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Apocalypse
11-20-2016, 10:04 PM
Dear supporters of Donald Trump,


I know it’s only been a few days, but are you by chance starting to feel guilty about your vote for president? I wasn’t going to ask – really, I wasn’t – but the oddest thing just keeps happening to me.


It started shortly after Election Day with my Uber driver. I climbed into the front seat of his black sedan and he smiled politely. We weren’t going far, but somehow, the talk quickly turned to Trump.






“I admit, I voted for him,” he said sheepishly, briefly meeting my eyes. “I just care about the economy.” I nodded, too tired to get into a debate.


Then there was the guy who chatted me up during a weekend getaway to Reno. “All this racist, sexist stuff,” he said, waving his wrinkled white hand dismissively. “It’s just been hyped up by the media. You’ll see. I voted for him. Obamacare just needs to go.”
Again, I nodded, trying to be understanding.


But then there was the woman from Folsom who sidled up to me at a bar in downtown Sacramento. “My cousin is gay. Marry who you want. My uncle is black. I’m all for Black Lives Matter.” She stared into her drink and continued, imploringly. “I really don’t think he’s racist. I don’t think he’s going to do all of those things he said.”


I didn’t nod.


For days, I feel like I’ve been listening to people recite a Trumped up version of, “I’m not racist. Some of my best friends are black.” Who are you trying to convince with that mess? Certainly not me.


You see, I subscribe to the Maya Angelou school of thought: “When people show you who they are, believe them.” And I do it, as Oprah Winfrey added (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/14/oprah-life-lesson-maya-angelou_n_2869235.html), “the first time.”


I believed Trump when he said he wanted to ban Muslims from the country, and to destroy families by sending millions of undocumented immigrants back to Mexico and violence-racked countries in Latin America. I believed him when said his prescription for the “hell” that he thinks are inner cities is more cops and more gentrification. And I believed him when he said that being rich means he can force himself on women.


I believed him because he has shown us who he is by discriminating against black tenants in his apartment complexes and by shaming women like former Miss Universe Alicia Machado without a second thought.


So I’m disgusted, but hardly surprised (http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/erika-d-smith/article114264418.html) that, as president-elect, Trump has appointed Michael Flynn (http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/article115594233.html), who believes that the religion of Islam itself is the root of the problem in the Middle East, as national security adviser. Or that he named Breitbart’s Steve Bannon, who has made a career out of riling up alt-right white supremacists, as his chief strategist.


Or, for attorney general, that he picked Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/california-weed/article115643838.html), who has made it his mission to nab undocumented immigrants (http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article115768638.html). Or that Trump found a climate change denier to lead the transition team (http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/11/16/donald-trump-myron-ebell-epa-transition-tapper-dnt-lead.cnn) to find a new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency. (Why Sacramento first lady Michelle Rhee would want to work with that bunch (http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article115673188.html) is beyond me.)


Or that net neutrality (http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/election/article115219623.html) is likely to go bye-bye under a Trump administration, which means I soon could be shelling out more for Netflix. How could you?! I need my “Orange Is the New Black” chill nights!


But I digress.


I’m sorry if you’re surprised by all of this (http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article115215268.html). I truly am. I’m just not sure what you want me to do about it. What do you want from any black or brown person, any gay or transgender person, any woman or any immigrant who saw through the thinly veiled con that was our president-elect’s campaign strategy?


What do you want us to say when you, unsolicited, decide to confess your electoral sins? That we forgive you? That it’s OK? That we understand that you’re not really racist or sexist or homophobic, but merely wanted to pay less for health care, bring some jobs back to the Midwest and make immigrants follow the rules?


OK, I get it. Really, I do. But the truth is, I no longer care.


What we have in effect now is the Pottery Barn Rule (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2016/11/18/daily-202-trump-poised-to-learn-the-pottery-barn-rule-of-governing/582e91e7e9b69b7e58e45f0a/), made famous by former Secretary of State Colin Powell in his talks with then-President George W. Bush about the consequences of invading Iraq. “You break it, you own it.”


You had your reasons for voting for Trump and for cherry-picking what you wanted to believe about him, based on his sketchy personal history and the divisive drivel of his campaign speeches. But by making that choice, you also have unleashed a fusillade of hate, as he goes about appointing semi-competent ideologues (http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article115752708.html) to egg on the racists in our midst and do all the things you thought Trump would never do.


Remember that if internment camps and a national registry for Muslim immigrants (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/us/politics/japanese-internment-muslim-registry.html) ever become reality. Or when your child comes home from school recounting how his Latina classmate with undocumented parents left the cafeteria crying because other students were chanting “build the wall.”

(http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article114347423.html)

Or when someone spray paints a swastika and “Make America Great Again” on the side of your Jewish neighbor’s house. Or when a transgender co-worker gets attacked by men shouting “Trump” while walking home one night.


You are responsible for that, too, because you helped put Trump in the powerfully influential position of president of the United States. It’s enough to give anyone who isn’t racist, transphobic or xenophobic a bad case of buyer’s remorse. But don’t expect me or anyone else likely to bear the brunt of the Trump administration’s policies to care.


Sorry, but I’m done assuaging your guilt.

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/article115909963.html



Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/article115909963.html#storylink=cpy

Rockntractor
11-20-2016, 10:15 PM
In answer to the person who wrote the article and all nevertrumpers, fuck you very much!

RET423
11-20-2016, 11:06 PM
I was not a Trump voter but I have been overjoyed since the election, everything that I have been saying about the Democrats for YEARS has been on display more clearly than I could have ever dreamed!

Their hypocrisy, their Racism, their penchant for violence when everyone does not capitulate to their every idea, their complete inability to form a coherent argument against what they oppose, their childish attitudes about government being the only god they have ever known, their utter contempt for those who actually produce things that are needed in the economy, their belief that screaming incoherently will censor the ideas of those who have an intellectual foundation for their ideas.

This has been such a blessing!

The Left is making sure that everyone remembers WHY the Establishment was tossed out on their butts, I only wish that the candidate responsible for pushing them into this uncontrolled hysteria had a solid ideological grip on Constitutional Conservatism.

Thank you evil, racist America haters; ROCK ON!

SaintLouieWoman
11-21-2016, 12:45 AM
My history of posting on this board can prove that I wasn't initially a Trump supporter. I didn't like him. Then I got to the stage that anyone was better than Hillary, even my dawg (greyhound) Darlene. Darlene died in February, but my opinions about Hillary didn't change.

I have to confess that as time goes by, I like Trump and am proud to have voted for him. I like that he doesn't seem to give a damn what others think, that he's his own man. There aren't many like that now. I think that he will make America great again, at least better than it is now. He seems like a decent guy, in some cases kind but tough.

What isn't cool is the reaction of the opposition. The whining, the pouting, the tantrum throwing, the destruction of property, the intimidation of people proves why they should not be in power at this time.

The Trump election signifies how absolutely sick and tired the hard working people of America are at the excesses of the left. The pendulum has swung the other direction. It's about time. Go, Trump!!

DumbAss Tanker
11-21-2016, 12:49 AM
I voted for him, not that I thought he was an ideal candidate. No, I voted for him so Hitlery would not be President, and the DemonRats would not be nominating any Supreme Court justices for the next four years. And I am over-damn'-joyed with the result! Whatever Trump's shortcomings, at least he ain't that evil megalomaniacal criminal witch.

SarasotaRepub
11-21-2016, 12:54 AM
I think The Trumpster will do just
fine as POTUS.

Although he might want to let up
on the Tweets...:biggrin-new:

RobJohnson
11-21-2016, 02:21 AM
My history of posting on this board can prove that I wasn't initially a Trump supporter. I didn't like him. Then I got to the stage that anyone was better than Hillary, even my dawg (greyhound) Darlene. Darlene died in February, but my opinions about Hillary didn't change.

I have to confess that as time goes by, I like Trump and am proud to have voted for him. I like that he doesn't seem to give a damn what others think, that he's his own man. There aren't many like that now. I think that he will make America great again, at least better than it is now. He seems like a decent guy, in some cases kind but tough.

What isn't cool is the reaction of the opposition. The whining, the pouting, the tantrum throwing, the destruction of property, the intimidation of people proves why they should not be in power at this time.

The Trump election signifies how absolutely sick and tired the hard working people of America are at the excesses of the left. The pendulum has swung the other direction. It's about time. Go, Trump!!


I agree 100%

RobJohnson
11-21-2016, 02:24 AM
I voted for him, not that I thought he was an ideal candidate. No, I voted for him so Hitlery would not be President, and the DemonRats would not be nominating any Supreme Court justices for the next four years. And I am over-damn'-joyed with the result! Whatever Trump's shortcomings, at least he ain't that evil megalomaniacal criminal witch.

Trump truly made history. He seems ok and those that have known him for years claim he is a great guy. His kids and son in law seem to be pretty smart. I really enjoyed seeing Eric Trump speak on a few different television news shows, I missed the chance to see him when he visited my little rural Nevada town.

Trump did not win my state, but he sure did win my county, by a landslide.

SVPete
11-21-2016, 02:53 AM
Splitting a really fine hair, I wasn't a Trump supporter, but I voted Trump. I feel no guilt, no regret, not even second thoughts about that vote. Because the chances that anything he does that frustrates me - I assume he will - will make me wish The SHREW were POTUS are precisely zero. The SHREW was easily the most corrupt and arrogantly inept person ever to be a major party candidate for the Presidency.

Adam Wood
11-21-2016, 03:10 AM
It started shortly after Election Day with my Uber driver. I climbed into the front seat of his black sedan and he smiled politely. We weren’t going far, but somehow, the talk quickly turned to Trump.:bounce2:


Suuure. You are taking a short Uber ride and somehow "the talk quickly turned to Trump." Riiight.

I wonder what Erika's DU name is.


One of two things happened here:

1.) Erika got into the Uber car and immediately started ranting at the poor bastard who was driving about how the world has literally exploded since the night of November 8, or;
2.) none of this happened at all and she's just flat-out made this shit up.


My money's on #2.

FourWinds
11-21-2016, 03:17 AM
1. No I don't feel guilty about my vote.

2. If some of these fascists on the left start having the violence and misery returned to them. I won't feel guilty about that either.

Dlr Pyro
11-21-2016, 08:27 AM
I'm proud, not guilty that I voted for Trump and I'm proud to be on the side of a President who wants to make America great again, instead of tearing it down as obama has done and hillery would have done if she won.

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Dan D. Doty
11-21-2016, 12:52 PM
Dear supporters of Donald Trump,


I know it’s only been a few days, but are you by chance starting to feel guilty about your vote for president? I wasn’t going to ask – really, I wasn’t – but the oddest thing just keeps happening to me.


It started shortly after Election Day with my Uber driver. I climbed into the front seat of his black sedan and he smiled politely. We weren’t going far, but somehow, the talk quickly turned to Trump.






“I admit, I voted for him,” he said sheepishly, briefly meeting my eyes. “I just care about the economy.” I nodded, too tired to get into a debate.


Then there was the guy who chatted me up during a weekend getaway to Reno. “All this racist, sexist stuff,” he said, waving his wrinkled white hand dismissively. “It’s just been hyped up by the media. You’ll see. I voted for him. Obamacare just needs to go.”
Again, I nodded, trying to be understanding.


But then there was the woman from Folsom who sidled up to me at a bar in downtown Sacramento. “My cousin is gay. Marry who you want. My uncle is black. I’m all for Black Lives Matter.” She stared into her drink and continued, imploringly. “I really don’t think he’s racist. I don’t think he’s going to do all of those things he said.”


I didn’t nod.


For days, I feel like I’ve been listening to people recite a Trumped up version of, “I’m not racist. Some of my best friends are black.” Who are you trying to convince with that mess? Certainly not me.


You see, I subscribe to the Maya Angelou school of thought: “When people show you who they are, believe them.” And I do it, as Oprah Winfrey added (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/14/oprah-life-lesson-maya-angelou_n_2869235.html), “the first time.”


I believed Trump when he said he wanted to ban Muslims from the country, and to destroy families by sending millions of undocumented immigrants back to Mexico and violence-racked countries in Latin America. I believed him when said his prescription for the “hell” that he thinks are inner cities is more cops and more gentrification. And I believed him when he said that being rich means he can force himself on women.


I believed him because he has shown us who he is by discriminating against black tenants in his apartment complexes and by shaming women like former Miss Universe Alicia Machado without a second thought.


So I’m disgusted, but hardly surprised (http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/erika-d-smith/article114264418.html) that, as president-elect, Trump has appointed Michael Flynn (http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/article115594233.html), who believes that the religion of Islam itself is the root of the problem in the Middle East, as national security adviser. Or that he named Breitbart’s Steve Bannon, who has made a career out of riling up alt-right white supremacists, as his chief strategist.


Or, for attorney general, that he picked Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/california/california-weed/article115643838.html), who has made it his mission to nab undocumented immigrants (http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article115768638.html). Or that Trump found a climate change denier to lead the transition team (http://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2016/11/16/donald-trump-myron-ebell-epa-transition-tapper-dnt-lead.cnn) to find a new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency. (Why Sacramento first lady Michelle Rhee would want to work with that bunch (http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/education/article115673188.html) is beyond me.)


Or that net neutrality (http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/election/article115219623.html) is likely to go bye-bye under a Trump administration, which means I soon could be shelling out more for Netflix. How could you?! I need my “Orange Is the New Black” chill nights!


But I digress.


I’m sorry if you’re surprised by all of this (http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article115215268.html). I truly am. I’m just not sure what you want me to do about it. What do you want from any black or brown person, any gay or transgender person, any woman or any immigrant who saw through the thinly veiled con that was our president-elect’s campaign strategy?


What do you want us to say when you, unsolicited, decide to confess your electoral sins? That we forgive you? That it’s OK? That we understand that you’re not really racist or sexist or homophobic, but merely wanted to pay less for health care, bring some jobs back to the Midwest and make immigrants follow the rules?


OK, I get it. Really, I do. But the truth is, I no longer care.


What we have in effect now is the Pottery Barn Rule (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2016/11/18/daily-202-trump-poised-to-learn-the-pottery-barn-rule-of-governing/582e91e7e9b69b7e58e45f0a/), made famous by former Secretary of State Colin Powell in his talks with then-President George W. Bush about the consequences of invading Iraq. “You break it, you own it.”


You had your reasons for voting for Trump and for cherry-picking what you wanted to believe about him, based on his sketchy personal history and the divisive drivel of his campaign speeches. But by making that choice, you also have unleashed a fusillade of hate, as he goes about appointing semi-competent ideologues (http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article115752708.html) to egg on the racists in our midst and do all the things you thought Trump would never do.


Remember that if internment camps and a national registry for Muslim immigrants (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/18/us/politics/japanese-internment-muslim-registry.html) ever become reality. Or when your child comes home from school recounting how his Latina classmate with undocumented parents left the cafeteria crying because other students were chanting “build the wall.”

(http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article114347423.html)

Or when someone spray paints a swastika and “Make America Great Again” on the side of your Jewish neighbor’s house. Or when a transgender co-worker gets attacked by men shouting “Trump” while walking home one night.


You are responsible for that, too, because you helped put Trump in the powerfully influential position of president of the United States. It’s enough to give anyone who isn’t racist, transphobic or xenophobic a bad case of buyer’s remorse. But don’t expect me or anyone else likely to bear the brunt of the Trump administration’s policies to care.


Sorry, but I’m done assuaging your guilt.

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/article115909963.html



Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/article115909963.html#storylink=cpy



I've seen this since the 90's.

Liberals dwell in negative emotion and try to get us do the same ; now SJWs demand you do.

Hate , fear , shame , guilt , loathing , misery and anything else negative seems to be their natural environment.
Thus they react by these emotions and expect everyone else to do the same.

I've run into Regressives who say over and over again about feeling guilty for being White , or that their families have money , or they have a trust fund. Some have gone on rants about how all the trouble in the world is caused by poor Whites , or Republicans , Christians. Then turn around and tell you that if wasn't for America , the world would be at total peace.

They give you a lecture ( never a debate ) on Racism in America and how only White people can be Racist, or how guns cause crime , or that censoring other people's speech is a good thing.


Thankfully , we don't live in the negative , we live in positive , we look for the good in all people , and are sad when they prove us wrong. We believe tomorrow will be better then today , that we are the guardians of our liberties and that everyone has rights, and we know the difference between a real victim and noisy fool.

Elspeth
11-21-2016, 01:24 PM
You see, I subscribe to the Maya Angelou school of thought: “When people show you who they are, believe them.” And I do it, as Oprah Winfrey added, “the first time.”

Yes, and Barry Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the media (including the Miami Herald) have made it clear exactly who they are.

That's why I enthusiastically voted for Trump.

SVPete
11-21-2016, 04:29 PM
That Miami Herald writer is living in a bong-smoke filled fantasy world. There are far more CHILL voters who voted early and now regret their votes than there are regretful Trump voters.