By Nathan Barton
The internet and the mainstream media are full of the stories, the columns, and the comments: most talking about how the world and the Fifty States will become a hideous, horrible, fear-driven place because The Donald was elected. If not immediately, then at the end of four years – and if the election of 2016 was “unthinkable” then an eight-year Trump regime would be a nightmare beyond comprehension of the most accomplished of horror movie script writers. Others say not to worry, as this was the last hurrah of white males and the “old America” and in 2020 darkness truly will fall.
It isn’t just the Tranzis, the liberals and progressives, who are screaming this out. Not just the protesters in dozens if not hundreds of American cities (more about that below). Not just the union bosses and the snowflakes in universities and high schools. Much of the fearmongering is coming from libertarians and conservatives (both paleo- and neo-).
In short, it doesn’t seem as if ANYONE thinks anything good will come of a Trump Presidency. Not even the quarter of “qualified voters” who apparently cast a ballot for Trump-Pence. Apparently (to judge by the current wave of horror and revulsion) almost every one of those voted, not FOR Trump, but AGAINST Clinton. Well, no, there is apparently a small group of Trump supporters who like him: according to the media (mainstream and much of the alternative media) those are the kind who go around threatening women in scarves or hajibs, making threatening remarks to people of color, and raising Southern Cross or Gadsden flags high. And this “fact” sends the writers and commentators into fresh spasms of fear and horror.
But obviously, if we believe all this, about 98% of Americans are convinced that they (we?) are living in a failed nation, and that the future is dark. Black, in fact. There IS no light at the end of the tunnel.
Sorry, I just don’t believe it. Just as I didn’t believe the lies coming from all the parties (honestly, did you read any of Jill Stein’s campaign literature?) during the campaign. Just as I didn’t believe (and don’t) the government statistics and forecasts, whether we are talking jobless numbers in October 2016 or claims of accelerating global warming (ALL manmade, of course).
Simply, these people are taking counsel of their fears – or if they don’t really have these fears, they are using this as a way to manipulate the poor, stupid masses. Their tactics vary, but fear (as usual) is the basis of most of them. Yes, as usual. Ninety-five percent of the emails on political matters (and for that matter, on health and financial matters) are based on fear. It can be the NRA or GOA. It can be the South Dakota Democratic Party, or AARP or “the health ranger” or whomever. It can even be the various preachers and promoters of religious doctrine: fear, fear, and a touch of horror.
It doesn’t need to be that way. Accidents, fires, and the like are constant dangers that we face daily. But just because we know that sooner or later they happen to all of us, we do not allow fear of them to dominate our lives and control our every decision. We don’t agonize over photos or descriptions of car-wreck victims or burn victims, and let the horror of their fates warp our minds (well, most of us don’t, most of the time). Instead we try to take some preparations to deal with the inevitable, whether it is a deer on the highway or an electrical-sparked fire in our house or business. Or a flood, tornado, blizzard, or hurricane.
This is what we need to do when it comes to government. Fear paralyzes us. A sense of horror stuns us, and shuts down our mental processes. We need to face the fact that there are going to be bad things happening, BUT that we can, for the most part, deal with them, by ourselves, or with the help of families and friends and co-religionists. (And God’s help, if I can sneak that in here.) If we are honest with ourselves, and prepare, and keep faith in ourselves.
And stop listening to the fearmongers, no matter WHAT their political or religious philosophy.
Because… enough is enough.
Post-script: On Monday, Reuters and others talked about the fifth day of protests against Trump and his election. They appear, oddly enough, to downplay them, citing just a few cities and places, and claiming that almost all were peaceful. This is strange, as we are hearing and seeing more and more reports of the protests growing in both the number of locations and the number of participants, while reports of violence seem to remain steady – if you pay attention to local reports. As just one example, my son was delayed in leaving work this weekend (not for long, admittedly) by an Anti-Trump protest in Cortez, Colorado, a city of about 7,000 people in a very “red” county, and 250 miles from the nearest population center greater than 250,000 people, with no university or college. Does anyone have any idea why the media seems to be downplaying the protests?
Mama’s Note: I don’t know about the protests, but I have noted that the MSM seems to have changed tone a bit in the last few days… maybe they are even a little concerned that so few actually believe anything they print now.