Belief

Ah, back to the fall-asleep-on-the-couch-immediately-after-dinner-and-then-wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-because-I-have-to-write nights. The fatigue through the week has caught up with me. That was a four-hour block of unconsciousness from 7:30pm-11:30pm.

There is still one more day of work left in this week. I don’t have to start quite as early, but it is yet another conference day so there will be much coffee and finding-of-more-marker-pens. It’s all so very important. However, it keeps my mind off the resounding lack of news about our mortgage.

When I sit up in the middle of the night, I tend to read the news. European news sites start updating in what is the early evening here, while American news sites wake up at around midnight, so it’s a good time to get up to date. Today, The Guardian is proclaiming that Trump’s campaign is imploding (I’m not counting my chickens though, as most left-wing news sites said the same about Brexit), but it’s the comments section that provides the most amusement and pithy one-liners…

I saw this comment on another forum earlier today, re: the GOP establishment looking for a way to dump Trump at this late stage. The general gist of it was: They’ve been making this shit sandwich for years, and now, guess what? They get to fucking eat it. Summarized the situation quite well, I thought.

SonOfTheDesert  18h ago

The line about ‘do you want to give the nuclear codes to a man who can be easily baited on twitter’ is a good one
Well, they’ve been happy to let all kinds of truly vile people hijack the Republican Party over the past decade, so why not keep Trump, and run the party to its logical course? …. it’s a bit like the League of Assasins [sic] complaining that Ra’s al Ghu is a bit too evil to be the boss.

 

And then there’s this… which runs just a little too close to Mein Kampf for my taste:

imsoboredwiththeusa  18h ago

[T]Rump spokesperson Roger Stone today on Breitbart:
“I think we have widespread voter fraud, but the first thing that Trump needs to do is begin talking about it constantly,” Stone said. “He needs to say for example, today would be a perfect example: ‘I am leading in Florida. The polls all show it. If I lose Florida, we will know that there’s voter fraud. If there’s voter fraud, this election will be illegitimate, the election of the winner will be illegitimate, we will have a constitutional crisis, widespread civil disobedience, and the government will no longer be the government.’”
“If you can’t have an honest election, nothing else counts,” he continued. “I think he’s gotta put them on notice that their inauguration will be a rhetorical, and when I mean civil disobedience, not violence, but it will be a bloodbath. The government will be shut down if they attempt to steal this and swear Hillary in. No, we will not stand for it. We will not stand for it.”
Rump and his supporters have one goal: the violent overthrow of the US.

 

Now that seemed to be such an inflammatory statement – such a foolish and dangerous thing to say to a population of voters – that I just had to do a fact-check on that quote… And here is the interview it came from. Great. Take that, Constitution!

I know. People on both sides of US elections say stupid, dangerous, inflammatory things. It’s like an all-round race to the bottom sometimes, and playing on fear and emotion is clearly a technique that works. But so is – you know – not scaring and patronizing people. The Americans I know are more than capable of grasping complex subjects and weighting the risk-to-benefit ratio of one economic policy over another. You can talk to people about that shit instead of proclaiming that unhappy Republicans should enact a coup d’etat. There are lots of people across the globe who think that American voters are stupid, but no one more so than their electoral candidates it seems.

Something like this veers so far away from the way that American democracy is supposed to work. I have to wonder sometimes whether it wouldn’t be better for Trump to win just so that some Americans can learn the same hard lesson that Germany once did: the divided, squabbling, ineffective government you used to have and hated so much… it was way better than no democracy at all. Yes, your government is fat and corrupt and run by too many corporate interests, but replacing it with a narcissistic totalitarian is not the answer. Go back to the Constitution. Read it. Understand it. Vote for people who care about following it. The answers are there if you just look for them. I still believe in America.

… And I guess that’s it. I still believe in America.

Even though I grew up with Reagan, who was smiley and witty, but who turned thousands of veterans and mental health patients out onto the streets (and into our neighborhood, our dumpster and, at times, our back yard). Even though America elected, then re-elected, George W Bush, who could barely string a sentence together and who predetermined that he should go to war with a country just because they threatened his father. This is a country that has always struggled under the weight of immense social problems, isolationism, and greed. Yet amid all of this unhindered power and self-aggrandizing nonsense, there is still a kernel of light which suggests this is the opposite of what it’s meant to be. This is also the country of Lincoln, and Jefferson, and Roosevelt. You just have to go find those people in your own neighborhoods, and then help them to help everyone else. That’s what it’s all about. That’s what it’s always been about.

It’s not too late. I still believe that.

 

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