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Treating All People Well the Smart Bet Historically

Saturday, November 12, 2016 12:39
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Well–!

Reactions across the country and with the talking heads is officially over the top. Although I find some hope that at least SOME of the talking heads are admitting that, yeah, rural folk and flyover state folk have some legitimate grievances that they've been ignored on for too long.

Yay! Some hopes are there.

It sucks that the agenda to just survive a bit more successfully has been taken over and subverted by some white sheet (extremist) people, but such is the case for social movements all over the globe throughout history. Getting the agendas of dangerous extremists OFF of your “just want a better life” people is the trick.

And I wish the better life people all the luck and blessings I can possibly bestow.

I'll have a couple more political points to make, and then I'm going to take at least a bit of a break from it, because– WHEW! While not explosive, emotions are running high and everyone is having a hard time keeping perspective– and we've all lost our sense of humor!

I thought it was important to comment on Facebook (where its pretty scary to talk politics these days, I don't know if you've all noticed. WAY worse than LiveJournal skirmishes) to some liberal friends who were SO flabbergasted at Trump voters. “Don't they know that they're backing a racist, sexist, pig!?”

My comment, as someone who has actually LIVED in rural, flyover country was, “People in regions who voted for Trump are desperate enough to vote for anyone who promises a chance to get jobs in places where there are NONE. Even service jobs went away mostly because most stores and restaurants closed down years ago, and Walmart and the Dollar Store type jobs have hundreds of applicants with every opening. I mean, its DEAD, Jim. Those people feel that we who live in cities and on the coasts of the U.S. are well-off enough to care about things besides raw survival. Survival comes before caring about other people who have problems. First, you have to be okay enough to be in a position to give a shit. That's hard for most liberals to hear, because most of us don't have that experience of not having the luxury to back our ideals. For rural voters, I've heard the sentiment that it must be nice to be able to worry about things other than food and shelter and a bleak future.”

Yes, quite a few (especially older) white folks in such places are racist. And quite a few (especially older) men in such places are sexist. But not everyone is, and that alone does not explain people backing Trump. Not being able to see past name calling as a reaction to things is part of what created the blind spot that allowed a Trump to get past all the nation's defenses. And that's on all of us, not just on Trump voters. We put them in that position by electing those who stomped on them for decades. We have the luxury to care about other people besides ourselves because we're not living hand to mouth… so how come no one cared about the working class people who make up most of the nation who are struggling if we have all this time and luxury to care?

Just a thought to ponder.

I think its been hard to struggle for so long, especially after 2008 which DEVASTATED all the small towns and rural communities that were barely hanging on for years– I mean destroyed many local economies completely!– and watch other marginalized groups get sympathy while your own was vilified as nasty, low-down, dirty, disgusting lowlifes who deserve what they get. Rednecks and hicks are still okay to lampoon on TV, when NO OTHER GROUP IS! Some deserve the rep, but most are just regular people, trying to make it, like anyone else. Most are pretty okay, even wonderful people. Mixed bag same as anywhere else, not a special group worthy of being demonized like they are. And they know it, and they're fed up with being the whipping boys for everything that goes wrong in politics. Hearing about blacks or Latinos or gay people needing help and told to dry up and blow away is not a good method for winning the hearts and minds of the Trump voter.

Just a thought to ponder.

I'm not on 'their side' politically, but I DO get where they're coming from. I understand and empathize, and to me the solution to preventing another Trump is pretty obvious, but we have to stop being such self-righteous prigs and start being humane to ALL groups of humanity, not just the marginalized ones. By picking “Them” as our demon-du-jour, we've created another marginalized group that has some legitimate grievances. And historically–? Those are the groups that cause a society to EXPLODE with violence once they get pushed into a corner long enough. Bad things happen when we don't treat ALL people well.

Just a thought to ponder.

And… I'm done for a while!

I think

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