A Sideways Glare at Contemporary Society
It’s been a week since the American people elected Donald Trump president of the United States, and The Apocalypse hasn’t shown up yet. Yes, there have been some “Not My President” protests (as part of that “orderly transition of power” we’ve all heard so much about) but, honestly, if Trump is even half the Antichrist the protesters say he is … well … I doubt very much if smashing windows in Portland is gonna dissuade the boy from his satanic purpose. So, maybe it’s time to talk a little reality here.
(Full Disclosure — I’m not a Trump fan, and I wouldn’t have voted for him.)
Myth — Donald was elected by stupid white men who got pissed off when they finally realized that the media and other college-educated people were making fun of them.
Reality — Nothing could be further from the truth. White men have known for years that the mainstream media and their urban elite demographic believe “middle class white male” is synonymous with knuckle-dragging Neanderthal Hillbilly. God, we’re not that stupid!
Myth — Calling Donald Trump stupid, evil, a racist, a fascist, a misogynist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic and anti-intellectual should have convinced voters that he is unfit to be president.
Reality — Every Republican candidate since Eisenhower has been called all those names — and worse. They don’t mean anything anymore. These days, a sexist is someone who attempts to hold the door for a pregnant woman and a misogynist is someone who doesn’t. Or maybe it’s the other way around? The truth is, nobody knows, and nobody cares. Hell, there are academics out there who claim Abraham Lincoln was a racist! Go figure!
Myth — “It’s my turn” is a legitimate reason to be elected President.
Reality — Unfortunately, the centuries-of-oppression argument doesn’t always work in the real world. Yes, it’s too bad your religion, gender, ethnic origin, sexual affiliation, etc., etc. had it rough back in 1640, but everybody else’s did, too. The thing is you weren’t a very good Secretary of State — uh — three years ago, and glass ceiling or not, that counts.
Myth — Rich celebrities are experts on economics, health, transportation, foreign affairs, trade and the environment. Plus, they have wise political insights.
Reality — I’m not the only person on this planet who’s tired of getting told how politically ignorant I am by a multi-millionaire who has two or three houses, a gardener, a cook and a maid, flies First Class, doesn’t make her own bed, hasn’t shopped for groceries in ten years and just got out of rehab.
Myth — Politically Correct does not stifle communication and must be part of every honest dialogue.
Reality — If you believe that, I’m thinkin’ you got the President you deserve.