If you live in the United States you are probably already sick and tired about hearing about the campaign deciding who will be the next president of the United States. As a matter of fact odds are good you have now heard the name “Trump” even more times than you have heard another name I never want to hear again — KARDASHIAN. Yes we are over-saturated with reality TV stars — which is exactly what “The Donald” actually is.
Across 2015 we’ve been treated to a renewed and very vocal outcry of white power, anti-immigrant sentiment (let’s include Britain’s UKIP party here). Trump’s obstinate rudeness in the name of not being “politically correct” has ended all pretenses of civility and human decency as thousands flock to hear and echo his race baiting and misogyny, messages that are designed to put the rest of us in our “proper” place.
Sadly Trump is not alone in his spiteful and scapegoating rhetoric. As reported this week in The Guardian, other GOP contenders including Ben Carson have joined the racist Trump bandwagon, railing against racial minorities. Those that have not expressed blazoned racism have joined Trump in their sexist, including many recent remarks by Jeb Bush. All of this designed to appeal to their conservative vote base.
Which begs the question, “what exactly are they trying to preserve?”
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines conservative as
“Believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society : relating to or supporting political conservatism. of or relating to the conservative party in countries like the United Kingdom and Canada: not liking or accepting changes or new ideas.”
What are these ideas then? What is Trump trying to take us back to in order to “make America great again?”
Sadly I think what he wants is to bring America back to the 1950s, a time when women were fired from the jobs they held in support of the war effort of the 1940s in order to return to their “proper” place as wives and mothers. The 1950s were a time when racial segregation and Jim Crowe was the law and racial mixing, especially in the bedroom, was explicitly forbidden. It was a time when arbitrary laws denied the “wrong people” (meaning racial minorities) their rights to vote. The few women who worked outside the home were demeaned and paid pennies on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. University education for women was rare and typically focused on home economics and the skills they would need to be successful wives and mothers.
The 1950s were a time where white, affluent men literally ruled the western world, where the rest of the society was expected to serve their interests without question and without deviation from their desires. It was a time of de facto slavery and where failure to serve the white male masters was punished viciously. It was a time where women and minorities were considered too intellectually inept to make decisions about their own bodies and incapable of being educated past the most remedial of vocational skills. In nearly all respects except technology, it was a time where Plato, Aristotle, Julius Caesar, and dozens of famous and infamous Roman leaders would have felt perfectly at home.
In many ways it is easy to understand why these conservatives want us to live in the 1950s again. To be conservative is to resist change, change that works against the interests of the same men who are asking for our consent to become the next American emperor. They intrude into women’s bodies because women are presumed to be incapable of managing them — we are too stupid, too poorly educated to make good choices for ourselves. They undermine the voting rights of racial minorities, the poor, and the elderly because such votes express opinions different from theirs — utterly intolerable in their mindset. They demean and dismiss everyone that is not them because they are living in their 1950s paradise and want to keep it forever. And they genuinely think that we are all too stupid and afraid to speak up for ourselves, that we will continue to tolerate them and obey them. What are we but their slaves, slaves who do not want to be free?
Therefore I ask you all to join with me in standing together. Their 1950s conservative paradise is built on the enslavement of 99% of the population. Through extreme wealth inequities they have convinced us to fight each other for crumbs, to become moochers killing each other in zero sum scenarios of their creation — much like gladiators fighting each other for their amusement. They have convinced us that they are our friends and it’s other people who are different from us that are the problem.
That is a lie, folks, classic divide and conquer. Because they know that when we stand together, they lose their power. For centuries they’ve convinced us that everything is “win-lose,” that success only comes at the expense of someone else. Except that success actually comes by taking on a “win-win” mindset — something I learned in my months in the Law of Attraction movement. Cooperation and teamwork is “win-win.” The more we cooperate and help each other, the stronger we become and the less power they possess.
I for one will not play their economic and social gladiatorial games anymore. Who’s with me?