Honestly, Does It Really Have To Be This Difficult To Win Against Trump

What should be a no brainer has become an exhausting exercise in overthinking it, and an anxiety-ridden challenge to face down an unintellectual bully

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No it’s really not that hard at all. That’s just fear.

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Ms. Williamson goes on to say …

“Because he didn’t win by saying he had a plan. He won by simply saying, ‘Make America Great Again.’ We’ve got to get deeper than just these superficial fixes, as important as they are.”

Yes and No. Trump didn’t win the election by simply saying that. He played on a shared racist resentment and the undercurrent of racializations that people errantly hold. The majority of which thinks that a bit of white supremacy posturing is an easy and opportunistic fix.

You should have a viably pragmatic plan though and getting deeper than just “superficial fixes, as important as they are” sounds like a plan to me that is antithetical to pragmatism. If as she says later on in her speech that she herself intends to tap into that same psyche of the American people in the same way Trump has but only to infuse it with love.

No one should want to apologize for this bully. And no one should hide behind or rally behind a racist bully for protection or for ill-gotten gains.

But there are those who refuse to admit that calling out racist behavior should play an important factor in discouraging and negating that absurd influence as an attitude and belief that is plausible let alone tolerable. This is why I don’t understand when North Carolina-based Democratic strategist Gary Pearce says out loud what most race-indifferentists of any color believe. With his remarks published by pbs.org article below…

…the narrative takes on a psuedo profound framing that elicits once again a false racialized hierarchy of Americans positing white working class Americans as being more important than Black, Latino, or Asian-working-class Americans. They do exist even in the south ya know.

But others question whether to follow Trump into the racial debate at all, concerned about alienating white working-class voters who may have backed Trump in the past and are uncomfortable with allegations of racism or bigotry.

“Calling him racist, which he is, I don’t know if that helps,” said North Carolina-based Democratic strategist Gary Pearce. He called Trump’s message “profoundly disturbing, but I know it works.”

No calling him a racist is an empirical truth and does help people understand that this is not something that should be tolerated coming from a president of the United States. Maybe some would rather those attitudes and beliefs be kept undisclosed, or behind close doors. Or maybe people like to see that sort of rhetoric out in the open and would go as far as to credit them for their openess or no holds barred thinking out on display like that. That would also be pseudo profound in that you find some validation in such intolerable attitudes and beliefs that are especially specious and cannot be supported on any level.

Let me give an example I found while reading the Atlantic today. All of a sudden certain truths are now appearing to our not so surprising, surprise. In the article there is a taped conversation between Nixon and Reagan, where Reagan is letting his racialized feelings be known behind closed doors.

Whether racist attitudes or beliefs are done in public or not is not a plausible defining characteristic, just as whether we hesitate to want to call out Trump in public or not is also not a plausible defining characteristic for American themselves to have. We should incorporate some honesty with ourselves to rationalize out certain faults that we were culturally inculcated with and unlearn the divisive threat of negativity it poses together so we can better move forward as one nation.

Why this has become a diffuclty in the first place boggles my mind. Racism clouds judgement — where such deliberation could not be useful or constructive for solving any of our societal ills. It does in fact exemplifies the preponderance of racializations and perpetuates or compounds it to no end.

The attitudes and behaviors coming from Trump’s administration is something you should not expect as representative of a nation of settled and or settling immigrants: a nation whose true natives warrant more respect and inclusion rather than the erasure is has been exposed to in the democratic process. We should want to dismantle any power or influence a bully is able to muster up given the authoritarian and fascists implications it deleteriously has on our basic human rights.

Why then should it really be that difficult to heal our self-inflicted wounds of racialized bias and walk away from its peddler?

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