Head Fake

The head fake is a time-honoured strategy in sports to make your opponent think you are going to do one thing so you can do another (reference Hakeem Olajuwon).  The head fake is a time dis-honoured tradition of those who wish to keep power.

The ruling religious class of Jesus' time used it regularly to confuse and confute their opponents.  Something along the lines of "Let's get him talking about marriage and resurrection theory while we work on how to arrest him."

The current President of the US was declaimed by his chief strategist, Steve Bannon, as Master of the Head Fake.  Several writers, for example Jake Fuentes and Heather Cox Richardson over the past week have suggested that the immigration ban was a ploy to draw out his opposition and consume their energy while he worked on other strategies behind the scenes.  He has worked to marginalise the press and the brain trust of his State Department and military advisors, focusing power in a close-knit circle.  No one outside of that circle is clear on his end game, whether it is to create a fascist state or simply ensure that they all leave office in four to eight years with untold wealth.

I won't speculate on whether or not that could occur again here in Canada.  Toronto's former mayor and our former prime minister were good at the head fake, until we recognised that the people we were being made to be as citizens (not just taxpayers) wasn't us.  Do we require ongoing vigilance?  Absolutely.  We have people in positions of power, people who seek power, who claim to be admirers, if not followers, of Trump.

Jesus said "watch."  He said "be wise as serpents and innocent as doves."  Paul wrote of his need to treat his life of following Jesus as a training routine, using energy in bursts and understanding that seeking righteousness is a marathon.  Marches and protests speak the truth to power, but we need to play the vigilant long game.