Climbing out of the rabbit hole

As always in a democracy, there are issues where we can agree, and there are issues where we cannot agree. I can agree, for example, that the establishment has done a poor job of protecting the middle class. I can also agree that it has done a poor job of allowing minorities to enter it. Where I cannot agree is that the person gleefully supported by David Duke and white supremacists is the right person to fix it. I will never agree with that. Ever.

Donald Trump may indeed enact policies that help the middle class. But it will be a middle class devoid of color, where anyone not white, straight, or Christian will be manifestly unwelcome and unsafe. The Mad Men crew are now in charge. In the first 100 days, they will work tirelessly to eradicate the memory of Obama from history, salt the earth, and make sure that it never rises again. That is the future now. That is our reality now.
It is not when times are easy that you find out who you are and what you are made of. It is when times are so hard that you are forced to leave all your baggage behind in order to climb out of the pit of despair and emerge anew: cold, shaking, tired, uncertain as to the future, but knowing that you are at least alive. That at least there is that.

We are about to find out just how deep the rabbit hole is in America. I fear that it is very deep indeed. But I intend to climb my way back out of it. I have faith that a number of like-minded people will make it back out, too. And when we find each other again, cold, shaking, tired, and uncertain of the future, know that we will still be alive. There will always be that.

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15 responses to “Climbing out of the rabbit hole

  1. JenBob

    Let’s be honest and both understand that this country has moved steadily toward the left since the early 1960’s. Now, when that juggernaut slows,,,just a bit…the sky is falling.

    Democracy….get some.

    • Obamacare…gone.
      Clean Power Plan…gone
      Dodd-Frank and the CFPB…gone
      Voting Rights Act…gone
      An empowered voter suppression initiative…check
      Single Party rule forever…check
      A permanent conservative judiciary to back it up…check

      Perhaps this time the sky really is falling.

  2. There’s a difference between slowing down and coming to a screeching halt. The KKK and the White Nationalist movement is not about leftist progress, it’s about power – white power, and white people hanging onto power they think they are losing. The middle or a centrist point of view can accommodate everyone, even disgruntled or intolerant views and people, the left,mid truly left may be a little more kumbya for even my tastes. The conservative right will only accommodate and tolerate one point of view, their own. If you aren’t willing to get on the Christian bus, or sit quietly at the back as a second class citizen, then you can just die.

    • JenBob

      Your post is irresponsible and racially ugly.

      In *your* world, white people don’t have any interests and don’t deserve representation as all other groups do. I’m pretty sure you believe that white people sit around the kitchen tables every Thursday night thinking of new ways to keep ol’ darkie down and burn a cross every Saturday night because that’s the bull you’ve been fed all your life and you’re too lazy to do your own research.

      The truth is the same white people that voted for Barak Hussain Obama at least once and, in most cases twice, voted fore Trump.

      So, how does that square with your unsupported claims of racism? Blacks are only about 12%-13% of the population. Obama couldn’t possibly have won either time without the majority of these same white voters.

      As much as you’d like this to be a race issue…it’s just not, and the data shows it.

      So, does this make you a horrible person for making unsubstantiated charges against a racial group?

      Hmmmm…

  3. JenBob

    Hey, not problem!
    Anyone who believes that half the voters are KKK and White Nationalists deserves to be called out.

    • That was a bit of sarcasm. I’m not bowing to your superior mental prowess.

      You got nasty talking about *my* world. So, I figured why give you the benefit of the doubt?

      I did not I say conservatives are in the KKK or that all conservatives are White Nationalists. I merely placed both within the same vicinity. You know how when one is in the vicinity of garbage or $hit… it stinks. If I deserve “calling out” for that so be it.

      • JenBob

        I see communists marching with the left, but I don’t try to use this ugly and marginalized group to paint all of the left as communists or even to put them “within the same vicinity” because it’s just not true.

        And what you say about white people is also just not true. You are upset that these same voters that voted for a black man twice are now voting for an orange man and you have *nothing* other than to insult and denigrate an entire racial class of people. I find that despicable.

        This is a democracy. And in a democracy your party doesn’t always win so get used to it and stop the racial hatred already.

        • After reading these comments, it is apparent to me that you have a difficultly in distinguishing the concept of ‘some’ from the concept of ‘all.’

          Nowhere in any of vphotoblogger’s commentary did she suggest that all whites are in the KKK, or that all whites are racist, or that all whites are in pursuit of white power, or any of the accusations against whites that you appear to have responded to. So let me enlighten you, in case you didn’t know this:

          The KKK is a whites only organization. Its purpose is to promote white power and supremacy. As such, it is staffed, organized, and perpetuated by white people. That is a fact. You can go and research it, if you don’t believe me. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

          To state that the KKK is a white organization does not infer that all whites are in the KKK. That is the same as inferring that because hammers are designed to hit nails, then everything that a hammer hits must be a nail. That is a deductive fallacy. It is an error in reasoning. SOME whites does not mean ALL whites. Pointing out that SOME whites are in the KKK does not infer that ALL whites are in the KKK, are racist, and so on. To continue to insist that it does even though she has repeatedly said that it does not makes me question the motives of your commentary.

          I try to keep an open blog here. By that, I tolerate and encourage open discussion of divergent viewpoints. Personal attacks do not facilitate an open discussion. If you have something constructive to say, then please do so. But leave the trollish behavior at the door.

        • Where in my comment does the phrase “white people” appear?

          I see the word “conservatives”. Does “conservatives” = white people?

  4. JenBob

    To reiterate, this commenter mentioned that the left’s movement came to a screeching halt and in the same breath started talking about the KKK and White Nationalists. When I called her out, then she tried to walk it back and used the term “in the same vicinity”.

    What the heck does “in the same vicinity” mean to you?

    To most English speakers (and in any dictionary), vicinity means ‘close to’. So my point is this commenter is still saying that white people are ‘close to’ or similar to the KKK and White nationalists.

    Why is this not an abhorrent comment?

    In your comment you made policy arguments and I can appreciate that. I believe I could have a reasoned discussion on any of those with you. My problem is with people that attack other races as terrible people to explain a disappointing political election.

  5. I think you might have a short Memory. I present to you a portion of what was written in the original post:
    “What I cannot agree on is that the person gleefully supported by David Duke and white supremacists is the right person to fix it. I will never agree with that. Ever.

    Donald Trump may indeed enact policies that help the middle class. But it will be a middle class devoid of color, where anyone not white, straight, or Christian will be manifestly unwelcome and unsafe. The Mad Men crew are now in charge. In the first 100 days, they will work tirelessly to eradicate the memory of Obama from history, salt the earth, and make sure that it never rises again. That is the future now. That is our reality now.”

    So that said, maybe now you you can grock the context of my comments. Donald Trump is endorsed by the former Grand Master, David Duke and by the KKK itself. He has received endorsements from many self professed White Nationalists.

    I do not look to those endorsements for Trump as progress for the Republican Party. If you do or if you would like to pretend that those endorsements don’t exist that is your right to do so. Proximity in this case matters.

    Again, if my recognition of that proximity makes my commentary “racially ugly”, then so be it.

  6. JenBob

    Donald Trump may indeed enact policies that help the middle class. But it will be a middle class devoid of color, where anyone not white, straight, or Christian will be manifestly unwelcome and unsafe.

    Your powers of second sight are truly amazing.

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