Donald Trump Made Your Life More Interesting and Now You Don’t Know What to Do
What are you going to do without Donald Trump? You may say celebrate — but don’t forget how interesting he made your boring life.
You can’t glue yourself to Trump-focused news for hours
You won’t be able to stalk his Twitter account
You can’t virtue signal how much you hate him on social media
You won’t be able to complain to your friends about every little thing he does.
Hatred for Donald J. Trump became religious in America. If you voted for him, for example, there wouldn’t be any civil disagreement, you would be categorically labeled “the other.”
Trump was nothing more than a figurehead for a much deeper, and more sinister underbelly in America. No, it’s not fundamental right-wing views. It’s a Civil War, and it’s happening right now — very quietly.
The War That May End America
“There is a religious war going on in our country for the soul of America. It is a cultural war, as critical to the kind of nation we will one day be as was the Cold War itself.” — presidential candidate Pat Buchanan in 1992
The culture war is the longest ongoing conflict in America. It’s longer than the war in Afghanistan. It also can be the thread that when pulled, unravels America completely.
Gandhi once said a nation’s culture resides in the heart and soul of its people. The only thing arguably more important than culture is the systems that allow it to flourish. These are the trains that get you to work; the police who enforce our laws; the educational systems that prepare you for the world.
This is the fundamental battle between left and right-wing politics: the left says the systems are too corrupt and need to be restructured (e.g. systemic racism, fascism, equality vs. equity) and the right says the systems are fine, leave them alone.
Monty Python sums it up perfectly.
It’s important to note: Yes, these systems do produce inequality and corruption. But that’s not all they produce. They also produce peace, stability, order. You cannot run a society without those three elements.
These institutions are flawed, yes, but they need to be dissected with a scalpel, not burned to the ground by people who are most offended by having conversation itself. It’s important to have political views, yes, but it’s more important to analyze two different viewpoints and determine which is more logical for the current situation.
Political Pornography is Ruining Your Life
Political porn is jet fuel dumped on top of the culture war. People “get off” to watching Don Lemon bash Trump or when Tucker Carlson powerbombs CNN.
Watching all this doesn’t further your life in the slightest.
But it is very exciting to watch.
The news became more salacious when YouTube, Netflix, and social media rolled onto the scene. The traditional media were desperate to stay relevant, so they had a lightbulb moment. They realized how addicted people are to drama — so they gave us more of it.
Everything revolved around Trump: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. It’s why you can go on CNN right now and the former president is still the topic Du Jour.
Speaking as a journalist, I’d imagine many of these talking heads don’t even believe everything they’re saying. They’re purposefully hyperbolic for more views. They’re using you the same way a pornstar uses a sexually addicted man.
The scary part is these media networks pass off their “news” as facts. It’s widely understood to some people that CNN has a left-wing bias, and Fox News a right, but neither of these networks ultimately admit it. This allows viewers to live inside their echo chambers and believe everything they watch as factual.
This is The Silent Trump Supporter
They know Trump is a liar. They aren’t stupid. They aren’t surprised when the Washington Post Fact Checker catalogs over 18,000 “false or misleading claims from the former president.
However, what they hate more than blatant lies are double standards. They don’t like it when Joe Biden or Obama lie and it’s easily dismissed as inconsequential by leftists. Moreover, the silent Trump supporter is tired of being thrown into a ‘basket of deplorables,’ as once referred to by Hillary Clinton.
The silent Trump supporter cringes as they watch CNN’s Dana Bash interview Joe Biden. In the clip, Biden claimed “at least 35,000 to 50,000” of the estimated 100,000 deaths from the coronavirus were avoidable and caused by the president’s “lack of attention and ego.”
Baltimore Sun contributor Richard Vatz commented on Biden’s fictitious remarks and the soft-as soft-can-get interview:
“Up to half the deaths from the coronavirus were caused by the president’s badly motivated decision-making? Well, that certainly calls for a question from the never-interrupting reporter Ms. Bash.”
“What did she ask him about that shocking claim: How did he come up with such a number? What policies initiated by President Trump led to such unnecessary deaths? What did Mr. Biden recommend and at what time that would have avoided so many deaths?”
None of those questions were asked, of course.
The tremendous left-wing bias doesn’t help
Twitter is left; Facebook and Instagram lean left; The New York Times, CNN, NBC, The Washington Post, Reddit, Apple, Amazon, Google, ABC, ESPN, Pixar, Cartoon Network, NFL, NBA, and almost the entirety of all college professors, as concluded in this study, are all left.
Medium is left too. I wouldn’t say it’s as skewed a platform as CNN, but I also haven’t ever received a piece of conservative news in my feed.
There’s no exchanging of ideas. No offering “the other” viewpoint because of the fear that it’s dangerous and outdated. Simply put, many think right-wing ideology is inherently wrong.
Unfortunately, that line of thinking is why the culture war is reaching a violent conclusion.
Kamala Harris Was Never The Answer
Vice President Kamala Harris once said she believes Biden’s sexual harassment accusers:
“I believe them, and I respect them being able to tell their story and having the courage to do it,” the California senator told reporters in April 2019. She even attacked Biden on issues of race and described his past working relationship with two segregationist lawmakers as “hurtful.”
At least she cleared all this up on The Late Show with Colbert when she said “It was a debate,” referring to her deep personal attacks on Biden.
Now Harris is the first female Black Vice President. So, she’s either a liar or just as deceitful as the type that the 74,223,744 Trump supporters despise. She joins what is being touted as the most diverse cabinet in American history.
I think it’s very plain and simple why Trump supporters see this as more political posturing. And it probably is.
Joe Biden Was Never The Answer Either
Joe Biden once said, “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or for Trump, then you ain’t Black.” As soon as he said that, I knew I would never vote for him.
Biden is already playing identity politics. He announced his COVID relief package would be targeted at non-white people suffering the economic problems of the pandemic. It’s as if he forgot his commitment to be a president that unites everyone — regardless of if we voted for him or not.
I wish Biden the best, but even if he knocks it out of the park, he can only do so much. The responsibility of saving this country lies with all of us.
Chaos is Breaking Down America’s Door
Chaos is the inflation that will continue to skyrocket from more stimulus checks and money printing. It's the ignorant protestors who continue to say defund the police without any nuanced viewpoint on the issue.
Chaos is the failed education system that only offers one set of facts to its students.
Chaos is the MAGA extremist who thinks America is being hijacked right before their eyes so they have to intervene. And chaos is the news media that sees you as a chess piece to move across a board for more ratings.
All of this, and more, is pressing against America’s door. Democracy won’t be able to hold it back for much longer. The fact that having a reasonable, calm discussion sounds like a parody in an SNL skit is not a good sign for things to come.
But it’s still our only choice.
Many of these issues stem back to one major problem in America: we overvalue our opinions. We worship our way of thinking like it’s God and only buy into our own set of facts (and sometimes these are just opinions dressed up as facts).
When I wrote an article about police brutality last year I brought up the issue of Black on Black crime.
Nationwide Black people are six times more likely to get murdered than whites (and in some cities double that). Additionally, 93% of these murders are committed by members of the African American community.
How much of this can be considered institutional racism?
Some, and maybe all of it. Maybe none of it too. There’s definitely a balance to make better sense of here. There’s a way to solve this problem without burning down the system, especially since so many of these protestors don’t seem to understand the peace and opportunity these systems have afforded them in the first place.
They just say bring down the system, defund the police, silence all right-wing platforms, without any real solution or logic behind these statements. Saying these things is just a cheap easy way to moral virtue. It isn’t virtuous at all.
This is where dispassionate conversations about facts are crucial. These conversations cannot be orchestrated by the most hysterical among us. We need more people who are willing to confront facts that may disrupt their fundamental viewpoints. We need people who are actually open-minded and willing to bridge the gap between right and left.
Consider a few more police brutality facts:
1000 people are killed by cops each year according to Statista. There are 50-to-60 million police encounters a year and 10 million arrests; so the chances of being killed by cops are 1-in-10,000. Of these 1000 cases, many if not most could be entirely justified, as the data doesn’t explain whether they are or not.
Contemporary philosopher Sam Harris himself questioned if George Floyd's color had anything to do with the killing: “Do we have reason to believe that if Floyd had been white, that he wouldn’t have died in a similar way?”
The evidence matters, not the conclusion you reach.
Some were appalled in the comments of that police brutality article. Even mentioning Black on Black crime made me an ignorant Uncle Tom who clearly had no understanding of the issue.
I wrote that article because I only saw one narrative in the media: Floyd was killed because of systemic racism. I didn’t agree with that conclusion based on the evidence. That conclusion, however, is not the important part. It’s the evidence that leads you to it.
We have to realize that protesting is not always the best way for social change — it’s just the loudest and most sanctimonious. Open discussion — regardless of if it offends you are not — is our last hope.
The mean orange man is gone, but the option for political porn will always be available. Are you going to keep distracting yourself, or finally get unhooked? I’ll leave you with an extremely pertinent Sam Harris quote:
I’ll tell you the fear of the other that does seem warranted. It’s the other who has rendered themselves incapable of dialogue, it’s the other who will not listen to reason and has no interest in facts. Who can’t join a conversation that converges on the truth because they know in advance what the truth must be,” — SamHarris
I realize you may not agree, and expanding on every topic will be something I do in future stories. I truly believe that discerning viewpoints are the only way to maintain peace in America. Please leave me a comment below and I’ll be sure to respond to as many as I can.
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Democracy dies when we avoid tough conversations