There was a rant on Chuck Wending’s Twitter feed that I felt compelled to respond to because it’s part of a much larger problem. I don’t actually know who he is and I’m not on Twitter, but it came across my Facebook feed as a series of screenshots and I thought it was so off base I needed to respond to it. I’ve heard similar talk from other sources, but he really tied everything together nicely and made it easy to respond to. I hope my response will shed some light on how at least one independent voter thinks. (There will be some profanity in the quotes, so if you have delicate eyes and ears this isn’t for you).
His rant was about “Fuck Trump” – that’s really it. He goes on to say that he thinks “liberals and Democrats are held to a ludicrously high – and utterly un-fucking-realistic standard! – while simultaneously holding the GOP and the right-wing to a standard so low, you could kneel down and still piss on its head”. Then he goes on to talk about a number of performers who have been using profanity recently, and claims that he’s hearing people who are angry about the performer’s language. He goes on to say “The idea here is that somehow we’re turning off potential anti-Trump voters by – oh no! – saying salty words about the man.”
As an independent voter and thinker, I really have no party loyalty. I’m not voting against anyone; I vote for policies I want to support. Chuck says “—they were not going to vote against him, not ever.” In some sense, that’s right – I’ll never vote against a candidate, only for them. I don’t care about vapid celebrities much, either, although I am opposed to censorship (i.e. I would not want them censored for expressing their views honestly and openly).
He goes on to say “at this point, I distrust anybody who *doesn’t* liberally pepper their statements about him with rage-froth vulgarisms. If you don’t uncontrollably utter ‘FUCK TRUMP’ at least *twice a day*, you’re probably of dubious judgment anyway. I’m practically a songbird whose only chirp is that one word.” Again, he’s focused on Trump: not on policy, not on issue, but on the individual person who is named Donald Trump, and how he thinks everyone should be opposed to him (because Trump).
He claims “The right has crafted a sneaky narrative”, but he’s completely wrong. Democrats are merely being held to their own standards by their own base; Republicans answer to their own voters. He claims that Russia is in on the scheme (somehow); and then claims the problem is the media presenting “both sides”, but even condemns them for that. I’m left thinking that if the only way Democrats could win an election is if opposing viewpoints don’t get any air time, then you really should be losing. Your policies can’t withstand even the tiniest discussion and scrutiny? If media isn’t getting the word out about your candidate and policies, I would expect to hear something word of mouth. Bernie Sanders didn’t quite come out of nowhere, but he never expected the overwhelming response he got. People responded to his message and his goals. Just my thoughts as someone more independently minded.
Then, he goes on with “WAIT, HOLD ON, I’M NOT DONE” and starts talking about victimhood and abuse, which he ends with talk about toxic masculinity, white privilege, and “Fuck Trump”. I’m not completely sure whether the abuser in his narrative is supposed to be Trump or the voters who are choosing not to vote for Democrats or fans of celebrities, but I will say that casting yourself in the role of the victim is not an effective way to win votes. If you want to use abuse to win votes, you need to oppose and condemn the abuse taking place, and make it your commitment to fight it. For example, if Democrats were to take a strong stance against abusive policies within the cities where they are mayors, it would matter. If you want to cast yourself as a survivor who overcame adversity, that can work too – John McCain was a prisoner of war.
Because Chuck Wendig makes a comment about trolls going to harass people on Twitter, I want to be clear, I’m not trying to harass anyone (his post makes mention of trolls going on Twitter to harass people, so I’m explicitly asking anyone who reads this NOT to harass anyone, especially not him). These are talking points I’ve seen rolling around repeatedly, but it’s all bundled up here: Russia, anger directed at Trump (but for no specific reason), complaining about being victimized which may or may not be true). He had a rant on his own feed; that’s his business.
If any Democrats are reading this and want to know what I want to see: Specific policies to address the problems Americans are facing. You were supposed to be the “working class” party, but you lost sight of that. Donald Trump spoke to the working class and won votes for it. I saw Trump talking to small business owners who were talking about how the Affordable Care Act makes hiring full time workers impossible. You need to tackle issues – real issues – and not waste time attacking the character of your opponent. Speak to what you stand for, not what you stand against, or you’ll fade away into history like the Whigs. Right now, Democrats can’t really accomplish anything, but floating a bill or two just to make your intentions clear would help. Stop focusing on Donald Trump and instead focus on what needs to be done to fix our country.