Control and the Deplorable Traits

Anyone who challenges their control is deemed a sexist, a racist, a xenophobe and morally deformed. They will attack you, they will slander you, they will seek to destroy your career and your family, they will seek to destroy everything about you, including your reputation. They will lie, lie, lie, and then again they will do worse than that, they will do whatever is necessary.

Those words were spoken yesterday. I don’t know how many of them were scripted, how many of the ideas were outlined, and how much of it was just verbal vomit from a speaker with a history of explosive undisciplined spontaneity.

I don’t care about sexism because any political party tells me to. I don’t care about racism because corporate-owned media tells me to. I don’t worry about xenophobia because the Trilateral Commission warns me xenophobia slows their global universal agenda. I don’t consider roughly half (if not more) of the supporters of a major Presidential candidate morally deformed because some church tells me to believe that.

The first two issues cited, sexism and racism, gained support in America despite the powers that be, not because of them. Susan B. Anthony wasn’t a front for The Man. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Freedom Riders, and the whole civil rights movement opposed by The Man, even if at times The Man confronted The Man with the National Guard and Federal laws; the Guard and the laws came long after the civil rights movement struggled to gain a critical mass.

Xenophobia has a long and complex history in America. Sometimes we’ve tried to colonize and police the world; sometimes we’ve withdrawn and tried to close our borders or avoid conflict, especially armed conflict. The scholars and and other leaders I respect can point to times when American isolationism has prolonged wars in Europe (both World Wars) or let genocides proceed. Yes, sometimes we choose poorly whether to intervene or not, such as in southeast Asia in the Sixties. But the costs of isolationism and fear of foreigners have been paid often or in some cases are still due.

The all-but-self-proclaimed martyr speaking yesterday accuses the Establishment of cheating, of committing crimes, to maintain the status quo. There have been authoritarian figures in America who have done just that, such as in the Sixties and early Seventies. How’d that work out for Richard Milhous Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover? Nixon is a disgraced figure in American society. Hoover has at best a mixed legacy; his accomplishment in founding the FBI and helping it attain a respected status is underwhelmed by his later abuse of its power and authority. More importantly, those who lie in America are frequently confronted, sometimes by the alternative media, sometimes by the mainstream media. Sometimes the confrontations are more effective than others, but it’s not as if lies are never challenged.

If the speaker’s reputation has been ruined over the past eighteen months, it has been because his statements have been confronted by facts and by credible claims. He has made spectacular claims without providing corresponding levels of proof; his detractors have gone out of their way to document and cite sources for their counter-claims and assertions.

I hope the megalomaniac is defeated in a fair, democratic election next month. I hope his supporters recognize that the defeat was legitimate and that they are not incited to reject the outcome and the resulting government that is formed. I further hope that those who have been persuaded to embrace xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism, sexism, and contempt for authority and knowledge come to see the poisoned source of those lessons and the virtues of rejecting those values, even despite the short-term costs that come with accepting a position of equality in the world, not presumed privilege.

I’ve been reminded many times lately, when one is used to a position of privilege, merely being treated equally may seem like oppression.

The various voices united now in opposition to the particular candidate will six months after Inauguration Day be at each other’s throats again. Those who consider the candidate an aberration will be debating heatedly with those who consider that candidate the ultimate, predictable epitome of thirty years of divisive tactics used by one political culture in America.The megalomaniac won’t see that; he’ll remember only that they opposed him and, therefore, in his binary world, they are wrong, not right; against him, not with him. If his current supporters remain similarly simplistic and determined to retain power for their deplored “values,” the polarization of American politics of the past three decades may come to seem trivial compared to what is to come.

It won’t be because “The Powers That Be,” “The Man,” “They” want it that way; it will be cause an infection has sickened part of America and has become resistant to the moral teachings and progress that brought a lot of America to where we are today.


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