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Pull list for November 16 2016; More Trump Thoughts

November 15, 2016

Follow me on Twitter (@XMenXPert). It’s been a week. I don’t feel better. I’ll talk about that in a moment. I work until 9:30 tomorrow, so reviews will take a while to go up.

I’ll go to the store for: All-New Wolverine #14, by Tom Taylor, Nik Virella, Scott Hanna, Jesus Aburtov and Michael Garland; Black Panther #8, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Walden Wong and Laura Martin; Patsy Walker aka Hellcat! #12, by Kate Leth, Brittney Williams and Rachelle Rosenberg; Silk #14, by Robbie Thompson, Irene Strychalsk and Ian Herring; Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #14, by Ryan North, Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi.

I’ll also review: Deadpool #22, by Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli and Guru-eFX; Old Man Logan #13, by Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo; Uncanny X-Men Annual, by Cullen Bunn, Anthony Piper, Ken Lashley and Nolan Woodard.

So that’s 5 titles I’m picking up, and another 3 reviews. Not bad, but heavier than I’d like on a night I’m working.

Lots of good stuff! Wolverine continues Enemy of the State, which kicked off very dramatically last issue. I’m sure it’ll ramp up the drama here. Black Panther’s a very smart title, and now, we’re going to be getting more Shuri, which will be great, as her story so far has been really compelling. Hellcat is fun and adorable and kinda needed in these dark times, and her bisexual Asian-American roommate is getting more focus in this arc and that’s perfect. Silk has been really good, and guest artist Irene Strychalsk has a really nice style. On a side note, every line artist on Silk has been female, and I appreciate that. I’m not sure if Thompson has pushed for that, or if it was a choice made by editors Devin Lewis or Nick Lowe, or what. But I think it’s great. And, Squirrel Girl is a delightful book that is always needed, and this issue is all about heisting back freedom, woot.

So, it’s been a week since the US election. I don’t feel better. I don’t think I will feel better while Trump is still in office. Because I just keep thinking of ways in which Trump and the Republicans will screw people over. I feel like absolutely nothing is off the table at this point. The ACA is gone, which will leave millions uninsured, and the only alternative will be more privatized health insurance (there’s talk of privatizing Medicare). Planned Parenthood will definitely take a big hit, and they provide a lot of health services to women, and there’s no way the Republicans will provide affordable alternatives for those services. Any chance of an equal pay act is out the window. A nationwide Stop-and-Frisk program is a real possibility, as is a nationwide version of that racist Arizona bill that got struck down as unconstitutional, requiring police to ask Latinxs for proof of citizenship. (The guy who drafted that bill? On Trump’s transition team.) Voter suppression was a huge thing in this election, and you can bet your ass the Republicans are going to keep pushing that, in an attempt to secure their power by simply preventing their opponents from being able to vote. Every protection for queer people is going to be rolled back, and even same-sex marriage is at risk. Trump’s voiced opposition to both women and gays in the military, so you’ve gotta figure they’re at risk. He wants to ban Muslims, and even batted around registering Muslims, and Newt Gingrich is talking about reviving the House Un-American Activities Committee to root out “Islamic terrorism.” Trump wants to roll back Freedom of the Press by making it easier to sue them for libel, and I’d be genuinely shocked if he doesn’t launch plenty of lawsuits while he’s president. He will absolutely politicize the FBI and Department of Justice. He’s appointing a global warming denier to head the EPA, so that’s the end of the government even pretending to give a shit about global warming, and I’m not expecting it to promote science in any other ways. There’s talk of selling off national parks. They’re going to revoke Dodd-Frank and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, meaning the big banks will be free once more to do whatever the hell they damned well want. One of his chief advisers, and potential Chief of Staff, is a misogynistic, anti-Semitic white supremacist, so the KKK  are already thrilled about that. Honestly, the list is just endless.

There are two big checks on all this shit: The courts, and the Senate filibuster. I wouldn’t count on either of those things, though. I’ve no doubt Trump will push Senate Republicans to simply do away with the filibuster, and make everything a simple majority vote. That’s been an option for a long time, and it’s been threatened a few times, but both parties have held off on it, because they both knew they’d need it when the power shifted. But Trump is not a guy who thinks ahead, and he’s not a guy who will even consider the possibility that he won’t always be on top, so he’ll definitely push for the filibuster rules to be changed. And if the Senate Republicans fall in line, which is likely? Well, that’s the Democrats completely and totally powerless, unable to do a single goddamn thing. As for the courts, again, Trump will absolutely go after them. He’ll pressure them every way he can, even in ways that are illegal. Who’s going to stop him? There’s no chance of the Republicans impeaching him. So the courts will say “you can’t do that,” and Trump will say “shut up, I’ll do what I want, and if you don’t like it, I’ll remove you from the bench and put in someone else.” He’s going to subvert the courts. Just watch, he’ll do it.

And people will cheer him for it. That’s the worst part: The people who voted for him will support him every step of the way. There is nothing he can do that will turn them against him. Everything he does, no matter how amoral, unethical, and even illegal, they will justify. Most of the shit I’ve talked about here? They’ve already justified. If he rolls back Freedom of the Press? Well, they’re all a bunch of liars trying to manipulate people and rig the system. If he subverts the courts? Well, why do those snobby judges think they know better than the voters anyway? If he decides to round up Muslims in concentration camps? Well, it’s only until we know they’re not a threat. And when he fails in any of his campaign promises? When he doesn’t bring back jobs, or when he can’t build the wall? He’ll find scapegoats. It’s those damn immigrants. It’s those damn inner-city blacks. It’s those damn liberals. That damn press. The damn gays. Everything that goes wrong, Trump will put the blame on someone else, and the people who voted for him will jump at the chance to blame those people, rather than admit they made a mistake in voting for Trump. And if Trump, through this combination of spreading hate and suppressing voters, manages to get re-elected in 2020? Then I would place money on him working to get rid of Presidential term limits.

This is how fascism starts. Trump’s supporters voted for fascism. That’s what happened here. They voted for fascism. Because hate is so easy. It is so damned easy to just buy into hate, and fear, and lies. Sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia – those are so much easier than a nuanced discussion of facts. The economic impact of unregistered immigrants is complex. How to replace jobs lost to advances in technology is complex. Addressing racial tensions between blacks and the police is complex. Reality is complex. It’s so much easier to just find someone to hate and pin all the blame for the world’s woes on Those People. And the worse things get, the more Those People get blamed, the more hate gets directed at Those People, and eventually, the only option is to outlaw Those People. Round them all up. If anyone speaks up in defence of Those People, then they’re part of the problem; round them up, too.

Think I’m being paranoid and hyperbolic? I hope I am. I sincerely hope this is all crazy talk, and that it never even gets close to that. But don’t bet on it. In fact, you should all bet on it being at least as bad as I’m saying, and use it as motivation to fight Trump and the Republicans every goddamn step of the way. And look, I’m a straight white guy from Canada. I’m disconnected from all this. I’m safe, at least as safe as anyone can be with Trump as President of the US. But there’s a looooot of people who are in a lot of danger, and I’m scared for those people. And, truthfully, I’m also a little worried for Canada – we have our very own Trump-In-Training hoping to get power, Kellie Leitch. She supports Trump. She’s hoping to become leader of the Conservative Party following Trump’s some of Trump’s strategies, though, in fairness, she did state for the record that she doesn’t grope people, and the fact that that’s where the bar is now is pretty horrifying. But I worry that, if the Republicans hold onto power in the 2018 mid-terms, that’ll empower Leitch even more, and as a Canadian with a conscience, that concerns me. Much as I want to believe that we can’t go down the road the US is currently walking, I know that “it can’t happen here” is the prologue to every terrible thing.

Here’s a song that makes me happy.

Next week, I should just talk about some songs that make me happy.

In positive news, Hayao Miyazaki’s coming out of retirement to make another movie. That is great news. Miyazaki is probably the best-known of the Studio Ghibli directors. He did Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle, My Neighbour Totoro, Ponyo, and a couple others. In other words, all the big ones. (Though I may as well note that some of my favourites – Arrietty, When Marnie Was There, Whisper of the Heart, and the absolutely amazing The Tale of the Princess Kaguya – were by other directors, and I feel like it’s important to note that Studio Ghibli wasn’t just about Miyazaki, and the other directors deserve love, too.) The guy’s a genius. So to have him making another movie? Hell yes. I am very much excited for this. It comes out in 2020. Which is also the year the US can vote to get the hell rid of Donald Trump, so here’s the hoping a new Miyazaki movie is a very, very good sign of how that year will go.

Speaking of Miyazaki, though, apparently, Spirited Away is going to be airing again in select theatres in the US, and I am so disappointed that there’s none in Canada. Like, I would love to watch Spirited Away in a theatre, but no, I don’t get that chance. So unfair.

My schedule for the week: 2:45-9:30 tomorrow, 4:30-11:15 Friday, 4-11:15 Saturday, 10-6:30 Sunday, 3:45-10:15 Monday, 3:45-10:15 Tuesday. So, I’ll only be able to post on Thursday.

And that’s it for this week.

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