I am afraid.
Afraid for my country and the road that we are slowly, steadily, joyfully walking down.
On Monday, a bomb went off in New York City’s Chelsea Neighborhood injuring 29 people. Thankfully, reports are that no one was seriously injured.
Trump (and Hillary as well) has used this event to cast more aspersions on Muslims here in America. He called to close the border to Muslims, again, and to propose greater security on the members of that most maligned and misunderstood of non-Christian sects.
Never once did I hear him say that oh, by the way, the accused terrorist is a naturalized American citizen. That a closed border would have done nothing to stop this particular tragedy. Or that, quite possibly, the accused was radicalized after becoming a citizen. No! He simply continued to show his hatred, prejudice, and ignorance against a religious sect whose vast majority of members simply want to live in peace.
Instead, his followers, a staggering 42% of the US population (according to the latest New York Times poll) are calling for a total ban on a religious sect. When will they call for the same against Christians because of the Westborough Baptist Church I ask you? The result would be the same.
How long before they decide that all of “them” and “their kind” need to be watched or maybe forced into abandoned walled up cities? Detroit anyone? They all seem to like walls so much.
Or maybe forcing all of the Muslims into camps would be easier on all of us. “Arbeit Macht Frei”?
Am I being unfair to 42% of my countrymen by jumping from proud American to Neonazi so fast? How do you think it started in Germany all those years ago? Financial crisis, followed by ultra nationalism, followed by scapegoating. Sound familiar?
Yes, a Muslim made and set off the bomb, allegedly. (Innocent until proven guilty, right? It’s a fundamental human right and has been since Roman times, but we seem to forget that here in the land of fundamental human rights.) But does that make all Muslims culpable?
So yes, allegedly, a fellow American who happens to be a Muslim is accused of the bombing and Trump is complaining that since he was shot during his arrest, that the accused is not allowed to have basic health care. In fact Trump said "Now we will give him amazing hospitalization. He will be taken care of by some of the best doctors in the world. He will be given a fully modern and updated hospital room. And he'll probably even have room service knowing the way our country is.”
Let's analyze this quote for just a second and see it for what it really is.
The accused (not convicted, and so presumed innocent, for now) will be taken care of and have the best doctors, which is his privilege, as an American. In a fully modern hospital. Unfortunately not everyone in America has that. Some of our inner-city hospitals are lacking, but they are still far better than what you would find in the 3rd world. But I digress.
“And he'll probably even have room service knowing the way our country is.” Are you kidding me?
- He has a gunshot wound.
- He's most likely handcuffed to the bed since he is under arrest.
- Who has ever been made to get up out of their sick bed, and walk to the hospital cafeteria for meals? Answer: Nobody!
How else is he supposed to eat? Trump has got to be one of the most ignorant and asinine people I have ever heard of, and 42% of my fellow Americans are mindlessly agreeing!
“Ya! He’s getting special treatment!” As if they have ever been in the hospital and been made to walk to the cafeteria for meals. How often does that happen?
So yes, I am afraid.
I am afraid of what this country is becoming.
I am afraid that 42% of the voting public are so mindless that they would vote for a buffoon like Trump.
I am afraid that 48% of the voting public are so mindless that they would vote for a criminal like Hillary.
I am afraid that if Trump gets in, he’ll have my children spying on me and reporting my statements to the secret police (I guess that they could just read my blog).
I am afraid that soon there will be camps for the unwanted, the undesirables, the "other.".
I am afraid that soon there will be an entire generation of PTSD victims from our endless wars.
I am afraid that there is nothing I can do about it.
In his book 1984, George Orwell wrote:
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength
I think that my next post will be about how true these words have become.