My *friend* [*used loosely] stopped by to see me yesterday, I had not seen him in quite a while.
He has had some health issues, in fact, that was largely what we talked about. He told me his Doctors are suggesting a pacemaker to augment the performance of his heart.
He lamented the fact that even if he was placed on a donor list he would likely die before he could receive a new heart.
He had been living a long time with a bad heart, it had been bad enough for his employers to allow him to retire long before he was of the age to do so.
Additionally, he has been having marital problems, and to compound his woes, his only child a boy who just turned sixteen years old does not listen to anything he says. These things he argues brings on an additional layer of stress.
Wanting to take his mind off his problems I asked so how do you think your president is doing?
It was small talk, just a feeble attempt to get his mind off what he is going through, at least for a minute or two.
My friend over the last several years had also given his life to Christ, [or so he says] and is now a devoted Seventh Day Adventist, * more to appease and change the attitude of his wife toward him, than any burning religious conviction he harbors*.
My comment was expected to at least elicit a snarl, a contemptuous laugh at the prospect that he a black man born in England to Jamaican parents and a long-time immigrant to the United States, would claim the present occupant of the White House as his president.
He quickly responded, ” (mi vote fi him because mi wah him fi check de gay dem”!) my mouth fell open, this was news to me.
People are free to vote for whomever they chose, but wow! I was dumbfounded by his response.
And so my mind began to race. Ok, I get the idea that as a Christian he is opposed to homosexuality, but what about the people themselves, you know hate the sin but love the sinner? I guess not, “mi neva like di way dem a gi di gay dem status”, he doubled down.
It seems that as far as contemporary Christian orthodoxy goes these days there are some sins which are far more egregious than others, but that is way above my pay grade to decide.
(1)Donald Trump bragged about grabbing women by the pussy.
(2) Donald Trump bragged about walking in on young women while they were in a state of undress.
(3) Donald Trump bragged about just kissing beautiful women, he talks about his inability to restrain himself but tells Billy Bush that whey you are a star they let you do get away with it.
(4) Donald Trump spent hundreds of thousands of dollars smearing the central park five and never apologized.
(5) Donald Trump refused to rent to people of color and lied about it.
(6) Donald Trump had unprotected sex with a porn star while his wife was at home with their four-month-old baby.
(7) Donald Trump lied in order to dodge the draft.
(8) Donald Trump said that there were decent people on both sides in response to the racist tiki-torch march in Chorletsville.
(9) Donald Trump has been accused of laundering Russian dirty money.
(10) Donald Trump and his campaign have been accused of conspiring with a hostile foreign power to rig the American elections.
(11) Donald Trump went to Puerto Rico and threw paper towels at the people after the ordeal of the hurricane.
(12) Donald Trump rips children from their parents, deport the parents and keep the babies locked in cages, defying court orders in the process.
(13) Donald Trump led a birther smear campaign against the nations first African-American President, only stating that Obama was an American citizen just before the elections of 2016.
(14) Donald Trump hates Blacks, Mexicans. other Hispanics, Muslims, and everyone not a white male.
This list just begins to scratch the surface of the degenerative character of Donald Trump, but my friend’s animus against “the gays” [sic] far outweighed all of them.
This is the mental rot which has taken over the mind of people through the vehicle of religious indoctrination.
Let me be clear, I will not purport to know what God wants except my reading and understanding of what the Bible says.
If that is our guidebook which it is, then its rather difficult to justify such animus on one hand, while showing such tolerance for a long litany of transgressions on the other.
Remarkably, the views expressed by my friend has been the dominant view which has come out of Trump’s base of support.
Many experts more qualified to speak on this subject, than I ever could be, have labeled this kind of thinking a“cult following.”
The arguments of Trump’s cultists hardly makes sense, willful ignorance maybe, I have no idea? Yet it seems strange to hear them say “yes I know he did these things but the economy is good.” (never mind that the economy has been on an upward trend since 2009 under President Obama and has seen higher growth numbers than anything which has happened under Trump so far}.
For others, it’s “yes but he is putting judges on the courts” “yes but we don’t like abortion” “yes but he is sending home those illegals.”
It’s an insane sense of blind ignorance and allegiance to a deviant narcissistic liar, shrouded in a cloak of religious apostasy.
It is a new order which redefines and changes traditional ideas of Christian principles, replacing them with a more elastic interpretation, which sanitizes whatever Trump does as long as he fights against the people they hate.
The cult following is probably less about Donald Trump and more about power. Who has the power to take on the things they want to fight against?
The browning of America has initiated a freak out among the white political right. They see the forecasts, people of color will become a majority of the American working class by 2032. This estimate, based on long-term labor force projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and trends in college completion by race and ethnicity, is 11 years sooner than the Census Bureau projection for the overall U.S. population, which becomes “majority-minority” in 2043. According to the Economic Policy Institute.
So it is no accident that even though Republican darling, Ronald Reagan, granted Amnesty to undocumented immigrants, the word “Amnesty” is now tantamount to treason in Republican circles. In fact, based on their recent love fest with Russia treason is no longer a problem for them.
Trump is not the problem as Obama rightly said, he is merely a symptom of a deeper problem. Trump understood that there was a disaffected portion of the population which feels itself under-represented in today’s politics.
The media’s characterization of them over the years has evolved substantially. During the Reagan years, they were called “Reagan Democrats”, since then they have been known as “white working class blue collar workers”, “The tea party,” and now they are “Trumper’s”.
The single thread which runs through these so-called disaffected people is victimhood. Experts say they are forgotten people who have found it hard to fit into the economic boom of the last several decades.
I call [BS], the vast majority of them are Racist underachievers who want to blame others for their own personal failings.
They are older and less educated(Trump famously said I love the poorly educated). These people have become his base, their disaffection, sense of victimhood and hatred, is the fuel to his ascendency to the presidency.
By appealing to their Racism and fear, Trump has used demagogic rhetoric to stir up the hatred which was already within them. The kind of racial hatred only a few still alive has seen in their lifetime.
These Trump supporters may not all be racist loafers, but they damn sure aren’t demonstrating the vaunted can-do American spirit we’ve heard so much about.
To suggest that one is from a long line of Miners and as such Government has a responsibility to ensure that coalmines stay open to facilitate this generation of miners is asinine.
If the world is evolving from burning dirty fossil fuels like oil, coal, and gas, to nuclear, wind and solar why would any intelligent person refuse to adapt to the changing times?
That is the essence of victimhood. Their attitude is that the times should stay still for them and if it doesn’t, those who have evolved through skills training and academic education are either elitist if they are white, worthy of deportation if they are people of color.
That is the rancid disaffection which runs through the entire Republican South, the Midwest and other parts of the country.
In many instances, a look at the electoral map, [Republican in red], depicts where this mindset is centered.
In these parts of the country, there is more poverty despite the fact that they are heavily white and vote overwhelmingly Republican.
As a consequence these people are generally a drain on the Federal Government for goods and services, their states send less money to Washington than they receive.
Yet listening to them the people living in Democratic states are somehow dependent on the largess of the Government despite the facts, facts do not matter to them.
Their sense of being left behind is not based on facts but on their own refusal to adapt to the changing times.
And so they hitch their wagons to Donald Trump and here we are. A pathological lying narcissist is their savior but wait he is better than “the gays”.[sic]