Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Susan Sarandon and the revolution

In an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Susan Sarandon said that if it came down to Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, she would “see what happens.” The actress said, “Some people feel Donald Trump will bring the revolution immediately if he gets in then things will really, you know explode.” Hayes asked if this isn't “dangerous” thinking, to which Sarandon replies,

The status quo is not working, and I think it’s dangerous to think that we can continue the way we are with the militarized police force, with privatized prisons, with the death penalty, with the low minimum wage, with threats to women’s rights and think that you can’t do something huge to turn that around.

The Washington Post piece “What Susan Sarandon said about Trump was out of this world” is written by Jonathan Capehart, who obviously expects Sarandon to endorse Hillary Clinton if she is the Democratic nominee. We should be able to trust Sarandon to tow the party line, right? She’s won an Academy Award. She's famous. She's in the Rocky Horror Picture Show—a cult classic. (Watching that movie is actually like being in hell. Just say no.)

We’re so starved for authority that we’re shocked when a woman famous for pretending to be someone else doesn’t have integrity. Is someone who advocates killing babies supposed to be trustworthy and predictable?

Capehart argues that even though Clinton is not perfect, “it is monumentally insane to argue that a Trump in the White House would be preferable to a Clinton in the Oval Office.” I get it. I do. I’m no fan of Donald Trump.


Is it not also “monumentally insane” to advocate for women killing their children? For gay marriage? Is it not a monumentally insane moment when a transgender person is sharing a bathroom with my daughter? And we're using these issues as a platform for women's rights? A “genderless” person is referred to as “it” and that's progress? Pronouns have to be invented and this is something that is normal and natural?

A revolution is coming, of that I have no doubt. We don’t have to want Trump in office just because we crave the firework—they’re coming. Cardinal Burke has said that “in our day, our witness to the splendor of the truth about marriage must be limpid and heroic,” and, “We must be ready to suffer, as Christians have suffered down the ages, to honor and foster Holy Matrimony.”

There is no doubt that Trump would be divisive—as would Clinton. We’re becoming more polarized as a country. It’s ironic that the very liberal Sarandon thinks that Trump might be the spark that sets off the revolution. As a Catholic, I appreciate that rulers (good or bad, conservative or liberal) can be used in God's divine providence—the temple was rebuilt because of King Cyrus; Christianity was tolerated thanks to Constantine.

But full prisons, death sentences, and abortion are beyond the scope of the 2016 presidential election, and beyond the boundaries of the United States. Hayes, Sarandon, and Capehart focus on foreign policy but ignore the cosmos.

The next president of the United States may usher in a revolution—whichever side of the debate ze are on—but they will never eradicate the evil that plagues our society. It’s true, the status quo is not working. But there is no earthly utopia, and we move farther away from all that is good with each abortion, each sex change, each vote for so-called progress.