I keep thinking about the 71+ million Americans who voted against nearly everything American has stood for until the last few years. Our Continental Divide may be beautiful to behold, but our National Divide is an ugly disgrace to normative values.
At least they have been our values until now.
What I am most challenged by is how so many fail to recognize the existential nature of the threat. This is far beyond matters of politics, let alone taste or opinion. This, ultimately, is about recognizing and standing up to evil.
What we’ve seen is no less than the rise of a Dear Leader cult figure that has created a new secular religion in America. The cult members are, as always, thoroughly brain-washed and following a human abomination blindly and irrationally.
And for what? A tax break for his wealthy friends? A few SCOTUS Justices?
Remember infrastructure? (Remember the wall?) Remember how we were going to get tired of winning all the time?
Did any of that happen? What did the last four years of “the best people” accomplish? What has Dear Leader done for anyone but himself?
Was it worth it?
71 million wanted four more years of it.
I’m suffering from a severe case of brain bollix. I’m trying to wrap my head around how that many people, for four years, heard his words, saw his actions, and still thought he was a good idea.
Oddly, it’s taken me four years for it to hit close to home. I’ve heard the stories about families split and friendships lost, but everyone I know — or so I thought — is avidly opposed to everything the monster stands for.
“Of course they are,” I would have said if asked. “What intelligent sane person couldn’t be?!”
Saturday evening, when most observers had finally called the election, I enjoyed a little celebration. To make it a party, it included a lot of very happy online chatting with friends.
Except for one, my oldest friend, the only one I have who goes all the way back to high school, and the reason turned out be that she voted for another four years.
I had no idea.
I’ve been thinking about it ever since. An early seed to these thoughts was planted a week or so before the election when I had an online encounter with someone who was undecided and considering voting for four more years.
The person seemed not just intelligent and sane, but in possession of a sense of history, so I found his outlook particularly disturbing. Apparently he lives in Oregon and is unhappy with the extremes of the far left wing nuts that inhabit that state in fair measure.
That unhappiness colored his view to the point of being undecided and leaning the wrong way about his vote. I’m stunned by his inability to see any forest except a few local trees.
I hope I convinced him to vote for decency.
My friend didn’t want to go into her reasons. She was watching a movie and wanted to return to it. (Yeah, definitely a brush off.)
The one thing she offered was the question of whether I could say I was “excited” about Biden.
No, not really excited, as such. I’ve been pretty vocal here about wishing it was Pete Buttigieg, or at least someone younger and more modern. I find it ironic that Progressives have run such old-school candidates, Hillary Clinton and now Joe Biden.
Clearly the Democrats haven’t figured out a key aspect of Abomination’s appeal — breaking the stodgy, measured, careful not too offend any voter, bland attempted inoffensiveness of nearly all politicians. They haven’t figured out that in attempting to offend no one, they offend, at least a bit, everyone.
Still, I sure do appreciate Joe Biden’s experience, intelligence, character, and manner. And I am pretty damn excited that, for the first time in four years, we have a President again, not a foul-mouthed aggrieved idiot clown.
The main point is that, despite the former reality TV star, this isn’t a popularity contest, not this time. We’re involved in an existential battle for what America is now.
That guy from Oregon, my old high school friend,… how do they not see this?
My friend especially, is someone I know to be rational and intelligent. One reason we’ve been friends for so long is that I see her as grounded, very intelligent, and quite level-headed.
So I’m utterly befuddled and very dismayed.
¶ How does any American support such utter contempt for American values, American heroes, and American ideals?
¶ How does any Republican support someone who trashes the party and turns it into a cult that blatantly embraces ideas not just contrary to American values, but long-held Republican values?
¶ How does a Christian support someone who so clearly is as far from Christ’s mission on Earth as possible — someone with nothing but contempt for faith and who is cynically using it for self-gain.
¶ How does any decent person support an obvious racist with a clear racist agenda? Are that many Americans still stuck in the past when it comes to race?
¶ How does any woman support an obvious misogynist? That monster falls into the class of men with an active disdain, if not secret hatred, for women.
¶ How does any parent support such a role model? How does any parent tell their kids that this is how a President of the US should behave?
¶ How does any mother support a monster who rips infants and children from their parents, locks them in cages, and then loses track of the parents? How does anyone support such inhumanity?
My friend is all of the above, but voted for someone she excuses as a “buffoon” — someone she doesn’t recognize as evil.
I’m beyond sick at heart; I’m sick to my soul. If someone so decent and rational can be so badly fooled by evil, what hope is there?
I can understand, even forgive, voting for the “Buffoon” in 2016.
Many voted in anger, many voted for something (anything) new, many apparently believed the bullshit and voted with hope. I think such voters willfully blinded themselves — Central Park Five and birtherism were clear indicators of evil — but whatever.
Anyone can make a mistake. (I voted for Ross Perot. Twice. (Hey, I could have been part of the biggest political upset in history; don’t judge me.))
What I cannot understand, and cannot forgive, is voting for the Monster in 2020 with the last four years on full display. We’re way beyond willful blindness — we’re into deliberately aligning with evil.
And apparently 71 million Americans are just fine with that.
This cult is a herpes infection of the body politic. We may heal from this weeping sore but future outbreaks are certain. The hate, fear, dishonesty, bigotry, grievance, and ignorance will not go away just because Dear Leader is finally removed from his throne.
We’re seeing right now that the infection has dug in deep and is furiously trying to corrupt the body, mind, and soul. (The Monster has installed his puppets in the Pentagon, so you know he’s hoping for a military coup.)
Worse, he’s weaponized his brain-washed 71 million and Republican leaders who would otherwise act lawfully and decently instead act from fear of what his supporters could do.
I think a lot of people don’t realize how far down the rabbit hole we’ve gone.
The tragedy for our country is that our society needs strong and vital — and rational and honest — progressive and conservative wings.
Progressive thought keeps us dynamic and moves us forward. Conservative thought keeps us balanced and prevents progressives from leaping off cliffs. Not only are both valid points of view, both are necessary points of view.
But they have to be honest and based on reality. And both have to admit the other side has value. The true path, as always, lies down the middle.
Stay centered, my friends! Go forth and spread beauty and light.