This is still America, right?

This has been gnawing on my mind for a few days now. I’ve been textually sparring with the brainwashed trumpites for a while now, and the other day someone said something that truly proved to me exactly how deeply programmed they are.

I made a remark along the lines of Trump was building his wall to appease the bigots who voted for him, as it would do little to actually stop undocumented immigration and the corporations who hire them on the cheap don’t actually want to stop them. This, and his Muslim ban are just a dog and pony show to appease all the bigots he riled up during the campaign.

The person referred to Muslims (collectively) as “people who hate America.” And i’m thinking. Wow. By that logic, every Christian is a member of the KKK. That an otherwise reasonably intelligent seeming person can automatically equate Muslim to “people who hate America” shows how the new fascist regime has been successfully programming their people to provide them with a convenient target enemy to “come together against.”

Are some Muslims dangerous terrorists who need to be stopped? of course.

Are some Christians cross-burning fucktards who need to to be stopped? Of course.

But by making it possible for someone to glibly think that Muslim automatically equates to America hating savage, they have won the first step toward a totalitarian regime where freedom of religion means you have the freedom to follow the state-sponsored religion, and freedom of thought means you have the freedom to think only what the supreme leader wants you to think.

This is not a case of who gets the White House – republicans or democrats. This is a case where the American people must stand up to their chosen elected representatives and demand that they hold true to American values and reject totalitarianism, bigotry, and the cultivation of malignant ignorance – where people are kept in the dark, uneducated and damn proud of being there. That is not how this country moves into the next century, and it is not what all the military forces who lost their lives during WWII fought for.

Okay, the republicans are in power – but that does NOT mean they get to act like this is not America. Their vast hypocrisy is on clear display for all – they’re not even hiding it anymore because they believe that their supporters are mindless automatons who hate the left so much they’ll allow them to get away with anything.

Hold your people accountable to what this country stands for – not what maximizes corporate profits.