How the poor white voter base, got to where it is

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a little bit since I’ve posted. I have so many thoughts and so many ideas sometimes, that it’s hard to put them all down. But, I knack and with something to say! I recently saw an article from the web publication The Nation, on Facebook. It was an article about how Hunter S. Thompson, author of Hell’s Angels, predicted the rise of Trumpism in America. You can read that article here

I’d like share this quote from the end of the article: 

There’s no doubt about it: trouble lies ahead. That Hell’s Angels foresaw all this 50 years ago underscores the depth and seriousness of Thompson as a political thinker and of ours as a singularly dangerous time. Trumpism is about something far more serious than Trump, something that has been brewing and building for generations. Let us take Thompson’s cautions seriously, then, so that this time we Berkeley types are not naive about what we face. Otherwise, we’re all liable to get stomped.

This is an extremely interesting read. And an important one in these times. It’s a discussion that needs to be had as well; how do we stop this idea of ‘total retaliation’? What is it that we can do to make sure these people don’t feel like the only thing they can do is lash out in this way? We can’t possibly go backwards just for them to make them comfortable, but we can’t just keep leaving them behind. Something has to be done on both sides. These poor white voters need to realize that the world is changing and seek ways to deal with that, but the ‘elite’, as it is called on this article, needs to realize that not all of these people have the resources, knowledge or education to do so by themselves. But, also we must stand firm in pir conviction to stop ignorance and hate. It’s a very complicated time we’re living in. With someone like Trump in power, it just makes everything difficult, because now that there is someone who seemingly thinks like and works and works for some of the lower class white citizens, it feels like there is no listening to reason in some of them. 
What is the solution? How do we break this cycle? How does it even happen? Are people just refusing to move on with the rest of the world? Is it because the world moves so fast now that they just get left behind in the dust? 
The one thing I do know is this…yes we have to help this base of voters and understand them, but we can’t go back in time and we can’t allow hatred and intolerance to be the driving force of our nation and our society. We also can’t let politics and politicians divide us as a nation, everyone has their own ideals, but we are ONE NATION. We can’t allow lies and distractions from those in power to let us slip slowly into insanity and numbness. We have to keep working to better this country and this world for everyone!! 
Remember don’t play ‘holier than thou’, though it won’t always be easy. But, also be vigilant in the fight against Trumpism and intolerance. We can’t allow that darkness to continue to spread. 
Live to laugh another day, 

Jaybo 

Why I’m unfriending people who support Trump

I feel like this is something that needs to be said. There are people who don’t believe in unfriending people on social media over something like who they are voting for. And normally, I don’t either, but there’s a reason why I’ll de-friend anyone who actually supports Trump’s campaign and policies. 

Firstly, there is a very interesting Vox article I think that anyone reading this should read: Republican intellectual explains why the party is going to die.

I found out some things that I didn’t know. And like I say education and knowledge is the key to making good decisions. It’s one of the few things that can save this nation. That’s what I’m passionate about, that’d why I started this blog. 

Now, when I unfriend someone because they support Trump, it is not out of pettiness or “they don’t support the same candidate as me, wahhh!” That may be a lot of other people’s reasoning, but it’s not mine. My reasoning goes much deeper. As we all know this is very different election, this election could decide the course of our country for the next few decades. And as we all know we have two VERY different candidates. 

We have one who is try her best to run as cleanly as possible, but with  a couple email glitches and a massive voter scandal, it’s been hard. But, I still remain that through her mistakes, Hillary Clinton is very qualified and would run this country with pride and dignity. She has her problems, and she wasn’t my first choice, but she is a very close second. There are articles about her I could post proving she’s not as corrupt as everyone feels, but I won’t take that time. It’s out there, just look at Snopes.com or Politi.co

And then there’s Trump. His entire campaign has been run off of lies and falsehoods. Again, check those sites above. His policies are steeped in bias and hate, and now he may also be a sexual predator. He’s a megalomaniac, who only cares about himself. But, what is more startling, is the people who are behind him. They are the driving force to his Road Show of racism and bigotry. Why are these people behind him? Well, obviously it’s because a lot of policies hinge on fear and are, for the most part, white centered. 

This is no surprise, since his campaign for the past 16 months has built on racial stereotypes and bias. He’s said some awful and close-minded things about black people, muslims, latinx and Hispanic people. Not to mention his misogyny and xenophobia. This has appealed to some of the lowest of this country. White people who feel that they are being attacked for being white. And it wrong. And yeah, many people can say, it’s about the economy or pro-life or open borders or whatever, all of that is wrong and a witch hunt. He has no real plans for border control and his economic plan would set us back in our debt and with his other proposed “plans” with trade, we’d be in some big trouble. That’s not me, that’s  political analysts. Again, Politico has a lot of this info, or even news sites, like Newsweek and Washington Post. 

So, here’s the deal…if you are voting for Donald Trump, that means you’re not actually after a freer, safer, equal America. It means that you as a person don’t care about your fellow man. And I will not tolerate it. And though you may say, I’m not a hateful person or, I’m not racist, or whatever the excuse; deep down there’s a part of you that feels that way. And you are connected to it. Otherwise you’d be able to see past his lies and the show he’s putting on. That means you don’t care about me, as a GAY, BLACK man. So, therefore, you are no friend. And I won’t pretend. If you can vote for someone like him in good conscience, then you’re either ignorant or agree with him. And don’t even bring up Mike Pence, you can claim to be a man of character and Christ, but if you’re not proving it with love for your fellow man and by word, then I’m not buying it. Mike Pence’s own state doesn’t even like him, and that says a lot. People are not looking enough at fact, and you choose to be blind and uneducated that’s on you. But, I won’t have it. I want this country to be safe and free for future generations. If Trump is elected we could spiral into another depression or worse another world war. 

That is why I won’t stay friends with someone who supports Donald Trump.

As always I wanna hear from readers! Be respectful in your responses. There is enough hate and bile being spewed. 

AND GO VOTE!

 Live to laugh another day! 

Jaybo, the somewhat Peckish artist