Yesterday I broke my hard-and-fast rule NOT to comment on political posts on Facebook. The post was about how Trump was NOT corrupt because Hillary was (either/or fallacy). It was based on the breaking news that the DNC had paid for the golden showers dossier about Trump in Russia. My response said something to the effect that we’re trapped in a corrupt two-party system and neither Trump nor Clinton(s) are the serious issue. The serious issue is about what we, the people, are going to do about it.
Dirty politics is not new. I think it is as old as is the thirst for power.
I was immediately slammed by a Trumpeter with an ad hominem attack. “I looked at your Facebook profile and you’re old, fat and ugly.”
It shouldn’t have, but it did…hurt. I am old, fat and ugly.
I checked out his Facebook profile and came away thinking it was fake.
I deleted my post, still thinking about “old, fat and ugly” and the power of the ad hominem attack. It sure as hell made me crawl under a rock, invalidated by my appearance and age.
But we have a problem. I wasn’t surprised by anything in the news. It was no great denouement to me that the DNC and the Clinton campaign would try to get some dirt on Trump. Not that, in my opinion, they needed to go out of their way. He is — has been for a long time — a public figure. It’s also pretty clear that the American people don’t care whether their president is a sleaze or not. They kind of like their post-verbal fascist narcissistic glob of orange. At this point, I’m most curious about which of the innumerable Republican candidates originally set out to have the dossier compiled.
And what are we going to do about it? Not me — I’m obsolete (it’s kind of a relief) — but young people? Ah! Young people! I read recently the rantings of a young person who resents the fact that all the Baby-boomers got the last bit of an easy life America ever had to offer. That blew me away. No one looking at my life would say, “Wow, easy life!” but it’s a common enough opinion about my generation. Constructive? No. Honest? No. An excuse for failure? Absolutely.
Please watch/listen to this “song.” Some thoughtful person has updated the video to reflect our time rather than Reagan’s.