11/05/2016 by syrbal-labrys
Trump signs — big ones — abound in my neck of the woods. People angrily declaim in public, in stores, post offices, offices in general about the “crookedness” of politicians and hate of the government. No counter argument suffices. My memory takes voice and shrills in my head: “Rome went nuts at the end — maybe from lead poisoning; are we ALL Flint, Michigan?”
(Scratch #9 — the suit was dropped. Damn it.) I also care that numerous GOP politicians of the Bush years used private servers as well and fucking nobody is investigating THAT.
I care that rank hypocrisy on the Right is the order of the day while the Democrats are held to a standard more stringent than most beatified saints could have met.
I care that a man with more than a handful of bankruptcies, one who doesn’t pay people who work for him, can convince people he knows how to manage money.
I care that the moron media LIES and then casually apologizes when caught, but the rabid right types shaking their fists at me and hanging Hillary in effigy don’t EVER make note of the lie. In fact they embrace each lie as if it is their dearest love or best-fuck-buddy ever!
I care for the loss of apparent humanity and the uses made of Christian religion to make it seem somehow “proper” to treat women, minorities, helpless refugees, disabled people, Moslems, Jews and anyone else who is STILL acting human as if they in fact are less-than-human.
Let me be clear: I am not horrified on mere political grounds. I am horrified to watch another horrible DESCENT of humans into utterly inhumane behavior! My mind plays the instant of a sci-fi movie when hominids pick up a thigh bone to beat another hominid over the head, screeching and leaping in the dying light.
I don’t believe Trump will win. But the hatred and madness he has loosed in my country with the aid and abetting of the GOP and the moronic media (looking at YOU Fox, CNN, Washington Post, CBS, Scott-fucking-Pelley) outwardly supporting him or being mealy mouthed cowards in coverage — that hate will go on like some ghoulish anti-life thing. So you will have to pardon me if when he loses, I enjoy the schadenfreude for a little while! I really can’t bring myself to pity the GOP at all.
And yes, as a progressive, I’ve been told (and agreed to try) to consider the hardship of the out-of-work, ignored aging white workers who make the majority of Trump’s supporters. I did try. But here is the thing, ok? I’ve run into a fair number of those people in my own life. When I was struggling with the same economic pressures and troubles, do you know what THEY told me? What they told any minority or immigrant who was in the same boat?
They said shit like “Get off your ass and work HARDER, bitch.” They said things like “Well, you should have fucking planned better.” Also, “You are married – go home and take care of your kids and let your husband earn the living.” This, in a nation that increasingly demands more than one paycheck for the basics! Or “Well, you HAD those kids, it is YOUR problem.” That last one is really rich from the anti-abortion, birth control is sin crowd, don’t you think? These are the people who cut NO slack for anyone else, so after much consideration, I’ve decided they don’t deserve any slack cut. Their hateful fist pump sign waving really is a clear statement to me.
What they are saying is this:
“IF no blacks, Hispanics, women, disabled, gay, immigrant assholes were in the work force, I could have all I want again. And fuck all of THEM, because they can get out or get UNDER US, a mostly white bunch of guys!
And I am not ok with that. Just to be clear, I am very not ok with all that. Specially since their chosen leader helped ship away their jobs and is not being called on it. Specially since mechanization of the work place is more to blame than women and minorities, gays or what they call “cripples” for the loss of jobs.
It is the 21st century and I’m no longer at all sure that humanity has the least idea where the hell it is going. But even an aging, out of work white woman can tell what road NOT to take! I was never a fan of the Wizard of Oz, possibly because Frank Baum was a murderous racist with regard to Amerindians — but possibly also because even as a child, the “wizard” set off my bullshit detector? Donald Trump’s promises remind me of the phony in the Emerald City – a little impotent man blowing up his image for effect. Sadly, he doesn’t care if he blows up America or the planet earth as well.
Vote. Vote ONCE. Vote for sanity and the only world any of us standing here today will EVER have. That is NOT a vote for Trump.