Because while Trump is a miserable bastard, YOU are the people who have handed him the bullhorn. YOU are the people willing to embarrass this nation and put it on the brink of economic ruin all because you wanna throw an electoral hissy fit. YOU are the people who want to revolutionize the way America does business by voting for its worst businessman, a disgusting neon pig who only makes money when he causes problems for other people instead of solving them. YOU are the thin-skinned yokels who clutch your bandoliers whenever someone hurls the mildest of slurs at you (“deplorables”), while cheering Trump on as he leaves a bonfire of truly hateful invective everywhere he goes. YOU are the people willing to overlook the fact that Trump is an unqualified, ignorant sociopath because DURRRR HILLARY IS BAD TOO DURRRR.
And because earlier this week The New York Times ran this story, which is yet another “but-we-should-listen-to-what-these-salt-o’-the-earth-types-say-and-try-to-understand-why-they-think-that-way-and-empathize-with-them…” um…no. First, whether they’re hurting or not, they’ve gotten exactly what they want, or at least what they think they want. Offhand, the left has compromised or given in on, and this is by no means a comprehensive list…massive tax breaks for the rich, draconian drug laws, a prison industrial complex, savage cuts to both primary and secondary public education, subsidies to religious institutions, charter schools, anti-union legislation…wars, military buildups, “market based” environmental regulation, little or no public transit, general privatization (including prohibitions on public options for, oh, I don’t know, health insurance, utilities/internet, etc.), reasonable gun laws, voter suppression, abortion restrictions/TRAP laws…
We’ve more than met them half way…we’ve allowed them to define us not as political opponents but as enemies, to them and possibly to the state… and they complain about being called “deplorable?” Sometimes the proper response is a middle finger and/or a big old fuck you. Instead of trying to see things their way, we need to out-organize and outvote them. Let them complain…even as the policies we pursue make their lives — and our lives — better.