The Country Divide

Seeing intelligent, artistic, articulate leaders rise to the top of each industry is a breath of fresh air for those who have left-leaning or even moderate views.  For the Trumpians, not so much.  They see nothing of themselves in these leaders. I have a hard time wrapping my head around the Trump crowd. The only Trumpians I got are wealthy people who don’t want to pay taxes, although I find it repulsive.

Seeing Amanda Gorman on the cover of Vogue and seeing Black leaders rise to the top of every conversation is a breath of fresh air vs. anger running at the Capitol steps. Now more than ever, I get it.

Unfortunately, many GOP leaders are poisonous and flaming the fuel that sets a deep line of division down our country.  Unclear what they stand for but power, and they are quite good at speaking to anger. The anger comes from a multitude of things; lack of opportunity and education. Many see their children leave the nest and their cities and not remaining at home.  It’s a false belief that things were better in the past, but the reality is this has been a slow crescendo, probably about 400 years.  The people that have been overlooked and are finding themselves not returning to the system. Many of those people didn’t go to college.  Their jobs are being replaced, and the cost of making ends meet isn’t easy.

The Trumpians are fighting to have their voices heard thru anti-vaccinations, blaming terrorists and illegal immigrants for their issues.  It is all about mistrust. The people who have stepped in to represent them are just feeding on them and taking advantage so they can be in power.  It’s all so awful.  The Republican Party has lost its way through greed and power, using people who have been ignored and undervalued to prop them up with rhetoric and anger. Nothing good comes from them. Agreeing to disagree can many times be beneficial. Where did that go?

When I see the many intellects and new leaders on the cover of magazines and talk shows, which I applaud, I do understand the anger now more than ever. Suppose you can’t imagine connecting to them or thinking of them as a role model that fuels an underlying frustration.

The saddest part of it all is that the people who pretend be their leader saying that he understands their demise is Trump. The biggest snake oil salesman that ever exists. The fire he has created is proving to be hard to extinguish.