IT'S TOUGH TO BE HONEST
Especially When You See Criminals Living Well
I understand the motives of revenge and envy. Everyone feels them, from time to time. It's tough when you work hard and play by the rules; and you see others who don't, living much better than you. This is a big part of the emotional underpinning of Fascism, and Neo-Conservatism.
What I don't understand is envy of the poor, immigrants, minorities, etc. How can even the most hateful Republican imagine that living on the rough edges of society is in any way better than living their own lives, in relative comfort and ease, safe at the soft gooey suburban center of it all?
And how can they envy the poor and not the rich? How can they vote for the privileged and the powerful, who, in fact, do live better than the average person, by definition, and frequently don't work hard or play by the rules?
I can only put it down to the relentless propaganda, spewed out by all media, that warps the very perceptions of so many people. These are people already disposed to racism, sexism, sectarianism, nativism, homophobia, etc: People who subsist on hate and anger, fear and paranoia, envy and selfishness: People who make their decisions based on prejudices and raw emotion: The "core-voters" of the Republican Party.
The only question is, whether these sociopaths and ignoramuses will join with the really big-time criminals in our society, and pervert the course of democracy, again. And whether the rest of us, the 80% super-majority, will do whatever it takes to stop it, this time (in spite of brotherly Governors, hunting-buddy Justices, and campaign-chair voting-machine manufacturers). Or whether we will suffer more stolen elections, more 9/11's, more Iraq's. And more hard times.
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