To The Daily Sun,
The great author Robert A. Heinlein once said, "You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic." And apparently, when you are old, you can be swayed that much quicker.
Donald Trump meet Steve Earle.
And by the way Steve, I never once said you weren't entitled to your opinion, as gaseous and toxic as they frequently are. I support your right to an opinion 100 percent. I just don't have to agree with it. You love your rhetoric, and I love my facts and data, and the two simply don't mix.
I hope that when I get to be your age, I don't cower in my bunker, afraid of change or things that are new or different. Many people are afraid of change. Many people are afraid of different. And some like you will spew and regurgitate half-baked pseudo-facts and rhetoric to spread that fear. So share your opinions far and wide in whatever medium you choose and people like my 'V Twin' and I will gladly, happily, joyfully, and intelligently counter most anything you say.
Your Donald Trump is the George Wallace of the 21st century. Remember George? "Segregation Now. Segregation Tomorrow. Segregation Forever." He also played to people's fears. He was where the Democratic Party hit rock bottom, and four years later all of those people fled to the Republican Party and they have stayed there ever since. His message of hate and intolerance reverberated with the poor, the uneducated, and with older folks. Then George got shot — perhaps by someone encouraged to exercise his Second Amendment rights (like your Donald does frequently). Donald has been encouraging Islamic violence for the past year, and then tells everyone just how right and prophetic he is when it happens.
The saddest part is that these sowers of violence are already in a state of mind where they only need a little push — a nudge — and off they go. Just like many of those Christians who grabbed guns and killed abortion doctors and nurses and police officers and innocent bystanders. I personally see little difference. Violence incited by religion is the reason why we have a separation of church and state in this country.
So whether you are truly deplorable or not really doesn't matter. Even though we know that label was applied to members of the KKK, the Aryan Nation, or spittle-spewing and xenophobic or homophobic or Islamophobic misogynists.
Now if you fall into one of those categories, by all means take on "deplorable" as an adjective. Wear it proudly, Steve! Because in the meantime, others will continue to stand for America as a whole and everyone in it and anyone that sees it as Ronald Reagan did — that "America is, and always will be, a shining city on a hill."
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