Let us all now pity the poor conservative white men of our local and rather rural area, one in outlook if not in population; those aging, angry, pathetics who insist on penning op-eds and letters to the editor on most every topic imaginable, almost all of them tirades—even if they appear well written—filled with innuendo, invective, half-truths, and outright falsehoods. Let us consider four such areas.
These men come from a background of white privilege, a reality they often claim does not and never has, existed; yet they refuse to engage in an honest examination of any evidence that such a concept might, in fact, exist. In other words, because they believe it to be untrue, it is untrue. Ignoring just the historical fact of slavery, very much a white privilege phenomenon, a simple internet search would provide several URL links worthy of consideration of the reality of white privielge, such as this one: https://www.yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2017/07/24/10-examples-that-prove-white-privilege-exists-in-every-aspect-imaginable.
These men believe in a one-sided history of America; the Shining City on the Hill, the Bastion of Democracy, the pinnacle of free enterprise, the last best hope for mankind. And while all those ideas have a certain low-level of validity, these men ignore: the country’s near-genocidal treatment of its original native tribes; the reality of slavery from before we were even a country; the historical reality of the Page and Chinese Exclusion Acts of the latter 1800s which discriminated against Asians; the many historical documented accounts of discrimination against immigrants of all stripes; the similar documented historical accounts as well as present ones of peoples of color; the documented proof of government, army, and police complicity in labor strike breaking (i.e.the Ludlow Massacre of the Colorado Coalfield War, the Centralia Massacre in Washington State). On those rare occasions these men make a peripheral acknowledgement of the existence of any of those historical realities, it is to say all that is in the past, the US is a better country today, and all those incidents have little-to-no bearing on the present. They would appear to have no interest in examining the numerous incidents that lie embedded in America’s Dark Side, no interest in pursuing anything like South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation efforts.
These men continue to advance Trumplethinskin's Big Lie about the lost 2020 election, based on anecdotal evidence, ignoring the proven fact that election officials nationwide, on the local, state, and national levels, have proven time and again that widespread election fraud on such a large scale, was non-existent. They ignore the fact that all the legal challenges to said election were thrown out, because the so-called evidence, aside from being presented in the most slip-shod manner possible, was in essence deemed unprovable. They ignore the fact that the actual charged cases of voter fraud in said 2020 election—as of early May of this year—are less than two dozen, a number of which were perpetuated by Republicans. In essence then, the overwhelming evidence shows voter fraud, where it does exist, is local, small-scale and rare—not national, organized, and common. Their claims of fraud, in the main, seem to be limited to large urban areas that are traditionally not only Democratic, but also African American, which exposes their latent racial bias.
These men attempt to convince us that the January 6th Capitol insurrection in Washington, DC, in which 140 or so police officers were assaulted, was a left-wing, or socialist, or antifa plot, again ignoring or discounting the following factual evidence: the vast majority, if not all, of those involved in the protest/insurrection were white people who supported Der Gropemfuhrer; as of May 14 of this year, 440 have been arrested, and federal prosecutors expect to charge at least 100 more; 45 are former or current military; 10 were current/former police officers; 125 have been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding Capitol police officers or employees, with 35 of those, charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon; 30 have been charged with conspiracy, meaning they coordinated with others to commit an offense; 57 have connections to extremists groups such as The Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, etc.; the majority arrested are men; and to top it off, the Republican Party has so far refused to participate in any type of investigation of this incident, as House Minority Leader McCarthy stipulated on May 18th.
For people who pompously proclaim undying support for our republic, they seem to be doing everything in their power to bring it down.
Stash Hempeck lives in Hendrum, Minn.
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