I welcome thoughtful commentary and I should note that all the comments on all my posts thus far have been remarkably and refreshingly civil, thoughtful, and honest (unlike certain presidential candidates, but let me not get ahead of myself!). Please don't bother commenting on this blog post if you are a Klan member, neo-nazi, or unapologetic fascist. Cheers!
I'm not necessarily for or against anyone in this campaign yet. But I'll call foul when necessary. I'm still not on board with Bernie (or American democracy in general). I don't think that the DNC will nominate him. And even if they did, I'm not sure I would vote for him because... well, I despise the Democratic Party. However. If Bernie runs on a third party ticket, I almost certainly will vote for him and this video right here will be a primary reason why. I wish Bernie the best and I'll continue following this election cycle with great interest, as I believe that it will be a very important election. Also because I believe Trump to be a complete psychopath. And Hillary not much better. Same for all the other jokers.
Please pardon my French, y'all... but seriously. Who the actual fuck is voting for Donald Trump? Most of what I read on my facebook wall is in support of Bernie Sanders, which makes sense given the company that I generally keep. But I also have lots of family members and friends who are Republican, Conservative, and/or evangelical Christian. I was nervous to learn my parent's opinion when I went down to Miami for the holidays. But then their overall opinion? "He's a clown". A cousin of mine whom I consider to be a paragon of conservatism posts #dumptrump and #DonaldDrumpf almost every day. And I don't know a single evangelical Christian who would consider Trump in the same camp. Some of these people (even congressional Republican leadership) would rather back the Democratic nominee than Trump...
So I hear that many people who like Trump are too embarrassed to admit it publicly. Especially not on such a public forum like facebook. They would only ever admit their support for Trump in the privacy of the polling booth. Listen, if that's you... If you are someone who is genuinely frustrated with the system as it is and think that a Trump presidency is the best solution, then please. For the love of God. And this country. And yourSELF and everyone and everything that you hold dear. Send me a message. Let's have a conversation. I won't out you or shame you. I just want to understand where you're coming from and see if we can find another -- a better -- solution together.
The very thing that people love about Trump, that he speaks his mind no-holds-barred is precisely what would make him a terrible president. He's not diplomatic. He's not civil. He offends on purpose. He threatens and insults people who criticize him, regardless of whatever merit those critiques may have. He's unreflective, unrepentant, irresponsible. He scapegoats Others rather than accepting responsibility and finding solutions.
These are not the qualities of a leader; you'd think I just described a 9-year-old bully! But no. I'm describing the man vying for arguably the most powerful post on the face of the Earth. A would-be Commander In Chief who insists he will carry out war crimes. And when prominent military leaders suggest that they would refuse to carry out such orders, he replies, "we'll see." What is that? A veiled threat?
I'm intrigued by this logic [presented by said cousin] "[Trump supporters] are tired of social justice warriors attacking their viewpoints because they are not politically correct... what they want is unity as Americans across all minority groups."
Look, people don't smear Trump and his followers as racist and misogynistic. That's how they portray themselves! You can say that it's just the media if you want, but all the media does is capture things on video and then provide commentary. I've heard what Trump says -- that Mexicans are murderers and rapists. Nevermind that these statements and so many others are demonstrably untrue. Trump is appealing to the basest emotions of people -- predominantly white males -- who feel that their position of power is being undermined by "social justice warriors," as you called them. And the thing is -- Trump's people are right. They are being undermined by everyone else in the country who think that there is no justification for patriarchal white supremacy.
Nobody is saying that they can't say racist things; but if they do say some racist shit, as they so often do, then yes they should be called out on it [and yes, so-called social justice warriors should absolutely have the freedom of expression to do the calling-out... or is freedom of expression also an exclusive white privilege?]. The US is famous for having the statue of liberty, which represents the freedom to do or say pretty much anything we want, so long as we don't infringe on other people's right to do so. But it doesn't mean that we shouldn't also be thoughtful, considerate, and respectful of others. And more importantly, it doesn't mean that we shouldn't accept responsibility for the things we say and believe [a great psychoanalyst and philosopher, Viktor Frankl, recommended that the US also build a statue of responsibility on the West Coast, an idea with which I wholeheartedly agree!]. People can say racist shit all they want -- but then they shouldn't be mad when people call them a fucking racist. I don't get mad when people call me a tree-hugging hippie. It's who I am. So why the fuck are Trump supporters so put off by being called racists? If you don't want to be called a racist, then stop acting and speaking like a racist!
In my opinion, those people should humble themselves, take a seat, and actually try to have a conversation with someone -- anyone -- who has not had the benefit of that de facto position of power in our society (see: white privilege & male privilege). Then they might see why their scapegoating, xenophobia, and rage are so wildly misplaced.
And regarding the note that I made at the beginning of this blog post and my original Trump post, wherein I barred neo-Nazis and Klan members from commenting:
I'm not assuming that all or even most Trump supporters are Klan members or neo-nazis. But many of them are undoubtedly (however unconsciously) fascist. Trump is a demagogue and megalomaniac... a fascist. It's no coincidence that the "sweeping change like that which Trump represents" involves the physical and verbal assault of people of color, misogynist attacks on women, even conservative women who could be his allies [i.e. Megyn Kelly], and the exclusion of immigrants, Muslims, and Jews. Trump has barely proposed any policy. He just incites fear, rage, and xenophobia. So if people support him, I can only assume that they have fascist tendencies themselves. However, they may be unconscious of it, which is why I would want to discuss with them and see whether we can find a better way (I'm no apologist for Democrats, Republicans, or politics-as-usual myself). But if they are unapologetically a Klan member, neo-nazi, or fascist, then I have no interest in engaging them in conversation. I'm sure that nothing productive would come from facebook-chating with such a person.
I would implore you (and anyone else who may be reading this) not to vote for "the lesser of two evils". I did this in 2004 and have regretted it ever since. I really like Bernie a lot. I think he's a good, thoughtful, honest person with integrity and genuine desire to help this country and its citizens. However, I'm still on the fence about whether I would vote for him if he's on the Democratic ticket (which also seems unlikely to me at this point in time). I'm considering to vote for him in the primary (because why not) and then wait and see what happens in the general.
And here's some elaboration, from the very first post, on this topic:
I have zero faith in the Democratic and Republican party, in the bipartisan clusterfuck that is American politics. For this reason, I've voted 3rd-party in the past two presidential elections. I'm emphatically proud of those votes, however meaningless they may have been. Here's hoping my third-party vote in 2016 will be less so.