It’s the duty of every country to protect its citizens. Unfortunately, all too often countries protect some citizens at the expense of other citizens. That’s when we get protected classes. For example, in the United States white people are a protected class. They don’t get pulled over for being white. White job applications don’t get thrown away because their names sound too white. Seriously try to imagine a country that culturally demanded Melania Trump and Laura Bush and all the other non-Michelle First Ladies cornrow, dreadlock or put their hair through a chemical curling process. White people are even protected from having to disguise how their hair naturally grows.
Did you know that in July of 2016 a federal appeals court struck down a North Carolina voter ID law that’s purpose was to “target African-Americans with almost surgical precision”? Yup. It’s true. It is also true that there is not now, nor has there ever been, a law anywhere in these United States that attempted to specifically take white peoples’ right to vote away “with almost surgical precision” or otherwise.
A consequence of having a protected class is that if the protection is good enough, it is invisible to the protected. This, of course, can lead to the protected class denying its own protection, an act that protects that protection. In other words, the people on top are allowed to believe that their lack of experience is actual experience, and so they become certain that anything that hasn’t happened to them hasn’t happened to anyone else. It’s a Mobius strip of bullshit, but it works… for a while.
Eventually though, if that idea is allowed to persist, it festers. The philosophical inbreeding takes hold and the whole structure begins to rupture. It becomes nakedly clear to the unprotected classes that everything around them is only designed to protect that one class. A perfect example of this is (ugh) the president.
I make this point a lot, but you don’t know anyone as stupid as the president. You actually can’t know anyone as stupid as the president because everyone you know is required to have more intelligence just to survive. He’s that stupid. Just as one tiny example, during a July 2018 rally, while ranting in favor of voter ID laws, the president said, “You know if you go out and you wanna buy groceries, you need a picture on a card. You need ID.” Again, you don’t know anyone that stupid. You just couldn’t, because that person would’ve already died of starvation trying to read all the search results for “how do i apply for grocery id card.”
Not only is the president more stupid than anyone you know, but in a nearly impossible turn of irony, he also believes in eugenics. Yeah, that racist, wigged turd believes he has superior genes.
Anyway, the point is that because he is the president, his protection is now authoritative. In all the ways he is so clearly weak, he claims superior strength. He knows all the best people, he has all the best words, and his media and supporters all claim the same. They all celebrate his toughness despite his obvious cowardice, and because of that we now live in The Time of Cowards.
During The Time of Cowards, bravery is offensive. During The Time of Cowards, a return to normality seems heroic and anything beyond that appears as complete fantasy. But during The Time of Cowards it is not the bigots and racists and true believers who are the most offensive. No. It is those who know better but choose that side anyway. It is those cowards who only see their own personal gain in the destruction of others who are the most dangerous.
This brings me to Susan Collins. The president rode a wave of racism into the White House and, ever since, there has been a consistent rise in individual violence against black and brown people. Anti-Semitic attacks are also on the rise. There has also been an escalation in terrorism by white supremacists. The president himself has been named as an influence by multiple white supremacist terrorists. There are more hate groups than ever, so the potential for continued violence escalates every day this president is in office.
But the president has been impeached. Not on charges of racism or inspiring terrorism, but on other charges of which he is just as obviously guilty. In this case, one reason is as good as another. Unfortunately, as of this writing, Sen. Collins is doing her usual vote-in-favor-of-the-people-only-when-it-won’t-upset-the-party thing. Why don’t you call her and tell her what you think of that? I know I will. Repeatedly.
Susan Collins’ Washington, D.C. office: (202) 224-2523
Samuel James is an internationally renowned bluesman and storyteller, as well as a locally known filmmaker. He can be reached at email@example.com.