Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Cherished Fears

     My latest, from Facebook:
Melanie, this election only goes to show the veracity of the demotivational poster that once read, "Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers." Here's a guy who never had to struggle for one nanosecond of his life to maintain his dignity, his rights, his identity because of the Trump Bubble. As a consequence, he never had to build the character or courage that we see so often in refugees. Privilege is a poor incubator for character. He got to play tin soldier in college while getting, like Cheney, five deferments to stay out of Vietnam. He's filed for bankruptcy four times, has been married three times. Yet he's a champion to working class and evangelical Americans for one reason only- They see him as a super-sized version of themselves, a multibillionaire who shares, or pretends to share, his voters' most cherished fears and prejudices. I, too, have no common ground with these lunatics who voted for him nor will I seek them. Reaching across the aisle is one thing. Reaching across an ideological divide a light year in width is something none of us can do nor should attempt.
     This was in response to a comment by one of the many authors who follow me on Facebook who'd said early this morning,
I hope that those who voted for Trump understood from the get go that they were actually voting for Steve Bannon. Because if they didn't - if they don't actually support a man who has promoted the idea that the Holocaust was a lie and that birth control makes women unattractive and crazy, among other vile, racist statements - then shame on them. Because this is who's shaping our national policy right now, and it's all because of their vote. Not mine.
If they did understand this, well, then -
I have no words. And zero desire to try to find a common ground with them. We're beyond that as a country now.
     After all, what's there to say to people who cherish and cling to their fears and rally around those who reinforce them? How can one find common ground with people who characterize themselves with irrational, ill-seated anger and swatting at fictional bogeymen like fraudulent voters, Mexican rapists and welfare recipients and armies of Muslim terrorists? Indeed, where's the commonality between the sane, reality-based community and those who not only wrap their arms around these fears but are so bereft of awareness and irony that they refuse to see they and their ilk are the ones most often guilty of committing the things they insist on fearing the most?
     How pathetic is such a life that it needs to be distinguished by a bunker mentality in which there are enemies around every corner? A lot of these Trumpers wouldn't have lasted a minute in the 60's, a decade that had tried both our souls and characters in the forge of social change and upheaval.
     Yet as long as there is fear, paranoia and discontent in abundance, there will be ultra right wing strongmen like Donald Trump to step in to tell them, "I and I alone can take care of these problems. You just need to give me your unswerving, unconditional obedience. And your rights."
     Like a certain Chancellor I can think of...


At January 31, 2017 at 1:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell me... why should anybody care what you think about Trump when you couldn't be bothered to do one measly little thing like voting for his opponent and keeping him out of office? By stubbornly and fanatically clinging to a senile old coot with no chance of winning (much like yourself) you basically voted for Trump yourself. Look in the mirror and see Trump's reflection, pal. You had every bit as much to do with this and the people who actually voted for him. And in that sense, you and I have something in common, other than our "mutual acquaintances." Things don't really seem to work out for them after they encounter you, do they? How does the old song go? Ah yes... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY0WxgSXdEE

At January 31, 2017 at 1:28 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Hey, Cheesedick, I'm honored you took the time to respond so quickly while you and Fiona are busy gadding about Casablanca like a brain-damaged Bogie and Bacall (I have your own agent Ariel Levin to thank for that tidbit).

As for that "senile old coot" Bernie not having a chance of winning, once again, you proudly wave your ignorance flag like the dyed-in-the-wool wingnut that you are, In fact, virtually every poll taken during the primaries stated that Sanders had a much better chance of beating Trump than his soulmate and wedding guest Hillary Clinton (Note Bloomberg had him winning by 24).

I voted my conscience, a concept that would be completely incomprehensible to a right wing mouth-breather who wouldn't be anywhere in life if he hadn't been given wingnut welfare in the form of a contract brokered by a Jerusalem private school chum. If it wasn't for Ariel, whose sole socially redeeming virtue are the two bags of saline sewed into her tits, you'd still be in your reeking trailer in Farr West, Utah jerking off to Becky Lynch videos on Youtube.

At January 31, 2017 at 1:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh no! Don't come here and find me! I'm so scared of you, Robert. I beg you not to send the cops out here to arrest me for commenting on a public blog, or emailing my bosses and try to get me fired for that same horrible crime! Find it in your heart to be merciful! Because all your other attempts to get me in trouble have worked OH SO WELL!!

Also, you can't win if you're not the nominee.

Also part 2, mouth breather? Really? That's the best you can do? At least I have an income and a cat that doesn't hate me. I'd ask Duncan to confirm that for you but... well, yeah. Or maybe ol' HB... oh wait. Yeah, he's not exactly in a good spot either, is he?

At January 31, 2017 at 1:58 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

Listen, Welfare Queen, the only thing I want to hear from you ever is, WTF happened to Duncan? You once offered to "pull back the curtain" if I but asked. That is all I want to hear from you.

And commenting on a blog is one thing. What you've been doing for going on three years is stalking and harassment, plain and simple.

Of all the blogs in all the towns in all the world, you had to surf into mine...

At January 31, 2017 at 3:14 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

"Goodbye forever"? Yeah, right. You and I both know your ongoing obsession with me and stalking will never end unless you're stopped one way or the other. But you and I agree one thing- We ARE done here. On my terms, not yours.


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