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Strange new world


Speaking of the new world we’re living in, i.e., TrumpWorld®, I learned the other day that some liberal friends of ours are being harassed by a marauding Trumpster who must have been affronted this fall by their hand-painted “Never Trump!” sign. Before the election, the sign mysteriously disappeared. We’re guessing this guy threw up every time he drove by their house on his way to his bunker.

Now, though, he yells obscenities when he drives by. Our friends tried to dash out and see who he was, maybe get a license plate number, but he had the tailgate of his truck down and the plate was obscured. What a smart yahoo.

I have a prime suspect in mind. A little farther along the road lives a feller who flies the flag of the State of Jefferson. Ever hear of it?

Supporters of the State of Jefferson want the northern rural counties to secede from California, joined by the red parts of Oregon and Washington. They’re tired of paying taxes to support illegal immigrants and other people who don’t want to work for a livin’ (such as many of their own adult children, I hate to bring up). Except that illegal immigrants do work for a living and work extremely hard, from what I’ve seen. Anyway, once the State of Jefferson secedes, it’s pretty much every man for himself in that warm and fuzzy “Don’t tread on me” kind of way. The new state’s revenues will come from timber and mineral rights instead of taxes. Good luck with that.

Interestingly, the counties that make up the proposed State of Jefferson are paradises of unemployment, welfare, low education, net population loss, and lower than average home values. You can only imagine how much better off they’d be if government got off their backs.

At least they’re imagining it.

Along with the State of Jefferson flag, my suspect also has an SoJ seal on his truck door. I told our friends to look for it next time. The truck matches the description of the drive-by yeller’s.

85px-seal_of_jefferson_proposed-svgI think the seal of the State of Jefferson looks like a dead emoji, but that could be my liberal imagination talking.

Here’s what I love about TrumpWorld®. This guy won, but he’s still so goddamn full of self-righteous fury that he can’t abide anyone who disagrees with his political wet dream. I have no doubt that he also owns at least two dozen guns, so I can understand our friends’ anxiety. They know precisely the kind of person they’re dealing with. If they get too uppity, he might have to blast out some windows one night.

I’ll confess to wanting to scrawl “pussy grabber” on all the Trump signs I encountered in the neighborhood. I wanted to but never did. But one thing that distinguishes us from raging Trump voters is that I wouldn’t be driving by their houses if Hillary had won, shouting “Mother-effing conservatives!”

The last thing I’d want to do is scare these people any more than they already are.


14 comments on “Strange new world

  1. kingmidget
    December 7, 2016

    I can’t “like” this post for obvious reasons. It’s interesting reading posts like this and seeing how some of his supporters are acting. And then reading the right-wing blogs where they claim the only violence and whackiness is coming from liberals who can’t deal with losing. Sigh…

    I’d like your neighbors to confirm who this person is and then have him reported to the police. Of course, that could set off a catastrophe, so maybe not.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 7, 2016

      It’s a real touchy situation. Our friends are inclined to report him if they get a chance, but guys like this don’t take kindly to having the law called in. Besides, he’s probably buds with a bunch of sheriff’s deputies! (We have a lot of “thin blue line” flags up here …)

      Still, in effect he’s threatening them with this behavior, and that’s a hard thing to live with. What I don’t get is why he can’t just bask in his victory and leave the demoralized libs alone.

      • kingmidget
        December 7, 2016

        He is threatening them but Trump has modeled this behavior and therefore made it acceptable.

  2. S.K. Nicholls
    December 7, 2016

    We have those here too. Even the female variety. A friend of mine, (yes were still friends, I think) posts comments in a lot of my political post telling me to calm down, Trump’s not even President yet. I pointed out his cabinet picks to her. She’s on Medicare, disabled and on Social Security, on food stamps, is white, and drives an old Lincoln. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are all on Government programs (well, at least the ones smart enough to sign up for them). She’s pro-abortion and has payed for seven to keep from having seven more welfare grandchildren. When she was a nurse, she always worked in Psych facilities maintained by government funds. She owns several lots and trailers in a trailer park in one of the worst communities in this area. Most of her tenants are on welfare. But she thinks Trump will be better for her retirement funds that are in stocks and she watches the market like a hawk. Despite her pro-choice abortion stance, she’s s devout Christian and promises to pray for me. I’m praying for her, also.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 7, 2016

      There’s always a lot of irony surrounding hard-core conservatism. And if you consider long-term disability to be a form of welfare (which it has become), you snag a lot more white right-wingers in your net. Not that some beneficiaries don’t have real disabilities; it’s just become another avenue to government support.

      What kills me is that people like your friend don’t see the hypocrisy …

  3. vishal4u
    December 7, 2016

    I am shocked that such a thing is happening post election in America. Supporters of Trump must not trouble others just because they did not supported him. After all election is a democratic process. I do like your honesty when you said that you would have never done it if Clinton would have won the election.
    Guess what friend we all are hoping all over the world that Trump will turn out to be better than what he is now.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 7, 2016

      Yes, it is shocking. I don’t understand the thinking of people who want to intimidate folks who disagree with them, but the worst part is that our friends are really worried and anxious.

      Just curious: where do you come from? It’s interesting to hear what people from other countries are thinking about all this!

      • vishal4u
        December 7, 2016

        I am from India, and as you know the president of America and his decision does affect the world so the people all over the globe are anxious to see how Trump works.

  4. 1WriteWay
    December 7, 2016

    Time magazine summed it up nicely when they referred to Trump as “president of the divided states of America.” I’ve never felt this division more strongly than now. And that Trump supporter yelling obscenities at your friends: that’s just who he is. He’s probably just a miserable human being, with or without Trump, and he’s definitely a coward.

  5. kingmidget
    December 7, 2016

    On a different but related topic I hope I am the first source for you for this … he has appointed the former head of World Wrestling Entertainment as his head of the Small Business Administration.

  6. pinklightsabre
    December 8, 2016

    We have a sign like that in our neighborhood, that sits proud and high and tacked into a telephone poll. Kind of odd feeling driving by that every day.

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 8, 2016

      An upsetting sign, or a Never Trump kind of sign?

      I really got upset in October when we walked past a house where the kids had written “Trump!” on the street in chalk, with flowers and smiley faces. Oy!

      • pinklightsabre
        December 8, 2016

        Just a proud, Trump/Pence campaign sign. More obvious signs all around in other forms.

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