Trumpism: A cancer on the body politic

DON ROJAS | 5/23/2019, midnight
At this moment in history, we find ourselves at a crucial juncture in the road, one at which the structures ...

(Editor’s note: Despite life-threatening, debilitating bone marrow cancer, Don Rojas still retains enough energy and insight to comment on today’s current events, particularly the onslaught of Trumpism, which he expounded on during a recent event in Brooklyn. This is an abbreviated version of his closing remarks that were preceded by his heartfelt gratitude to the hundreds who turned out to honor him for the tribute. It should be noted that Rojas is a highly regarded journalist, often defined by his colleagues and comrades as an undaunted freedom fighter, and one time executive editor of this paper.)

At this moment in history, we find ourselves at a crucial juncture in the road, one at which the structures of liberation and the structures and institutions of authoritarianism are contesting each other on a global stage to shape what the future will look like. This is a global response to the deepening crisis of modern-day capitalism and its empire which have no lasting solutions to the deepening economic inequalities spreading rapidly across the globe.

This is a titanic struggle between those who are ready to boldly step into the future, to shape human society into one where truly democratic principles and practices prevail, and those (here in the western hemisphere) who have been duped by the lies and tricks of a toxic social disease we call “Trumpism,” a political and cultural phenomenon rooted in a sordid mix of white supremacist ideologies, manufactured lies, fake news and corrupt opportunism.

This phenomenon is bent on cowardly turning back the hands of time to “Make America Great Again” through the exercise of wanton dictatorial control over all the organs of the capitalist state. Trump’s fixation with reversing whatever legacy President Barack Obama left a couple of years ago borders on the pathological and is profoundly racist.

You all are here to support my own fight against cancer and for that effort I will be eternally grateful, but there is a much more dangerous social cancer that needs our urgent collective attention, one that is nothing short of mass terrorism against Black and Brown people.

This social cancer of Trumpism has metastasized and has infected every organ of the American body politic. Trumpism is the great white supremacy experiment of the 21st century and its basic playbook is the warped ideology of fascism as was attempted in the 20th century by Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in France, Franco in Spain, Batista in Cuba and other so-called “strong men.”

I’m not trying to be alarmist, folks, but fascism is once again on the march not only in Europe but also throughout the Americas…from Washington, D.C., to Brazil, to Chile, to Argentina and other Latin countries and making serious inroads into respectable institutions inside the U.S.A.

Trump, the protector and defender of these new American fascists, himself has no moral compass, no soul, no defined ideology, no loyalty to anyone or any set of ideas, no conviction to anything beyond his narcissistic and egotistical needs.

He is one of history’s great frauds. In a country filled with con-men, this megalomaniac stands on top of that pile of trash as America’s Con-artist-in-chief. Yet, sadly, a small percentage of Black and Brown people have fallen for Trump’s tricks and lies. I’m pretty confident that the ancestors will deal with these lackeys when the right time comes.