Remember when Hillary Clinton won the popular vote and Donald Trump won the electoral vote? Remember how his supporters told us, “You lost. Get over it.” Has anyone said, “You lost, get over it,” to Trump believers since Joe Biden was elected president? They probably would not see the irony. Or the hypocrisy.
I come from a family of Trump-lovers. Here is a quote, part of a long piece, posted on a Trump-loving relative’s Facebook page last week:
“The Democrats are right, there are two Americas. The America that works and the America that doesn’t. The America that contributes and the America that doesn’t. It’s not the haves and the have nots, it’s the dos and the don’ts. Some people do their duty as Americans, obey the law, support themselves, contribute to society and others don’t. That’s the divide in America. It’s not about income inequality, it’s about civic irresponsibility. It’s about a political party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization in order to win elective office. It’s about a political party that loves power more than it loves its country. – Lou Holtz, football player and coach.
Coach Holtz aims to vilify Democrats, poor people, and people of color, but he has described Republicans when he talks about the party that preaches hatred, greed and victimization, the party that loves power more than they love their country.
Perfect clueless projection, Coach. It is easy to tell people, “If you work hard enough and contribute, America will reward you.” I’ll bet you attribute all your success to your own efforts.
It is unforgiveable not to acknowledge and respect the hard work of people who do not have enough but contribute to society all the same; who, in fact, do the hard work that keeps the society going.
Usually when people passionately condemn behavior, the behavior they vilify is exactly what they are doing.
Hence: Trumpsters are sitting on their pity pots whining that the election was rigged. Claiming that they are patriots, and the rest of us are Socialist scum. Some are Evangelical Christians who feel superior because they know they are going to heaven and they know who is going to hell: everyone who did not vote for Trump, plus anyone who does not believe and think exactly as they do.
They call themselves Republicans, but the Republican Party is no more. It has been destroyed from within for the sake of protecting the wealth and privilege of the ruling white class. There are former Republicans who have been working to save the country from the madness of King Donald. Perhaps they should start a party called “Real Republicans.”
The murder of George Floyd was only one of the millions of murders of black people in this country, but that particular murder lit a spark that caused a conflagration of protest and demands for equal rights, respect, and the simple ability to stay alive when minding one’s own black business. Trumpsters reacted by painting protestors as violent socialists, looters, and thieves, and then said with their bare faces hanging out that “conservative protesters are peaceful.”
Right. One word: Charlottesville.
A few more words: yeah, those Proud Boys and Nazis and Qanons and other white supremacists are a peaceful lot.
Dare I suggest that they are civically irresponsible?
Some white people believe they are losing the superior position they have always had.
They are correct.
They are not taking this shift of power graciously. Like their inglorious leader, they do not care how many people die or suffer as they pursue their goal of white supremacy and control in America. People of color are coming on strong in this country, and soon and very soon, white people will be the minority population.
Pause. Deep breath.
It is easy to have some snarky laughs at the expense of people, who, with all due respect, are delusional. Snarky laughs are a good way to vent some of the anger I feel at the criminal, heartless, indeed, murderous behavior of Trump and his followers (273,709 Americans dead from Covid 19 as of November 30, 2020).
I do not know what it will take to bring us all to our senses if Covid 19 has not. Is there some threat that will wake people up and make them think, gee, we need to pull together? Evidence would suggest not.
Let us not slump back into the business-as-usual government of the pre-Trump era. We must call those who govern to account.
Stay awake, dear hearts. We shall be dealing with the delusional citizens of this country and their behavior for a long time. We are joined to them ineradicably. They are our family. They are us.
Let us try to make the family better.
Well, not me, maybe. I might be too snarky.