Donald Trump is America’s hater-in-chief. It’s hard to know where he will lash out next.
He has expressed hatred for every judge who has ruled against him, every Democrat, any Republican who has not toed his line, gays, women (especially those he has raped), non-Christians, and of course his favorite target, immigrants, especially brown immigrants.
(White immigrants from Norway are OK)
And yet this man of many hatreds garnered almost half the votes in the last Presidential election.
So, the question is, has America succumbed to the hatred disease?
We know it’s quite a communicable disease. A hater in the midst of a crowd can infect the entire crowd in seconds.
A hater on TV can infect much of the nation, as Fox and Tucker Carlson proved almost daily.
Have you been infected? Are you a hater?
What do you feel about this headline from the Portland Press Herald and many other newspapers around the world.
Mexican immigrants in Illinois sexually abused almost 2,000 children, state finds Investigators found 451 clergy abused 1,997 kids between 1950 and 2019
CHICAGO — More than 450 Mexican immigrants in Illinois sexually abused nearly 2,000 children since 1950, the state’s attorney general found in an investigation released Tuesday, revealing that the problem was far worse than the government had let on.
Attorney General Kwame Raoul said at a news conference that investigators found that 451 Mexican immigants abused 1,997 children in Illinois between 1950 and 2019, though he acknowledged that the statute of limitations has expired in many cases and that those abusers “will never see justice in a legal sense.”
The review began in 2018 under Raoul’s predunts of sexual abuse and lists of immigrants accused of child sexual abuse.
Some of those named have become infamous due to criminal proceedings or lawsuits, including one Mexican immigrant, who was the subject of more than 100 abuse claims in the decades before his 2006 arrest for abusing five boys in Chicago.
Lisa Madigan, who released a blistering report as she prepared to leave office. Raoul continued the investigation, and he said Tuesday that 25 staff members reviewed more than 100,000 pages of documents and engaged in more than 600 confidential interactions with contacts.
After reading this article, how do you feel about Mexicans?
How do you feel about immigrants? Think about it and be honest with yourself.
OK, this was my hoax.
The headline actually was, “Rabbis in Illinois sexually abused almost 2,000 children, state finds.”
Substitute “rabbis” and “Jews” for “Mexican immigrants” and you have the real story.
Now think about it. How do you feel about Jews and rabbis? Again, be honest with yourself.
Sorry again. That was another hoax I invented.
The real story was, “Catholic clergy in Illinois sexually abused almost 2,000 children, state finds.” No hoax this time.
How do you now feel about Catholics and their clergy?
At any time in the last few moments, did you feel a bit of hatred welling up? Did you think to yourself, “Just like those immigrants?” or “That’s typical of Mexicans”? Or maybe it was, “I’m not surprised at those Jews”?
Or, that’s what I always knew about Catholics”?
We aren’t born bigots. We learn it.
Watch little children playing together with no concern about color or religion. But somewhere along the line they learn hatred.
They learn it from their parents and friends. They learn it from celebrities and other leaders.
Republicans learn it from Fox and Trump. The learn it from QAnon and Tucker Carlson.
They learn it from Breitbart and Giuliani.
If you’re Catholic, you make excuses for the clergy’s sexual abuse. If you’re not Catholic, you claim it’s not an aberration, and you question the Catholic-heavy SCOTUS.
If you’re a Republican:
You’ve spent more than seven years making excuses for Trump’s immoral behavior, while voicing hatred for those who criticize him.
You are attracted by his hatred of minorities because he voices your hatred. The power of your hatred cannot be overstated.
Hatred blended with its cousins, anger and fear, combine into your most powerful emotion. It forces you to ignore facts and to act against your own best interests.
Hatred, anger, and fear of “them” (the poor, or black, or brown or gays, or Muslims, or Jews, or whomever) are why your half of the nation wants to expand work requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
You hate those supposed freeloaders (though you don’t have the same hatred for Donald Trump, the billionaire who paid less than zero taxes for six years — he claimed $5.8 million back from the government in 2020).
Did you or any immigrant do as well?
You hate those immigrant criminals and you want longer jail sentences for many of their crimes, but you don’t hate the man who ran a fake university that cheated thousands of students out of millions of dollars and a fake foundation that cheated the government.
Because he hates the same people you hate. It’s why you want easy access to guns, even open carry of semi-automatic, high-powered rifles — useless for hunting or target shooting, even useless for home or street defense.
Hatred, anger, and fear of “them.”
It’s why you want to build ever higher and longer walls on our borders, despite substantial evidence that undocumented immigrants are not the ones bringing drugs into America, nor are they lazy, criminal, takers, and all the miles of walls haven’t stopped undocumented immigration.
And by the way, Mexico didn’t pay for the walls, despite the guarantees of you-know-who.
On the contrary, undocumented immigrants comprise much of the hardest working, lowest paid, most productive, least criminal group in America.
They don’t even drive fast for fear of being arrested and deported.
Facts don’t matter when faced with hatred, anger, and fear.
It’s what makes you vote for a man who meets all twenty symptoms of psychopathy, and who doesn’t even bother to hide them.
In fact, you admire him for them.
It’s what makes you shrug off the first attempt to destroy America since the Civil War, i.e. the violent attempt to nullify the results of the last Presidential election (though curiously, you like the results of the other lower elections that favored Republicans).
And while you’re shrugging, and even denying that it happened, you also shrug off Trump’s encouragement of the coup and his allowing it to continue for hours while he watched on TV, hoping it would succeed and calling VP Pence a traitor for not participating.
It’s what makes you continue believing the notorious Fox network, despite their being forced to pay nearly $800 million for lying.
The only reason some of you have left Fox is their firing of their single worst lying, hatemonger, fear-monger, Tucker Carlson. You love his hatred.
It’s what makes you continue to support the man and the party that told you COVID would “just go away,” resulting in your refusal to mask, vaccinate, or to avoid close contacts.
That refusal cost you more than a million American lives — your relatives, friends, and fellow sympathizers. You bear no ill will toward that man and party for their lies, because they hate the same people you hate.
Instead, you have been convinced to join in endless criticisms of, even threats against, those who sought to protect you.
You don’t criticize police brutality against minorities, but you are outraged at the FBI for investigating the man who by any reasonable measure, is a traitor to America.
Killing unarmed blacks is OK, but searching for stolen documents hidden in the home of a proven thief and liar is beyond the pale, even when the search turns up the stolen documents he tried to hide.
You hate non-existent “socialism,” of the kind that gave you Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, ACA, poverty aids, and aids to education, but you love the fascism and white supremacy countenanced by the political party that supports your hatred of gays, Muslims, people of color, and women who don’t follow the Catholic Church’s beliefs.
You believe any denunciation of the Jew, George Soros, no matter how wrongheaded, unsupported, and well. . . stupid. . . , that claim might be.
And speaking wrongheaded, unsupported, and stupid, brings us to QAnon, whose claims began as a joke about a cabal of Satanic, cannibalistic child molesters running an international child sex trafficking gang from a pizza parlor.
No normal human would fall for that idiocy, yet it now has morphed into a political movement supported by Trump.
As the claims have become even more wildly ridiculous, you believe them more deeply.
You believe right wing, Trump supporter and hate monger, Alex Jones, despite his being ordered to pay $1.5 billion for his lies.
It’s not a new phenomenon. Hatred of native Americans has a long history. Hatred of Jews has an even longer one. White hatred of blacks ironically stems from white mistreatment of blacks, perhaps as a justification for that mistreatment.
You have hated Irish immigrants and Italian immigrants.
And to demonstrate that hatred is not exclusively American, if you live in Italy, you may hate everyone: “More than half of Italians in poll say racist acts are justifiable.”
More recently, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis built his career upon hatred and fear of gays and immigrants as has Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, both Republicans.
So, each day, they pass ever-meaner, ever-more-punishing laws to satisfy the blood lust of their backers.
In short, you have been told by the right wing to believe anything that corresponds to your hatred, anger, and fear of people who are not like you in some way.
And so, you do.
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