I tried my best to NOT write a blog about “President-Elect” Donald Trump. He seemingly won the election fair and square. An election that he called “rigged” quite often, but I guess it’s not rigged now because he won. I didn’t want to write any more about him, the seemingly non-democratic election system the United States uses, electoral colleges, Trump’s hate-filled speeches, and so on.
But, after seeing this video of Richard B. Spencer speaking at an annual conference of the National Policy Institute, I had to write something. Watch the video…
If you are stunned and shocked by what you watched, then you can understand why something has to be said.
Held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., this conference describes itself as “an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.” Spencer also popularized the term “alt-right” to describe the movement he leads.
I think he should have just called it the Neo-Nazis Insanity Committee. Or maybe the Deplorable Party.
A lot of talk was made of Trump’s win over Hilary Clinton. What seemed to be the biggest reason was that Trump spoke to a group of Americans that felt like they didn’t have a voice. That voice was of the White Americans, who have felt like they’ve been marginalized in favor of support for Women, Blacks, Hispanics, Immigrants, and members of the LGBTQ community. Trump said the things these White Americans wished they could say. He said all the things they wanted to hear, and made it ok for them to vent their frustration and anger.
Trump also spoke to the disenfranchised. Those who were tired of the continued status quo of the American Government. Those people may have also supported Bernie Sanders, but hated Clinton, especially after it was revealed that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) favored Clinton over Sanders. Not to mention all the baggage she carried with her; imagined, exaggerated or not (Benghazi, confidential emails, etc.).
Although I can’t fathom the people who supported Trump, I can understand them. They were angry with the system, with the people seemingly in power, and wanted change. Big change. Trump offered that kind of radical change. So they over-looked his deeply flawed character and morals, his indifference to support from David Duke and his racist, fear-mongering organization, and most importantly, his inflammatory rhetoric towards all the groups that his supporters didn’t like, feared, or hated for hogging the societal spotlight.
The problem with these “deplorables” as Clinton rightly called them, is that America is still a predominantly White-controlled country. The reason people continue to fight for women’s equality, shout “Black Lives Matter”, hold Gay Pride parades, sneak over the Mexican border to start a new and better life is because, once upon a time, America stood for those kinds of values. It was a place where anyone could become someone. It was a place where those who sought the freedom to live as they wanted, could be heard and fight for their rights. It was a place for freedom, justice, and equality for all… more or less.
But beneath it all, there were those who didn’t want that kind of equality, or they got tired to all these special interest groups getting what they wanted. When Trump spoke, he said what they wanted to hear. They heard that they would get some of their rights back. Of course, these White Americans didn’t realize they had the run of the country since its creation, and still wielded the greatest control. The rich White Americans wanted one of their own in power, while poor White Americans wanted some of the power and rights they thought they had lost back from the other interest groups.
This could all be bullshit of course. But, after watching that video, seeing the majority of the choices Trump has been making for his cabinet, and the fact he’s STILL getting pissy with journalists and satirists on Twitter, I may not be that far off.
The other thing that came to mind was idea of “dystopian societies” in movies and literature, from “1984” to “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, to “V for Vendetta”. A lot of them started when something bad happened, a critical point where things changed, whether purposefully, or forced upon society. Usually fear does it. Fear of knowledge, different beings, or different beliefs and ideals. These fears drive those in power to make changes to quell the fear of the people, or they use it to control the people and enact their own ideals upon others for the so-called “benefit of the whole”.
It starts off small, like back in 1930’s Germany, when Jews were gathered up, had to wear certain symbols or marks upon them, had to be registered, and moved into ghettos. We all know how that ended. With the idea of a Muslim registry, deporting Mexicans, and building a wall, they may not seem like that much, or that startling to some. But that’s how some terrible things start, with very small steps.
It’ll be interesting, and possibly frightening, to see how the next few years pan out for President-Elect Trump.
Let’s hope the deplorables haven’t begun the beginning of the end of the American Empire.