The fact that more than 473 people voted to retain the services of Prezzy Chump frightens me a little. It means we have a bunch of “don’t know” or “don’t care” citizens.
In my quest to convince my mother to diversify her news sources, I removed CNN from my newsfeed because I wouldn’t suggest something I’m not willing to do myself. I suggested we try NPR or USA Today or Bloomberg. Those were rated factual, and pretty middle of the road. I had hoped she’d drop Fox. She doubled down and dove into News Max. She said she liked it because it was more conservative.
uhhh. That would be the opposite of what I had hoped would happen. I hoped that my mother would gain insight into the actual recklessness of the Chump presidency. Instead she flipped onto Chump loving propaganda. I had hoped that if she learned what was actually happening, she might realize what danger our democracy was in and she’d join other Republicans for Biden. Alas, she buried her head deeper in the sand and further from the truth.
Watching an episode of 60 Minutes the week of the election I was equally disgusted to listen to some woman say that as long as her 401k was in good shape, she could let some of Chump’s antics slide. Excuse me? Did you just sell your soul on national TV?
Of course it’s ingrained in us Americans (thanks in part to Star Trek) that we want to live well and prosper. By definition, prosper means to succeed in material terms. So, I guess that lady was going for it. But by doing so, she neglected the American’s Creed:
The American’s Creed
by William Tyler Page
I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.
What happens when the greatest enemy to our nation is our own “president”? Chump follows Hitler’s playbook like the athlete he never was. I remember as a student wondering, how in the world did Hitler come to power? And now I seem to have my answer. People distrust the media because their chosen leader repudiates it . Then, suddenly, all they absorb is propaganda.
This Nazi link ties in nicely with the “don’t care” crowd who openly accept Chump’s hate speech because it mirrors their own belief systems.
If you’ve sat at home and watched a Chump show and dismissed his bullying or refusal to tell the creeps of the earth to stand down, remember that the next time you have a complaint in your kids’ classroom because your kid is getting picked on. You can’t possibly expect your kid to be protected, for the teacher to pick the side of the victim when there are “good people on both sides” now can you?
What is the price of decorum? What tax break or stock market value is the sweet spot to let all sense of dignity to seep out of the White House?
And don’t even for a second tell me that your church or personal beliefs lead you to vote for Chump. Kids in cages, separated from their families- and now they can’t find the parents- is not part of any religious institution with any reputable credibility. Likewise, neglecting science and failing to mount a pandemic response is really the marker of an anti-life regime. Allowing hundreds of thousands of citizens to die because Chump’s ego is in the way of good practice ought to make you wonder… Does this president actually represent a love of life beyond his own?
Whether you came to the conclusion that Chump was the right man for the job because you “don’t know” or you because “don’t care” actually leaves us with a great fundamental divide. Because I do know, and I do care.
It drives me bananas when I find typos on menus at restaurants, or the neon “open” sign is lit hours after closing time. I appreciate it when women wear a brassiere that corresponds to the straps of her top. I like it when people can back up their own rhetoric with fact. And I appreciate looking at the sum total of a person. I don’t go by their looks, nor their words. Their actions and how they treat others determines where they fit in my life. I’m not a fan of jerks.
If you have no clue what I mean about Chump being an enemy of our country, Google it. If you’re in the “don’t know” category, you really ought to educate yourself. If you’re in the “don’t care” category, then good day.