Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Safe Place for Demogogues

US President-elect Donald Trump likes to grab women "by the pussy." He likes to walk up to them and kiss them without their consent. When he engages in criminal fraud, he doesn't think he should be judged by anyone of Mexican descent. He also wants to keep Muslims out of the country because they just don't measure up to his character standards.

However, he's horrified that anyone would speak to the Vice-President elect in public. After all, in Donald Trump's version of a democracy no one should criticize leaders. It doesn't matter that Pence thinks that sexual orientation is some sort of disease and is therefore curable. It doesn't matter that the last time we heard of Pence before the election he was all over the news defending the anti-LGBT legislation he'd championed in his state, and was pretending it wasn't discriminatory.  Trump is protective of the guy who was about to lose his gubernatorial bid and jumped on the campaign to save his political ass.

It's funny to hear Trump, who literally lives in a golden penthouse, who doesn't want to live in the
White House because it's a step down, talking about safe places. I've had my mind on safe places for some time now. I work with kids from other countries, kids who wonder whether the President-elect is gonna tear them from their homes and families. I hear stories, every day, about students crying to their counselors, to their teachers, that they were born here and their parents weren't. Or vice-versa. I have friends afraid for the welfare of their children. Are they safe here?

And it's not just them. What about Muslims, Jews, blacks, the disabled, and everyone else who some Trump supporters deem unworthy of human dignity? (And let's not forget the relatively new addition of Dominicans to the list.) You now see stories everywhere of swastikas painted on parks and walls. You see stories of students harassing Muslims, stripping women of hijabs, and even trying to pass laws against them.

What is Donald Trump worried about? He's worried about one white guy sitting in a thousand-dollar seat in a Broadway theater. And what sort of abuse, aside from asking the audience to stop booing, did this audacious actor heap on poor Mike Pence?

“We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” he said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

What an unforgivable thing to say. How horrible that an actor would ask a politician to work on behalf of the people. Who the hell does he think he is, speaking his mind in a so-called democracy? Didn't Donald Trump get fewer votes than his opponent fair and square? After all, Mike Pence has important work to do, and he hasn't got time to protect the planet, our children or our parents. How is he going to do the important work of marginalizing the LGBT community if he upholds American values and works on behalf of "all of us?" And does that include Mexicans and Muslims? Women?

That's not what Trump and Pence are all about. Actually, for them, this Hamilton nonsense is like a gift from above.

That's what this is really about. Who wants America to talk about the Huckster-in-Chief actually admitting to fraud and paying for it? Better to get out in front of this Hamilton thing and take a firm stand against the First Amendment. After all, people who support that probably didn't vote for Trump anyway.

So let's get American all riled up and have Trump supporters boycott a play that's sold out for years and that most Americans can't even afford to go to. Yeah, that's the thousand-dollar ticket. The Huckster-in-Chief pulls the wool over our sleepy eyes once again, and doesn't even have to pay 25 million to do it.
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