It’s only a mid-term—however daunting the threat

The remedy to fascist excess/ Is activist, real-world progress.

Image Credit: Christina Animashaun/Vox

A friend toasts equanimity 
When facing down iniquity;
Here’s therapy against despair—
Make “tough to scare” our nom de guerre.

Discernment differs from grievance,
The malady of whining deviants:
Ridiculous, suckered victims
Befuddled by cockeyed dictums.

Front and center stands lunacy—
Informing right-wing truancy; 
By delinking causes with effects 
They expose infernal defects. 

The terrified right, baffled by fate,
Must lie to distort its sorry state;
Incite violence, even “kill the bums,”  
As if that resolves their tantrums.

Adults know what they can’t control
Like absurd right-wing rigmarole;
The remedy to fascist excess
Is activist, real-world progress. 

Don’t let foes define “saboteurs,”
Especially trollish poseurs.
That’s how to relieve high tension: 
Resist the trap of fake dissension. 

The midterm is but one threshold,
Despite oozing noxious slime mold;
Perhaps the right will take the House,
But all they’ll do is whine and grouse.

Yahoos programmed for disaster
Assured if Trump’s the ringmaster;
The chances of his renomination
Shrivel from self-incrimination. 

Gaslighting fuels the Trumpist trance.
Aren’t marks bored with his rancid dance?
To nonsense the GOP is captive,
Making its con radioactive.

Is this more than mass hysteria,
Fed by endless Trump bacteria?
One cure resolves this nightmare:
Never give up, never despair.


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For over a decade, Robert S. Becker's independent, rebel-rousing essays on politics and culture analyze overall trends, history, implications, messaging and frameworks. He has been published widely, aside from Nation of Change and RSN, with extensive credits from OpEdNews (as senior editor), Alternet, Salon, Truthdig, Smirking Chimp, Dandelion Salad, Beyond Chron, and the SF Chronicle. Educated at Rutgers College, N.J. (B.A. English) and U.C. Berkeley (Ph.D. English), Becker left university teaching (Northwestern, then U. Chicago) for business, founding SOTA Industries, a top American high end audio company he ran from '80 to '92. From '92-02, he was an anti-gravel mining activist while doing marketing, business and writing consulting. Since then, he seeks out insight, even wit in the shadows, without ideology or righteousness across the current mayhem of American politics.