Southern Girl, Liberal Heart

Which way is forward?

s-BEAR-largeIt has taken me some time to put my thoughts into a commentary. I was not prepared for Donald Trump to win the presidency on November 8, 2016 and there are parts of my psyche that are still reeling.

I knew America was divided, but I did not see how divided. I knew that the right-wing media empire had saturated and brainwashed a huge swath of Americans, but I did not know how huge. I knew Clinton was flawed and I knew the in-fighting over the Sanders candidacy has been corrosive, but I did not see how corrosive. I knew that it is the American way to blame someone for whatever happens; I just did not see how pervasive that mentality was. President Barack Obama being elected twice has lulled me into a false faith in American voters and I have paid dearly (as will America) for that denial.

As the anonymous post circulating on Facebook says: “I am not mad at you that Clinton lost. I am unconcerned that we have different politics. And I don’t think less of you because you vote one way and I vote another. No… I think less of you because you watched an adult mock a disabled person in front of a crowd and still supported him. I think less of you because you saw a man spouting clear racism and backed him. I think less of you because you listened to him advocate for war crimes, and still thought he should run this country. I think less of you because you watched him equate a woman’s worth to her appearance and got on board. It isn’t your politics that I find repulsive. It is your personal willingness to support racism, sexism, and cruelty. You sided with a bully when it mattered and that is something I will never forget. So, no… you and I won’t be “coming together” to move forward or whatever. Trump disgusts me, but it is the fact that he doesn’t disgust you that will stick with me long after this election.”

That, more than any other sentiment I have read, speaks to how I feel. As the Dixie Chicks song says, “I’m not ready to make nice”. I am still appalled that so many American voters would choose an ignorant bully who believes he has a mandate to be the boss not an elected president. He is an authoritarian that can lead to Fascism. He is dangerous in so many ways, destructive in so many ways and will have the wind at his back as he dismantles whatever progress he sets his short-sighted eyes on and whatever he can articulate in a tweet. Otherwise we will be left to the mercy of the venomous snakes and alligators he is adding to the swamp instead of draining.

America, what have you done to us? How will progress be possible? How can he possibly keep even some of his promises and how can we pay for them? How can lower taxes, less regulation, and less oversight end with lowering the deficit and paying our debt?

I wish that Trump’s exposure of the total hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the right-wing Christians was enough. I wish that the consequences would fall first on Trump voters. I wish that Democrats had the minority power to stop some of the carnage. I wish that the Trump supporters had the collective integrity to realize the dangerous things they have set in motion. I wish that the last nine years of right-wing lies, distortions and hate-filled memes would now end but no, winning has emboldened them and they are doubling down, just like their dear leader. May God have mercy; I am just trying to find some daylight in the despair.

I am thankful that I have fewer days in front of me than behind me and that is no way to live. I am thankful I do not have grandchildren and I wish I had more to leave my children as this new America that is rising is here for some time and some damage is to come because it is so driven by irrational hate.

I know now how we got here, I just have no clue how to get away from it.

The path to healing and redemption written by John D. Wilsey:

To Breathe Your Free Air

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A new president has been elected. Under normal circumstances, the supporters of the new president are thrilled and the supporters of the defeated opponent are depressed. But for the most part, just about all Americans are willing to fall in behind the new administration and give it a chance to govern.

But those circumstances, alas, are not ours. A polarizing figure has been elected. Another polarizing figure was defeated. It is unfortunate that these were our two major choices. According to the New York Times, only 9 percent of Americans voted to nominate Clinton and Trump. That in itself is a galling reality. But it is still the reality.

There are protests all over the country, less it seems over the fact that Clinton lost and more over the fact that Trump won. But as I see it, the consternation goes deeper than that. Trump, because of his own…

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John is so right here. we ALL need to stand up to the insanity and quit trying to believe it is benign when it is not!

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Note: an earlier draft of this was previously posted on Facebook.

Yesterday on my Facebook feed I posted an explainer article on Clinton’s emails. A lot of you liked it. A handful of people did not.

You know the type. They pat themselves on the back for ignoring mainstream professional sources and reading fantasy conservative clickbait only slightly less transparent than that Nigerian Prince who needs your checking account number. If you post politically moderate to liberal stuff on Facebook you probably have your own regular delusional deplorables.

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Once I thought we could ignore these people, but Trump shows we can’t. Once I thought we could persuade them, but showing them facts seems to entrench them further. They seem suspicious of the very idea of (self)critical thinking.

For years I have watched friends and family do a frankly better job than me at the tolerance…

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So well said. Chris Henson is brilliant!

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by Chris Henson

Emails, people! EMAILS! Just in time for Election Day! Who could have ever seen this coming?

Basically, the GOP views a Hillary administration as inevitable (and even preferable to a Trump presidency) and they’ve predicted it for nearly three decades. At this point, all this email bullshit is intended to impact the down-ballot races, weaken Hillary before she is inaugurated, and keep her down by maintaining a dark cloud over her for her first term. Expect obstructionism like you’ve never seen over the next four years and a safe as milk Republican presidential nominee in 2020. This was always the plan. Just sayin’…

The lesser of two evils?

Let’s be honest. I don’t know how anyone can look at an electoral contest between a woman — who has for her entire adult life served her nation in one way or another and yet been hounded and lied…

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My last LTE

I have been a, not just loyal, but vocal supporter of our local newspaper for most of my life. I have been a spirited contributor to the forums online and the occasional LTE.  At 58 I am giving up on them.  I understand economics but I am hard pressed to think selling their integrity will save them.  I understand that Dixie does not want to come out of the dark but that is still no excuse for aiding the Bible Belt tightening.  Catering to the right that has done and will do nothing but condemn any media not solidly right-wing is all for naught. 

I grew up with a Roanoke Times that challenged the Bible Belt mentality, that championed what was right not popular, that served the community as a conscience and a voice for the outnumbered.  Now we have a new direction of repeatedly publishing the dark, dishonest, and dystopian right and giving them another soapbox in addition to the business, church, organizations and numbers they have enjoyed for decades.  And for what, what exactly are you serving? 

The South has voted against our own interests for a very long time because the Bible thumpers have had more sway than the Bible followers.  The proof is in the fact that the only sins they cannot forgive are being outspoken blacks, equality wanting gays or any version of a liberal.

Dan Casey is the last remaining vestige of integrity left and I wonder how long he can hold out in such a changed environment seeking safety over challenge, false equivalencies over actual contrasts and faux knowledge over reality checks.  This “gray lady” is down and it is only a matter of time before you are totally irrelevant.

Night Kaep. 

He says this so well…

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Sup Sundy Besters? Corey here.  How’s your week? Full of divisiveness and despair? Heard that.

Swear to god, when it comes to hiding out from political drama and hypocritically-butt-hurt-right-wingers,  you can’t even seek refuge in football anymore.

While Kaep tried his best to hold the peaceful protest that has been requested from the ever squawking  “don’t tread on me” bunch, it turns out that when they said “as long as it’s peaceful, we don’t mind if you protest”, what they really meant was “hey boy, the sand’s been scattered on the stage. Get to soft-shoeing or shut the fuck up!”

That’s right, Trumpites, Trumpateers, Pregame Trumps… Whatever y’all are calling yourselves. You’ve been exposed!

Respect the flag… but not people:)

Turns out, it’s not a peaceful protest you want from the black community. What has bothered you isn’t the outliers who (sadly) promote violence at BLM movements even though you’ve…

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Is it your business?

You know, on one level, I can buy it. As a mother myself, I can see the perspective that the legal right to a safe abortion devalues “children” and that it is a real perspective many on The Right insist adds to the misery, violence and lack of decency in our nation. (Though research says otherwise)

BUT (you know there is always a big but), tell us what the right-wing obsession with fighting aid to women who “choose life”, funds for proper training and support for them, funds for proper education and opportunity for their children and the overall “war on welfare” waged by The Right says about how much you yourselves “value” actual children over a potential child?

You folks love to wield that cudgel about how we support the murder of millions of babies, but the helping hand…not so much. The helping hand you are very stingy with. So do tell, who really values life in this nation? Is it The Right who supports war, the death penalty, guns no matter what, punishing the poor and ignoring the plight of children (yes, “violence is exalted” in your culture) or is it The Left who fights against war, wants to end the death penalty, wants to do something about gun deaths, seeks to help the poor and give opportunity to the children who actually exist? The answer seems obvious to me!

The hypocrisy is claimno eviling to believe in freedom while trying to shame those who make movies, music, or video games as if right-wingers don’t buy all of them? The hypocrisy is claiming to believe in liberty when you want to deny a woman the most personal choice she can make.  Sorry, your efforts to protect life or liberty ring very, very hollow.