Let me say to begin with and without equivocation, don't let the political establishment, of either party, or the shills in the mainstream media convince you that alternative journalism is the same thing as false journalism. For the most part ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and certainly Fox are propaganda machines not news sources. They embarrassed themselves mightily during the election. First, by promoting a man who is now determined to shut them out; secondly, by being smugly wrong about everything; finally, by refusing to own the nightmare their arrogance and blatant stupidity has helped to engender. With the exception of a handful of people – Maddow, Melber, Hayes, O’Donnell and the Williams boys, Brian and Pete, to name a few of the best – journalism died with Cronkite.
Having said all of this, anyone who isn’t familiar with the premise of the following article by “The Intercept” might be shocked to know that there is no Santa Claus. I have said before and will say again, Mike Pence is a greater menace then Trump. The latter is a carnival barker, a buffoon, a cheap stage prop who will stumble about making rambling speeches, showing off his wife and engaging in warped performance art, while men like Pence, Bannon and General Mike Flynn do their best or worst.
For his part, Pence is a religious fanatic, a zealot of the “My God is the only God” variety. He practices Christianity with an emphasis on Old Testament values like vengeance, bloodletting and bigotry. Pagans will be at real risk in his America, as will anyone who doesn’t conform to his constipated moral and world views.
So, add Pagans, Atheists, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, of course Muslims and many others to the swelling ranks of people for whom the Bill of Rights will be rewritten with the proviso – Need Not Apply. As our LGBT brothers and sisters may feel the need to step back into the closet, and our undocumented brothers and sisters the need to step deeper into the shadows; women may need to brace themselves for the back alley where people with unclean hands and dirty instruments do surgery that was once safe, and Pagans may need to take off our jewelry while stepping into basements and windowless rooms to perform ritual.
These are the wages of apathy, of forgetting that freedom isn’t free and democracy requires thought, education and work. For all of those who put party over principle, forgot who they were supposed to be working for or who weren’t paying attention during the election season, welcome to our nightmare, man; welcome to our Gestalt. How do you like it?