On the record
We were two of only about five Caucasians in the sushi restaurant. I saw eastern Indians, Pakistanis, Chinese, Japanese, Latinos, Sikhs and so many different nationalities enjoying a sushi lunch in our very diverse city of San Jose, Calif. (Silicon Valley). I wore my new Love Trumps Hate shirt for the first time.
I wore it to make a statement. I wore it to go on the record. I wore it to stand up and be counted. I wore it so others would see it.
I wore it proudly.
As we left the restaurant we passed a dozen tables. Just about everyone we passed looked at my shirt. They didn’t say anything. They didn’t smile. They just took it in.
That was fine with me. I am on the record.
Out in the parking lot, I saw one car with a Trump-Pence bumper sticker.
“You know,” I said to M, “these people can do that without fear of the car being keyed or otherwise damaged for their political beliefs. Because that’s not our style. On the progressive side, we just don’t do things like that.”
It’s true. I would love to have had a HRC bumper sticker but I knew that in some areas my car would be damaged. Because that’s how some people on the right roll.
But it’s not how we roll on the left.
I’ve had friends insist that there is equal animosity and hatred on both sides of the political spectrum. That’s blatantly FALSE. So false. Not credible at all. Because progressives tend to use their brains, not their keys. Which is probably why we haven’t succeeded. Just too smart for our own good.
Those false equivalencies anger me because they’re just so inaccurate. They show me just how much some people can delude themselves about reality. They’d LIKE to believe that the bad behavior is equivalent, but it isn’t, not by a long shot. For sure, there are people on the left who act out. But that percentage is minuscule when compared with the percentage of Neanderthals on the right who act out. Minuscule. But these poor deluded souls take a few incidents and blow them up, as if they’re the same as the thousands of incidents perpetrated by the other side.
Don’t buy what they’re selling because it just ain’t true.
One the hallmarks of that awful man is his lack of integrity. Winning is everything, to him, and how he gets there matters not.
Which is why this Washington Post article was so interesting. It wonders how long before DT supporters will see that he’s scammed them? That they will ALL see that they got played for someone who was laughing at them for being so naive?
Before we get too excited about how he’s probably not going to do some of his most hateful acts, like attempt to jail Hillary (not possible), maybe not be so quick to abandon activities to fight climate change and perhaps not order the torture of terrorism suspects, before we get too excited over this, let’s remember that he got elected on those hateful promises. That the guy doesn’t have any degree of integrity at all. And also that, at some point, it won’t surprise us if his white, working class voters rise up in some way, since he might not.
And he’s still going to cut taxes for the wealthy, loosen oversight of Wall street and weaken regulations on big corporations. And this story points out that it’s in his best interest to keep the fires of hatred and resentment burning among his supporters.
I’m just wondering when they’ll wise up and make HIM their target, and then how bad things will get in this country?
And of course, watching.