There’s a popular series of books called Game of Thrones, which has become even more popular since the advent of HBO’s television series of the same name, which has allowed a whole generation of non-readers to become invested in the plot.
The story follows the political intrigue of several kingdoms, which rise and fall according to the whims of the elite, while unbeknownst to all but a few, a deadly enemy is strengthening in the north, “beyond the wall.” The phrase “Winter is Coming” is repeated early and often in the series, but viewers have just recently gotten a glimpse of exactly what that means.
anything too much away, one character, Jon Snow, sees the imminent threat and sets about trying to unite two warring factions — the Night’s Watch and the Wildlings — to combat the common enemy.
From a recent episode, Jon Snow treats with Wilding leaders in this abridged version of the script:
JON SNOW: “My name’s Jon Snow. I’m Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch. We’re not friends. We’ve never been friends. We won’t become friends today. This isn’t about friendship. This is about survival.”
LOBODA: “Since when do the crows (slang term for the Night’s Watch) give two shits if we live?”
JON SNOW: “In normal times we wouldn’t. But these aren’t normal times. The white walkers don’t care if a man’s Free Folk or Crow. We’re all the same to them. Meat to their army. But together we can beat them.”
KARSI: “I lost my father, my uncle, and 2 brothers fighting the damn crows.”
JON SNOW: “I’m not asking you to forget your dead. I’ll never forget mine. But I’m asking you to think about your children now. They’ll never have children of their own if we don’t band together. The Long Night is coming and the dead come with it. No clan can stop them. The free folk can’t stop them. The Night’s Watch can’t stop them. And all the southern kings can’t stop them. Only together, all of us, and even then it might not be enough, but at least then we’ll give the fuckers a fight.”
They say truth is stranger than fiction, but sometimes fiction provides a convenient caricature of truth, and I believe that’s the case today for supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who are understandably upset after a tough campaign that is drawing to a close with someone other than their candidate as the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.
My Facebook feed is awash in bitterness from Sanders’ devotees, who allege everything from biased media coverage to an “unfair” allocation of superdelegates for handing victory to Hillary Clinton, who will carry the Democrats’ banner in the General Election come November.
A lot of Sanders supporters don’t like Clinton; I think it’s fair to say that more Sanders supporters dislike her than Clinton supporters dislike Sanders. It is what it is, but the response to the ending of the Democratic campaign has been loud, rancorous, and if I may say so, juvenile and short-sighted. Many Sanderistas are threatening to stay home in November, while others say they’re prepared to burn down their own house by supporting Republican rival Donald Trump, presumably to teach America a lesson.
Look guys, I understand your disappointment, you wanted Sanders to be the next president. Well, I wanted Al Gore to be the president in 2000, but we all know how that went down.
But know this: While we were focused on the rival factions within our own Democratic Party, a greater enemy has been massing Beyond the Wall, in the Great White North, a place so damnably White that it threatens to leave us all snow-blind.
You say you don’t like Hillary Clinton? Well just wait, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
There should not be a shred of doubt that Donald J. Trump and his brownshirt army of right-wing goose-steppers stand ready to send this country back to the Dark Ages, and they’ll probably take the rest of the world right along with it.
Now is the time to set aside your disappointment. Now is the time to set aside your pride. Now is the time to come together to fight a common foe that is far worse than anything you imagined.
In the words of Jon Snow, “Only together, all of us, and even then it might not be enough, but at least then we’ll give the fuckers a fight.”
Remember: Winter is coming!