Two Awful Nations Under Trump
If Trump is doing such a great job, I must ask why so many people hate him. When the White House talks as if the COVID-19 crisis has passed, why are so many people dying every day? Disciplines like anthropology and sociology seem to be lost sciences when considering the insane and diabolical actions of one man, Donald Trump. We need to figure out what to do about him and his cohorts. We must not walk away from knowledge.
“Karen” is a pejorative, slang term for an obnoxious, angry, entitled, often racist, middle-aged, white woman who uses her privilege to get her way or police other people’s behavior. The concept of Karen was dramatically portraited in the video of a woman in Central Park calling the police because she felt a Black man was threatening her. He was simply birdwatching. He took the video.
Now, I would like to introduce the term “Kyle,” named for the young man in Kenosha, Wisconsin who allegedly killed two protesters. The name has interesting roots. Kyle is a unisex, English-language name derived from the Scottish Gaelic surname Kyle. My coining this phrase is an attempt to label any male who believes in dark, ridiculous and unreasonable theories about America. A Kyle advances his fears into actions that hurt others, be they citizens or non-citizens.
In Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of first-degree reckless homicide, one count of attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. Young Kyle will be tried as an adult in that state and could face a life sentence if convicted of the most serious crime, first-degree intentional homicide.
The Karen’s of the US are mostly pests, but they carry deeper diseases of misconception, paranoia and sometimes hate. The Kyle’s of America are the guys who buys lots of guns, dress up in camo, join militia and social media groups and eventually grow into active shooters. Their guns and ammo make them whole.
I’m not the only one saying this. A story in the GUARDIAN summed it up nicely, “There is perhaps no greater example of the polarization of American media than the coverage of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who allegedly shot and killed two protesters and injured another at Kenosha this week.”
It’s impossible for this little old blogger to determine what was in the heart of young Kyle, but his social media fingerprints reveal an obsession with guns and strong support of police as in “Blue Lives Matter” — a countermovement to “Black Lives Matter” and endorsed by Donald Trump. According to the Washington Post, Kyle “…had attempted to join the Marine Corps in January but was disqualified from serving after discussing his options with recruiters, said service spokeswoman Yvonne Carlock. She declined to specify why he was disqualified, citing the service’s privacy guidelines.” Wait, the US Military rejected this kid?
In their comments regarding the news coverage of Kyle, the GUARDIAN notes that Fox News host Tucker Carlson defended Rittenhouse on Wednesday based on protestors’ violence and property damage in Kenosha. While also quoting the Daily Show’s Trevor Noah, “No one drives to a city with guns because they love someone else’s business so much. They do it because they are hoping to shoot someone. That’s the only reason people like him join these gangs in the first place – yes, I said it, a gang – because this is not the battle of Yorktown, it’s a bunch of dudes threatening people with guns.”
It’s important to point out that neither Tucker Carlson nor Trevor Noah host NEWSCASTS. One stars in a comedy show and the other is a racist bigot picking his nose on TV. You might be a free press junkie and cheer “All News Matters” but that is not a proper way to analyze the Karens and Kyles.
People make fun of the Karens and shun them on social media. Their lives are often ruined until the memory of their event fades. The lady in Central Park was a Democrat and a donor to the party, so this is not a one-stereotype fits all. Kenosha Kyle has been transparent about his beliefs and intent. He most likely will be charged with firearms violations and acquitted of murder. The slick, uptown lawyer will prove “self-defense,” but why didn’t the cops stop him and question him?
Kyle’s actions are not Trump’s fault, but this President’s words and actions make things worse. He is promoting vigilante and militia-mania behavior because he believes it will help him get reelected. According to UrbanDictionary.com, Donald Trump is not “woke, meaning the act of being very pretentious about how much you care about a social issue and we can all agree that he’s certainly is “whack,” meaning something in bad taste or is otherwise unappealing.
In 1953, the United States began attaching names to bad storms and hurricanes. It was a way to lessen confusion. Our country does not control the naming of storms, the World Meteorological Organization does. I’m sure if Trump knew this, he would withdraw our membership, but I’m pointing out that personification of bad things results in downgrading of real people who have the names. Every time I meet someone named Katrina I think of the storm and its aftermath.
I have some friends named Karen and none of them have traits anywhere near the insipid, police-calling racists we’ve seen on social media. Now we have names like Dylann, Kyle, Seth and Nikolas, and too many others to mention, who have tainted those names forever by shooting people. How could anyone glorify what they do? Trump does, Carlson does and now, QAnon does.
I keep asking what is the end game? What happens when Trump forces America to adopt his lawless ways of governing? Who will stand up to him? Will he continue pushing racist propositions, thinking that he is saving the Caucasian race from evil doers? The White House mouthpieces and propagandists can’t even see how racist the man is.
It was pointed out on TV this week that we all rallied against the devil when we had bin Laden. Then, an unsuccessful rebuild of Iraq gave us ISIS and we all railed against them. So, who is the enemy now? Well, it’s anyone who disagrees with Donald John Trump. He doesn’t care if his citizens love or hate him. He will plough ahead with his irresponsible behavior until we vote him out of office later this year.
Karen doesn’t realize she’s a racist and a fool. Kyle is proud of being a racist and doesn’t realize his strength comes from the gun in his hands. Without the gun, he would have never gotten involved in the protests. He’d just be another naïve teenager. They don’t have a plan to make America great, they are trying to cancel the BLACK LIVES MATTER movement. They are part of the “cancel culture” themselves. It’s not a conspiracy theory, it’s a fact.
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