Above is Donald Trump's Truth Social post today. I know people don't want to see it or say don't give it air.
But to just let it go is like ignoring a hurricane warning.
Trump is saying he should be allowed to do anything he wants and that police should be allowed to do anything they want. Even if he does not get the immunity he is currently seeking from the the courts, you know he will do whatever he wants if if back in the White House.
Our local politics go on as normal in Houston and Harris County. There is little sense of urgency. (Though the candidates speaking about working to boost voter turnout in last night's Senate District 15 Democratic Primary debate is news in the right direction.)
Local Democratic officials could prepare plans to generate November election turnout, hold democracy town halls to make clear the authoritarian danger, have frank conversations with constituents about mental well-being and self-protection in a time of political extremism, encourage people to have channels of communication that can't be shut down by large social media firms, and press local elected Republicans about if they support insurrection or not.
We are not helpless. We must demand that elected officials acknowledge the threats right in front of us. We will have to show up ourselves as events demand. We can't just hope the trouble will go away.
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I'm Neil Aquino