Being An American in the Age of Trump
Americans love turkey. And I don’t mean the bird, or the Thanksgiving roast. I’m talking turkey. Jive turkey. In other words, bullshit.
People tell me all the time that they can’t wait until this election is over, so we can go back to normal after Trump is hopefully1 defeated. My first thought is, “Why? You think this lunacy will end?”
Trump is not the problem with America in 2016. Trump supporters are. As is the case in any democracy, we get what we deserve. And, in a country so eager to gobble up his bullshit, we get Trump. If Trump doesn’t win, trust me, there are countless politicians hungry for power in this country, just waiting to get their bullshit out there once he’s gone.
Here’s some numbers for you: 77% of Americans believe that angels are real, with zero evidence. Compare that with the 65% that believe in man-made climate change, despite overwhelming, sustained scientific evidence. Does that surprise you? Doesn’t surprise me, I grew up with this shit.
Only 38% of Americans believe that our civil war was fought because of slavery, while 48% think it was fought because of an argument over states’ rights. Hmm, the states’ right to do what, I wonder. Who cares, nobody gives a shit, hey, is there a football game on?
25% don’t believe that the Earth revolves around the Sun. I could keep going, and I haven’t even started talking politics.
So, is it any surprise that 41% of all Americans believe the election will be rigged, without any evidence? Even in the face of evidence that shows America actually makes it too hard for minorities, and those in poverty to vote? That election fraud is found only in 31 out of one billion votes here? Trump says it, that’s good enough for a lot of us. Hey, what happened to that football game? I need a beer!
Slurping up the supidest bullshit imaginable
- I’m not as hopeful as most. ↩