Thursday, March 16, 2017

Forgiveness and Fear

Recently as I was minding my own business on Facebook, I saw this posting:

“I don’t know how I am going to have the energy to forgive all my friends that voted for Trump”

Now his guy isn’t a member of a special group. He is your garden variety, white heterosexual male that was born and raised in the Midwest. He is married and has a full-time job. If there is anyone that is NOT on the radar of the “so called” tyrant known as President Donald J. Trump; it is this guy. For the record, I will also lump myself in this group.

Us average Midwestern white guys have nothing (beyond taxes) scheduled to be taken away from us. We can’t be deported and we already have our own bathrooms. Last time I checked, I think Larry the Cable Guy was our designated spokesman.

So I don’t understand why this guy is so upset over some of his friends exercising their constitutional right to vote for a person that legally got his named placed on the official ballot to become President of the United States. As far as I can tell; not one journalist has been shot, there are no concentration camps, and people are not being rounded up and sent to ovens.

I also have not noticed any change in the amount of morning and evening rush hour traffic; which means everyone that had a job before the election, still has a job after the inauguration. I also will note that I am still having exactly the same amount of taxes taken out of my check every pay period and when I filed my income taxes; I not only received the amount I expected; I received it in the shortest time ever.

In short … I haven’t seen any difference since President Trump took office, with the exception of the crazy behavior of people that are unhappy he won.

There was story floating around about how Ashley Judd felt when she happened to run into a Trump supporter. She was at a Kentucky basketball game and was approached by a fan that asked to take a picture of her. Here is her account from her Facebook post:

“An older man with white hair came up to me at my seat today at a basketball game. He said "May I take your picture? I said "Yes." And before I could offer for him to be in the picture with me, 6 inches from my face, he took my picture with his phone. He said "I'm from Big Stone gap." I said, "I love Big Stone Gap! What a beautiful town, I loved making the movie there." I went on to say how good the cooking is, mentioning, of course, the pineapple upside down cake and pumpkin pie!

In my mind I was getting ready to ask him about the national parks and if he ever spends time in especially the Thomas Jefferson National Park – but something inside of me was already clenching and I concluded by simply saying "I like Big Stone Gap. "

He said to me with open hostility as he was backing away, "We like Trump."

Of course, it's very clear now that as I was being friendly and talking, his affect was angry, and he certainly didn't respond in anyway to my general enthusing about his little Appalachian town. And it's also clear that his entire approach to me and aggressive sticking his phone 6 inches in front of my face to take my picture was a part of his plan to treat me with rudeness, aggression, and disrespect. Who knows, maybe he's already done something undignified with the picture or maybe it was just a pretense so he could say something menacing to me.”

So as near as I can tell, his act of menacing was to tell her “We like Trump”. Apparently, that “triggered” her and later in her story she relates how it made her scared.

To put this in perspective, she went to school in Kentucky and Tennessee. To think that she would go to a  Kentucky basketball game (which she normally does) and not expect to run into someone who voted for Trump is ridiculous. In addition to going to school, regularly going to basketball games as she said in her story she has filmed in the state. It can’t be secret to her that the good people of Kentucky are inclined to be politically conservative. I’m sure she saw the election results and knew that the state of Kentucky went for Trump.

Yet this is how she reacts. It seems like a little much to me and it doesn’t seem reasonable. Unless she left it out the man didn’t raise his voice; he didn’t call her names; he didn’t insult her and no one had to drag him away.

Later in the post she also stated that the incident caused her so much sadness she had to get a hug from her uncle who was sitting next to her. She also said basketball games should be “politics-free” zones.

For her to think she would be able to go out in public in Kentucky without running into a person that voted for Trump is not only ridiculous; it is unreasonable. Her reaction makes no sense.

If the encounter at the basketball game truly made her feel this way she should barricade herself in her mansion, wherever it is. Then she can have her personal chef, personal trainer and therapist come in daily to keep her healthy while she watches Kentucky basketball games on her 70” flat screen TV.

Or maybe she could move in with Madonna.

This just goes to show how unrealistic people have become when it comes to politics. People with these feelings need to get over themselves and live with the rest of us …