“Bigotry is the anger of ignorant men.” Someone wiser than I said that. It’s an apothegm—a “saying” that isn’t a law of nature or a mandate from a god. Like many such, it may contains grain of truth. Perhaps it can offer a place for discussion and understanding.
In my opinion, our president-elect is a bigot and has demonstrated that sufficiently. He mocked a disabled reporter, publically. I assume he knew that his disgusting parody would be picked up and repeated. Why would he do something like that? Because for his core supporters and voters—people as ignorant and angry as he—it wouldn’t matter.
He treated women as little more than mobile ovaries (and other less polite parts of their anatomy) created for his pleasure. I grant him that privilege. After all, he is the product of his genetic heritage, in which the strongest male impregnates the most females and thereby ensures the survival of his genes. It’s the same argument that has been used to justify rape. I remember a line from a song from the 1960s: “Seduction is for sissies; he-men like their rape.” (Actually, that’s pretty frightening.)]
He assumes… I don’t quite know how to say this… He assumes that people of color? Not quite right. Hispanics? Not inclusive enough. Blacks? Still not inclusive enough. I guess the best way to say it is that he assumes that anyone who isn’t like him is not likeable. A nation of bigoted, angry white men is also pretty frightening.
At the time of the Great Depression of the 1930s that followed the Farm Crisis of the 1920s, the United States, Germany, and Italy were in pretty much the same shape.
Germany and Italy became Fascist states, ruled by dictators. The United States kept its democratic government (although Roosevelt tried to stack the Supreme Court in a way that would have given him greater powers). Democracy survived.
At present, the United States is at a crossroads. Yes, that’s a cliché; I know that. I see before us two roads. One leads to the preservation of Democracy; one leads to a dictatorship of the great unwashed—the dictatorship of ignorant men.
I’ve said this before: the barbarians are at the gates. They’re not Blacks, Hispanics, or Muslims. They are ignorant and they are white. They are dressed not so often in white sheets with Christian crosses as in business suits.
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.