America has developed slowly over time righting the wrongs that existed as time passed. One of the greatest wrongs was slavery; it took over 400 thousand Union deaths to stop it and over 300,000 Confederate deaths to defend it. There has always been a tug between hanging on to the status quo or moving forward with more progressive programs to better the life of all Americans.
A Trumper stated: “I see that the libs are the greatest threat to America: the leftists, the Dems, the autocrats like Biden, the socialists, the historical revisionists, the Big Gov Tax and Spenders, the globalist interventionists, the “hate speech” haters who hate free speech, the reverse racists who hate those of European descent, and libs who put all Republicans in one basket and spite them.” What is most ironic about comments like this is the Trumper is probably receiving Social Security and is on the Medicare health insurance program which he apparently excepts from being a threat to America. I’d also have to guess that if he was eligible then he did not turn down the most recent $1,400 check which was sent.
Those who are he now calls leftists the Trumper probably blames for the rise of the union movement in the twentieth century up until 1970, for enactment of the Child Labor Laws, for Social Security, for Medicare, and for the Civil Rights Act, and in 1988 overruling the veto of President Reagan which enacted into law the “Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1977“ which allowed women to participate in sports at all levels.
Now I don’t begrudge him these benefits he received courtesy of the Dems nor do I attempt to persuade him that America has thrived not because of folk like Trump (you will never change a real Trumper no matter how hard you try) but because we have had the pull and tug of liberals and conservatives over the years. There would be no America without its liberals so presenting them as a threat seems a nonstarter.
But our Trumper friend doesn’t stop there. As with all Trumpers he suggests “race-baiters,” a term which he does not define, “mostly just hate those of European descent, Greeks, Irish, Italians, Jews, Germans, English, French, Scandinavians, Baltics, Balkans, Slavs, who have contributed immeasurably to America. The “race-baiting” haters only want to paint darkly America’s history, Western Civilizations’ progress. Many liberal race baiters are self-haters and can’t extricate themselves from the past, as if no Civil Rights Laws were enacted . . . .” It is hard for me to figure out what the Trumper is talking about but from the list of countries and ethnic groups he mentioned it might have been more forthright for him to say the simple words “white folks.” So white folk are the “race baiters” who hate the white folks. That’s the best I can make of that.
I happen to believe these “race baiters” have found problems with America and worked to try to fix them. Were those who opposed slavery “race baiters?” What about those who opposed the “Jim Crow” laws or the “separate but equal” idea?
I wonder if one is a “race baiter” if that person proposes something which might involve using the government and some tax money, the stuff that is used by Medicare and Social Security, to better the lives of Americans. Did not the Civil Rights laws came about because many white Americans believed the history relative to Black Americans was a very dark picture?
What does the Trumper believe a white American should do? If that American believes there is something wrong with the way things were done in the past should he or she not try to correct them because the wrongdoers were other white Americans?
Like or hate these “race baiters” at least they tried to change things by peaceful means. They did not try to take over the American Capitol and attempt by force to change things for the worse. What then do you call those Trumpers who participated in the January 6 insurrection? “