[ Note: I’m refraining from writing about recent events in Las Vegas because I think it’s disrespectful to politicize a tragedy before the bodies are even cold yet. Saving that topic for another day. But it’s a safe bet that I will eventually politicize it. In spades. ]
Sunday I had a couple of errands to run over in the cozy little Sherwood, Oregon. If you’re looking to visit a slice of Americano suburbia, go to Sherwood. Shopping malls, fast food galore, Home Depot, great schools, nice neighborhoods. Until Sunday I had never run across anyone in Sherwood who was anything but accepting of their fellow man.
I had decided it was time for a haircut and needed to pick up a few things at the grocery store. Shortly after pulling into the miniature strip mall parking lot, I parked my truck. Getting out I noticed a confederate flag bumper sticker on the back window of the truck next to me. This one was different though. It had a snake superimposed on it with the caption “Don’t tread on me”. I immediately drew the conclusion that this guy is a first-rate imbicile and was hoping I our paths didn’t cross.
Taken aback sightly at the overt nature of displaying a symbol that is offensive to so may, now we’re implying that you’re the hard-working stiff and the rest of us are trying to mooch off you. My first thought was get thee back to thy trailer and STFU (the truck was about a 15-year-old Ford popcorn wagon that can fit about 3 boxes in the back if they aren’t too heavy).
Just when I get my experience with Jasper behind me, at Safeway I see this bald guy with shades on, arms tattooed to the hilt (so far, no problem), but for attire he decided to put on a t-shirt with a message that had sociopath written all over it. This within an hour’s time.
Like 99% of the blog posts I write, I blame the Republicans for this. Trump specifically, with his “both sides” defense of the “Unite the Right” Nazi contingent at Charlottesville who murdered 32-year-old Heather Heyer. But I blame the rest of the Republican party for their complicity. It’s as much about what they refuse to say versus what they do say.
Paul Ryan for example won’t be baited into saying nary a word against the man who promises to bring him a divine, heavenly Tax Reform package that punishes the blue states and rewards the 1%. Ryan was recently asked if he had any issue with Trump’s handling of Puerto Rico and replied with “I think his heart is in the right place.”
The pattern hasn’t gone unnoticed. Hurricane hits a red state, he’s sending orders right away to get his underlings down there. Hurricane hits a territory with mostly brown people, call me after my tee-time this Sunday.
I’m thoroughly convinced Trump’s denigration of Muslims, Mexicans, and indirectly, African-Americans, his abject failure to condemn the Nazi’s, along with the establishment Republican silent complicit behavior are the reasons I’m seeing an uptick of these outward symbols of hate and racism. They are sanctioned. There’s no other explanation for it.
I’m also convinced Republicans have been having a wet dream about tax cuts ever since November 8th, and absolutely nothing shall stand in the way.
You can label me disappointed in my fellow-man. But I’m furious with the Republican establishment. The Tea Party / Duck Dynasty crowd are too dumb and too far gone to fix. But the establishment Republicans know better and they are complicit. At the end of the day it’s all about greed and Tax Cuts.