I love history, so one thing I know is that humanity has an astounding capacity for memory loss and selective recognition of truths. After the Holocaust we swore “never again”, but turned a blind eye to the Soviet Union’s gulags. So, since I am aware that we all slept through history class in high school and few voluntarily took history courses in college, here’s a refresher:
2001 – the last time Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House. Does anyone remember George W. Bush? Stand-up guy when he wasn’t waging a war to seize control of oil reserves in a foreign country. When he first sat down in the Oval Office the United States was at peace and the economy was in surplus. By the time he handed the reins back to a Democrat, the economy had collapsed, with a debt far larger than any ever seen in the history of the US and a never-ending and abstract “war on terror”. And I emphasize never-ending, because the Middle East will be a thorn on the US’s side for as long as they bomb the heck out of innocent people and feel it is their patriotic duty to steal oil. And “terror” is a relative concept that, in a lot of cases, applies to US foreign policy. Ever wonder where the terrorists came from?
1928 – Ah, yes, the good old days when you could lynch African Americans, Latin Americans, and gays to your racist hate-filled heart’s content. It was illegal in many states to marry someone outside your race due to racial miscegenation laws. The Jim Crow days were good, weren’t they? Back then men could also rape and sexually harass women with impunity. Wage gap? Birth control? The freedom for women to decide what they wanted to do with their lives and their bodies? Practically non-existent. Most women never left the home, much less worked. The Great Depression began in 1929 and a Republican was president for most of the preceding decade with Congress also firmly under Republican control. Do with that what you will.
Now you know why the majority of voters chose Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, over Donald Trump, a Republican. Ideally, both parties would be gutted and collapse in on themselves, disappearing from the political map altogether. But ideally people wouldn’t be spray painting swastikas and ripping hijabs off women’s heads in the 21st century. So, yes, a vote for a Republican is a vote against the US economy and a vote for hate. You, individually, may not be a racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and misogynistic pig, but about half of the people that voted like you are and we all know that society judges you by the friends you keep. So, dear Trump voters who keep saying they are hurt for being called racist, you should have thought of that before you started hanging out with racists.