In the Bush years, I talked to a fellow church member about the Iraq War and Guantanamo Bay, the use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” and the morality of it all.
I pointed out that Iraq had nothing to do with the 9–11 attack on New York City and Washington, DC. I pointed out that we were breaking both US and international law by denying our prisoners of war legal resources and by using torture to extract “confessions” from them. His response was, “But I feel safer!”
This was a prominent church member. He felt safer that we tortured our prisoners of war. He felt safer that we fought people who had not harmed us. He was willing to agree to the facts, but support the policies anyway.
I do not see how a person who supports what Trump is doing could in any way be considered a “good” person.
He ceased to be someone I could trust in that moment. I had considered him “good people.” I came to the conclusion that he was not. He wasn’t interested in justice, or in mercy, or in the truth. He was interested in his prejudices and in someone making him feel safer by waging war on someone else.
He later indulged in all the Republican/conservative/fundamentalist fantasies during the Obama years, accusing Obama of being a muslim, not being a US citizen, and all that.
My experience with Trump voters is that they are much the same. They are more interested in themselves than in other people, more concerned with their “taxes” not paying to give someone else food stamps than they are that people get something to eat. They want to feel superior to foreigners, even if those foreigners have better educations than they have.
They really aren’t “good people,” after all. They are ordinary people, filled with the vices and prejudices of most people. But they don’t champion the poor, look to make the lives of “the others” better because they are afraid the beneficiaries of help will get something they won’t. They have bought into the lie that freedoms are a zero-sum game — the more freedoms someone else has means the fewer freedoms you have. They are content with what they hear on Fox News, have no desire to get a better education, and are uninterested in hearing different perspectives.
Now there are a lot of people who voted for Trump who are not that way. But face it, the people who actively want more freedoms for everyone in the US are a minority. Those who believe the rich and powerful should be held accountable and contribute more to the tax base and pay people a living wage are not in control.
“Good people” may actually be pretty hard to find. In the judgement of history, all the “good people” who voted for and supported Adolf Hitler are simply considered “nazis,” and are universally despised.
Jerry Nelson spends much of his time poking Trump’s meth-addled, uneducated fans with a pointy stick and is currently writing a book of muskrat recipes as well as a scrapbook of his favorite death threats. His life’s aspiration is to rule the world with an iron fist, or find that sock he’s been looking for. Feel free to email him at email@example.com if you have any questions or comments — or join the million (seriously) or so who follow him on Twitter @Journey_America.
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