“Roseanne” Is Dead, But Tr-mpism Lives On

I am happy to be wrong about ABC and Disney. Roseanne, the show, is now dead, again. I didn’t think that would happen. Good for them for doing the right thing.

And good for all of us. Being an active racist does come with at least some consequences. That’s a sign the country still has a moral pulse.

I’ve pointed out several times how strange it is that journalists have constantly combed the countryside for nits who support Tr-mp. The hopeful idea, at least I always wished, was to get a peek inside their confused cultic heads. Oddly, though, reporters never had to wander very far to find out what goes on inside a head sacrificed to Tr-mpism. Roseanne Barr’s Twitter feed tells (told) us much of what we need, or want, to know. Racist? Check. Conspiracy nut? Check. And on and on. The Tr-mpian nastiness is there in one form or another.

But I want to focus on a related characteristic that Roseanne’s disturbed mind reveals about Tr-mp and Tr-mpism and the followers of the cult: utter selfishness. Roseanne had to know that her many unhinged tweets, especially including the latest one about Valerie JaImage result for valerie jarrettrrett, might jeopardize the survival of her resurrected TV show and thus put many, many people associated with the show out of work. The ratings, while relatively good, have been declining since the first show. Thus, ABC had some room to move, if Roseanne ever went too far. Obviously, she didn’t give a damn about going too far. Obviously, she didn’t care all that much about those who worked with her and depended on her to keep her racism and her lust for hurtful lies to herself. Like Tr-mp, she couldn’t allow a disgusting thought to pass through her mind without giving it life here in the real world.

That’s who these people are. We don’t need more polls to tell us. We don’t need more what-are-they-thinking feature stories in the New York Times or The Washington Post or anywhere else to tell us. The Tr-mp cultists—not every Tr-mp voter is a cultist, but the number is growing—have shown us time and again who they are and what kind of country they want to live in.

Just look at the latest tragedy involving the Tr-mp administration aggressively separating children from their desperate, undocumented parents, parents foolish enough to think a Tr-mp-led America, full of white-nationalist Christians, would welcome them. Where is the outrage among always-moralizing Tr-mpers? Franklin Graham is crusading for Tr-mpism in California right now. Is he outraged at how “the stranger” is being treated? Nope. But he is outraged at liberals:

The progressives have infiltrated our schools, our government and our nation. Progressivism is nothing more than godless secularism, and it has stormed through the gates of America’s bulwark.

Evangelicals like Graham aren’t politically neutral Christians who love Jesus and want you to love him too or else He will send you to hell to be tormented forever. They are committed members of the cult of Tr-mpism. Graham was outraged at the recent vote in Ireland to give women the right to control their own reproductive lives, saying, “Just because the majority who voted in Ireland say that murdering the unborn should be legal, doesn’t mean that it‘s right.” While Graham moralizes about Irish politics and American liberalism, he doesn’t have anything to say about children being forcefully ripped from the arms of their moms and dads in the name of Tr-mp’s bigotry.

Nor is there much moralizing among Tr-mpists related to the new report on the actual death toll in Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Maria, the official estimates were that 64 American citizens died in the storm and its aftermath. A comprehensive study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that more than 4,600 citizens, and possibly more than 5,000, may have died in the days and months following the storm. The response of the Tr-mp administration was, and still is, woefully inadequate. When visiting the island last year, Tr-mp tossed paper towels and told us that the event wasn’t a “real catastrophe like Katrina,” largely thanks to him. The truth is we don’t know how many of the thousands of deaths were due to the lack of urgency among those responsible. But we know many were. And we know not many Tr-mpers give a damn either way.

What is it that connects Roseanne Barr’s latest tweet…to kids from Latin America being forcibly separated from their parents…to the ongoing neglect of American citizens in Puerto Rico? Racism? Of course. White-nationalism? Without a doubt. But the most profound connection is the selfishness involved. Tr-mp cultists are, like their leader, deeply selfish people who want a world in which white Christians maintain their rightful place at the top, no matter what it costs.

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  1. Bbob

     /  May 29, 2018

    Duane, like you, I was a practicing Christian for many years. I became a None although the name didn’t show up until recently. There many good people who call themselves Christians. That is a good thing. But the narrow, bigoted people who call themselves followers of Christ have forfeited my respect. Their refusal to see themselves as they are is probably too ingrained to change. If there is a God, they may well find themselves burning in hell, and wonder why.

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    • I’ve struggled trying to figure out whether, on balance, religion of any kind is a net positive or negative. Clearly, as some have said, there are some aspects of religion that make good people better and bad people worse. But looking at it as a whole, as to whether religious beliefs make for a better world or make the world worse than it needs to be, I’d be interested in your views. What do you think, as a former believer?

      Duane

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  2. On the Roseanne Barr/Samantha Bee controversy, I think this quote from Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University, helps put it in perspective:

    “We live in a world in which people are censured, demoted, imprisoned, beheaded, simply because they have opened their mouths, flapped their lips and vibrated some air. Hateful, blasphemous, prejudiced, vulgar, rude or ignorant remarks are the music of a free society, and the relentless patter of idiots is how we know we’re in one.”

    But the religious issue is another puzzler. You may remember a couple of years ago a comment I made that included a clip from the HBO show Newsroom. It’s where the mythical Will McAvoy introduced the term “American Taliban.” These are actually radical evangelical Christians. In fact the average Trump lover should include those “values” that McAvoy mentioned:

    Ideological purity,
    Compromise as weakness,
    A fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism,
    Denying science,
    Unmoved by facts,
    Undeterred by new information,
    A hostile fear of progress,
    A demonization of education,
    A need to control women’s bodies,
    Severe xenophobia,
    Tribal mentality,
    Intolerance of dissent,
    Pathological hatred of US government.

    Anyone who has those attributes cannot be Christian, but would easily qualify as a member of the American Taliban. In that regard, and IMHO, these people are immoral and perpetuate immorality in their daily lives. They are therefore de facto apostates. In addition to the evangelicals and fundamentalists, I would also include the Catholic clergy, both here and around the world.

    People like Franklin Graham, James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Pat Robertson, and other self-appointed spokesmen for “family values” and their perverted view of Jesus’s teachings are promoting a worldview contrary to human decency and respect. But there are about 85 million evangelicals in this country. Although the adherents of the various religions are on the decline, the fundamentalists are not.

    This dangerous and destructive mentality is hard to fight, especially when members are virtually guaranteed an eternity in paradise if they just follow a few simple rules — the American Taliban’s rules.

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    • Thanks, Herb. Excellent.

      Almost everyday I am challenged to stay positive in the light of the reality you outlined here. The “dangerous and destructive mentality” of conservative evangelicalism is, indeed, “hard to fight.” And the fact, the sad fact, that it is married to the Republican Party makes it even harder to fight, since Republicans candidates are very good at exploiting the “faithful.” 

      Duane

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