Britain has recently voted to leave the EU. The next day, many British people wanted to take their votes back having realized that their votes do count. They voted as if it was a goof and had no idea that there would be consequences to their actions. I can’t help but believe that they deserve it. Acting without consideration of the consequences is ignorant, the same excuse as “I didn’t know you couldn’t do that,” which if you recall the Dave Chappelle bit, that is an excuse of the privileged. YOUR ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES, PEOPLE.
You make your mess and then you sit in it. It doesn’t matter if you’re the best nation in the world or once ruled the entire planet, your actions have consequences. Welcome to them. All the polls showed that the Remain camp was ahead of the Leave camp. I can’t help but think that if this took place in the US, the two camps would be called, “Stay” and “Go.” But go where? To Hell? Possibly.
Many people believe that the Brexit vote is a symptom of the continuing rise of the right wing in Europe and America. The polls show that Donald Trump is trailing behind Clinton, but just like the Brexit referendum, there’s a good chance that Trump supporters don’t take polls because they don’t trust the media, whether or not it’s run by a shadowy Jewish cabal. There is a good chance that Donald Trump can win, thanks to the implosion of the GOP and the sell-out piece of shit moves to the right by the Democrats. People are sick of the establishment and some are willing to vote for Trump as a goof. I guarantee if Trump wins America will have its own TREGRET.
You know what though? I say it’s fine. Many people are afraid of what happens if Trump gets in office. Many think he’s the next Hitler and will make concentration camps, and to these people I have to say- Pull yourselves together and stop being little bitches. What the fuck is wrong with you? Are you just going to roll over and let genocide happen? I mean America’s track record isn’t so great on that, but are you seriously thinking that we would let someone get away with rounding up a group of people and putting them in camps? I mean sure, we did it to the Japanese, but that was before desegregation and Snoop Dogg. You think Snoop Dogg is going to just stand by and let some crazy cracker motherfucker take his homies to a death camp?
I do not want Donald Trump to be President. I don’t want Hillary to be President either. I feel like I’m being offered two corners of a shit sandwich and being forced to take a bite, when really, and I don’t know how to say this without sounding rude, I don’t want to eat shit. How would you know unless you tried it, Trump or Clinton may ask, and they do have a point. But seriously, I don’t want to. It seems inevitable that we are bound in a two-party quagmire that seems to offer Conservative and Conservative-lite. Conservative-lite is winning because they doubled-down on the all-inclusive thing, while the Republicans are struggling to break out of the white guy thing. The Southern Strategy’s a bitch, eh boys?
The Southern Strategy was crafted during the time when the term “n-word” was in it’s embryonic stage. It was a very confusing time for white people because it literally was just cool to say it, but now it’s not. What the fuck? Enter Lee Atwater-
Learn everything you can about this man and you will understand how we got to where we are in American politics. You’ll also see that Trump is using his playbook. So were the Leave people. So are all the right-wing movements across the world. If the left is going for inclusion, then the right needs to operate on exclusion. Us vs Them. The threat that is outside of us unites us. It’s tried and true and old as humanity itself. It’s tribal. Tribalism cuts through nationalism and the intellect, bypassing all of our education and tapping into the monkey brain that emerged out of two million years of hominid evolution.
The nice thing about tribalism is that it will even cut through race. Professional sports is a great example of this, as are mixed race families. Psychologists have even run experiments showing this. One experiment too a group of people and showed them pictures of white and black people. They asked them to separate them into groups. They would naturally separate the people by race. Then they’d do it again, but this time, the people in the photos wore either a red shirt or a blue shirt. The people would then would be more likely to arrange the pictures by shirt color. Red vs Blue. Just like sports and the Bloods and Crips!
Tribalism is bullshit. It’s anitquated and is based on a fear-centered survival mechanism. It works because it’s one of the oldest plays in the book. What fascinates me about the rise of the right wing in the West is that one of the biggest causes of its resurgence is the refugee crisis from Syria, Iraq, and other destabilized regions of the Middle East. Many point to the fact that the European powers were responsible for the carving up of the former Ottoman Empire, who the Allies attacked in WWI because they were “the sick man of Europe,” and needed deposing for stability. Britain and France drafted the Sykes-Picot treaty, which created nations with borders they drew up without any consideration to the people, culture, and history they were meddling with.
What we’re seeing now is the consequence of 100 years of terrible foreign policy from the Europeans and the Americans. And now refugees are coming West, because their homes have become war-torn hellholes. In turn, Europe and America have offered ubiquitous forms of ethnic cleansing to a population that’s half-ready to go back to when things were great and it was totally cool to slaughter and imprison entire groups of people because they were a threat.
Why not take it as far back as possible to the time of Alexander the Great? I can’t help but think what a terrifying campaign of death and conquering Alexander led from Greece all the way to India, basically the Middle East.
Hordes of Greek soldiers coming through, killing, raping, pillaging, you know, war stuff. And now we have people going the other way, except this time they aren’t soldiers, they’re civilians.
Some may be terrorists, it’s true, but not because they are genetically prone to it by being Muslim (which makes no fucking sense), but because they’re pissed off, poor, hungry, and homeless psychopaths. They get over to the West and see prosperity that they rightly perceive to be at the expense of their own countries’ wealth. The conflicts, wars, instability, control of their resources- they know that historically it has been the West’s domination over the Middle East that has been a major contribution.
It’s possible on some level, deep in the subconscious, the descendants of the conquerors know that the descendants of the conquered want revenge, because they would, too. In this way there is a dark and twisted form of empathy in which Us truly understands Them. It’s only human.