Okay, if you don’t want to read an account of a social media faux pas then stop reading now. For now…I’m gonna keep this blog going for personal venting. I have begun using a pen name and have another blog for writing stuff.
On Saturday night…I was kinda drunk. With my other half, and the kids were occupied/out for the night. So disgusted am I, even while sober over the behavior of our current commander in chief that I often struggle to comprehend how people can vehemently support him, or just defend him along the lines of “oh, well I don’t like everything he does but…he gets stuff done I do like.” Okay…okay…but I don’t get the serious Trump heads. Can’t comprehend it.
For the record, I don’t think Obama or Hillary or Bernie are perfect or corruption free. I too believe few can want to get into politics without being willing to get their hands dirty or compromise principles. I have serious doubts about the motivations behind ALL politicians. But I don’t think they are vile, despicable human beings.
I think Trump is.
And this isn’t based on CNN, or some Facebook based news outlet, or the ranting and raving of some over opinionated relative or friend. It’s based on what I have literally heard come out of his actual mouth and what is actually, for real known and documented about his life. So, after the attacks in New Zealand by a white supremacist, who named Trump as part of his inspiration, when Trump denied the threat of white nationalism & he refuses to outright condemn it but you bet your butt he comes down hard on terrorism who cite an extreme form of Islam as their inspiration….I can’t help but suspect something ;that, he is a racist asshole. That he doesn’t want to lose supporters who are racist assholes. That racist assholery benefits him greatly. So…drunk me called President Trump a white nationalist cunt on FB.
Now, the people behind Trump and the man himself know a thing or two about public image. ALL politicians do. He isn’t stupid enough to never use a woman or person of a non-Euro ethnic background in his staff…he makes sure he has that black guy at his rallys, there is footage of him being nice to black people etc. OF COURSE THERE FUCKING IS.
I…like many Americans find myself in this awful position where most of my family voted for him. If not for Biblical purposes (anti-abortion, anti-gay marriage, against government control), then for the fact that they bloody hated Obama. Hated him. Mostly for tax and government interference in big business reasons. One or two because they straight up have zero sympathy for Muslim refugees or African Americans who turn to crime and they just…don’t like them. They don’t like the way they talk, they don’t like the way they live, etc. etc.
So…a bit of pussy grabbing, philandering, lying, encouraging supporters to be violent, generally being a total misogynist and at least a bit of a racist….those are the lesser of those other evils. They are willing to excuse those things for what they see as a greater cause. Not to mention that Trump’s Vice President is a known homophobe who believes if men and women are in a room alone together they will behave like horny animals. Plus, Pence drinks non-alcoholic beer with his pizza…on a Friday. What a dick.
Anyway, I got few likes on my FB post calling the pres a white supremacist cunt. I got told my comment was rude and I’m pretty sure I’ve been at least unfollowed by a few disgusted family members.
Still…talking trash on FB is pretty brave when one is trashed. It doesn’t help anything. It just perpetuates discord…I know…I know.
The system is broken, yes. It has been for a while. Trump is not the be-all, end-all of why the world is so fucked at the moment. Bush, Clinton, Bush Jr., Obama, all the senators and representatives and greedy assed big businesses, shady despotic foreign leaders….all of them have had a part to play.
But I’m done having folks make excuses for the sack of shit currently in office.
Regarding white nationalism…let me be frank. I’m white…of Christian/Catholic background. I am not a person of color,
I don’t seriously, devotedly practice any marginalized faith (I dig paganism…but I’m not devoted), I’m not a Muslim or a Jew. I don’t live in or even near those communities. I know white people, I grew up around them, I’ve been to church more than a few times, I’m aware of shit the Bible says.
I’m rather removed from marginalized ethnic groups and I have no experience of how it is to be one of them. Hence, when some misguided, angry young Muslim kills a bunch of innocent people it is very very easy for me to get angry at Muslims generally. I don’t understand them. I wouldn’t choose to be that religion.
Of course I’m half decent so I believe in a reasonable frame of mind that people deserve to practice their faith in peace. I’m reasonably educated so I know that there is violent stuff said in both the Bible and the Koran, there’s dated, sexist stuff in many holy texts. But that doesn’t mean ALL folks who practice that faith live by the less than savory parts of their sacred documents. In an unreasonable mind it would be very easy for me to focus on the not so enlightened aspects of that religion. Plus…as I said…I did not grow up around Muslims or even many African American or Asian or even Hispanic people.
I grew up in close quarters with mostly American folks of European descent. It’s really EASY to despise what we don’t understand.
But when my fellow white people start spouting hateful shit about the brown people taking over and needing to take back our country (if you’re American/Australian/South African/Canadian/New Zealander…WE STOLE THAT LAND YOU FUCKHEADS!!!)….I just…I just can’t.
If we expect Muslims to tackle extremism within their own communities (and this is not an unreasonable expectation) then we need to tackle it in ours. We need to work against our own innate prejudices as white folks to discourage extremist views.
President Donald Trump is the leader of the free world. He is president of the United States of America. I believe it is fair to say he was elected by a whole bunch of white people (yes…he did get votes from SOME minorities who likely believed he was going to bring jobs/sort infrastructure…and were willing to look past certain issues to sort out pot holes, bridges and bring more industry home.) As an icon for many many white people (and he is that), he had a duty to denounce without reservation any and all white supremacist views. He should have acknowledged it as a hate crime.
His lukewarm sympathies & condolences boiled my blood.