Monday, October 2, 2017

And that's why Trump is president


I don't watch Fox News. I don't have to, I can discern its talking points just by what my readers parrot back to me. For instance, on Monday I wrote about Trump's racist air horn—"dog whistle" implies a subtlety he no longer feels required to adopt—and I got in response emails such as this, thoughts planted in their heads by Trump and Fox News, sprouting as neatly as rows of seedlings in garden.

Neil,

President Trump definitely should not have sent the tweet, "they have to have everything done for them." PR suffers a catastrophe and his tweets never help any situation. He was wrong.

I think he is frustrated, as I am, with a US territory so horribly in debt caused by mismanagement and overspending by its local government. Didn't Congress just give them $100 billion of our tax dollars? They could have and should have since they are on an island, been better prepared for a hurricane, by improving their infrastructure over the years. Instead the local government borrowed and wasted billions. In effect, they didn't do anything to help themselves. The PR citizens seem to be completely different from the citizens of Houston, all over Florida, New York, New Jersey, etc. All those other communities and local governments seemed to have the "pull ourselves up by our bootstraps" mentality, unlike PR


—Mike K. *

Yeah pal, I bet the fiscal management of Puerto Rico has been a big source of frustration to you...

Racists—and I haven no idea if this reader is one, though he does an amazing impression—are also cowards, so don't express their hatred directly. Rather they hock up reasons, even nonsensical, hypocritical reasons. Our national debt is $18 trillion. His reasoning—Trump's reasoning—that nations in debt should not get relief, or are somehow responsible for their own woes, would mean that nowhere in the United States is worthy of help. Which perhaps is what he's going for. Anyway, I had to share this.

But why stop here? Let's look in my Spam filter, for readers I've previously blocked because I just don't want to have their spew irritate my eyes.

Some 80% of them are on disability or welfare. 80 billion in debt. .  Federal oversight needed as bankrupt. 65% obesity rate .  Write about that.  So yes. These “ brown skinned “ folk. Are welfare dependent pigs .
—Bill G.

You want more? There's more. But that's enough for now, though I reserve the right to add more as the day progresses. Sheesh. 

* I decided to shield the writer from being publicly associated with his thoughts, as a kindness, because even if he isn't aware enough to be embarrassed, he should be.

5 comments:

  1. You would think that, in the year 2017, racists like Trump would be a little more subtle. He praises the good people at the Charlottesville white power rally, and all but tells us that the people suffering in Puerto Rico are shiftless because they are brown.

    We are living in dangerous times.

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    1. Racists were more subtle before Trump glorified their tribalistic instincts. I'd say they've found their leader, but it's more accurate to say that Trump found them. Lifted a few rocks and out they slithered.

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  2. And of course the merest suggestion that they might be saying and thinking as they do because of bigotry causes them to become splenetic with indignation.
    "How dare you call me a racist, you libs are the racists, you're always playing the race card, you just want to shut down discussion and bully and oppress with your name-calling" etc. etc.

    That's why Trump's perpetual assumption of victimhood suits them so well. In their minds, they're always the victims.

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  3. Always the putdowns, the suggestions that certain people are hereditary low-lifes as if they brought about their plight, because the haters know they can't justify the hate without admitting racism. My fear, are we moving toward acceptance of this new discrimination because of the non-stop bombardment by Trump and his sycophants?
    Past history repeating itself.

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