The conversation begins so innocently. Something like, "Hey! I like your Trump flag" or "Nice MAGA hat." Half an hour later you stumble away muttering, "It's colossal asshats like him that give true Patriots a bad name."
For the last eight months, I've been arguing passionately that true Patriots are peaceful, intelligent, loving, God-fearing people. You know it and I know it. But in every barrel there's that one frickin' bad apple. A stupid, bloodthirsty, racist disgrace besmirching the good name of "Patriot."
The Powers-That-Be love it, painting us all with the same brush.
Unluckily for me, I recently ran across that one frickin' bad apple. What an education!
"We Haven't Finished With the Embalming."
Unlike Michael who was "raised" by a violent drunk (and worse!), I was raised in a family of non-drinkers. So unlike Michael I don't immediately recognize the signs of drunk-as-a-skunk. And this Particular Person (PP, for short...or dick if you prefer!) was so sodden he made W. C. Fields look like a teetotaler.
As a shy person, I empathize toward the use of alcohol as a social lubricant but this PP had slid way past sociable into belligerent. He wasn't delicately brined. He wasn't pleasantly pickled. He squelched and reeked of alcohol. He was Bette Davis in All About Eve saying, "We haven't finished with the embalming" but without the delicate strains of Liebestraum in the background, for you old movie buffs.
Now I was raised with the concept that if you're going to claim a certain identity, whether it be Homeschooler, Christian, Patriot, etc., then you'd better damn well get your act together so you don't disgrace the cause you claim. You'd better be impeccable in your word and actions so you don't embarrass the Lord!
Unfortunately, this PP was painting "Patriot" in a pretty bad light...and he hadn't even opened his mouth yet.
"For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh." (Matt 12:34)
That is not the spirit of America. The spirit of a joyful melting pot of every race, color and creed peacefully formed from "the huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
It's the governments of countries that are the problems...not the people. Most people worldwide are pretty nice. They just want to live-live-live.
In my opinion, True Patriots are not racist and racists cannot be True Patriots. The words are antithetical. You can be one...or you can be the other. You cannot logically be both.
By the time PP'd finished bragging about his firearm collection, for which he doesn't have ammunition so they're just expensive decorative clubs, things had become pretty clear: He just enjoyed fighting. He was spoiling for a fight, to see blood run, to kill and then to plunder...and if "Patriot" gave him a good excuse to do it, then he'd sully that fine word with his bloodlust.
There are no words strong enough for someone like that. Luckily, bravado usually betrays cowardice so I doubt anyone is in danger from him and his bulletless arsenal.
When the media claims that MAGA folks are racist, violent and stupid, I thought they made it up out of their ass. I'm disgusted to find they did not. There are actually people, hopefully only a handful, claiming the fine name of "Patriot" who are racist, violent and stupid...and they're giving True Patriots who are loving, peaceful and well educated (it's a choice!) a bad name. Perhaps they're even planted in the midst of God-fearing Patriots, like the provocateurs of Jan 6th.
You can't fix 'em. You can't educate 'em. You can't save 'em. That would be codependent and that never works.
There's only one thing you can do: rrrrrrruuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnn.
Thankfully, 99.99999% of MAGA are not like the PP in this cautionary tale. The maybe .00001% that are should be ashamed of themselves. Racism, hatred and violence have no part of the Make America Great Again nor Save America movements. And they definitely are not in the spirit of President Trump nor our Peaceful Founding Fathers as I argued so forcefully in my article, The Peacefulness of our Founding Fathers.
If you ever have the great misfortune to run across a PP as I did, don't hesitate, don't stick around, don't engage with him. Run like Hell!
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