“The Civil War started because of uncompromising differences between the free and slave states over the power of the national government to prohibit slavery in the territories that had not yet become states. When Abraham Lincoln won election in 1860 as the first Republican president on a platform pledging to keep slavery out of the territories, seven slave states in the deep South seceded and formed a new nation, the Confederate States of America.” – Pulitzer Prize-winning author James McPherson
Why would Donald Trump want to start another Civil War? What would he have to gain from it? Since January these are the two questions I have been asking myself.
Here are the truths that I perceive about Donald Trump;
- He doesn’t love this country as much as he loves himself. He has never been nor will he ever be a patriot. If waving the flag pushes his agenda, whatever that agenda may be, he will wave the flag.
- He is not a Christian. He doesn’t believe in nor does he worship a spiritual God. He considers himself a deity and his success, possessions and wealth are proofs of his incredible god-like powers.
- He is a racist. He may not wear the hood and the robs of the Klan but he backs the basic premise of the KKK, that whites are superior over all other races.
- He adheres to a system of social stratification (a caste system). He groups people in societal clusters based on social economics; race, occupation, income, wealth, social status, and derived power (social and political). Obviously, in his mind, he and his family are at the top of the food chain.
- He is an egocentric, thin-skinned, narcissist.
So what does Donald Trump stand to gain from dividing this country? Wealth, prestige and adulation from all classes of white Americans for him and his family. Fuel to feed his ego.
Over the course of the last nine months I have come to these conclusions about Donald Trump supporters. First, they don’t love all Americans, they only love the ones that look like them, act like them and believe in what they believe. Second, they aren’t Christian. They believe in the parts of the Christian faith that are convenient for them. Third, they are a racist, period. They can wrap it up and sugar coat it anyway they want to help them sleep at night but the bottom line is this, deep inside their heart they believe white people are better than black or brown people. Fourth, no matter where they are in the social stratification, from the Country Club member to Alabama white-trash they believe there are people below their social standing. Fifth, they support “our” egocentric, thin-skinned, narcissistic President because he verbalizes what is truly in their heart and they share his destructive and divisive view of America. “Making America Great Again” is not the true agenda, making themselves great at the expense of others is.
After Trumps silly NFL twitter tirade this weekend I have made a decision, I am done wasting another brain-cell on this sub-human and his band of lemmings, the Deplorable nation. My efforts will be focused on writing my two Senators and Congressman, all three conservative Republicans, and making sure that they hear the other voices in the seeming darkness. I want them to understand that our country is being destroyed internally by the actions of a few and that this divided weakness makes us susceptible to being demolished externally by countries and groups who have long had a grievance with America. Walls, bombs, and travel bans won’t and can’t protect us. Trump has and continues to expose our divided weaknesses in 140 characters on a daily and hourly basis. He focuses our misguided attention on NFL players and Kim Jong-un, Al-Qaeda and ISIS simply smile and laugh.
I want them to see that enabling his brand of “patriotism” will destroy this country today and for generations to come. Our “greatness” is derived from the whole rather than warring factions. We are who we are because of diversity rather than white privilege. The change in the color of this nation is already here. Our leaders can no longer continue to dismiss it.
Donald Trump is not my President. He doesn’t represent my views, nor does he represent my hopes and dreams for this country and for my children. I refuse to give in to his vision. I refuse to hand over my country, my state, my city, my neighborhood or my home to a mentally ill, megalomaniac and his misguided supporters. Maybe I am the lone voice on my street, but every revolution begins with one person even if “It sounds like a whisper”.
“Don’t you know, They’re talkin’ ’bout a revolution, It sounds like a whisper” – Tracy Chapman