A friend of mine (hi, mike!) posted something to his Facebook feed the other day about having turned on Joe Scarborough's Morning Joe after His Fraudulency had launched an attack-tweet on Joe and his co-host/paramour Mika, but that the content of the radical reactionary glurgefest was so vile that he lasted no more than a quarter-hour or less before having to kill the video feed.
I commented that this was a lesson, should we need it, that despite the saying the enemy of your enemy is NOT your friend.
At which point I stopped, with my hands poised over the keyboard.
...is my "enemy"?
Which got me thinking further. This woman is an American citizen. A "fellow American". She is, so far as I can tell, patriotic and honorable by her own lights. Presumably a decent loving daughter, wife, and mother. A hard-working journalist.
How could she, or Scarborough...or Mitch McConnell, or Paul Ryan, or Newt Gingrich, or Donald Trump, for that matter, be "enemies". They're all "fellow Americans". All, presumably, patriotic, hard-working, (okay, maybe not Trump...) decent, loving, (okay, maybe not Trump again...) citizens of my country.
And then I thought about the definition of the word "enemy";
1.1 A person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.
‘the traditional enemies of his tribe’
‘Nigel made many enemies’
‘this man was her sworn enemy’
1.2 A thing that harms or weakens something else.
‘routine is the enemy of art’
And then I thought about what sort of things that Ryan and McConnell and Trump are proposing. What sort of things Scarborough and Brzezinski and Limbaugh and Murdoch are supporting.
A return to the economics and social stratification of the Gilded Age?
A place in the public square for theocrats, and racists, and fascists?
More than that; deference and authority for those sorts of traitors to the aspirations of my country?
The return of publicly shameless nepotism and graft to the White House that would have embarassed Warren Harding?
And then I thought: Are those things actively opposed and hostile to everything I believe about my country?
Would those things harm or weaken me, and those who are important to me?
Would they, in my opinion, harm and weaken my country?
Therefore, the logical conclusion is that, yes.
These people are my enemies.
And there can be only one way to meet the hostile, harmful designs of one's enemies: