John Seven: Americans need a gut check
One definite plus to the way Americans have almost unanimously decided that reasoned consideration should never be involved in decision-making, that your gut reaction is really all you need to know, is that you no longer really need to get into discussions anymore. Everyone has already decided what they think the very moment they first heard about the issue. No need for contemplation or growth or debate. No need for information or statistics of any sort. Our gut has brought us the truth.
You can see this everywhere, with almost any topic. The state rebellions against transgender restroom freedom have certainly shown that. Despite all information pointing to the contrary, despite all the police statistics that say this will not lead to an increase in crime against women in public restrooms, people are convinced that this will be an open door for conniving pedophiles to start dressing up like women and go on rape sprees.
This has led to the first point in our history where our commander in chief has had to craft a national bathroom policy for us. We have gone there.
Only 7 percent of child rape incidents are done by strangers to the child. The actual truth is that your child has far more of a chance of being raped by a family member or family friend in your own home bathroom. Restrooms in Target are, by comparison, much safer.
This dismissal of reality in favor of fervor has become a political reality that manifests in presidential elections, which are great measures of our acceptance of blind spots to justify our own gut fears.
Take Bernie Sanders, who decided to switch his central campaign message some time ago from income equality to the labyrinthine Democratic conspiracy against his candidacy.
Plenty of his supporters signed onto his assertion that the system is rigged against him, and Sanders and other members of his campaign kept pushing that to a furious degree, so much so that when things went a little bonkers in Nevada (and other occasions, frankly), Sanders' tepid condemnation of the actions were always countered with an assertion that the over-the-top supporters were correct in the reasons they acted so poorly.
What are we to make, then, of his appearance on "Face The Nation" this past weekend, where he backtracked tremendously, declaring that he doesn't thing it's rigged, just stupid, and declares that, despite all this time acting like the nomination process has been a complete and utter surprise, he has always known what he was getting into.
This pretty much erases a large portion of his rhetoric for the past several months, but I haven't seen any of his heavy-duty supporters acknowledging this.
Not that his opponent conducts herself any better. I remember well the debate when Bernie kept bringing up the presidency of Bill Clinton, and Hillary kept ridiculing him for constantly wanting to talk about the '90s when all she wanted to talk about was the present.
Jet ahead this past couple weeks, where Clinton could not shut up about her husband, about his tenure as president and about the possibility of giving him an important job in her administration that built on his apparently miraculous success as a leader.
In other words, Hillary loves talking about the '90s. She just doesn't want anyone else to because she can't control the conversation. So far, no hard-core Hillary supporters have spoken up about this annoying flip-flop.
But that's the way everything is now. We believe what we want to believe when we want to believe it. Donald Trump has based his entire candidacy on that principle. If anyone on the national scene understands Americans, it's Trump. And I don't mean that as a compliment.
Contact John Seven at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @damnjohnseven.
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