So here you go, this is the pm I sent to Mike earlier this morning:
I have to say, I've reached my saturation point with Trump. Even posted on facebook today I'm taking a break and the level of hate rhetoric that's becoming common place already in Trump's America is just staggering. And people keep defending him. I gave him the benefit of the doubt more than once; no more. Every time I turn around he's embracing something I don't like. Or someone. All attempts at reason are a "plot of the democrats" to try and destroy him. We have now entered the 30s again, where people just don't like anyone other than white bread conservatives. Perhaps we're heading to the 20s. I don't know. All I do know is, I'm tired of it, so I'm withdrawing, much like Keith did. Going to give Ratsun a break for a while and try and focus on things other than the attitudes of tons of people I can't agree with, or change their minds.
Threads like "Cuz Merica" would seem to be cathartic, but instead, in my opinion, serve to foster hate and resentment. It's a constant reminder of everyone feeding into bigoted hate, regardless of what side you voted for. I keep seeing the darker side of people these days. Even those I work with. It seems "Build the wall!" surpassed "No man is an island." a long time ago. And the electing of people who likely hold white power views? Amazing. In the age of tolerance and enlightenment, we've gone back to the beginnings of our country.
I fully expect immigrants, legal or not, to be lynched and beaten on a daily basis if this continues. I thought we were better than that. But everything I keep seeing, the number of people who defend those who stand for racial inequality, I keep thinking I'm the one who's gone too far. But no, it's everyone else. When you get mindless chanting of grade school kids suggesting immigrants should stay out of America, that's not them, that's their parents.
When I grew up, my parents told me I could do anything or be anything I wanted. They told me how America was a melting pot and immigrants came from all over to help shape our brave new world, free of tyranny and oppression. You know what I see now? I see people saying "Thank god we got that nigger out of office. All those fucking mexicans can get the fuck out." I've heard that in my small town NAPA. I've seen in it people's faces. And more and more people seem to have that viewpoint. I don't get it. I don't understand how we've slipped this far as a country, to the point of not caring about dreams and hopes, to not caring about anyone other than our white selves.
At the moment, I'm out of steam. I called in and took a half day. I'm starting a fire in the garage and listening to early Pink Floyd while I finish tearing the head off the wagon to find out what went wrong. Sorry there won't be any oics. I hope we get back to civil understanding here and elsewhere. Until then, I'm out. Keith says hi.