I've long resisted acknowledging the presence of evil. The very act of saying things brings them into existence, and some things, I thought, were better left unspoken. Then Trump emerged, evil incarnate, contagious as the plague.
Journalists assassinated. Children ripped from families. Unrestrained greed. Never-ending lies. Democracy subverted. These things are evil, there is no other way to describe them.
But evil can't flourish without enablers, which makes our challenge all the more daunting. Without Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, without Mark Meadows and George Holding, Trump's evil might have been contained. Without Phil Berger, without Tim Moore, the scourge of authoritarian rule would not be threatening our democracy here in North Carolina. They are all in this together. Their motivations are evil.
I've been cautioned against demonizing enemies. I've been told that they mean well, that they just have a different point of view. I reject that idea. Denying voice to half the population, as Berger and Moore are doing, is evil. Lying is evil. Encouraging violence is evil. And evil must be stopped.
Our fight calls for weapons of non-violent resistance. Shaming. Shunning. Preaching. Teaching. Begging. Pleading. Marching. Reaching out in every way we can. We must turn the tide.
To be clear, I don't want Phil Berger to drop dead from a heart attack. I don't want Thom Tillis to be hit by a cement truck. And I don't want Trump assassinated. But I do want to see their agenda crushed under the weight of a populist uprising.
Are Democrats perfect? Far from it. But despite whatever imperfections we may have, we are not evil.