Fighting for the Good Life in Trumplandia


| 1/11/2017 9:50:00 AM


Tags: Donald Trump, Constitution, Tom Dispatch, Politics,

Constitution
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This piece is reprinted with permission by TomDispatch.

Many of the folks I know are getting ready to play serious defense in 2017, and they’re not wrong. Before we take up our three-point stance on the national line of scrimmage, however, maybe we should ask ourselves not only what we’re fighting againstbut what we’re fighting forWhat kind of United States of America do we actually want? Maybe, in fact, we could start by asking: What is a country for? What should a country do? Why do people establish countries in the first place?

Playing Defense

There is, without question, much that will need defending over the next four years, so much that people fought and died for in the twentieth century, so much that is threatened by the ascendancy of Donald Trump, the white nationalist right, and the Republican Party.

The twentieth century saw the introduction of many significant laws, regulations, and — yes —entitlements: benefits to which we have a right by virtue of living in, and in many cases being citizens of, this country.