It’s been too hard to get the right title for what I’m writing today. Both statements are so true. Plato saw a Trump-like character 2300 years before hand. Quite simply, he warned his readers that there was a danger that a person totally ill equipped for the job would gain power and claim that they and they alone would bring things back to the glory that once was. Further, Plato saw that this person would make the majority fear the minority/immigrants and instill in them a fear that they would be denied material wealth because of the minority’s insistence that they be treated fairly, too. Sounds familiar, right? The current white supremacist (see my very first foot note below, please) has always insisted the superiority of the white race and in the process have tried to eliminate the possibility that equity can be found someday in this country. Sadly and disturbingly, Trump was every bit and more that kind of person that Plato warned us about. There is a lot of talk about Trump, the want to be dictator and Facism. I see him definitely that way. Here’s why I think that way.
First off, he exploded truth in a way that we’ve never seen before. Its part of Kelly Ann C. statement about “alternative facts”. Trump lied everywhere. Maybe not because he’s a chronic liar (he is, though), but because by lying about everything, he succeeded in lulling many people into a normalcy. Although Hitler wasn’t the only one to do this was great facility, he comes to mind as a great example of “killing” truth.
Trump’s catch phrase “Make America Great Again” fits into the mold of how I see Facist behavior. MAGA is only true if you’re a white elitist. Try that phrase out on people of color, and they’d probably look at you strangely(and angrily). “When was it ever great”? And that’s the point, he wasn’t saying to make it great for everyone-just white people . He had been pulling nostalgia moments (most of which weren’t even true anyway) back for white people to remember and help them to realize that Immigrants and African Americans can threaten their well being. Nothing could be further from the truth. But none the less, that is what he was pushing. And least we forget, Trump had said on more than one occasion that he and he alone would be the only way to accomplish those goals. What a crock!
The second title for this blog “Gentle On My Mind” refers mostly to my wish that difficult things could indeed be gentle on my mind. They can’t. Well, for me , anyway. But I can hope.
Trump is now the former President for sure. But Trumpism, and people embracing conspiracy theories are here to stay. QAnon , or whoever he/she is (probably a guy!), lost many followers when, inspite of The Plan, Biden was able to assume the office of President. But he/she didn’t lose all of them. People who live in Alternative Universes will become less influential, I hope. They have to, because they and Trump and the whole Republican Party threaten democracy. Biden will disappoint me from time to time, for sure, but what else is totally true is that he’s returning the government to a place where its main aim is to actually help people, not just rich elites. Science is also real and instead of “Covid! Covid! Covid!”, as Trump had said, the present administration is doing everything it can to get vaccines into arms. For those of you who read the Vogue issue that exposed how the Trump administration, with Jared leading the pack, gave up on fighting the pandemic, you would know how irrelevant our needs our to these people
The future? There’s going to be Cruz, Hawley and even Tucker Carson’s trying to become president, but their success is far from inevitable. We have to keep in mind that without real social justice, equity in both the work place and in education that the Have Nots (which predominently will rightfully remain angry, short on understanding about waiting for what’s rightfully theirs and all for good reason.) If, in protesting, there is a total lack of patience, those of us who have white privilege need to remember -how long must they wait? Injustice for one is injustice for everyone.
Star Light will be gaining on volume of available products starting shortly. We’ve passed that remarkable moment when there’ll be more than 10 hours of daylight, the magic spot when photosynthesis will kick in again. This will mean that you’ll start seeing less of the “sold out” sign in the store.
FOOT NOTE: While proof reading this paragraph, I noticed that I had spelled white supremacist with capitol letter initially. When coming across this spelling, I looked at it and thought “this isn’t right to make that word a proper noun. There’s nothing proper about the term. My googling brought up this “make sense” article that confirmed my wonderment. You can find it here:
Please, have a safe and peaceful week. Talk to you soon.