On a date a few months ago, I had a gal state to me in the first five minutes of meeting that she hoped Trump would die of covid. That she was actively, hopefully waiting for it. She said this while giggling and smiling, like she was describing her new kitty cat to me. I’m sure she woke up this morning feeling a great big hug, it probably made her month.
To hear the way she said it back then, alongside the brazen, bare knuckled, hate filled way she described how she was going to help Biden win so she could become a political appointee, well, it kind of disgusted me. I felt like I was talking to a ghoul, surely this kind of dark human soul only exists in fiction, it was so over the top. Needless to say, I never saw her again by my choice. But I always try and be a gentlemen about these things, and so these words did not exit my mouth on the way out the door:
a) “Love your neighbor.”
b) “By acting this way, there’s essentially no difference between you and Trump.”
c) “I don’t know how you sleep at night.”
To 83% of the media and pop culture and their followers, Trump is an evil man. Not just a bad president, but a bad human. And so I suppose it’s perfectly normal to a whole bunch of people to actively wish for his demise. Kind of like how everybody would have been cool if somebody dragged a razor across Hitler’s throat in 1937. But I just don’t agree with this kind of thought process.
1) Loving and respecting your neighbor is a hallmark of living a moral life, and generally speaking, helps you stay a good person. Which should be a constant goal for any human being.
2) I thought the whole point of Trump being a bad guy is his actions are generally beyond the pale. Well, to me, actively wishing for a fellow human being to die (except for Hitler, and probably Stalin, and Mao) is beyond the pale.
3) Most of the people preaching this thought process on social media, or the media, or to their friends, or to a guy they met eight seconds ago are like this because they are in fact no better than Trump. They are in fact, just cut from the same cloth as every other hard core politico and their cultural straphangers all across society. They act like this because generally speaking, they have no morals. It’s not about society, or you, it’s about them and the power they want. When all they care about is power, and they’re bereft of any kind of moral compass, allying with the reaper is a meaningless, routine gesture.
I think nearly every single family member I have wants Trump gone. I always try and remind them to temper their expectations. Whatever happens in November, by January America will still be ruled mostly by dirt bags who care only for themselves. It’s just shuffling the chairs with a different type of parasite. It’s been a complete team effort by both political parties to guide America into our current sewer. But, no matter how much I hate those folks, I’m never allying myself with the reaper.