To be honest, I haven’t heard much of either Trump or Clinton speak. I haven’t wanted to, as I only voted to start with because of reasons I detailed out in the previous blog. Well, since to my knowledge literally nobody reads my blogs, I don’t suppose you would mind.
That said, pretty much the point where the campaign in general hit a new low was when Clinton called half of Trump supporters a basket of deplorables or “racist, sexist, homophobic or xenophobic.” Excuse me, Mrs. Clinton, but you don’t know anything.
Let’s talk about these labels for a second. Racist means to think less of certain races, and assign stereotypes to them. As in “All blacks are drunks, all Hispanics are lazy, etc.” Sexist means to think less of a certain gender, or (similarly) assign stereotypes. A good example of sexism is gender normative behavior, believing that just because a person is a man, they are automatically stronger than a woman, or a woman knows more about fashion. The other two refer to a “fear of” homosexual/lesbian/bi lifestyle, or foreigners, respectively.
Right off the bat, we run into a problem beyond that blanket generalization of that statement. Let me clarify. Yes, there are members of the KKK among Trump’s supporters. But there are also blacks, hispanics, asians, etc. I have met some of them online, including legal Hispanic immigrants By making a statement that you, as a black/hispanic/whatever should naturally vote for her, because otherwise you are lumped into those “deplorables”, effectively what you are saying is this, “Blacks/hispanics/racial minorities are liberal” and that those who don’t fit this mold are somehow race traitors. This IS racism.
The same is true of sexism and transsexism. I have actually been branded as going against my group because as a transgender, I supposedly should be voting liberal, rather than what I know in my heart to be true. I’m sorry, but I can’t look at my people being slaughtered in a nightclub and go “okay, we need more gun control and to allow more immigrants.” NO! If the people in this club had pistols for defense, the moment this guy draws his, ten guns would be trained on him until he dropped his weapon. ANd no, we do not need more immigrants. Explain to me how typecasting people like this isn’t sexism? Answer: you can’t.
Yes, there are fringe racists or sexists among Trump’s voters. But this isn’t the whole story.
Concerning homophobia, I am LGBT myself. I find this grossly belittling, she has basically told me “you don’t exist as a person,” since she has concluded in her mind that half (at least, since half probably is a generalized statement and not a true 50%) of those here are homophobes. Nevermind that Trump has done some good for the LGBT community, obviously if you’re a Trump supporter, naturally you are homophobic.
I’m going to talk in fact about these last two as whole, and discuss what is behind this smokescreen of name-calling, what is really at stake here. There are actually two categories of LGBT people: the “everyday LGBT” and the “LGBT activist”. The everyday LGBT person is like me, they go to work, they carry on their life in private, and frankly they are themselves largely not caring what other people think This person basically is a person living their life authentically.
Now, on the other hand, we have the LGBT activist. These people often attended gender studies courses in college, get upset when they are “misgendered”, or are “triggered” due to relatively minor incidents. Some of them are lawyers, political protestors, or straight-up unemployed because actually they spend more time and cause more trouble than they actually work. Am I homophobic? Not generally. Am I afraid of these people? Definitely yes. They are driving my country into a place I don’t want it to go, where nobody can say or do anything without being worried that someone will decide they need “sensitivity training” (brainwashing). These are the very people who have accused me of being a traitor, and have made civil rights groups to “help” out LGBT people.
Let’s talk about these groups for a second. They make their money by treating people as “poor unfortunate souls” to quote Ursula. The original civil rights model was concerning blacks. Initially there were two major black leaders, Booker T Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. Washington told blacks to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps”, to work hard, and this would show their value as people. In America, people largely listened instead to DuBois. DuBois helped set up many of the civil rights organizations that exist today. The result? Are all blacks healthy, productive, and employed? Not hardly. Back in the days where I was collecting foodstamps, I saw a disproportionate amount of blacks in the social services office. This is not a racist statement btw, but an observation of what little good civil rights groups have actually done. Rather than being for protection, and encouraging autonomy, these groups have become a patronizing system where members are kept dependent on help. This is socialism in a nutshell, when all groups are struggling and dependent on the state, and the groups that are supposed to be helping are actually just singling them out. You want to talk about racism? Here it is, the idea that blacks or other groups “need” help. This is the future that these LGBT activists want, as many of them probably are more activist than they are real LGBTs.
Xenophobia? America has plenty of legal immigrants. They work, they follow the rules, and they run successful businesses. They bring their culture with them, without trying to politicize their groups. This is same as the everyday LGBT person listed above, they are themselves without trying to make everything about their issues. These legal immigrants celebrate their culture during their own time, or in some cases, such as restaurant owners, they are share their culture with others. On the other hand, illegal immigrants aren’t here to follow the laws. They, by definition, are not here legally. They expect legal amnesty, free healthcare, and a number of government perks, but oh wait… they didn’t earn any of this! Not only that, I don’t even have free healthcare. My parents currently pay, in exchange for work on my part, but I’ve looked at my healthcare and it basically covers nothing until I pay off an absurd amount (the deductible in the tens of thousands). If I got sick, I would be in a world of hurt. They loudly declare the 14th amendment as if it is some sort of protection for them. But it isn’t. Here’s the text.
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Summaries of this law sometimes try to abridge this to suit their needs, as in here.
Did you see? They ellipsised (…) out the part that said “born or naturalized in the United States” to try to push the idea that every person, regardless of whether or not they are an actual citizen, get due process. No, they don’t. These people basically cheapen the value of all the effort legitimate immigrants made to be a part of this country, and then have the gall to demand a fair trial. Deportation laws state that if you have committed a crime while you are being naturalized, you can be deported. The crime here is already committed! They came in without permission. It is not “xenophobic” to assume that immigrants should have earned their way in like everyone else.
So, let’s talk about Clinton. Typecasting women, blacks, hispanics, etc, etc, etc as either voting for her or being “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic” while this statement is all kinds of prejudiced. Pushing socialist agenda, while twisting the definition of what homophobia is. And quietly selling out this country to hostile foreign countries, while legitimate immigrants and born citizens are treated like garbage. This is deplorable.