Chapter 128 – The American Dilemma, Part I

       I have inferred many times on this blog that the divide in America involves one central issue. What divides the 70 plus million Americans who voted for Trump from the 80 plus million Americans who voted for President Elect Biden is their position on the idea that America is a white country and should be run by white people. When you examine this point more closely, you find that it is not so much that those who ascribe to the idea think they are better than Americans of color or dislike them, but they fear that by looking at America differently, they risk loosing the white privilege they’ve enjoyed since birth. This is made all the more complicated by the fact that at least half or more of that group that voted for Trump are not even aware that they think that way. Many of them have worked hard all their lives and did everything their parents told them to do, only to have their entire way of life snatched from under them, by the manufacturing labor force being moved over seas and automation rendering them obsolete. They have become frustrated into believing that government simply is not interested in them and doesn’t work for them. That is why they are so susceptible to Trump’s demagoguery and empty promises to make them “great again”, with his oversimplification of all our problems and scapegoating minorities of color as being responsible for them. They have given up their personal power to this man. It’s so much easier to blame Democrats than to consider that almost all of the people who presided over the policies that have led us to this point are Republicans and take responsibility for continuing to support those same people in election after election, solely because those people empower white privilege in the guise of what they claim to be “American Values”.

       I’ve heard stories by a few of my white friends since the election, of how they got into a conversation with some other white person on the issues of current events and politics and by every metric, the tenor of the conversation and the opinions on the issues expressed by the person they were talking to led them to believe that person voted for Biden, but they actually voted for Trump. What’s more bewildering, is that those same Trump voters assumed that my friends voted for Trump as well. I witnessed this phenomena first hand recently when I watched a PBS program on Front Line in which individuals of all demographics were interviewed throughout 2020 to gain a sense of why the country was so divided. One lovely white middle-aged couple in the Midwest with a family owned floral business was interviewed. As I observed the couple and listened to their comments through the initial COVID-19 shutdown, the push to reopen the economy, the George Floyd murder and ensuing social unrest, the summer COVID-19 surge and the presidential elections, almost everything about that couple led me believe they voted for Biden. As it turned out, they had voted for Trump. However, they and the people interviewed who voted for Biden had one thing in common. Both sides feared the results would be contested and the country was in serious danger. Given last weeks events, their concerns were prophetic. 

       If America is going to survive itself, we are going to have to get off the Internet and start talking to each other. One of my friends told me that when the person she was talking to found out she was not a Trump supporter, he abruptly ended the conversation and ended their friendship. When a people are so thoroughly indoctrinated that they refuse to consider a dissenting point of view, we are in real trouble as a nation. The problem is obvious. Both sides claim to have the same values and believe in the same defining qualities that identify us as Americans. That there is a dichotomy in how they express their common beliefs at the voting booths can only be explained by the fact that one of the two sides has to be operating from false information and false narrative. If America has any interest in saving itself, it must first agree on the facts. We had better be willing to sit down in an open forum and be willing to prove or disprove the existence of Q and all the other outrageous rumors, conspiracy theories and accusations we are making about each other. It would be a shame to go to war over a lot of inconceivable nonsense that we have made up about each other. I personally feel that collectively our brains have been turned to mush by radio, television and the Internet. We’re going to feel pretty silly if we blow up our country only to find out that Q is probably a Russian intelligence agent who was smart enough not to underestimate how badly infected with stupidity our collective brains have become.

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