On Words: Abject Incredulous Stupidity

Abject:

1.utterly hopeless, miserable, humiliating, or wretched.
2.contemptible; despicable; base-spirited.
3.shamelessly servile; slavish.

Incredulous

skeptical; indicating or showing unbelief

Stupidity

beyond ignorant; dumbass; uneducated; lack of good sense or judgement

In other words:  A state of human existence indicating a “Hopeless skepticism that lacks good judgement.”

 

There are times when the world comes to a stand still and all you can do is shake your head in disbelief. Last week’s brouhaha over Trump’s latest tweets is one of those times. Society forgets that when you have a President who is anything but presidential, then bullying, shaming, inane dumbassery is bound to happen. That doesn’t mean you, the public, the citizen of the USA, must have a knee jerk reaction, and play to his narcissism.

Someone, somewhere, needs to be the adult in the room.

It’s as if the “Play” had been already written and preformed numerous other times. The media ginned up the tweet and everyone fell in line depending on their political bent. It became the cause celebre, pushed by tabloid TV, print, or the Internet. The media has no shame. They were the ones who gave Trump more airtime and free publicity than any other Presidential candidate. They wanted clicks, which ensured advertising dollars. They didn’t care about the real issues. If they did, they would have given equal airtime to other republican and democratic candidates. They didn’t. They had their town halls, or debates during the election season, but that was nothing to the air time they gave Trump. What they did was push his nonsensical protestations and help him become POTUS. What makes anyone think this latest grift is anything but a push by them for advertising dollars?

Someone, somewhere, needs to be the adult in the room.

The fact that we are all now discussing whether football players should #TakeTheKnee during the national anthem is ridiculous. The issue isn’t the protest as much as what they are protesting about. Remember, under the Constitution, people, not just citizens have the right to burn the flag of the USA, in the US. SCOTUS ruled long ago, as well, that it is also your right NOT to stand for the pledge or the national anthem. So “taking a knee” is no different than other protests of the past. And just so we are clear, the rights outlined in the Constitution are afforded any person living within the purview of the United States government, that includes citizens, permanent residents, visitors, prisoners, and illegal aliens.

By the way, last year when Dallas Cowboy players wore remembrances for 5 murdered policemen  they were fined by the league for their protest. The League claimed that they had interjected politics into the game. Why is that politics not allowed, and #TakeTheKnee is ok? (The NFL needs to reimburse those players) Just as an aside, why was it ok to denigrate Tim Tebow who bent the knee in prayer during a game, but #TakeTheKnee to protest is ok, and you are thought of as UnAmerican if you denigrate the protest? Now the NFL is rightly supporting the Constitution, but at the same time maybe they should have done it all along, for all politics, and not simply because Trump said something stupid for a change.

You may think that there might be other ways to bring issues to the forefront, but were we really talking about the issues of race, bias, and discrimination in policing anymore? Those who had knelt before this past week, were merely trying to bring that discussion back into the public arena. And in truth, Kaepernick, who started the #TakeTheKnee brouhaha,  did these issues no favor by wearing a pro-Castro T-shirt, and police as pigs socks. No more than Black Lives Matter did their cause any justice by going full on antisemitic in their platform. You can’t win freedom and justice for your people by siding with mass murderers like Castro, by denigrating all police, most of whom offer up their lives every day to protect and serve, or promoting antisemitic conspiracy theories as if  the Protocols of the Elders of Zion is an actual memoir.

When you promote hate in order to win your own freedom, you will get no where. Martin Luther King, Jr, understood that:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
Hate multiplies hate,
violence multiplies violence,
and toughness multiplies toughness
in a descending spiral of destruction….
The chain reaction of evil —
hate begetting hate,
wars producing more wars —
must be broken,
or we shall be plunged
into the dark abyss of annihilation.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strength To Love, 1963

 

Some are saying that the issue is one of culture. That Trump is leading a culture war against the Left/progressive view of the US. But if that is so, what is the cultural war that Trump and his supporters are trying to wage? When he said the confederate statues should be left standing, was he defending the racism of Jim Crow and slavery, or the treason that these southern generals committed? Is Trump’s culture war defending  the belief that the USA is perfect, that it can do no wrong? Then ask yourself, how can a nation made up of fallible people never make mistakes? Do they really believe, contrary to the empirical evidence, that all citizens and persons in the US are treated equally? The reality is that that fantasy is not happening, and has never actually happened.

Being marginalized defines the daily existence for many in our society, not just persons of color, but especially for the disabled and mentally ill. Remember it is illegal to abort an unborn child due to its gender or race (in many countries), but it is considered a societal good to abort an unborn child if they are disabled in anyway. Additionally, because a person may have any number of disabilities, medical treatment(s) may be denied to them as well, even here in the US. (Just food for thought) Moreover, the majority of persons shot and killed by police have either a mental illness or developmental disability. Furthermore, there is higher unemployment and disenfranchisement among the mentally ill and disabled than the public in general. In truth, those with these issues are more at risk than any other group in our society. When we talk about marginalized people, it is time that the topic of how we view, treat, and include disabled persons should also come up.

In the end, it is important that we stop allowing others to play us for fools, be it Trump or the media. Stop allowing them to distract from the real issues, and the real problems that we face as a nation. Stop giving in to abject incredulous stupidity.

Someone, somewhere, needs to be the adult in the room.

The question is, are there any grown-ups left in the public arena anymore?

 

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