Donald Trump: America’s Scapegoat

I love how everyone is giving Donald Trump the blame for embarrassing America like the GOP hadn’t already cornered that market. I mean, come on:

  • Legitimate rape
  • Rape is kind of like the weather
  • The vagina and stomach are connected
  • People don’t die from cancer and some other things
  • North Korean allies
  • Corporations are people
  • Global Warming is a hoax
  • The Birther Movement

Yeah, Trump’s embarrassing us. All by himself.

I also love how right wing conservative Christian fundamentalists say that America is messed up because prayer was taken out of school. Right. Our nation is fubar because kids in public school don’t pray. Lol! Let’s talk about education in the U.S.:

  • the budget for education has been drastically cut and teachers are underpaid
  • education is now for profit and has been sold to the highest bidder and privatized
  • education has been falsified to cover up genocide and slavery or amended to suppress scientific theories
  • education has been modified to such an extent that students are left unprepared for college

But yeah, children not raising their voices to God during school hours at a public school to thank him for their teacher, the new slide on the playground, pizza on the lunch menu, and the cancelation of the pop quiz is the problem. We need more kids praying in school and fewer kids learning about math, history, and science. We need more kids praying, and then our nation will be running smooth because prayer is the fiber that keeps a country regular. Because why should adults take responsibility for our society’s systemic indoctrination of patriarchal and racist belief systems used for oppression and power? Let’s put the blame on children who are incapable of reason and their religious practices because why should adults be held responsble for the politicians they voted into office, based on those politicians’ use of patriarchal, misogynistic, racist, bigoted rhetoric and their use of religion, which is, in actuality, a tool used to create fear for the purpose of oppression and greed, which enables these politician’s to line their pockets while elevating the bottom line of corporations and making the rich richer? Yeah, clearly prayer in public school is the problem.

If you believe that Trump is embarrassing our nation and you didn’t feel that our country was an embarrassment prior to all this bullshit, then you haven’t been paying attention. Like at all. Ever. Not even a little bit. Trump didn’t bring to light the racism and hatred that his followers feel. We all knew it existed. It wasn’t even a flame that needed to be stoked.  It wasn’t lying under the surface waiting to be exposed. Trump’s not embarrassing us. We already had that well in hand. Trump’s beliefs are in line with the GOP, and no matter how many of them come out to oppose Trump, it doesn’t change the fact that they agree with him (and their voting records will attest to this). The difference with Trump is that he said it loud and proud and in plain speech rather than disguising it in legalese and cleverly embedding it in bill after discriminatory bill. He would rather wear his hate on the outside than conceal it beneath a cloak of Christianity.

America isn’t the way she is because there’s no prayer in our public schools. Our country’s not messed up because the Pledge of Allegiance is not being said in schools. Our country is not in ruin because people want equal rights. Gays aren’t the problem. Feminists aren’t the problem. Reproductive rights didn’t ruin our nation. Available and affordable healthcare isn’t going to ruin our nation. Providing aid to those in need didn’t ruin America. Providing refuge to those fleeing war-torn nations isn’t going to put American lives at risk.

America is the way she is. Period. This is America. The only America that has ever existed and she is judgmental, greedy, corrupt, ignorant, fearful, and full of hate. It’s the way we’ve always been, and prayer hasn’t done anything to change that in 239 years.

Embarrassed?

We damn well should be.

 

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15 thoughts on “Donald Trump: America’s Scapegoat”

  1. absolutely loved this! I do believe Trump legitimizes those people instead of keeping them on the fringes, though, which is why he is more dangerous than the others. He empowers them under the idea of “silent majority” but you’re right that we were always like this. Thank you for this powerful piece!

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    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. Sadly, I’m not sure they were ever on the fringes. I think social media and technological advancements have made their beliefs and actions known whereas before it went unnoticed and undocumented. Awareness has called these dangerous beliefs and actions into question where before this type of thinking was accepted in the past. Much of what Trump wants to do as far as Muslims has already happened with Japanese Americans and Jews. History is merely repeating itself and some Americans are all too happy to see it happen again. Trump’s not saying anything that Rush Limbaugh and his ilk haven’t already said.

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  2. I loved this post! 🙂

    I had a longer comment than this, but it got out of hand and became only tangential to your own points, so I moved it to my own blog, so as to not pull this discussion off course.

    It seems to me only about 10% of people are self-critical enough to look at these issues separate from themselves and still in context. I’d suggest more classes in schools teaching self-reflection, but people would try to change this into “prayer time”. As if the only way to understand yourself is by asking some fanciful creature that never responds to your inquiries to explain it to you is somehow going to help.

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    1. Ha! I’m self-critical and analytical, obsessively so with both.

      I don’t care if kids pray at school as long as they do so without forcing it on others. What’s the saying? As long as there are tests in school there will be prayer? Lol. Probably should add some empathy classes too.

      I have seen one conservative post too many saying put God back in America and put Jesus back in our schools and this level of ignorance is infuriating (and these same people support Trump). Even when I did consider myself a Christian I wholeheartedly supported a separation of church and state. Probably because I understand the wisdom in this and oh because I’m not an asshole. They need to put money back in education.

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  3. America is all that. It is a capitalistic culture that allows for the rich getting richer. It also is our home and up to us to create an environment that would not respond to Trumps/rich republicans crap.
    We have our media ie. Fox which creates fear and hatred..
    God help us all.

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    1. With the gerrymandering and other Republican stunts, I’m actually nervous that he could be elected. We’ve already had documented cases in Atlanta of voter fraud resulting in a Fulton County paying a six figure fine. I never realized how deep the ignorance ran in this country, and have been appalled to discover that some of my own friends and family support this guy and some of those are actively calling for militias to fight our government O_O (things we learn from Facebook, yikes). Trump’s followers are downright frightening.

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