By Drab Boaster
So, it is November 9th, 2016. You wake up, put on a pot of coffee, check your Facebook, and realize with some disbelief and horror – donald “J for jackass” trump is the President-Elect of the United States of America. What do you do? What are your next steps? This will certainly be an all-consuming concern for many Americans - especially thinking people of faith.
But, what better response than to turn to our American faith traditions for answers.
I suggest we turn to the religious tradition exemplified by the likes of great leaders such as James Warren Jones and Marshall Herff Applewhite, Jr. In Latin, this ancient tradition is called felo-de-se en masse. It is a practice that is harmonious with the cycle of nature and an affront to systems of power and domination. It is the ultimate act of resistance and a protest that cannot be thwarted by any riot police or national guard. It is a true and unadulterated engagement with the liminal space between life and death; and as with all life, death wins.
That’s right. I recommend that your response be to drink the Kool-Aid.
Seriously, America, you’re fucked.
**Epilogue: Want to be a good capitalist and make a million dollars? Gear up a factory to make a quick and easy “5 Hour Energy” style bottle of great-tasting fast-acting poison, and see it fly off the shelves at every gas station in America. Coming to a store near you November 9th!
Drab is a champion of what he calls, social justice burlesque. A satirical strip tease of the underlying consternation of a so-called civil society. Drab invites the reader to explore the American Civil Religion, in all its forms, as a source for solutions to incongruous social problems. Is this the worst possible suggestion to meet the needs of the situation? Probably.