What do you when the darkness wins

What do you when the darkness wins

When hatred wins

Good is supposed to triumph over evil and all that

But real life ain’t hollywood glossy-wrapped in a neat bow

In real life sometimes the monster wins

In real life evil can rise to power

And stomp on all the bright things, gloating at its puissance. Gloating at its chance to ruin and break and soil, devalue and dishonor, as if by defiling that which is good, the brute will somehow be made elevated

In real life greedy man babies in expensive suits grab and snatch and steal

Hoarding all the shiny things for themselves

With one to rule them all. And in the darkness bind them

This covetous evil, ever feeding its empty ego, a bloated walking talking leech

A prancing, poisonous jester gleefully spreading a toxic brew of hate and bigotry and fear

Because this attention-craving professional trickster and con man lives to be worshipped, lives for the hollow approval of cheering mobs thrusting their arms at skewed angles.

What do you when this darkness wins

When hatred wins

When it is loosed and encouraged and emboldened and inflamed

Drooling now, eager to attack, strutting about, engorged with validation, impatient to flaunt its power

What do you do

You grieve of course

Camelot invaded

…I say to them tonight, there is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America — there’s the United States of America.*

And most of all, I see Americans of every party, every background, every faith who believe that we are stronger together, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, young, old, gay, straight, men, women, folks with disabilities, all pledging allegiance, under the same proud flag, to this big, bold country that we love.**

Oh bright beacon of hope and inclusiveness, your far reaching beams of light fractured by giggling bullies slinging rocks

Such a terrible day 11/9

What do you when the darkness wins

When hatred wins

You lift your lowered head so heavy with sorrow

You patch your broken heart

And you grasp hands with those who would fight the darkness

And you pledge to fight fight fight the darkness

And you vow to protect those whom the darkness desires to crush

And you sign petitions and make calls and you take to the streets in protest

And you RAISE YOUR VOICE

and say NEVER AGAIN

NEVER AGAIN

Never again will we allow hatred to rule

Never again will we allow hatred to terrorize and brutalize our fellow humans

NEVER AGAIN will you strip us of our rights

NEVER AGAIN with your internment camps

NEVER AGAIN with accepting hatred of the other

We will not sit passively by as darkness consumes the light

What do you when the darkness wins

You stand up and shout against the darkness

NEVER AGAIN

NEVER AGAIN

NEVER AGAIN

And you emulate that bright beacon in the darkness and you do everything in your power to bring back the light

* http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19751-2004Jul27.html

Transcript: Candidate for U.S. Senate in Illinois, Barack Obama, delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention

** https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/07/27/president-obamas-speech-at-the-democratic-convention/

Transcript: President Obama’s speech at the 2016 Democratic Convention

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