Hard Conversations

Over the weekend, actual Nazis marched on the campus of the University of Virginia. They drove a car into a group of counter protesters, killing at least one person and injuring many more. As disgusted and pained as I am, what I am not is surprised.

There is a bright and clear line between Trump and what happened in Virginia. These people are empowered and emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric. The worst, the actual racists and anti-semites and misogynists and Nazis and KKK members, have rightfully seen the Trump election as an endorsement of their beliefs. To those sympathetic and susceptible to the cause, Trump has given a pass to racist, misogynist and other bigoted beliefs. He’s enabled the spread of this hatred and, almost worst, given it the veneer of acceptability.

If you voted for Trump, and you don’t regret that vote considerably and aren’t spending a lot of time trying to make amends for that mistake, I don’t want to be your friend.

If you are a single issue voter and that issue isn’t “opposing actual Nazis” you need to reconsider your life. I also think the environment is important. I also think everyone should have access to health care. How much support are those causes getting under Trump?

If you couldn’t bring yourself to vote for Clinton because she was “no different” than Trump, you need to pack up your life, start over and spend more time in school. You honestly think Clinton would have implement a Muslim ban? You think Clinton wouldn’t have condemned Nazi violence? You think Clinton would be attempting to start a nuclear war with North Korea on Twitter? If you think those things, by the way, you’re delusional or dumb or both.

If you voted or some third party candidate for whatever bullshit reason, I hope this serves as a wake up call. America isn’t a multiparty system. I’m not a big fan of that either. However, if you genuinely want to make progress towards having viable third parties, the place to start isn’t with a protest vote for president. You better be out there, working hard locally to elect local officials, setting up alternative parties and whatever else needs to be done to shift the country in that direction. If not, you are as much of a part of the problem as anyone who voted for Trump.

And, finally, if you’ve ever said, either out loud or to yourself, “Not all men” or “Not all white people” or some permutation thereof, check your privilege and get your life together.