Nom De Guerre
153 years after the “War Between the States” had divided this country over the issue of slavery, a new conflict has Americans once again split into separate camps.
The conflict is centered on the ideology of voters belonging to two distinctly different geographic areas, just as the “Civil War” as more commonly referred, had previously presented.
The Mason and Dixon Line had been drawn horizontally in 1861, explicitly separating the northern states of the existing country from the southern states.
In 2016, we had fifty easily definable enemy lines; these are the fifty individual states.
States that had were reunited were now the Red states and the Blue states.
This contemporary engagement is not presenting the world the Blues or the Grays; nor the Confederacy or the Union as its primary players.
This battle has intensely reintroduced two feuding groups, each with very different, yet precise code of ethics. Two groups that speak a different language politically. Both teams equally puzzled by the unequivocal mindset of the people who make up the opposite side.
These two groups are the Liberals and the Conservatives.
History will remember the rivals by another name.
The Resistance and the Deplorable.
The Trump Effect
We echo the people and the circumstances of the past. It becomes clear with each yesterday that passes, that unless we experience a dominant positive, unifying force to stir this political climate, the US and everyone that occupies it, will be destined to travel down that same road as our antebellum counterparts.
What will we discover at the end of that road? Perhaps the depleted phantom of what the United States of America used to represent to ourselves and the world.
We felt it in the ether; we knew something evil was coming.
What caused a rift to swell among us? The answer is simple: the extremely deficient, damnable, misogynistic and entitled Donald Trump got elected to the highest office in the US over Hillary Clinton, the most qualified, dedicated and vetted person ever to run for the office of President of the United States.
Do we blame racism? Had Trump awakened the dormant prejudices that had been stealthily tucked away among a large percentage of the country’s white population?
It used to be that the expression of asserting an opinion or a thought that could be construed as remotely racist was frowned upon in polite company for most of my lifetime.
Anyone that had a narrow-minded view of others because of a persons’ skin color or a person’s religion, they just kept it to themselves. We managed to maintain some semblance of political correctness and propriety, that is until the 2016 Presidential Election cycle when Donald Trump and his supporters proudly and loudly expressed openly and without shame, their disdain, and contempt for people of other races with no fear of repercussion.
Moreover, he went on to win the election.
Liberals, those with unrestricted worldviews and advocates of equal opportunity and equality for all, will remember the election night results as a disquieting nightmare.
We immediately knew that we would not acknowledge Trump as our president. We knew what to expect, and we were going to resist.
The Resistance was born.
Conservatives, those with an incredibly naive and parochial worldview as they aim to extinguish individual liberties, continue to pretend that they were not at all surprised by the results.
They took the name that Hillary Clinton gave them; it was easy, no one had to think. The name they claimed offended them.
The Deplorable emerged.
This brazenness to continue this racist unapologetic flatulence continued well past election night as the presidency changed hands.
We also have to remember that Trump was not alone in broadcasting his intolerance. The Trump Campaign had an accomplice.
The mainstream media aided in this endeavor.
The media often fell back on euphemisms when describing Trump’s comments about race. The media softened the aggressiveness of his words by using phrases such as: racially loaded, racially charged, racially tinged and racially sensitive. The media did not call him out on the racism.
He was a side-show and that made for compelling coverage.
However, here’s the truth: Donald Trump is a racist. He talks about and treats people differently based on their race. He has done so for years, and he is still doing so.
Today, our one nation, under God or not, is as disconnected as it was in 1865 and even more intolerant when it comes to race relations.
Yes, we elected Barack Obama, the most progressive president in generations, but did that prove that we weren’t a racist nation?
We elected an African-American man to be our president. The fact that he is black is of historical significance, but that alone explains why Trump is in the White House.
The black mattered to some. Many were outraged by the black.
The deplorable perceived Obama in the same way I discern Trump. I regard Trump as inadequate. The deplorable saw Obama’s’ skin color/race as the inadequacy. The black was incompetency to them.
The people who were anti-Obama had at least hoped that he would assimilate to fit in since society allowed him to not only run for the highest office but become to also become the president. Was the presidency supposed to make him less black or more white?
Obama was expected to change so conservatives would be more comfortable. The more Obama showed his competency and the further he succeeded, the more enraged they became. They did not want him to succeed at all. Obama’s re-election in 2012 sealed the hate, and the hate never went away.
As recently as May of this year, the deplorable attacked “Obummer.” ( They are so proud of that misnomer) Barack and Michelle Obama entered into a multiyear agreement with Netflix, and the deplorable were not happy about it.
Red state Americans and faithful supporters of Trump began tweeting their cancellations to Netflix. “Start counting your cancellations!” one user tweeted at the service that boasts 125 million worldwide subscribers.
“You must have been living under a rock [these] past 18 [months]. We had those idiots for eight years and couldn’t wait to get rid of them. They will destroy Netflix, the way they tried to destroy the US. Hang up the ‘Out of Business’ sign now.”
Similarly, a call for a boycott of Target by the conservative American Family Association a year earlier over its transgender bathroom policy produced “no effects” on the company’s business. I suspect Netflix will be unscathed.
Now think back to Obama’s victory in 2008: This is racism:
Additionally, we cannot forget that David Duke, former leader of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), had pledged his support for the former reality TV star and Trump came under fire for hesitancy to disavow Duke.
Trump again lacked courage following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where Heather Dyer died as she marched against neo-Nazi hate. “I think there is blame on both sides,” was Trump’s reply to the incident.
Trump began his reign with the “Muslim Ban” which was recently upheld by the Supreme Court, thanks to a Republican blockade of President Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court Judge Merrick B. Garland.
The Muslim ban is meant to play on the fears of conservatives, don’t forget how Trump started the birther movement by claiming that Obama was a Kenyan Muslim to instill fear and uncertainty in the easily persuaded people that would become his base.
I read an article recently written by John Bargh written last year about research in political psychology that consistently showed that how physically threatened or fearful a person feels is a crucial factor — although not the only one — in whether he or she holds conservative or liberal attitudes.
Conservatives, it turns out, react more strongly to physical threat than liberals do. Their more significant concern with physical safety seems to be determined early in life. That is why it makes sense that liberal politicians intuitively portray danger as manageable. Just think back to FDR’s famous Great Depression era reassurance of “nothing to fear but fear itself,” echoed decades later in Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address — and why Trump and other Republican politicians are instead likely to emphasize the dangers of terrorism and immigration, relying on fear as a motivator to gain votes.
Trump has a history of being racially biased in his business dealings and his exchanges throughout his career, but it was not until he was on the campaign trail that he started to bring out the ugly in some white people.
Trump’s dialogue highlighted his rallies when he made the disparaging umbrella statement that Mexicans coming into the States were all rapists and murderers. He further continued to single these people out by saying that Mexico was sending their worst citizens here, all the while falsely claiming that immigrants were freeloaders using up our welfare services.
Attendees at Trump rallies paid close attention and focused on this narrative of alternative truths. They accepted his word without once asking for or seeking any proof to explain the statements, and rather than conduct their research to verify Trump’s accusations; they slackly decided that he was a-preaching the truth, in part, because that is what they wanted to believe and were determined to accept.
The deplorable have long been okay with Trump speaking and tweeting his deranged thoughts without concern for precise facts or sources to back up any of his statements. If anyone did present proof to the contrary, he or she cries out “fake news.”
I once heard a white lady say, “We support Donald Trump because he says what we are all thinking.” Well, white lady, that makes you an idiot too.
It would appear that many in this country assume undocumented immigrants are here to live and perform with as little effort on their part as possible.
Many a white person contend that they are personally responsible for providing these families with food and other necessities with their tax dollars while these families give nothing back to our society.
I found this line of dialogue offensive because my father was born in Mexico. He came to Texas in the 1960’s and worked in the west Texas oilfields, he married my mother, a Latina, in 1968. They were blessed with a baby boy in 1969, that would be me.
Eventually, my family would settle in North Dallas. Dad was always employed. At times he balanced more than one job. He did janitorial work; he washed dishes, he even sang lead for a cumbia, norteño, or ranchera Latin music group. I’m not familiar with the genres well enough to list the correct one. Maybe it was Tejano?
It is doubtful that the jobs he took to support his family took away an opportunity for the good white people of Dallas.
Eventually, he retired from Minyard Food Stores where he had a Supervisory Position for over forty years without ever having missed a day from work.
Mother rejoined the workforce after her children were in school. There are three of us total. We were never on welfare although if we had been there would’ve been no shame in it.
If a person is on SNAP or any other kind of government aid, it is not any of your business to know the how and why. It is none of your business to know what they purchase. You have no way of knowing what circumstances led them to seek aide reluctantly. Anyone can suddenly find themselves without a job, and some cannot work because they have become disabled, others are mentally disabled. It does not concern you, and the stigma must end.
Undocumented immigrants contribute an average $12 billion per year in federal taxes. These immigrants could also get away without doing so as they continue to provide billions of dollars a year to Social Security, though they may never reap any retirement benefits from it.
In a 2014 Vice News piece, the Social Security Administration’s chief actuary Stephen C. Goss affirmed the $12 billion contributions. Social Security Administration analysts also added that “a relatively small portion” of those who could draw benefits do so.
So go ahead deplorable conservatives, keep telling the world how your tax dollars are providing Consuela with tortillas and that is the reason you feel empowered to try to control her language settings through vile rants.
It is now common to hear about individuals empowered by Trump calling the police on black people who are enjoying a barbecue or on a young African-American girl selling water on a San Francisco sidewalk. We have seen the video of a white woman showing her disgust at hard-working Mexicans by calling them murderers and rapists as well as an older white man angrily harassing a woman for wearing Puerto Rico shirt ‘in America’ as an officer stood by and failed to intervene.
We cannot forget Aaron Schlossberg, a New York-based lawyer, who became Internet famous for a racist rant that went viral. Schlossberg was captured on a smartphone video yelling at employees in a Fresh Kitchen in midtown Manhattan. He complained that the workers were speaking Spanish to customers. “And my guess is they are not documented,” Schlossberg said to an employee, who appeared to be a manager. “So my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country.”
My home state of Texas was once part of Mexico, and although one can make a State out of a Country, one cannot take the Country out of the State, but we see you trying. This country does not have an Official Language.
Swamp & Circumstance
The America I presently live in is not the America that once made me proud. The deplorable continue to confuse patriotism with nationalism, and no matter how many times a person tries to explain to them why Colin Kaepernick took a knee, they will always revert to the same futile argument that he was disrespecting the flag and the country.
We have conservatives screaming about how we should always stand for the flag and how we should all stop being so disrespectful.
Never will I stand for the American Flag or stand for the National Anthem again. Conservatives took away the proud feeling I used to have for them both by making a mockery out of the flag and anthem by using them as pawns in a fake controversy to please the banjo-picking, cousin-dating Trump base.
I want to hold the anthem and the flag in high regard again as I did when I was a little boy but I will not let anyone bully me into an empty gesture.
Do not ever tell me when or where I have to say or do or salute anything, because I am an American too, and that is what being an American is all about!
Suffice to say; Trump is a racist. America has racist citizens. These two factors combined got Trump elected.
What should we expect now?
There will be people feeling entitled to be hateful. There will be those that will tell you to your face that you are not as good as they are.
History is rewritten as more people disregard how we got here.
Part Two — Manifest Destiny — —