While there are enormous pockets of “unanimity” throughout this country, there is no longer any “unity” in the United States of America.
For example, there are many presumed-to-be-honorable people who believe and argue that Barack Obama, the incumbent president who has in his two terms in office won a number of important victories for all the people and has remained scandal-free, has ruined the nation and caused America to lose its respect.
Donald J. Trump, the soon-to-be-official presidential nominee of the Republican Party, “will do his best to restore this once-great nation” and “has the support of millions of pissed-off American patriots that want to make Obama and his idiot administration just a bad memory,” a guy from Tennessee boasted to me online recently.
And for any “Omar,” “Stagger Lee” or “Sambo” who doesn’t like it, “there are planes [that] leave the U.S. day and night,” another guy from Texas wrote me. “I send u 20.00 on a ticket and 20.00 more if u will take a friend with u. Idiots.”
Gee, a whole $20 each? A Jackson or a Tubman?
“We the people could care less about Muhammad journalist opinion … you are another outsider trying to tell us how we should feel most likely probably doesn’t possess any American values so who cares what you think,” Texas guy continued. “Viva D Trump.”
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong, White Americans. You are wrong about me. You are wrong about the world in which you are now living.
I’m no outsider. If you want to send me back to the place of my birth, you’ll have to get me a ticket to Mississippi, USA, thank you very much.
I know this country. I served six years, and received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Naval Reserve. I was stationed aboard the USS Marsh, a destroyer escort, based at San Francisco’s Hunter’s Point Naval Station, I earned the rank E-4, Radarman 3rd Class and I attended Naval Officer Candidate School. I know of which I write, Americans.
The grave error made by “Trump-istas” and others who refuse to acknowledge this country’s grave historical crimes against humanity — slavery and genocide against the Native people — is that they believe this wealthy, White-dominated country is so awesome and virtuous that it does not need the permission of anyone, ever, in order to make its will manifest, from now until.
Never mind that the leaders of other countries may be a bit “rattled” by the things Trump says on top of America’s history of war and imperialism. Never mind that millions upon millions of people in this country are subjected to the threat of being rounded up and deported as if White America might carry out some kind of “final solution,” to the problem of immigrants, although no one would ever call it that.
Never mind that the cheap stoop labor of undocumented, mostly Mexican workers made the agri-business industry rich and gave consumers low prices for the food on their tables for a generation.
More than 150 years ago, the United States of America could not proceed half-slave, half-free. Nor could the country survive as a unified nation, without the service of more than 200,000 U.S. Colored Troops.
Now, to those who mock me as an outsider because of my contrarian views about the unrepentant evil perpetrated — and continuing right up to this very minute — by this country in the name of white supremacy values, let me say to them: I am no outsider. I am a descendant of one of those soldiers who fought for the Union flag in the bloodiest of all American wars.
Too many people in this country seem to be trying to now argue that the hateful views and behavior of Trump and his Trump-istas does not border on American-style, lynch-mob fascism. So I ask, why do I have to go along with that fatally flawed White American business model that relies on bluster and armed force? Why can’t those guys go along with my views?
I say, again and again and again: America cannot win the next conflict by winning.
Why can’t those guys recognize the error of their ways, repent and come over to my way of thinking?
Me, I don’t want to share in America’s coming “spoils of war” or, more realistically, overdue punishment on account of hateful practices for so many generations.
Everyone in today’s marketplace of ideas seems to have dug their heels into their respective red and blue bunkers.