When did the American people decide to stop thinking and become willing participants in the destruction of the Republic and supporters of a wannabe dictator? Sorry if I’m a bit dramatic. But, the political course we are presently on is taking us toward a direction that will cause irreparable harm to our current form of governance.
I was listening to two Republican representatives from my state, talk about how great Trump* is and the supposed “wonderful” things he has done for the country. I nearly choked on my coffee. I keep wondering, is this invasion of the body snatchers? It is the only reasonable explanation. Honest thinking people can see Trump* is a total idiot.
While I watched the Democratic convention the minute, the Republican one comes on I switch over to watching Hustle. It’s series about a group of British grifters. For a point of reference, Leverage is the US version, about a group of American grifters. Their plots center around the ripping off evil people for good causes. Think Robin Hood, the Errol Flynn version.
As I write this, we are slipping deeper and deeper into a great maw of hellish torture, any ability to think critically will be wiped away and replaced with canned automatic responses. Soon people will be repeating George Orwell’s words “war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength.
War is peace
The number of militia and white nationalist groups itching for the opportunity to take to the streets and reclaim what they think they lost to be the top racial dog. Woven into their misplaced philosophy is the deep-seated stream of hatred of all non-white and non-Christian people. They are the Trump* atom atoms. At ease being told what to do, what to think, and happily comply because, for them, thinking is just too damn hard.
They accept the Trump* propaganda spewed forth from the likes of Laura Ingraham, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity are modern-day versions of WWII propagandists, Iva Toguri (Tokyo Rose), Mildred Gillars (Axis Sally) Fred W. Kaltenbach (Lord Haw-Haw), and Robert Henry Best (Mr. Guess Who).
Peace for them is war. War on their fellow citizens who disagree with Trump* because of years of hate rhetoric that anyone who isn’t white or worships as they do is an inferior being. Instead of being educated around areas of looking at people’s strengths and abilities, racial and religious conformity are their determinant factors. How else can one embrace war is peace without always being at war with someone they have determined to be different.
Freedom is slavery
The funny thing about freedom it requires people to think. It means you have to think outside of yourself as your actions will impact those around you. Our freedom comes with responsibilities many don’t want even though they claim they do.
For us to keep it will require thinking about who we want to lead us, and doing all we can to be informed to make the best possible decision come election time. It means taking in information from multiple sources, analyzing it, and develop informed opinions we can express in logical discourse.
Of course, these discussions require facts and not non-sensical conspiracy theories that emanate from Fox News, OANN, Sinclair News, Info Wars, Qanon, or Breitbart. One should also balance out what you read from the Washington Post, NY Times, Huffington Post, and Wall Street Journal. If you are at least reading reliable newspapers and watching creditable news shows, you are well ahead of the average Trump* supporter.
Based on the observed behavior of the typical base Trump* supporter, they do indeed feel freedom is slavery. They will deny it, but all you have to do is watch what they do and say, and you will quickly determine, they would gladly give up their freedom if he told them to. They are all too happy to follow their dear leader in a mindless stupor to their utter destruction.
Ignorance is strength
Trump* followers revel in their ignorance, believe all his lies, and willingly do harmful things in his name. The individual who sent bombs to major news outlets, the Pittsburg synagogue shooting, the Walmart shooting in El Paso, Texas. All these allegedly influence by Trump*’s words.
Perhaps the most significant is their willingness to harm their fellow citizens with their open defiance around wearing masks and social distancing, by gathering in large crowds or making a singular public spectacle of themselves by criticizing other citizens for adhering to the advice to wear a mask. Mistakenly believing they are showing strength with their crass and ignorant remarks hurled at those who dare to wear a mask.
What the Trump* troglodytes fail to understand, is the mask is not for the wearer. The cover they down is a preventative measure. Out of concern for not wanting to make their fellow citizens sick, they wear a mask as a precaution in the event they are unknowingly asymptomatic carriers of the virus.
The circus known as the Republican convention is living proof of Orwell’s words. For the next 60+ days, the country is in for a rough ride, and Trump* is going to do everything in his power to encourage his followers to sow seeds of discord and havoc for the country he took an oath to protect. To those of us trying to understand why Obama’s words provide the insight we need;
I did hope for the sake of our country that Donald Trump might show some interest in taking the job seriously that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care.
But he never did. For close to four years now, he’s shown no interest in putting in the work, no interest in finding common ground, no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends; no interest treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.
Donald Trump hasn’t grown int the job because he can’t.
Ridding the country of Trump*blight will require us to vote. For those who can vote by mail, do it early. For those who are willing to go to your polling place, then take Michelle Obama’s advice. Prepare for a long day. Wear your comfortable shoes and pack breakfast, lunch dinner, an after-dinner snack. For it will be a long day.
Because those of us who understand how our democratic form of government and how it works understand war is not peace, slavery is not freedom, and strength is not ignorance.
That is why we read, question, discuss, and, most importantly, vote.