I anticipate some blow back on this post, but it articulates my opinion concerning the Democratic party. I was a Democrat for most of my voting life, and it’s not enjoyable to be at odds with the party of FDR and JFK. They were smart enough to know that running on political correctness and democratic socialism would be disastrous in 2020, but the heirs of the party are certainly headed in that direction.
Yeah, I’m just another “bitter old white man” who can’t keep up with the evolving attitudes of our time. I can’t change my spots. (They’re liver spots.)
But if we’re going to be so culturally constipated, I don’t really want to be around to see it.
Perhaps his best line of the year:
“If Cracker Jacks was made of popcorn and dog shit and half the people threw out the popcorn, popcorn should want to know why.”
No doubt about it, the base of the Trump party offers nothing but the stench and stain of hot, steamy dog shit, but the battle for the “heart and soul” of our nation isn’t predicated on an alliance with the Poor Boys and their white-robed vision of America, it’s in the inclusion of the economic lower class who are made to feel less than welcome at the local PTA meeting.
Thirty years ago, I was recruited as a member of the President’s citizen counsel on drugs, because of my work on the Tri-Counties Head Start Board. After one meeting with a room full of self-described drug experts, none of which had the slightest understanding or connection with the world of drugs, and who looked at me with palpable disdain whenever I had the temerity to offer an opinion, I went back to working solely with the Head Start folks, none of which cared the slightest about social position, as long as the kids were being taken care of.
So, take out the white supremacy, the wholesale destruction of the environment for profit, tax breaks for the mega-rich, and hollow rhetorical bullshit, and I’ve been a “Trumpster” for way longer than I was aware of his existence. I will never actually be one, because I can’t swallow the dog shit, no matter how good the popcorn, but I can certainly see why people hold their nose and eat it, rather than kowtow to the ‘woke’ among us.
And, by the way, I don’t hold democratic socialism in the same regard as political correctness; we can have the former without the latter and be thankfully the better for it.