Protests Flare, Resistance to Trump Rages On
by Robert Vickens
Protestors have been demonstrating across America for the entire week following the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. Anti-Trump hashtags such as #NotMyPresident have been trending on Twitter and Facebook. The internet is abuzz with videos of police using flash grenades and tear gas while peaceful demonstrators remain strong and march in the streets.
It’s as if someone has kicked the hornets’ nest and the swarm shows no sign of abating.
As of November 12, 2016, information has surfaced that Hillary Clinton has won the popular election making her the true choice of the people. Daniel Marans with The Huffington Post says she has received 1.8 million additional popular votes in the election, putting her ahead of Donald Trump by 1.7 percentage points. But how could this come to be that the citizens of America have placed their votes for Hillary Clinton, protest Donald Trump in the streets, yet still face the imminent threat of a Trump presidency? The simplest answer leads us to the doorstep of the electoral college for – just as they did during the Bush election and various others throughout American history – ignoring the voice of the mass populous and trampling over the popular vote with the electoral vote. Under current regulations, a candidate can win an election while losing the mass support of the people. In a representative democracy built to be a “government of the people, for the people, by the people” it seems quite illogical that the people would have their voices muzzled. The electoral college has been the bane of voters’ existence for years now; with civil unrest flaring up, it seems time to dismantle this archaic institution. The Constitution begins with the words “We the people,” and we the people are officially pissed off. WATCH
Protestors in states such as California, Oregon, New York, and Washington have good reason to be disgruntled due to the outcome of the election. There are a reported 4 million uncounted votes still lingering in California alone which signal great odds in Hillary’s favor. Other states, such as Washington and New York are blue states as well and, undoubtedly, have vast amounts of Democratic votes left unaccounted for.
On Saturday, November 12, 2016, protestors took to the streets of Portland, Oregon, New York city, and Los Angeles in droves to oppose Trump’s election. In Los Angeles, demonstrators clogged the streets from MacArthur Park to the Federal Building. The collection of more than 10,000 marchers stretched on for miles.
In Portland, Oregon 1 protestor was shot by police in the first act of violence against peaceful protestors. In New York, thousands of protestors flocked to Fifth Avenue and headed directly toward the doors of Trump Tower. Groups such as the Democratic National Convention, Black Lives Matter, and advocates for Women’s Rights rallied outside the doors of Trump Tower while popular activist and filmmaker Michael Moore went inside to meet with Trump. Michael Moore has crafted a seven-point plan for Trump’s impeachment.
According to Michael Moore, the first step demonstrators and activists need to take is “quickly and decisively form an opposition movement, the likes of which hasn’t been seen since the 1960s.” He goes on to add: “The core of this opposition force will be fueled by young people who, as with Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter, don’t tolerate b.s. and are relentless in their resistance to authority. They have no interest in compromising with racists and misogynists.”
When you watch the recent videos of demonstrations being held in different cities around the country you begin to see a pattern emerge. “If you fail to comply you may subject to the use of force” can be heard loud and clear as the message of militaristic police forces in support of Trump and the status quo. This is followed by a cloud of tear gas and a deafening bang: the sound of a fascist political regime bent on nepotism, misogyny, and racism forcibly silencing the voice of the people with the power to stop it. This sends a clear message of the intentions of Trump’s camp coming into the presidency over the national police state. But true power lies within the hands of the people, the proletariat, the working class masses who wield the strength of millions of pissed off hornets ready to sting a single target.
Despite the hardship of the times we currently face the youth have shown a stark resilience in the face of adversity. They band together in the name of love in the New York subway to leave inspirational notes for other protestors. This singular act keeps demonstrators’ morale high when spirits may be running low and help the love of mankind keep flowing.
A video created by Cedric Brazle features nostalgic shots of civil rights marchers juxtaposed with shots of modern protestors. The spirit of freedom flows with the same electricity today as it did in the age of Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The song Truce is a mantra for all revolutionaries to combine their power and move as one.
No man is beyond reproach, and every president stands a chance to be impeached if the people will it to be so. Viva La Resistance.