About four or five years ago, I returned to my car in the supermarket parking lot and found a magnetic strip attached to the door. Mine wasn’t the only one. Many other cars had them.
The message deeply offended me. Still does.
For perspective, let me change one word – and then a few others to match – to see how the logic flows, or doesn’t. Here goes:
So you support Trump-Pence. This means you …
- Are stupid (which can’t be cured)
- Have been duped, indoctrinated or brainwashed (curable!)
- Actually believe in class warfare, white supremacy or the failed concepts of Capitalism, self-made man, etc. (which makes you a domestic enemy of the Constitution and the U.S.A.)
- Are ignorant of the facts – which are readily available. So if you have no desire to get the facts or once learned, you refuse to change your ways – please refer back to 1, 2, or 3.
“If we lose freedom here, then there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth” – Ronald Reagan.
The original, however, accused me of supporting a Socialist, along with an entitlement mentality, Collectivism, and Marxism, all because of my Bernie sticker.
The hit-and-run messenger was cowardly, of course. Presumptuous. Prejudiced (this person knew nothing about me, after all, except for a campaign sticker). A bully, trying to intimidate me or stifle my freedom of speech.
But I’m still deeply miffed about the bigger problem of a blinding power of labels to obstruct civil discourse and thoughtful consideration of public issues.
Socialist, after all, does not necessarily mean Marxist. To the contrary, it was an element of early Christianity, if you read the book of Acts and New Testament epistles closely.
2 thoughts on “Let’s see how this fits in reverse”
I agree the level of discourse has dropped dramatically everywhere. Easier to demonize people than to discuss ideas. Labels make that demonization convenient.
I liked a lot of what I heard from Bernie Sanders, though not having a vote I didn’t pay close attention. I did wonder how he would pay for his ideas. Taxing the rich works until you discover there aren’t as many rich as you thought there were.
I also liked some of what i heard from Donald Trump (and Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden for that matter). Where Trump lost me wasn’t on ideas but on character.
Judging from the 2020 election results, I wasn’t the only person who felt that way – and the others had a vote.
The super-rich may have been few in numbers but they still had half of the wealth, thanks to Reagan’s tax “reforms.” Bernie just didn’t have the clout to tap it, from everything I’ve seen.