An Open Letter: About 60 Million Americans
I feel I should start out by saying I don't hate you. Life is too short and too precious for hate. What I do feel towards you a measure of frustration and confusion. Confusion over why you would choose to empower a demagogue with a thinly veiled (sometimes not at all veiled) measure of contempt regarding women, minorities, LGBTQ+, and whatever else didn't fit his nebulous and limited vision of what America should be.
This is a sentiment that you stood behind despite how it is in stark contrast with the explicitly enshrined American value of celebrating diversity. Granted, when the founding fathers laid this one down, they had a limited idea of what diversity actually meant, but in the last two hundred years, we've slowly but surely inched our way towards giving more people the opportunities and pathways to making the most of their potential or at the very least, live their lives with some measure of freedom and self determination, and this helps us all. Six Nobel Prize winners from America were immigrants. Would there lives have been better spent squandered by discrimination and poverty?
But that isn't what you support and for the life of me I can't see why. There are a host of other conservative stances I take issue with, but why this one is so central to the conservative identity utterly confuses me. Where does supporting gun proliferation, limiting government, and banning abortion intersect with the systemic discrimination of generalized groups of people over arbitrary distinctions who for the most part just want the same things as you; to live their lives, raise families, and love openly?
Now I've come to understand that a portion of you don't explicitly support Trump's ideology, but here's the thing: that's irrelevant now. Whether you voted for Trump out of genuine hatred for anything that doesn't fit your definition of "right" or "normal" or if you just wanted to give the establishment (right, left, and center) the biggest, orangest, most egomaniacal middle finger in history, people will be made to suffer for it. When millions are left without healthcare it will be in part, on you. When homosexuals lose everything they've gained in the last administration from the right to marry, to being able to serve openly in the military, or their job security, it will be on you.
I know you feel like you (poor mostly white conservatives) are the ones who have been marginalized, ridiculed, and labeled as backwards, racist, and stupid (and you actually have been). But here's the thing; you overwhelmingly and zealously supported a regressive candidate who is the very definition of the elitism you claim to reject who openly courts racist and homophobic support, and that makes you look kind of stupid. Furthermore, if you do stand behind his view that diversity breeds weakness, that sort of zero sum mentality, in which the empowerment of one group somehow takes away from you, approach to society just isn't what America was founded on.
But the die is cast, the fix is in, and here we are. I just hope that when the ramifications of his administration hit you (and make no mistake, they will) that you will weather the storm and not so quickly forget the harsh lessons we'll all be forced to learn. I say this out of love and compassion, not hate. Hate is a means of ending conflict by eliminating your adversary. Compassion seeks to resolve them in a way that, while not entirely satisfactory to either side, still allows for the recognition of everyone's innate humanity, and seeks to find solutions from common ground, not warring sides.
Thanks for listening,
PS: One more question; if you're all so vehemently so against establishment GOP politics, then how in the Hell did that very establishment get to hold onto the Senate?