I’d like to take credit for coining this phrase but I must admit to stealing it from an episode of Hannity in the run-up to the 2020 general election. I don’t know if somebody else created it first but I frankly can’t be bothered to research its official origins. It serves my purpose here well enough.
It is not my intention to offend the reader by making such a claim as I do in the title here, but when you consider the bullshit narrative from President-elect Biden, and his assertion that we are not “red” states and “blue” states but simply the United States, it requires a complete suspension of all disbelief to accept what he is saying let alone think, for even a moment, that he actually believes it himself.
The election totals that have come in thus far make clear that this country is almost perfectly divided, 50% to 50%, across clearly drawn and immensely bitter party lines. How did this happen, you ask? We… Yes “we, the People”, made this happen in countless ways, and over countless years and if we don’t take the blame ourselves for this mess, collectively, then we have no right to suggest that we lived in a country of, by, and for the people.
As of the date I publish this entry, the election has not been certified, and sitting President Trump is engaged in court battles, to which he has every right and I urged him to continue doing so, in an effort to challenge a number of states on their processes and procedures regarding the way votes were counted and tallied. I have my own opinion about how this is going to turn out, in the end, but the people that voted for him… Myself included… Deserve their day in court.
Of much greater concern to me than WHO delivers the next inaugural address is how and why whoever that might be ultimately got there in the first place. Even as the cacophony of protestations, on either side of the argument, continues ramping up to a shrill pitch over whether there was cheating taking place, that isn’t even what concerns me most about where we are as a country at this moment in history.
I could point out that our elected officials created this mess intentionally, if you’re a Democrat, precisely because they knew the ensuing chaos of mail-in ballots would be easier to manipulate to their advantage. I could also lament the incredible naivety of politicians on the right who were so anxious to get COVID relief out to the American people that they either knew and didn’t care or simply weren’t paying attention to the small print, especially the small print regarding mail-in ballots when they agreed to go forward.
Either way, all politicians failed both sides of the aisle out here in the streets of America. Surprisingly, though, that’s not even my biggest issue.
I’m not a big fan of Fox News anymore, but I had to pick a channel and I was never going to be able to stomach any of the other steaming piles of human swill from the other branches of corporate media in order to keep track of events leading up to the election. During that time I have become a big fan of Tucker Carlson – some of you reading this may remember the days, when he first started out in that business, wearing that goofy little bow tie and looking like a post-pubescent kid with a microphone. Well, he’s all grown up now and has gotten pretty damn good at his job.
During a recent episode, he interviewed Jason Whitlock and asked him for his thoughts on how we got to this point in this country with such a bitter divide and hotly contentious election. I honestly can’t see the path, personally, that gets the whole of this country through the mess we have made of it but I believe Whitlock is onto something when says the following:
“Can you take hate and turn that into something that’s a winning formula for you… Is hate a more powerful motivation for your base of supporters… And is that how we’re going to be deciding elections and deciding who we support? Can we rally enough hate of an opponent to win an election? I think it’s a sad statement about where We Are in this society as it relates to politics. I think it’s a sad statement in terms of where we are in our relationships. This is a country that was founded on Judeo-Christian values and we are moving completely away from that. God is the embodiment of love and we are a society that seems to be embracing and favoring and empowering hate, and if this election swing for Biden it’s a statement about hate, and its power to conquer love is supported by what I believe is corruption.”
The entire clip is only 2 minutes and worth the watch for the follow-up question and very interesting answer.