Parade? (More Politics…)

Yesterday a Trump parade zoomed past my house, horns blaring, flags flying. Some of the flags featured a toned and ripped Trump with a six pack gut. If there was ever such a version of The Donald, that ship sailed long ago. I sat on the front porch and watched, my mom’s voice echoing in my brain, “It’s history.”

Potato trucks, semis, pick ups, SUVs, family cars, the only Unimog WW II ambulance in the San Luis Valley — which struck me as bizarre. There were Colorado flags featuring “Don’t Tread on Me” rattlesnake. I thought “China is making bank on this bullshit.” The participants were clearly juiced up on whatever it is that gets those people going.

Seeing me outside, a girl waved. Though they were out of my sight, I flipped her off and then realized I don’t want to flip people off. Besides, there’s every possibility — considering the nature of where I live — that I know her.

I know we’re all tired from all of this. Probably both sides are tired, I don’t know. I just can’t believe this is what anyone wants. I’m saddened — after some 35 years of teaching — that education doesn’t have a higher value in this country. I’m frustrated that there’s nothing I can do. I am appalled by at least ONE thing that happens every day.

Then, about 2/3s through the parade, an SUV tooled by, windows down, blaring this song, and I felt a little better.

(WARNING!!!! This is hard-core hip-hop. It’s rife with obscenities)

34 thoughts on “Parade? (More Politics…)

  1. You just can’t help wondering what makes people tick…why can’t everyone want what’s best for each other…accessible health care, education, basic needs met, respect…seems so simple…

    • It’s a mystery. I think they believe that holding onto their money will make them richer then they run a Go-Fund-Me if one of their kids breaks his arm. Seriously. I will never pitch in again.

      I watched that yesterday and realized all the people participating (except one) were motivated by something I couldn’t understand at all. Why would people even want to decorate their cars with cult flags and drive through a chain of small towns honking their horns? What does that MEAN to them? And ARE there people who would be inspired to vote for Trump because they saw THAT?

      • I suppose we are all motivated by something…and unfortunately there are people who could by swayed by the parade, as we know many are swayed by what they read on facebook without doing some digging.

  2. Yeah, I think ‘sad’ is the operative word. Donnie Boy is the quintessential ugly American and to see him embraced by people who don’t understand critical thinking just saddens me immensely.

  3. Hah! I just finished listening to a lecture on encouragement as a way to combat disparagement. I quickly wrote to a friend, asking how one avoids disparaging one who fights so hard to lose! I’m fascinated by the dichotomy of the song being blared out in the middle of a pro-trump parade — and this is the first time I’ve heard the work of a rapper who was trying to bring an end to gang violence in LA!

      • Yes — last year, he was one of the first of the current string of murders in South LA, (though his was in some ways sadder than those killed by the cops). I love that the people in the SUV dared to blare his song in protest, and agree about the eloquence of the statement they made — glad they could get away with doing it!

        • I don’t think anyone around them heard it or got it. The horns were blaring and the Trumpists were so jubilant and determined, it probably sounded like more of the same to them. πŸ™‚ And yeah, I think that kind of murder is “worse” (if there are degrees).

  4. Critical thinking πŸ€” has gone by ya wayside. Seems that trumps reassures folks of some bygone era where status Quo exists. Ignorance is bliss ya hear some say; please keep ya off that list! The big elbow or the bird flip, racists require shithole countries and Mexican rapists to buttress their love of 5 Deferments man. How a draft dodger and punk ascends Only in America, Don King, Don Trump, Rumsfeld and Donald Duck or is it Howard πŸ¦†? Teflon Don or Remsdesevir cocktail 🍹 Anyone? Unfit! Drug addled, old geezers with Erectile Dysfunction on both sides! God Thank ya I am not angry or anything! Jajaja

  5. I just don’t get it. But at this point, it looks like there is a solid, but small, base that won’t change their minds no matter what. I sure hope things will change for the better down there soon!

  6. This reminds me of what happened around here a couple of Sunday mornings ago. A “Trump Train Caravan” of the same sort you describe began at a Toyota dealership parking lot. They bragged in the local newspaper that they were going to travel through surrounding towns (including mine) hoping to “trigger the liberals.” Trigger the liberals to do what, I don’t know. Ridiculous. And pathetic. It was done to upset people, not convince them to vote for Trump. That’s what politics has sunk to. The same flags and signs you described were used. Lucky for me, it did NOT go by my condo.

  7. Signing in as “Sadly Looking On.” I’m seeing so much venom from both sides. I’m glad you thought twice and realized that you didn’t want to diss the girl who waved. A lot of people join a parade because it’s a party, not really considering the big picture. You do what your peers do.
    I remember as a teen mouthing off something about “niggers” — just repeating a “joke” everyone was telling at that time. Later I stopped to think about this and “heard” just how ugly it was. I realized there was nothing funny about it. At. All.
    I believe everyone one of us gets a “flash of enlightenment” now and then, like I got mine that day. IMO you’re better off to say a prayer for that girl, that she’ll “see” the whole picture, and search out for herself where truth lies, not just go with the flow.
    I wish we could all become more heretical. “One who chooses.” People who think and choose for themselves rather than being “herded.” (I feel a blog post coming on. πŸ˜‰ )

    • I have the same wish. It’s just so much easier for people to follow along and I think there are many people who are afraid of what will happen to them if they step back and question.

    • I remember repeating a racist joke when I was about 8. I’d heard it from someone on my father’s side of the family. I was too young to really understand the racism of it it, but it involved animals and I liked animals, animals were cute, so how bad could it be? Later, I told my maternal grandfather the joke, who told my mother. She sat me down and explained why it wasn’t a good joke. It wasn’t a joke at all after she broke it down for me, it was just a terrible thing to say.

      And that’s about when I realized my dad’s side of the family is a bunch of racists.

  8. When I see things like this I see the fulfillment of Matthew 24:10-12 that says, β€œThen, too, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another… and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.”
    I’ve never seen so much hate openly displayed.

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