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Where the True Line is Drawn

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by baldilocks

In the Wash­ing­ton Post, William Wan, Tanya Sichyn­sky and Sand­hya Somashekhar say that “There are Two Amer­i­cas” — an asser­tion made famous by the infa­mous 2004 Demo­c­rat vice-​presidential can­di­date Sen­a­tor John Edwards. All are were cor­rect and the Wash­ing­ton Post writ­ers out­line the many ways in which the par­ti­tion­ing has been made flesh.

To Kel­cey Caul­der, 22, the divi­sion is painfully real. The col­lege stu­dent from Athens, Ga., feels its loom­ing pres­ence every time she thinks about her grandma, a Trump sup­porter and ardent oppo­nent of abor­tion rights.

They haven’t talked much since Caulder’s grandma found out that Caul­der was vot­ing for Demo­c­rat Hillary Clin­ton and told her grand­daugh­ter bluntly, “You’re going to hell.”

Caul­der tried to be understanding.

I think, in her way, she was try­ing to be pro­tec­tive of me,” Caul­der said. “She wasn’t say­ing ‘Kel­cey, go to hell.’ It was more like she was say­ing, ‘Kel­cey, don’t you know this could send you to hell?’ ”

But when her grandma unfriended her on Face­book, Caul­der said, it was hard not to take it per­son­ally. Now, she is ner­vous about Thanks­giv­ing, although she hopes the fam­ily din­ner could be a chance to reconcile.

Korey, a stu­dent at the George­town Uni­ver­sity Law Cen­ter, said he is skip­ping Thanks­giv­ing alto­gether because of lin­ger­ing resent­ments in his fam­ily over the elec­tion. After he posted an anti-​Trump mes­sage on Face­book, his father stopped talk­ing to him, and his mother’s ex-​husband threat­ened to write him out of his will.

Korey, who asked to be iden­ti­fied by only his first name to avoid fur­ther anger­ing his rel­a­tives, said he’s not ready to rec­on­cile. In fact, he said, he plans to con­front his father over his will­ing­ness to over­look offen­sive state­ments by Trump about immi­grants, minori­ties, dis­abled peo­ple and women just to beat the Democrats.

Edward and the authors of the WaPo piece point to sev­eral divid­ing lines, but I’d like to draw atten­tion to another — one to which they seem oblivious.

There are two types of Amer­i­cans: peo­ple who look to flawed human beings to be their Sav­ior and peo­ple who do not. Very many Trump sup­port­ers and Clin­ton sup­port­ers fall on the same side of that par­tic­u­lar delineation.

[W]e are five days away from fun­da­men­tally trans­form­ing the United States of America.

–Barack Obama

Make Amer­ica great again!

–Don­ald Trump

The impli­ca­tion is that both men will do these things and their fol­low­ers will be fun­da­men­tally trans­formed and great if we choose them to be our leader. It’s not an acci­dent that mock­ers have referred to the two as Choco­late Jesus and Orange Jesus, respec­tively. And it also explains the ani­mosi­ties, even among kin.

By the way, I don’t remem­ber any great over­ar­ch­ing slo­gan from Hillary Clin­ton. That may be emblem­atic of her pres­i­den­tial defeats against both men. How­ever, many of her sup­port­ers even imbued Mes­sian­ism into her persona.

This proves that when God is absent, peo­ple will cre­ate their own gods. Don’t do that.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel will be done in 2016. Fol­low her on Twit­ter.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

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From Frontpagemag.com

by baldilocks

In the Washington Post, William Wan, Tanya Sichynsky and Sandhya Somashekhar say that “There are Two Americas”—an assertion made famous by the infamous 2004 Democrat vice-presidential candidate Senator John Edwards. All are were correct and the Washington Post writers outline the many ways in which the partitioning has been made flesh.

To Kelcey Caulder, 22, the division is painfully real. The college student from Athens, Ga., feels its looming presence every time she thinks about her grandma, a Trump supporter and ardent opponent of abortion rights.

They haven’t talked much since Caulder’s grandma found out that Caulder was voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton and told her granddaughter bluntly, “You’re going to hell.”

Caulder tried to be understanding.

“I think, in her way, she was trying to be protective of me,” Caulder said. “She wasn’t saying ‘Kelcey, go to hell.’ It was more like she was saying, ‘Kelcey, don’t you know this could send you to hell?’ ”

But when her grandma unfriended her on Facebook, Caulder said, it was hard not to take it personally. Now, she is nervous about Thanksgiving, although she hopes the family dinner could be a chance to reconcile.

Korey, a student at the Georgetown University Law Center, said he is skipping Thanksgiving altogether because of lingering resentments in his family over the election. After he posted an anti-Trump message on Facebook, his father stopped talking to him, and his mother’s ex-husband threatened to write him out of his will.

Korey, who asked to be identified by only his first name to avoid further angering his relatives, said he’s not ready to reconcile. In fact, he said, he plans to confront his father over his willingness to overlook offensive statements by Trump about immigrants, minorities, disabled people and women just to beat the Democrats.

Edward and the authors of the WaPo piece point to several dividing lines, but I’d like to draw attention to another—one to which they seem oblivious.

There are two types of Americans: people who look to flawed human beings to be their Savior and people who do not. Very many Trump supporters and Clinton supporters fall on the same side of that particular delineation.

[W]e are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

–Barack Obama

Make America great again!

–Donald Trump

The implication is that both men will do these things and their followers will be fundamentally transformed and great if we choose them to be our leader. It’s not an accident that mockers have referred to the two as Chocolate Jesus and Orange Jesus, respectively. And it also explains the animosities, even among kin.

By the way, I don’t remember any great overarching slogan from Hillary Clinton. That may be emblematic of her presidential defeats against both men.  However, many of her supporters even imbued Messianism into her persona.

This proves that when God is absent, people will create their own gods. Don’t do that.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

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