If you are one of those people going around claiming that Trump is God’s choice to run the country, you need to be crystal clear about what other people are hearing you say. You are telling people that God chose to stand shoulder to shoulder with white supremacists and against those who are subject to oppression, hatred and discrimination owing to who God created them to be. You are telling your minority neighbors that God cares more about American power than about their safety and well being. You are telling them that God picked sides and the side he picked is the same side that the KKK, Stormfront and other racist organizations stand on, not theirs. You are telling the world that God gave Trump a victory which was celebrated with Nazi salutes and calls of “Heil Trump” in a ballroom in D.C.
I totally get that most people who voted for Trump aren’t white supremacists. But the white supremacists believe that Trump speaks for them. They now believe that the country belongs to them and not to your neighbors who are not white Christians. One of their leaders is now advising the president elect. And you’re saying this is what God intended for this country. I mean, I’m sure that’s not how you see it. But you’re not the only one who matters around here, darlin’. You may have been able to write off and overlook the fact that white supremacists campaigned for Trump and view his win as a victory for them, but after surviving lynchings, torture, and oppression we can hardly imagine at the hands of white supremacists, your minority neighbors cannot be so sanguine about a white supremacists taking over our government.
Whatever reason you had for voting for Trump, you need to to know as absolute fact that you have contributed to causing the overwhelming majority of your minority neighbors and family to feel betrayed, unsafe and completely unloved right now. It doesn’t matter if you think this is valid or reasonable, it is reality. How you deal with that fact will reveal your heart, for good or ill. Do with it what you will. We’re watching. Don’t make it worse by pinning blame for your minority neighbor’s fears and feelings of betrayal on God. That’s evil from the pits of hell, pure and simple. Repent.
Perhaps you heard about a recent Supreme Court action on employment discrimination law. In a case of clear cut pay discrimination, Goodyear Tire Co. was able to get out of being held responsible for their discrimination against women because the woman who filed the suit did not file the suit within 180 days of the original decision to pay her substantially less than men with the same experience were making for the same job. Of course, since she didn’t find out how much less she was making than the men at the company until she had already been there for 19 years, it would have been impossible to file within the 180 day time frame.
The 5-4 majority in the case said they made their decision not on the basis of what they thought was right, but on their reading of the law as written. Justice Ginsberg read a dissent from the bench calling on congress to fix the law.
Now, one would think that this is a no-brainer. If companies are discriminating against employees on the basis of gender or race or what not, then they are breaking the law and should be held accountable. Since companies don’t generally publish everyone’s salaries, it may well take some time for a person to realize that they are being paid less for the same work and even more time to figure out if this is a pattern. And hopefully, we don’t all walk into the workplace trying to figure out if we were offered an appropriate salary or if we’re being screwed. However, congress couldn’t put together a bill to fix this blazingly obvious problem with the law as it now stands.
F’ing ridiculous. These money grubbing son-of-a-guns don’t give a rat’s behind about the people they are supposed to be representing. They refuse to fix even the most elemental of problems. I’m probably too cynical, but I think this might be the first presidential election of my adult life that I don’t cast a vote in. Personally, I have just lost faith in our government. I can think of literally dozens of examples off the top of my head where everyone from the average joe to the think-tank eggheads have a decent idea of what we ought to be doing – from farm subsidies to ethanol to money for oil companies to health insurance to torture to this sort of stuff. But the good men and women who have been elected to represent us can’t pull their heads out of the money pots someone’s shoved up their behinds long enough to do the right things. It has probably been a decade since congress has done one thing that mattered, much less gotten it right.
What was that old Thomas Jefferson wrote back when – “Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, – That whenever any Form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it.” So, really, how many of us have consented to this crap? If someone could think of a way to actually clean the cesspool that is Washington DC out, I’d be on board.