

Our new country, America.

This wonderful young country, but mature Democracy, the experiment.

America the magnet, hope for people around the world.

We came here for a new beginning.

My wife, our little daughter and myself.

We decided to leave the Soviet Union when we realized finally that there was no future for us there.

We Jews always felt like second-class, unwanted people. It was not our country.

We were young and determined to do better for ourselves and our children.

We came to America.

And also it took some time to adapt, but we were home, at last.

Life was not easy in our new country. The job, the language, money, life and politics - all was new, unfamiliar.

But here we felt more at home than during our lives in the Soviet Union.

It takes time and effort to fully understand, appreciate Freedom. We know it now.

Freedom is not an empty word or a slogan for us.

We could breathe. It is a feeling of the world becoming wide open for us. We were happy.

To live without fear, without disgust for the life around us.

Disgust, helplessness, fear and apathy - that's what we felt in our old country.

We literally got taller. It is a liberating feeling.

And then Trump was elected President.

And fear came back. And anxiety. And anger.

And old memories came back. And finally determination.

We will not be silent, not again,

We will not be silent.

Sometimes desperation creeps in. And fear about the future.

The future of our country, our future.

There is a crisis in America, in the free world.

The struggle between the future and the past.

The struggle between ignorance, fear and hate wanting to divide us and to hide behind the walls of suspicion and intolerance and a new, hopeful and accepting future.

This man, Donald Trump

He was brought up by all these dark forces that are pulling the world into an abyss.

This man. A phony, a crook, a total narcissist, a nobody.

An empty populist. He is just a mirror.

A reflection of all that had been hiding and now Trump gave them a voice.

All these ignorant hateful forces that are pulling us into the dark alley of fascism.

Trump lifted the lowest common denominator in humanity and was handed the power to destroy.

Crisis is upon us

And despite this sinking feeling

This feeling of despair and hopelessness

We have to prevail. I have to.

We have no other choice.

Now that I know how freedom feels I am not going back.

Because I remember. The old country.

Where I could not breathe.

I am not going back to fear, suspicion and lies.

We have to fight.

To fight so this country and the world will not turn into a terrifying dystopia.

I want to, I have to believe that progress is unstoppable, that light will win.

There are setbacks, there are defeats.

But the future, the best in all of us, will always prevail.

And the future needs us to succeed.

Defeat Trump

Resistance is growing

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  1. This article resonates deeply with my thoughts and feelings about the Trump/Bannon presidency. Although I can’t relate well to Nathan’s experiences living in a Communist country where Jews are simply “the outcasts of society”, I do understand the fear and anxiety about our country with an insecure, phobic and fascist president at the helm. I value so many privileges that this country affords…freedom of speech, religion, the press, marriage equality act, freedom of sexual orientation, our civil rights for ALL Americans and yes, the Affordable Care Act. And especially for women, I particularly value our Reproductive Rights Act…a woman’s right to choose! Now…all of these freedoms are being challenged…from voter suppression to immigration bans to the blow-by-blow attempts to dismantle our various federal departments…those that provide necessary regulations for our climate, our labor laws, our childrens’ education, the rights of all our citizens…all are being challenged as Bannon admits to his plan to destroy our government as we know it. Yes, I very much fear the loss of those freedoms that have made this country a democracy – our messy democracy, always in need of our attention to improve, but the kind of life that many people throughout the world have fought to get here and to experience those very freedoms. We cannot allow ourselves to sit back and let our country descend into a vat of divisiveness, hatred and intolerance…I know I will personally fight to keep us free! Thanks for your thought-provoking article, Nathan!


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