Screenshot of a frog holding a gun in front of a Confederate Flag with message that read Pepe Doesn't Like You

Pepe does not like you!…LOL

Today, my partner and I had the kind of discussion my ancestors
must have had before their decision to emigrate to the United
States.

How much time do we have?

What country will have us?

How do we seek asylum?

Maybe the U.S. will return to normal between now and January 20, 2017.

But this is not normal.

A normal American President does not choose an avowed racist and anti-Semite to serve as his Chief Strategist.

The New York Times November 16, 2016 Steve ‘Turn On the Hate’ Bannon, in the White House

To scroll through Breitbart headlines is to come upon a parallel universe where black people do nothing but commit crimes, immigrants rape native-born daughters, and feminists want to castrate all men. Here’s a sample:

Hoist It High and Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims a Glorious Heritage (This headline ran two weeks after a white supremacist massacred nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C.)

Screenshot of a Brietbart News articfle about the confederate flag called hoist it high and proud
The Nazi flag is outlawed in Germany because it flew over the torture and murder of six million innocent German citizens.

Normal American media does not perfume the ugly racist lies spread by the Trump campaign as folk culture.

The Washington Post, November 16, 2016 America’s working class has its own culture. And they will fight to keep it.

The populism of Middle America stems from the view that the traditional world of the petty bourgeoisie is under threat from the “politics of the civilized minority.” It is a culture — a way of living that is being defended. But in the face of external threats, folk cultures can succumb to the temptation to tribalism and a politics of envy and resentment. The racist rhetoric in certain sectors of the electorate is the manifestation of the instinct to protect folk identity.

Screenshot of a frog holding a gun in front of a Confederate Flag with message that read Pepe Doesn't Like You
This artifact of Working Class Volk Culture arrived from the petty bourgeoisie in my Twitter feed last week.

Maybe I’m simple but a racist is a racist and when I’m under attack,
I don’t have to understand him.

In fact, I expect the law to protect me from his racist temptation to tribalism and his politics of envy and resentment.

A normal American president does not send out surrogates to warn us to be careful of what we say.

Be very careful of criticizing the incoming president: Kellyanne Conway issues warning to Democrat Harry Reid as she drops hint of legal action against Trump critics

But, Harry Reid is doing the job the people chose him to do.

Harry Reid speaks for the majority who voted to elect Hillary Clinton.

“The election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America. White nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump’s victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear – especially African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Muslim Americans, LGBT Americans and Asian Americans. Watching white nationalists celebrate while innocent Americans cry tears of fear does not feel like America.

I have heard more stories in the past 48 hours of Americans living in fear of their own government and their fellow Americans than I can remember hearing in five decades in politics. Harry Reid, The UK Daily Mail

I just looked up to see my partner frantically tearing through his papers.

When I asked him what he was doing he said, ‘Looking for my passport.’

Public domain photo of a man who wears a Swastika in front of a Confederate Flag
White Working Class Folk Culture on display in 21st Century America – Found on the Internet Archives, source unknown

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37 thoughts on “Pepe does not like you!…LOL

  1. There are still hearts within the U.S. government that embrace your values.
    The act of ‘persistence’ by all of us that will always believe in this country as a ‘free world’, will touch one or more of those hearts. Alike many of us, they too may have to walk through some fears.
    GREAT POST!

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    1. Thank you for this comment. There are plenty of Communitarians in the States. In fact, I most of us value communities that share our values, composed of people who love us enough to support us when we’re down. I think we all want to feel safe. So the real question is why has half of our community gone into retreat behind a wall built from anger. Do they even know why they’re so angry? This is why we need to know the extent of the manipulation of our media and our electoral process. There is something crazy about all of this. We’ve deluded ourselves into thinking we can move toward fascism and come back from it uncathed.

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      1. Definitely not unscathed. I believe that Trump hit a nerve that has been unattended and brewing for a good 15 years +. The anger behind the financial structure we’ve lived with and pushing the problems under the rug is righteous. However, the leader behind this revolution is inept. I won’t even attempt to address the racism and… He preyed on the fear of the people to obtain his goal, to be elected President. Now what?
        My fear is… there will not be a single prayer, hope or plea heard for a peaceful resolution.
        Thank you for listening.

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    1. It’s who they are. This image is the closest thing I’ve seen to the mentality of the ignorant anti-Semitic bullies of my childhood. They do not distinguish between child ‘others’ and adult ‘others’. It was not uncommon to have adults gather their children and order them to beat on me. In the long run, to have an ignorant bully dislike me is a ok by me! 🙂

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      1. It’s a scary to wake up to find that your government is controlled by people who are personality disordered and sociopaths. It’s unnerving to see so much of the press playing the role of gas lighting enabler to a gang of pathological narcissists.

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      2. Yes and everyday they share who DT is putting in high level positions and the people have racist past. I need to escape at least until I’m on the mend. As for the world it’s turning into a frightening place.

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      3. What I do is take media breaks. So much of what is going on now is reminiscent of the South in the 1960’s. I had hoped to escape the hate that seems to fester in the region of my birth. Perhaps the union should have let it secede.

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      4. I’m trying get to take a break. One on the ladies I live with is hard of hearing and she plays the TV so loud I catch snippets. I’m staying off FB and won’t read any blog that’s covering post election news.

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  2. It’s a sad day when this type of hate has been “endorsed” by a person who will lead our country. It is sad that people fear their homeland. It is sad and I am mad.

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    1. This is even sadder:

      Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL and a spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC, made the argument on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show Wednesday (Nov. 16) night, explaining that a Muslim registry would “hold constitutional muster.”

      Trump surrogates are already citing Japanese internment camps from WW II as "precedent" for Muslim registry pic.twitter.com/DVnjtom0mc
      
      — Brendan Karet (@bad_takes) November 17, 2016
      

      “I know the ACLU is gonna challenge it, but I think it’ll pass, and we’ve done it with Iran back—back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese, which, you know, call it what you will, maybe—,” said Higbie, before Kelly interjected.

      “Come on. You’re not—you’re not proposing we go back to the days of internment camps, I hope,” asked Kelly, who continually pushed back on Higbie’s suggestion. But he held firm:

      “Look, the president needs to protect America first, and if that means having people that are not protected under our constitution have some sort of registry so we can understand, until we can identify the true threat and where it’s coming from, I support it,” said Higb

      It never occurs to Trump and his surrogates that they and their racial fascism is the real threat to the United States.

      http://qz.com/839991/a-prominent-trump-surrogate-cited-japanese-internment-camps-as-precedent-for-a-muslim-registry/

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  3. The only way I can wrap my head around all of this is to think we, as a country, are hitting rock bottom. Eventually, something will have to change and we will start to rise up from this.

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      1. I agree that resistance is a necessity. I also believe that the action of resistance needs to change while Trump is holding office. In other words, fight the government within the government. Change can begin at the local level. And… don’t be afraid of the media. The media will want every angle of this presidency to run.
        Taking the majority of the resistance to the streets with an unstable presidency could be ‘Kent State’ one thousand times over daily.

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      2. I agree with everything you say. I have no desire to see bloodshed…I also have no desire to be dragged out my house and executed for being Jewish. I don’t know whether or not you belong to any groups currently targeted by Trump and his rabid base of self-entitled whites. A man who is by blood Jewish and who remembers conversations between relatives who survived the holocaust cannot sit idly while Muslims and Latino immigrants are targets for mass incarceration. How can we sit calmly as our government is commandeered by a racist white minority who have formed an alliance with a dangerous tyranny.

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      3. ‘Sitting idly by’ and being ‘content in one’s own world’ has created the discussion we’re having.
        When push comes to shove in the greatest sense, my actions are not only determined by what I value in life, but by fear and the immediate, such as the need to protect and survival. I have never been able to honestly say that, “I know how I will react.” The moment has always determined my reaction. However, knowing that about myself, I have steered myself towards some of the greatest ‘Champions of the people’, past and present. In the greatest of movements there will always be Painful Deaths. It’s proven to be inevitable.
        Here’s the ‘BUT’. The bloodshed has never erased the belief of many and myself in the ‘Goodness of Mankind’. The goodness of mankind has akways been the victor in this country, because it’s embedded in our hearts.
        When you make the needed ‘Noise’, expect the worst along the way, but don’t LEAD with the worst.
        A friend of mine recently wrote the following and I have tried to keep it in the front of my mind… “This is not forgiveness, this is not excusing, this is simply trying not to become dissolved by fury and outrage but rather to evolve by maintaining a stance of dignity and warmth of spirit.”

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      4. I appreciate your comment but don’t understand what you mean. I also sense a shift in tone that I’m not willing to follow. Thank you for the discussion.

        On re-write. I wasn’t happy with my reply and decided to slowly re-read what you wrote. Yes, I think I do see what you mean.

        Understanding is not forgiveness, attempting to see unite around common purpose is not excusing. We have nothing to gain from mindless rage.

        Please forgive my earlier misunderstanding.

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      5. It’s OK. Because I don’t want to go out misunderstood, I would like to briefly break my comment down. Thank you for your patients.
        The bottom line is… it’s probable that everyone will take off in different directions and do what they want, to keep life safe and secure for themselves.
        Because there has been so much anger and hatred released and ok’d by Trump, my only response is, “please be safe and take care of yourselves.”
        Individually we will do what we deem necessary to survive. From my life experience, a united front of hatred can only be defeated by a united front of people with a clear vision of the greater good of man. Sadly, injuries and death have become common when these two forces collide. The loss of life is a cost paid for our freedoms and rights. And… that makes me very angry.
        The quote ending my comment is suggesting that LOVE IS GREATER THAN HATE.
        The power of our love is a force that cannot be reckoned with, defeated or taken from us.
        I hope this explanation helps with any misunderstandings. Please take care-

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  4. I can’t read it anymore, it’s too apocalyptic.
    So maybe I am just like the shell shocked residents of Europe who kept thinking this can’t be happening. The world will become normal again tomorrow. I’m already doing crazy mental strategies thinking, “how much damage can he do in four years?”
    I now understand what it felt like to live in the early days of Nazi Germany when you didn’t vote for Hitler.
    It is freaking scary.

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    1. There were decent Germans and the story of the Nazi’s is also the story of everyday Germans who placed their lives on the line to help their Jewish neighbors. The Diary of Ann Frank is as much the result of the people who let the Frank family live in their attic as it is the result of Ann Franks writing. But the dominant question for me is this. I’ve always worried about that the myth of American exceptionalism would lead to this. I’ve never been under the illusion that the U.S. and our allies defeated fascism. We defeated the most extreme manifestations of it.

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    1. I agree with you about the importance of avoiding hyperbole. My point with this is that historically the U.S. is where people come to when their governments become repressive and dangerous. Even during the worst of the Nixon years I wasn’t afraid of my government. Maybe it was because our media did it’s damned job and refused to back down.

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