When I first started blogging, on a blog where I’ve now removed all content, much of the focus was on politics. It got to be too much. It’s absolutely disgusting what happens on blogs online, with the insults, intimidation, and pure HATRED that becomes apparent. Because of that, I stopped talking about politics, and rebooted my blog to focus on science, birds, and photography.
I’m going to break with my “no politics” pledge for one post, and one post only. This is just too much to ignore, especially given my last post about Americans and their turn against science…against FACT. That same attitude is pervasive in this election. It all started back in the 1990s. You had a zealous Congressional contingent at the same time that right-wing talk radio started spewing hate. Started spewing conspiracies. Started spewing lies. Suddenly the sole purpose of the “opposition” Congress was to investigate and oppose, rather than legislate.
We’ve had 20 years of the same mentality. The next election now is the ONLY thing that matters, and every political decision is made solely on that basis. Legislative accomplishment? Virtually absent, save for the few, short periods when one party controlled both the White House and Congress.
This mentality, based on hate, based on conspiracy, has COMPLETELY warped what is important in an election. Those conspiracy theories? A completely IGNORANT American public now treats them as fact, rather than pure, politically motivated pipe dreams. The Clintons murdered Vince Foster! Obama is a Muslim, born in Kenya!! Hillary was personally responsible for Benghazi (and evidently every other negative thing that’s ever occurred on the planet). Never mind that none of these have any evidence! Never mind that millions in taxpayer dollars have been wasted on pointless investigations, witch-hunts that have turned up exactly…nothing.
Yet an ignorant American public still believes THESE are the issues that matter the most. They still believe these are REAL events, REAL controversies, rather than politically manufactured bullshit. Just as my previous post on the anti-science movement in the U.S., politics has become a fact-free zone.
The result? You’ve got a true pig of a human being in Trump, a racist, a misogynist, an ignorant, lying, self-serving blowhard who has one quality that has gotten him where he’s at…he’s been smart enough to tap into the ignorance and hatred of those who have been spoon-fed bullshit for 20 years. Incredibly vulgar tapes where Trump sounds like a 19-year frat boy, rather than the potential President of the United States? No worries to these folks! In the world of hate in which they live, fact-free conspiracy theories are more important that the character and ability of “their” candidate to actually lead.
The fact that a man like Trump was actually nominated as a candidate of a major party, the fact that he’s a month away from potentially winning the presidency, DESPITE proving himself to truly be one of the most DEPLORABLE men on the planet, is just a natural outcome from 20-years of hate, 20-years of conspiracy-theory, 20-years of ignorance.
I’m flabbergasted. The fact that half of America evidently thinks this kind of man is fit to be President makes me frankly ashamed of my fellow Americans. We’ve devolved into a country where hatred, bigotry, and misogyny are evidently accepted, and it makes me sick.
Like I said…a one-time political post. Back to birds, science, and photography.