You really are never too old to learn.
I’m 60 and experiencing something new. For the first time in my life, I’ve started to hate a whole class of people.
I’ve hated individuals before. Institutions as well.
But a class of people..well, that is new. I go to bed at night hating them, and I wake up in the morning despising them.
They are the Trump voters. I don’t care about their religion or race or politics, even. I hate them because they revel in being wrong, in lies, in hatred for “the Other”, because they reject even the tiniest bit of basic human decency.
The Trump lovers looked past the sexual harassment, the disparagement of people with disabilities, the lie after lie after lie. They look past the fact that this individual inherited millions of dollars, lives in a gilt-lined world, and thinks there are very fine people who happen to be Nazis.
The Trump lovers like the lies. They believe he is an outsider who is non politically correct. They think that diplomacy and tact are signs of weakness.
They reject any objective reality outside of their understanding.
In other words, they are stupid. And proud of it. They hate education because it makes them feel inadequate. It apparently does not motivate them to educate themselves. Ignorance can be fixed, but they are not interested in that. They want to be respected because they are stupid. They want the rest of us to be as stupid as they are. In my district, only 85% of people have graduated from high school, and way fewer than that, from college.
Watching the Senate confirmation hearings of Trump nominees is painful. Men have been nominated to life time appointments to the bench that have never tried a case and have no understanding of the law. The very, very few females that have been nominated are just as bad. Betsy DeVos would be hilarious if she wasn’t so freaking dangerous.
The Republican party is all in. Just witness the Roy Moore debacle in Alabama. A man who was kicked off of the bench twice for violating the law was supported by the Republican National Committee. The child molestation claims were icing on the cake. Some Republicans found the claims credible and still supported the guy.
There is no line they will not cross. There is no standard of quality. The only thing Trump lovers want or need is loyalty to Trump. They are prepared and willing to trash the constitution (especially the Bill of Rights), the separation between church and state, the rule of law…everything that this country was ostensibly founded upon to prop up their awful selection.
The Trump lovers in Congress are willing and maybe even eager for another Civil War. They are constantly demonizing anyone who questions President Bone Spur.*
They live in a world without nuance. Without logic. They live in a faith-based world that demonizes any non-believer. There is no room for compassion or love or empathy or learning. They attack everyone and everything that is different. They believe everything they see and hear from Trump and nothing that anyone else has to offer. And they don’t see that as dangerous or ill advised in the least.
Which makes them a cult. Look up that word and it describes, perfectly, the phenomena existing today in the US.
So, I hate them. I hate them with abiding rage. And I hate them because I hate them. Hate feels energizing for a little while, but eventually, it just eats the person up from the inside. I know this. I can feel it. I don’t enjoy hatred, actually. I would much prefer a world and a country based upon fairness, empathy, justice.
If we survive this administration (and I put the odds at 50/50), we are going to have to deal with the surviving cult members. When the first Civil War ended, the losing side didn’t go to jail for treason. They weren’t even tried for treason.
Let’s not make that mistake again. If we survive this administration, there should be consequences in store for the cultists.
*Not my invention. H/T to Jim Wright.