Dear Democrats

Howdy, Pardners…

With reason, I haven’t written in some time.  The reason?  My New Year’s resolution was to not write about Donald Trump.  That may sound like a fairly easy thing to not do, but as a certified news junkie, my day is filled with that mystical “veritable cornucopia” of news about Donald Trump.  Like so many Americans (and the rest of the world, I suppose), I start my morning by browsing through the interwebs for news, and that browsing is always presaged with a silent and troubling question… “What has Trump done today?”

So, my New Year’s resolution lasted all of forty-nine days.  Yay for me.

But only sorta… What I want to write about is the necessity for Democrats/Progressives/Liberals to pull their heads out of their asses.  In the past couple of months, the accepted mantra has been that of portraying Trump supporters as ignorant Southern hicks.  They are also portrayed as intellectually challenged beings that are incapable of rational discussions about political issues.  In short… they ignore the “facts”.  The Democrat solution to this problem?  Refuse to engage, because their minds can’t be changed.  Poke fun, laugh, and belittle.

A different story that might help…  Diane and I don’t own a television.  Never have, and most probably never will.  It was a conscious decision that we made many years ago, and it seems to work well for us.  We don’t begrudge the fact that the overwhelmingly vast majority of Americans do indeed watch television.  It’s their thing, and their viewing habits don’t have a negative impact on our lives.  To each his own.

But this lack of television does sometimes cause us some anxiety.  Whenever people visit us, the very first thing that they notice is the lack of a television in the main room.  And pretty much the first thing out of their mouth is, “Where’s the TV?”

This is a tough question, because we don’t want to offend our guests.  You see, television is such a ubiquitous part of our culture that the lack of a television in the main room sticks out like a hipster in rural Texas.  It demands explanation.   Now, what I could say is, “We don’t have a television, because we think that television is for morons.”

Nice, eh?

But we don’t.  We simply explain that we just don’t find television to be an important part of our lives.  “We were talking about getting one, but we just haven’t gotten around to it.”

Ya see, television is an important reality to most people.  It is an integral part of their worldviews.  So when they come into our house, the lack of a television is an unspoken but direct attack on their worldviews.  Red Alert, All Shields Up!  We do our very best to not attack their reality, and we’re usually pretty good at it.  They’re uncomfortable, but they manage.

And oftentimes, they will make some sound recommendations about what kind of television we should get, and they will also volunteer to help set it up.  Nice folks.

So back to our story of heads up asses.  I know a lot of Trump supporters.  Hell, I live deep in the heart of fucking Texas, so I’m pretty much immersed in Trump supporters.  They are not just a bunch of “angry uneducated white men”.  They are intelligent, successful, articulate, patriotic, and rational people.  They’re not stupid… they just have a different worldview.  They know that Trump and Kellyanne Conway are trotting out one lie after another, but they genuinely don’t care.  It’s not that important to them.  The antics of the Trump administration are all part of a bigger plan… a wider worldview.  They want Trump to shake everything up, burn the house down, drain the swamp, and make America great again, so they can’t (and won’t) be bothered by a bunch of “facts” that are, quite honestly, irrelevant.

Oh, and before you jump to disagree that these people are rational… if you are a Progressive/Liberal/Democrat who believes in God (or any other higher power), then I’m afraid that you’re going to have to get back on the short bus.  There is nothing more irrational than being an adult who believes in invisible friends.  And if you do believe in such things, what could I possibly say to dissuade you of that emotional delusion?  Nothing, I think.

Oh, that is so not fair.  I mean, me being factually correct about something that puts you and the “hicks” being pretty much on the same page.  Sucks, don’t it?

Do I agree with the Trumper worldview?  No.  I think that their methodology is much akin to sticking your dick in a meat grinder (lots of noise, blood, and attention).  It might get you some attention, but in the end… well… you know.  But I do try to understand their worldview.  I listen to what they’re saying, and I try to install the right filters of understanding.  It may not work, but I think that it is a much better approach than completely discounting them with a mixture of patronizing ridicule and condescension.  If there is a way to get people to dig even deeper into their less-than-coherent thinking process, patronizing ridicule and condescension is the way to go.

So….  Dear Democrats… Get down off of you high-horses and try to understand what the hell is going on in the real world.  You too are sticking your dicks into a meat grinder… and in the end… well… you know.

Have a Day.

Riley

primum vivere, deinde philosophari.