I can respect someone saying, “I was wrong.”
I can’t respect someone entrenching themselves in the face of obvious wrong doing by their side and making attempts to flip the script and point at the other side with, “But look at them! Look how evilhorriblebadguy they are! Look at all the wrong they did!”
Because it’s tacit acknowledgement that your side was wrong and an attempt to justify its own faults and failings. And I won’t care about anything else you’ve got to say.
I don’t give a fuck about how much of a shitshow the Democrats/Liberals/Left are. This isn’t about them.
What I do give a fuck about is that a sitting President of the United States of America incited an assault on the legislative branch of the government and on a lawful Constitutional process, caused national security to be compromised, and allowed the flag of a defeated and failed enemy of the nation to be paraded in our Capitol. I also give a huge fuck that at least one other flag of white supremacy was displayed on the building, and I have a massive problem with the US flag being removed and replaced with a Trump flag.
I also care about why it was done. I don’t give a flying fuck if Trump meant for it to happen, it happened, and it happened in his name, at his encouragement. And then he told the people who did it that he and his family loved them.
Leadership is always ultimately responsible for the actions of those who follow them.
For four years I’ve been told, “I like Trump because he keeps it real and tells it like it is!” while at the same time by the same people being told some variation of “That’s not what he meant!” or “He didn’t really mean that!” I also kept getting told that he was a “man of the people” contradicted with “he doesn’t pretend to be a man of the people”, or that “he isn’t like the other rich politicians” while he used his office and position to make a shitload of money for himself, thus proving himself exactly like them (don’t fucking point fingers at Pelosi or Waters for sitting in their mansions while pretending to be “of the people” while their districts go to shit unless you’re going to condemn Trump for the exact same fucking thing and hold him accountable for the troubles of his country). I’ve been told that if he “just stayed off Twitter” it would be different. But he didn’t. And it wasn’t.
Personally, I don’t think Trump ever seriously expected to win the office. I think a lot of that first campaign was an effort to mock the entire process and political situation in this country while also serving his own ego. He played the reality TV star and became the embodiment of everything that those who hated the Left felt. And he fucked up and got elected-which in and of itself is an indictment of the system and proves exactly the point I’m guessing at in my first sentence. And then he found himself in a job he didn’t want with responsibility he didn’t want and wasn’t up to the task of.
I could be wrong. I don’t know. It doesn’t really matter at this point if I am or not. I only even mention my thoughts there as a matter of context.
I wanted him to be a good President, with a successful term or terms in office, because I want nothing but good for this country and the people who live here.
But we come now to these last days where whatever good he did accomplish is sullied by a failed attempt to defile the Constitution and turn this country into a dictatorship.
I was never pro-Trump, but I wasn’t explicitly anti-Trump at first, as a matter of trying be objective. But I became anti-Trump because I am pro-America, and he represents the worst of what this country is, and none of what it is supposed to be.
At this point, I don’t care about him being removed from office so much as I care about his fucking cult dying. I worry that forced removal from office will only galvanize them all the more. What I ultimately care about is people being willing to say, “I was wrong about him,” and then working to fix what’s been broken.
No, “But the economy!” No, “But the Democrats!” No, “I hate all politicians!” No, “But the BLM/Antifa protests and riots!” No, “But Middle East peace!” No, “But Hunter Biden!” “But her emails!” Fuck all of that.
None of that matters in this context. What matters is that a man in a position of power–whether intentionally or not–created and allowed to happen an attack on the Constitution and our government, and in doing so violated his oath of office and everything that so many Americans have died for in the last 245 years.
And if you can’t acknowledge that, if you can’t stand up and point the finger at him, then you’re part of the problem. If you read this and your response/reaction to it is to attack or point out the “evils of them Socialist Libtard Dimmocrats”, then you missed the point and are part of the problem.
Is it one-sided? OF COURSE IT’S NOT. But the topic here is one person and the wrongs that have transpired because of him and in his name.
Revolution and rebellion is written into the DNA of this country, and I firmly believe in the words of the Declaration of Independence, in particular the admonishments of the People having the duty of rising up against a tyrannical government.
The Revolution that led to the formation of this country wasn’t done in the name of one man and his ideologies. It was done in the name of a collected set of ideals that didn’t require a single leader to live by. George Washington understood this so implicitly that he dreaded holding the office of President, set a standard of self-imposed term limitations, and never made it about him, but about the country, its ideals, and the People.
I can respect that a group of people stood up and took action for something they believe in. Had their cause been just, I would support it. But it was not. And I cannot. I cannot respect why they did. And I cannot respect people who support it and continue to stand on the wrong side of the line in spite of it. What they stood up for and died and killed for was their own form of tyranny, not liberty.
I honestly can’t even tell you where the line was for me. I know it started with his absolute lack of decorum and inability to just simply be honest. But some of you never found that line, never hit a point of “fuck this, fuck this guy, this isn’t what I thought I was voting for”. And that in and of itself is telling. For some of you, he never went too far. And worse is your attempt to justify it by pointing fingers at the other guys.
I despise echo chambers. I value trying to see all sides and perspectives. I value constructive discourse that stays on topic and refrains from making attacks away from the point. I can and do allow my mind to be changed. But this isn’t the time or place for “But!” This is a time and place for pointing at a specific problem and calling it—and the people who encouraged, enabled, and supported it—what it is.
For what it’s worth, I’m not a Democrat. I’m not a Republican. I’m a centrist–and therefore in the eyes of much of the Left, part of the problem. I believe in things in the platforms of both parties. But this isn’t about me. And it’s not about Democrats or Libertarians or Independent centrists. It’s about Trump and those who not only allowed him and his cult to happen, but helped make them.
I can keep the company of Trump supporters and Republicans and Conservatives who can honestly and genuinely point at the mess they helped create and have some accountability for it, and say, “We fucked up,” and work to fix it.
I cannot keep the company of those who attempt to support or justify anything being done in the name of or by Donald Trump in spite of what’s been done under his leadership and in his name.
If that means that I lose friends, fans, or potential clients, then so be it. I’d rather not be associated personally, casually, or professionally with anyone that is okay with -why- what happened happened in Washington DC on January 6, 2021.