Watching the American election results pour in, slowly, and seeing
HOW MANY AMERICANS VOTED (yay!)
and how all the votes have caused those counting the votes to need more time to tally them… as expected…
but also seeing how many people voted for what Trump represents… it sadly surprised me.
The Trump folks said “Wait and see… our numbers will show themselves.”
And they were right because they did.
And they are so many.
And this aged me.
So I have to question why people like Trump.
I hear that many men (and some women) like his machoism.
And others enjoy his tax policies.
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. So… greed wins.
And others believe all the propaganda, the lies, spewed through the Internet.
The number of people who now cling to conspiracy theories in the same way people used to cling to religion… it’s jarring.
It seems people are so empty, they are actively looking for something semi-substantive to fill the space within them.
Rather than goodness and light, they instead prefer to gobble up fear, distrust, greed, ignorance, lies and hatred.
So I was listening to Bob Dylan’s third album this morning in an attempt to employ my therapeutic mantra of music is medicine
and my mentor emailed me a video which a comrade had recently sent to him:
And it’s one of the only times reading the comments following a media post has lifted my spirits. I highly recommend you check it out.
It isn’t about borders and boundaries and nationalism… it’s about being able to differentiate between Right and Wrong, fight for what’s right
and also understand that we all have a stake in this fight.
It’s difficult for us Americans because we are socialized to be individualists.
Yet, despite the unfortunate odds, I keep wanting “Good” to win.
I define “good” as wanting everyone to see how unequal and unjust our world is and to fight to make it better for all.
And that’s bordering on insane thinking.
At the same time, it’s certainly not the first time that the powerful and wealthy have attempted to manipulate the thinking of the people they rule.
Yet, I feel tears well up in my eyes when I see satirical interviews conducted by Comedy Central’s Daily Show correspondents at Trump rallies.
Not tears of anger but… for example, the last bit I watched had the correspondent interviewing Trump supporters at a recent rally.
And this white woman seemed excited and… genuinely lovely. Her eyes were bright and she laughed easily and was doing her best to represent and defend her “Trump facts”.
She had even written down these “facts”. For instance, one fact was how Trump had completely solved unemployment and added a bajillion jobs and, naturally, more than any other president has ever added.
It was a nonsensical fact and simply untrue.
The correspondent asked her where she got that piece of data and she couldn’t say.
But her eyes stayed just as bright. She was trying so hard. She was not seemingly consumed by anger and hatred like how some others seem in these interviews…
In contrast, she had clearly been duped.
Lacking any kind of critical-thinking ability, she had consumed the lies which have been effectively dispersed.
And watching her… well, it was just so sad to me. 😣
But it’s important to remember that, when fighting fascism (oh wow… Trumpers attacking ANTI FASCISM!? which makes these people proud PRO FASCISM?!)
… “fascism” always felt like a word which represented something we could all oppose…
… in the same way as how opposing Nazism and all that it espouses used to be something I felt we could all oppose…
… sigh …
… it is clear we haven’t come close to defeating evil.
Yet, when you think you’re fighting the “good fight” and you’re on the side which has the support of the Klan…
you’re probably not fighting the Good Fight.
So, for the rest of us, it’s important to not feel depressed by the number of votes counted for the current president and the movement he leads.
It was naive to think his anti-PC way of thinking and doing hadn’t become entrenched in the minds of many Americans.
It’s great they voted.
Honestly, it’s wonderful so many Americans got involved in this election.
It will simply take time to dismantle the Hate Machine.
And I have to say, Trump’s favorite offense and defensive strategy of
“I know you are but what am I”
has been alarmingly effective.
“Mr. President, that statistic you just gave is not accurate.”
“You’re not accurate. Fake news.”
At the same time, if Trump wins a second term and doesn’t magically start addressing the climate crisis, the tragic and emotional history of all those who rose up, the few against the mighty, to fight for what was right will mean very little.
Because none of us will be here anymore.