The World Perishing Together with Knowledge and Love, by Dirk Volckertsz Coornhert; 1550
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
God, Friday was depressing.
Just reading the emails in reaction to my column on Trump slurring immigrants in his State of the Union speech.
All day long. Snide, confident Republicans regurgitating Fox talking points. I could barely read them, never mind react to them. It just gets wearying, and what would be the point?
Every once in a while, though, I just couldn't resist.
Such as this email, from Thomas P. Cernek. A single sentence:
"We enjoy our freedoms, because it was the White Male who won WW II."I replied in kind:
"It was also the White Male who started World War II. Something to think about. If possible."It deteriorated from there. He seemed to think that the Japanese began World War II, and that the Germans were our allies. It's hard to tell, and I'm not sure I want to understand his point.
Moving onward, there was this, from David Kozak:
"I read your article this morning and it contains the same old line that immigrants are vital to America. Never mentioning illegal. No country in this world can let people flood into a country unchecked and undocumented. They have broken a law. I believe any citizen arrested for any crime in this country should sue the U.S. until all laws are upheld. Why have any laws if they are not enforced."That too enticed me to respond:
"Your concern for the law is touching. Shame it doesn't extend to treason with Russia. 'Illegality' is the word people throw around until someone tries to fix the system. Then they switch to 'amnesty.' I wish I had the power to make you understand. Alas, I don't."That should suffice. Enough is as good as a feast, as the Irish—also despised as unfit interlopers—like to say. Although I will add this, to those who think that Trump supporters have to be wooed, that their fantasies must be clucked over and their fears massaged: you are living in a dreamworld. Poisonous people loaded for bear. Nothing to be done but defeat them, ignore them, and let time bring her revenges. Stop your ears against their cries of righteous agony as we link arms with the future and march briskly away, leaving them to decay with their hallucinations and hatreds. They never will grasp what they've done to the country. They think all this is great.