A number of things in the news caught my eye today, made me shake my head, roll my eyes, and say … You have got to be kidding me!!! Five years ago, most of what we see in the news today would have been unthinkable … it would have seemed like the thoughts of somebody with an overactive imagination … on steroids! But today, the world that could never be … is. Is it here to stay? I think that pretty much depends on us. We better figure it out soon, though.
The headline reads …
Men and Christians experience higher amounts of discrimination than other groups, Trump voters claim
…more than women, LGBTQ people, Muslims, or non-white people.
And I said … Say WHAT???
How often do you hear of an unarmed white male being shot multiple times until dead by a cop? How often, really, do you even hear white males called ‘honky’? How often do people call the police on white males just because they were walking down the street, or swimming in a pool? How often are white males denied service in a bakery, restaurant or hardware store?
According to a recent and fairly extensive survey by YouGov and The Economist, people who voted for Trump believed that Christian males were the most likely to be discriminated against. More so than women, African-Americans, Hispanics, and even LGBT people.
75% of democrats said that white people have it easier than other races, while only 20% of republicans thought that to be the case. 45% of democrats said that Christians have it easier, but only 11% of republicans. When asked about the level of discrimination against Arab-Americans, 56% of democrats felt it was significant, while only 17% of republicans saw it that way. And when it came to discrimination against African-Americans, 61% of democrats felt the level of discrimination was high, while only 10% of republicans believed it.
This was an interesting survey, covering a wide variety of topics from how other countries are perceived, to how effective the response to Hurricane Michael was to gun control, LGBT rights, the economy, and more. Thus far, I have only viewed a few topics, but as you can see, it would appear that republicans and democrats view the world through an entirely different set of lenses. Perhaps this is part of our problem?
Here is a Trump tweet that has everybody rolling in the aisles …And this comes just one day after Mitch McConnell promises/threatens to renew the attempt to repeal ACA immediately following the mid-term elections next month! Methinks the first person da prez needs to talk to is ol’ Mitchie!
Twenty republican-led states have filed a lawsuit claiming that the ‘pre-existing conditions’ clause is unconstitutional, and the Department of Justice is supporting that view. And just last week, 50 Republican senators approved the Trump administration’s expansion of health plans that can deny coverage to people with pre-exiting medical conditions.
So, just what alternative universe did Trump wake up in yesterday morning??? It’s bad enough that he is a rotten president who cares not a whit for the people of this nation, but when he thinks we are so stupid that we cannot see the lie, the utter insanity in his words?
Remember back in May 2017 out in Montana when the republican candidate for the House of Representatives, Greg Gianforte, beat a reporter for The Guardian with his fists for simply asking a question, doing his job? Gianforte won the election anyway and now sits in the House. That was 17 months ago, but last night at a rally in Montana, Donald Jerk Trump brought it up again, praising … yes praising … Gianforte for his actions!
“We endorsed Greg very early. But I heard that he body-slammed a reporter. This was the day of the election or just before, and I thought, ‘Oh, this is terrible! He’s going to lose the election.’ And then I said, ‘Wait a minute, I know Montana pretty well, I think it might help him.’ And it did. He’s a great guy. Tough cookie. Greg is smart. And by the way, never wrestle him. You understand. Never.”
And the crowd cheered. Need I say more?
Folks, the state of this nation is the worst it has been in my lifetime. I have lived through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War, the war in Vietnam, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Civil Rights movement, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, and much more. But even during those events, I never felt that the country wouldn’t be alright in the long run, never felt the sense of hopelessness that I feel today. I never felt that half the people were so determined to destroy all that was ever good about the U.S. This nation is a runaway train heading for a long downhill stretch with a treacherous curve somewhere in the middle, and the train is without an engineer. Instead, there is a madman posing as the engineer and half the people on the train are blind and deaf. It is past time that we stand firm and say, “ENOUGH!”