With Inauguration Day – and the horror of “President Trump” (gack!!!) – fast approaching, I for one am wishing that 2017 somehow never comes. But given that it’s likely to do so, as the Earth continues on its (not-so) merry way around the Sun, the reality is that we need to be steeling ourselves for four long, hard, potentially (likely?) disastrous years, and also figuring out the best ways to fight back.
For starters, we need a LOT – millions? tens of millions? – more courageous people like (former) Mormon Tabernacle Choir singer Jan Chamberlin, who announced yesterday on her Facebook page that, in light of the Choir’s decision to accept an invitation to perform at Trump’s inauguration, she was resigning from the Choir. As Chamberlin explains, she “could never look myself in the mirror again with self respect” if she participated in Trump’s inaugural, adding that “it will appear that Choir is endorsing tyranny and facism [sic] by singing for this man.” Chamberlin further argues that Trump is using “the same tactics” as Hitler, and that “I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler’…I certainly could never sing for him.”
By the way, since Chamberlin posted the following (see below; bolding by me for emphasis), it’s been shared 1,466 times and “liked” 5.1k times. And, not surprisingly (sad to say), among the thousands of comments she received, many are viciously nasty. As Chamberlin writes in a new post, she’s been called all kinds of names, including “bigot, selfish, self righteous, closed minded…disrespectful, unpatriotic, unfaithful to God and faith, and not a good hard working Choir member.” To the contrary, Chamberlin is someone who deserves great respect for taking a moral stand, one that the rest of her Choir members should be emulating, not criticizing. Now, if we could only find a few million Americans like Jan Chamberlin, we might have a fighting chance against the dark, destructive force we watch, in horror, rising in America.