Here is the kind of drivel I'm been running up against:
- Why Hillary Clinton lost the election: the economy, trust and a week message
- Every official in the Democratic Party should be fired. They are partly to blame.
- Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit
- How Did Hillary Clinton Screw This Up? For Starters, Her Advertising Was All Wrong
- Trump won because college-educated Americans are out of touch
- Donald Trump is moving to the White House, and liberals put him there.
Forget the babel. Trump's election was not due to Hillary Clinton, her bad campaign, her emails, Bernie Saunders defeat, a bad economy, or liberal condescension.
It happened by the willful action of nearly 60 million Americans.
Let's be clear. They knew what they were getting. Donald Trump may have been the least subtle candidate in American history. His campaign was predicated on racism, xenophobia and settling scores. Dog whistles abounded. He was a business genius notorious for endless bankruptcies and a single year tax loss of nearly a billion dollars. He was as far away from the values of Christ as could be imagined - an openly lecherous sexual predator, a documented pathological liar, with a proven record of stiffing his contractors and business partners, underpaying staff and fighting unions. Time and time again, he not only displayed his ignorance of the world he will now lead, of the capacities and uses of America's vast military, and of science itself, but he was clearly completely uninterested in learning. Most importantly, in his vilifications, petty feuds and meandering speeches, he has revealed himself repeatedly as a psychologically disturbed individual who is not in control of himself.
None of these things were secret. There was no bait and switch. No stealth campaign. Many million people voted for Donald Trump not in spite of these things, but because of them. They reveled in his immersion in hatred and revenge. They were turned on by his implied threats of violence. While those may be in the small minority, not one of the sixty million can say they didn't know. No one can say they were coerced to support Donald Trump. They chose to, and recognizing that fact is the most important take-away from this election.
They are good people, hard-working people, with strong friendships, who love their children and families and are loved in return, but this cannot be made to conceal the fact that they performed an evil act, and should be considered accordingly. It is not a competition with how many children Obama may have killed in Syria, or his injustice to native Americans, or to Hillary being in bed with Wall Street. It is their personal act and their personal responsibility.
These are adults. Their ignorance wasn't inadvertent; it was willful. Their action was not misguided; it was purposely malevolent. They are not to be coddled, or excused, or explained away. They are America's "Good Germans" who have fully bought into a politics of hatred and revenge, and made a conscious decision to hurl America down an abyss.
Maybe they will change. Maybe they can be persuaded. But if Trump's presidency is as dark as his stated intentions, those supporters not yet sickened into reversal will be the cheerleaders leading the way to catastrophe, with the prospect of widening bloodshed an added perk.
There is a beast in all of us, and Trump awakened it in so many. But only with our permission.
The core cadre of Trump supporters don't want your understanding; they want your subjugation, expulsion and destruction. "Lock her up!" was their native cry. "Kill Obama!" was another, heard even during Donald Trump's acceptance speech.
They are not be be courted, but confronted, opposed and defeated.
“In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart." That is what Anne Frank wrote, and I would like to think it's what I believe as well. But her sufferings also left her with no illusions about the existence of evil, its power and effects.
"I see the world," she wrote, "gradually being turned into a wilderness, I hear the ever approaching thunder, which will destroy us too, I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.”
Lynn Becker's opinions are his alone and do not represent any organization, association or company.