The title, “This is Just the Beginning,” appears above a photo of a burning limousine. The opening paragraph reads: “Do you think that being asked to leave a restaurant, or having your meal interrupted, or being called by the public is bad? My fascism-enabling friends, this is only the beginning.”
So begins an op-ed piece by Hamilton Nolan at Splinter News. I couldn’t not read what followed. Every. Compelling. Word. If ever there was a description of what’s wrong with our country, this is it.
It’s worth reading. I can’t quote it all, of course, but here’s a sample:
The people who start the wars do not have bombs dropped on their houses. The people who pass the laws that incarcerate others never have to face the full force of the prison system themselves. The people who design the economic system that inflicts poverty on millions are themselves rich. This sort of insulation from the real world consequences of political and economic decisions makes it very easy for powerful people to approve of things happening to the rest of us that they would never, ever tolerate themselves.
Nolan is warning — or threatening — that things in our increasingly partisan system are going to get much, much worse if we, the American people, don’t do something to change it. He’s angry. Understandably so. And that’s the point. Anger and frustration are simmering across the country, and if the pot is allowed to boil over, the results won’t be pretty.