Via C&L, we meet a Trump voter who wants to take her country back to a time when we didn’t have “the homosexuals” and “the abortions.”
A voter named Barbara explained that she was motivated to support Trump because “morality and values” were important to her.
“Based on what the country was based on,” she said. “I think that the laws that Obama has passed, the way the country has — I call it down turning. Some of the other people are proud of it and happy for it. I personally am against it, the homosexuals, the abortions. All the stuff, I am against.”
“When Donald Trump says ‘Make American Great Again,’ is that what you hear?” Dickerson wondered. “That it’s going to go back to before the time that you’re now describing?”
“That’s part of it,” Barbara agreed.
I’m not sure how far we’d have to go back in time to make Barbara happy. If history is any guide, there have been gay people since the days that the first Homo Sapiens got together and checked out the hunky dude in the tight loincloth from the next cave over. Abortion has been around since people figured out where babies come from.
Actually, I get where Barbara is coming from. She wants gays back in the closet and abortions in the back alley so that we can all go on with our lives pretending that everyone is happily straight and that all babies are bundles of joy. There were no teens driven to suicide because of bullying or being disowned for being “different,” no families torn apart by religious bigotry and poorly-suppressed reality, and there was no rape or incest or life-threatening birth defects. Life was perfect until Barack Obama came along and in eight years just ruined it all.
PS: “The Homosexuals” and “The Abortions” sounds like the line-up of an ’80’s heavy-metal band concert.
It’s amusing to find that BHO is being blamed for racial tensions, too. “He’s so divisive!” No one was a bigot until that black man from Kenya drove us apart. We were so homogeneous way back then, you know. Most of us were whites with a Nordic background who knew which fork to use until this interloper from Africa made us so ANGRY!
I’m a scholar of jazz, and if you read the early New Orleans newspapers, at the time we know jazz was being born and flourishing, it really wasn’t. Because the papers disdained to cover it, as something no respectable people wanted to know. That’s what this woman wants. To return to a time when she could pretend that all the nasty stuff she hated that was happening wasn’t really happening, because nothing in the papers or on TV forced her to realize it was. She prefers a pleasant delusion to reality.