26 long, dark nights for America: Dangerous Idiots

by awindram

Twenty-six long, dark nights to go. 

Trump’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “The phony story in the failing is a TOTAL FABRICATION. Written by same people as last discredited story on women. WATCH!”

Clinton’s Daily Twitter Highlight: “We have to win this election.

Daily election article of interest: Dangerous idiots: how the liberal media elite failed working-class Americans

Oh, little Kenneth Bone, with your red grandpa sweater and earnest demeanor you were the unexpected star of the second Presidential debate. You made us momentarily feel better about things, that for all the gross partisanship and hell in a handbasket feelings everyone seems to have about the direction of the country, America is ultimately made up of an entire citizenry of Kenneth Bones – conscientious, phlegmatic folks who wouldn’t be entirely out of place in a Frank Capra movie. You were the pick-me-up we all needed.

And yet …

It’s 2016, so Ken Bone’s fleeting fame must understandably be seen through modern celebrity’s prism. Fame is validated by becoming huge on social media (Ken is now a bona fide twitter celeb with a quarter of a million followers) and by that most of American of dreams – selling out (Ken now has an Uber partnership and his own official T-shirt for sale).

Sarah Smarsh’s Guardian article (linked above) is a superb, nuanced take on the continual denigration of the American white working class by an elite media continually keen to cast them as an intolerant monolith.

If you would stereotype a group of people by presuming to guess their politics or deeming them inferior to yourself – say, the ones who worked third shift on a Boeing floor while others flew to Mexico during spring break; the ones who mopped a McDonald’s bathroom while others argued about the minimum wage on Twitter; the ones who cleaned out their lockers at a defunct Pabst factory while others drank craft beer at trendy bars; the ones who came back from the Middle East in caskets while others wrote op-eds about foreign policy – then consider that you might have more in common with Trump than you would like to admit.