What comes to mind when you say America? The answer varies greatly from person to person even in America, let alone the rest of the world. A quick answer that’s becoming increasingly dated would be baseball, hot dogs, and the American Dream. Some might say football or others basketball. Some might be vegetarian or vegan. The American Dream might not be how you see your life, despite actually living in or even being born in America. Outside the country we might be seen as overly aggressive, overly white, overly privileged, or overly fat. Some see us as the source of evil, and our economy is eroding their norms as commerce, technology, and the internet alter worldviews, change cultural traditions, or drop bombs and drone strikes. Like anything, what something is depends entirely on your own unique perspective. So what then, is America? If one person living in America can’t even fully agree with their own neighbor what the perfect answer is, then where does the heart of America lie? It’s not something you step on, open up, look at, cross a river into, or even a country, really. If America lost to the Nazis and they re-named it New Adolf, would you stop calling it America? NO. Of course not. America isn’t just some land mass on some planet in some universe. Even if all those changed America would still exist. Because America exists in all times and all worlds. Because America is our dream land. Because America is our friends and our families. Because America is a state of mind.
I love this land where at least I know I’m free. It’s catchy for a reason. In America we take freedom for granted. Our ancestors gave their lives so we could take freedom for granted. Think about this for a second. In America we balk at the notion that we could lose our freedom. Times can be good, times can be bad. Sometimes we’re flying high sharing a beer over pizza having just got that promotion and a nice big pay raise. Sometimes we are hit by a semi or are diagnosed with terminal illness. But through the good times and the bad, at least we’re free. This isn’t true everywhere, though. Can you imagine it? You are brought up by a poor family with no access to quality education or the education you do get teaches you to believe Kim Jung Un is a literal God. You watch your parents bow their heads to the police as they walk by out of fear. You are ready to fight or even kill to secure a bit of money or food. People are a product of their environment. People who only see life as those who struggle to survive and those who lord their power over others are not free. Life is just those who have power and those who don’t. Those who look you in the eye and those that bow their heads. These people hear that in America people are free. People aren’t afraid of their government. Those with power don’t just take from those who don’t. (Although one could argue people are wage slaves now and corporations are killing American values) Not only are we free here in America, we would fight any who would try to take our freedom. In America looking someone in the eye is giving them your undivided attention, not some primal move to assert dominance or power. We don’t live in fear. America fights fear. America toppled the Nazis in World War II. America was the first to put a man so far into the unknown he set foot on the moon. America is the source of the internet and breaking down the barriers between nations. America was the first to show the power that exists even in the tiniest atom. America is a land of pioneers, entrepreneurs, and free happy people. Americans don’t work as slaves but choose to contribute to society to advance into the future and lead better lives. Americans work together to create the greatest and most powerful country on Earth. We are the shining beacon of hope. Every voice is heard and none are silenced. Every person has equal share in the ownership of our government. Everyone votes in a free election. Everyone has a say in how the rule of law is formed and no one is above the law. America is a country of men; not kings or despots. America is a Democracy, where all people are equal and have the opportunity to pursue success and happiness. America is a place where no matter what God you worship, no matter what you look like, no matter what you want to say or how you want to live; You. Are. Free. We reject tyranny. We reject fear. We reject evil. We choose to be free. We choose to embrace love. We choose to be good. We choose to be Americans.
What then, is happening in the minds of Americans? Now that it almost seems as though Americans are willing to fight over an increasingly authoritarian leader against their countrymen whom would defend him. The reality is actually quite simple. The same feelings exist in both groups on both sides. Yes, it is these same core American ideals that both sides are ready to fight for. If we ever come across a threat to America we should be proud that so many are ready to fight and defend their country. Truly, everyone who pushes for Trumpism and everyone who pushes against Trumpism, is a hero. I am disheartened only by the bystanders. Those who obey power without question. These same people did nothing but their day jobs as the holocaust happened. While it’s disappointing, I understand why they see it this way. Most lived hard lives and every time they put their hope in a politician, they were disappointed. Fascism, Democracy – are either paying their bills? Freedom? Can you eat that? Control? Is it warm? The stock market? Does it have cheap rent? These people are so downtrodden in their hearts and minds that without even realizing it they have internally normalized tyranny and corruption. Money talks and shit walks. These people are the product of a life that browbeat them into submission. I can only hope that I never grow so defeatist and pessimistic. I can only hope that if the gun were pointed at my head and I was asked, “Tyranny or death?”, I would boldly face that Neo-Nazi and say, “I’ll have the death” and spit in his face. Honestly though, knowing me I’d be crying, shaking uncontrollably, and shit myself while stuttering out “M-mercy… P-please you know I can’t.” Until I actually get there I can’t say for sure how stable my spine is. People who can honestly stare death in the face and laugh are either nuts or on a whole other wavelength – kudos to our armed service. But I do know that I can’t live under tyranny. Authoritarianism. Dictatorship. Putin. Trump. (I’ll explain that last one in a bit) Most Trump supporters have probably agreed with most of what I’ve said until now, same as the Never Trumpers. Hey there (never)Trumper, you’re among your countrymen. You see, Trump supporters honestly believe that they’re the ones fighting tyranny and oppression. You shouldn’t blame them for being on the other side. These people love their country. These people love the same America. This people are willing to fight to defend all those great things we love about our country. America is a state of mind they share. What’s different? Perspective.
You see, both sides of the Trump equation honestly believe that they’re fighting for what is right. America is a state of mind they believe in and will die to protect. The same America the other side is willing to fight to protect. Only, one side is being tricked by what you might call “a false prophet”. I’m not the President. I don’t own a media conglomerate. I’m not a wealthy politician on some committee. I don’t have all the answers in every detail like they might. I only have all the information that is available to everyone through books, the media, and the internet. I think that I am like most Americans in this regard, no? In pouring through all the information and (unfortunately) disinformation we have available to us there are only two possible truths: America is being taken over by a deep-state (possibly Jewish) socialist agenda pioneered by wealthy socialist (possibly Russian) extremists hell-bent on destroying Democracy, collapsing the economy, and eroding our faith and values |OR| Trump is a liar. Either the malicious wealthy elites in control of the government, corporations, foreign governments, all NGOs and watchdog groups including the ACLU, and the even the criminal underworld are in on some massive conspiracy to drag down Trump the second coming with a bogus sham partisan impeachment |OR| Trump is just guilty of trying to abuse the system to get rich and rig the election to stay in power – as testified by career officials. You see, this is the story they are being given by the man they’ve put their trust into. The man they’ve put their hopes into. The man being validated by their churches and by their news sources and confirmation bias created by unchecked ‘facts’ from their friends and loved ones on Facebook or other media. Sullying this man would mean accepting a bitter truth that isn’t easy to look at. He’s a power-hungry would-be despot that is caging children and looting the US Treasury that they fought tooth and nail to get elected. To them, this also means they have no hope. There is no one left to defend their values as some liberal socialist destroys America. The future is bitter and bleak. Their planet is dying and rich entitled brats control everything and if they stop working under their oppressive regime they’ll lose their homes and lives. All is lost.
Fortunately for you Trump fans that’s just NOT TRUE. You’re being led to believe that by a lying traitor and you need to recognize him for what he is. He is eroding the law by placing himself above it. He fancies himself a God above lesser beings. He wants to run the country as it’s Emperor, and he’s grooming his son-in-law to take over. He wants to do what he’s always done his whole life! Put on a big fancy show in his honor, degrade those he doesn’t like, flatter those he does, do whatever he wants as much as he wants, toss money and SLAPP suits at any naysayers, stuff every dollar he can touch into his pocket, and finally after all’s done, slap a TRUMP logo atop the White House. He wants to look at Putin and say, “Yeah yours is nice, but mine’s nicer” with a smug grin. This doesn’t have to happen! You love America! We’re free! Why do you think immigrants are taking jobs and making your lives miserable? Trump needed a scapegoat to blame so he would be the man to fix it – that way you’d vote for him! Are immigrants taking jobs? Sure! They’re taking the work most Americans don’t want or even know about! They’re working as farm-hands, dish washers, and janitors. They’re keeping our parks clean and crops fertilized! Most of the labor and manufacturing jobs in places like oil, coal, and steel are losing employees because they’re going overseas or being automated! These jobs aren’t coming back, because we don’t want them to! If all the work you did as a steel employee is being done by a robot, there’s just that much work that no longer needs doing. Well, then how do I get paid? Great question! First thing: don’t re-elect Trump! He’s the guy who is cutting the programs to help you out while still managing to spend over half his time golfing! Second: We need real reforms in the form of social benefits to keep you going even when you’re not working! Just because we don’t need a person doing your old job, doesn’t mean the value of your labor just disappeared. Instead it ended up as the bonus for the executives and CEO – you know, Trump’s golf buddies. Rather than all of the value of your work being sucked out by Trump and his rich buddies, shouldn’t you be getting some of that value? We need real reforms that address poverty and give Americans opportunities to either find other work or otherwise advance their education either in a different field or trade. You know what? We can! And we can take the money from the corporations to fund you! Remember how the value of your work got added to the CEOs pocket when he installed the Trump tax-funded robot? Well, with a smart corporate and wealth tax that money goes back to you in the form of credits and education . In fact, they’ve been taking so much for so long we can take enough to pay for your healthcare too and they’d still be hand-over-fist making more money than ever and be the richest people on the planet. Maybe we should fix that at some point, but for now, how about we just get some fairness? Trump promised you the world because you were desperate and he knew exactly what you wanted to hear. Trump isn’t Jesus. Trump is the false prophet. Trump lied so he could take power. He played you so he could get rich. He tricked you so he could be the president. And now he even wants you to fight so that he can be king. It’s not the Democrats that want to void your vote and start a coup. It’s the Democrats who are the last legal line between pulling down a corrupt president and civil war to defend Democracy. They see it the same way you do, only in reverse. To them (and me because it’s how I see it), Trump is spreading propaganda and lies with right-wing “alternative fact” sources and Fox News. To them, intelligence shows that these false narratives originated in Russia. To them, they see clear financial ties between the GOP and Moscow. To them, Trump did something irregular with Ukraine and any attempt to find out what exactly happened has been met with a total blockade by the President. You see, apart from a few vocal ones that called for impeachment to galvanize their base from the start, most Democrats see the Ukraine affair as this: Every non-partisan career official that was involved testified Trump is guilty of attempting to rig the election. Most of the testimony is circumstantial, but the full evidence to show what exactly went on in Ukraine is being withheld by the President. Every attempt to access witnesses, documents, or subpoena anyone in his administration is being categorically denied. They have no choice but to assume guilt and impeach. Can you really call that a sham? If the husband of a dead woman said in court, “I didn’t kill my wife. Look everywhere you want except my gun safe and my body-sized freezer”, you wouldn’t let that stand for even an instant would you? That’s just absurd. And yet, the Democrats have no choice but to view it this way. What is their alternative? There’s nothing to see here?
What am I trying to get at here? People aren’t bad because they’re being lied to. Either I, the DNC, the intelligence community, every non-Fox news outlet, and the entire free world has been deceived in a Machiavellian conspiracy the likes of which would shame the Illuminati |OR| Trump supporters have been lied to by Trump, the GOP, Fox, and maybe even their pastor. We need to get the truth and pull everyone back under one banner that is just pure honest America. We need to pull back from being so willing to fight. But also remember that anyone willing to fight is saying that they love America. Next time you see someone supporting Trump (although not always the case), try to remember you see someone who loves America too. Try to remember they’re someone’s relative too. Try to remember they’re trying to be a good person too. Try to remember they’re working hard to get by too. Try to remember they’re hoping for a better future too. Try to remember that they also believe in America, that they love freedom, that they love our country, and that they will fight beside you to defend the American state of mind. It won’t be easy to come to grips with reality whichever side is right. We need to be supportive and welcome these heroes back with open arms. They have to give up their perception of reality, their accustomed support system, and everything they thought they were fighting for. Life is hard enough already. No one deserves to be lied to in the pursuit of power. Forgiveness and tolerance are American too.
[Vote for Bernie! He wants to help the 99% the most of all the choices whether you like Trump or not! If he doesn’t work out, I’m around 😉 ]