Illuminating evening at Margarita’s in Salem, New Hampshire.
I had a conversation with two gentlemen from, respectively, somewhere around Waco, and mid-western Kentucky. I imposed myself into their conversation at a point where they were inveighing against the Left…specifically at the point where one of them announced that the more the Democrats hated Trump, the more he liked him.
I popped in: “What did you think of Bernie Sanders?”
“Trump/Sanders 2020” was their response.
I find that interesting.
First the fact that Bernie Sanders garnered respect among the MAGA populists. The most left-wing candidate in several generations is not seen as “Left”. Bernie went after Hillary when it was her turn, and Hilary was the consummate Establishment candidate. The DNC fucked Bernie over. This is not lost on the Red-Staters. Whatever sins Sanders may have committed as an out-spoken Socialist, this is paramount. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Second, as I mentioned to my interlocutors, the GOP is totally divided about Trump…and they are fine with that. There is an element, which should not be dismissed, wherein this past election was a major middle finger. It functions, politically, like the Ark of the Covenant in “Raiders of…” It is powerful, and, I’d argue, absolutely necessary.
If we’re not lifting that middle finger as well, then we’re not paying attention. If we want a country, much less a planet, that is governed by its inhabitants, than it’s a question of revolutionary transformation. The middle finger is key.
This is where it begins.