Did CNN Do Trump Supporters a Huge Favor?
I cannot believe I am saying this, but CNN deserves our thanks.
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If you are anything like me, you are struggling to understand why so many of your Liberal friends and family have decided you are the scum of the earth.
Perhaps you’ve sat in stunned silence, mouth agape, as you read a comment on Social Media, or received an angry text, or were graced with a condescending message. Perhaps you’ve had to step away as you felt your own emotions flare and recognized you were about to say or do something that cannot be unsaid or undone.
Perhaps you’ve mourned the good old days when you believed someone respected you, your right to exercise your own right to vote, and your right to stand up for the values you believe in.
Perhaps you’ve even begun to bend under the weight of the moral shaming- Am I really a racist? Am I really a terrible person? Is everything really my fault?
If you experienced any of the above, you are not alone. I’m not talking about the genuine and heartfelt conversations you have with your friends and family who appreciate and enjoy the opportunity to learn from one another. I’m talking about the flip side of that coin, where self-righteousness reigns supreme.
The diabolical, genius, masterfully executed manipulation of mindsets and emotions that has overtaken this country is like a virus of its own.
Why some people become afflicted and others do not is up for debate, but the affliction is real and the damage is far reaching.
To be clear, the extreme behavior and jaw-dropping antics are not exclusively displayed by those on the Left. Plenty of right-winged Americans are guilty of the same.
No one should presume to have the right to dictate another’s values, but that’s precisely what is happening.It’s left many Moderate or Conservative Americans wondering what is really happening in the minds of far Left Liberals.
This week, CNN answered that question for us.
Before I continue, you should know that the answer is not comforting. In fact, it sort of makes things feel more hopeless than when we didn’t know what it is.
Remember that movie where Mel Gibson woke up with the power to hear what women were thinking? Remember how he begged to be free of that power when he realized he was better off not knowing? This is sort of like that.
It reveals that the relationships you’re mourning were never what you thought they were in the first place – so what you’re mourning or trying desperately to hang on to is really the illusion of that relationship rather than the reality of it.
The unabashedly titled opinion piece by Richard L. Elredge…
‘To my family who chose Trump over me: Was it worth it?’, wastes no time in getting to the point.
He begins with, “Was your blind loyalty to President Donald Trump, a person you’ve never met, worth burning our family to the ground?”
With this, Elredge illuminates the mindset that so many of us have been bumping our hearts and heads into – The responsibility for all the pain and the damaged or shattered relationships in your life is yours alone.
He doubles down on this by sharing poignant stories of people who have been in life’s trenches together and are now strangers at best or sworn enemies at worst. Sound familiar? Have you experienced that as well and wondered – why is it happening? Well wonder no more. If you voted for Trump, Elredge, says, It’s your fault.
Maybe he could have found a way to forgive you the first time you voted for Trump, but voting for him twice is going to require some serious groveling to be considered for a conditional pardon.
The point Elredge so clearly conveys is that there is nothing you can do to atone for the sin of supporting our President, short of falling to your knees and begging for forgiveness. You must also abandon everything you believe in and submit to your friends and family who know better than you.
If you’ve ever been in an abusive relationship, you may be better equipped to recognize the futility of believing if you just remember not to say things that trigger them, or you just try harder, or you just… anything, that a switch will flip in the abuser’s brain and the emotional abuse will stop.
You may be quicker to pull the plug on that relationship and remove yourself from the proximity of that toxic behavior than someone who has not experienced this in the past.
But if you are someone who still believes that this person is open to considering that you can disagree and still respect each other, you should know that while you are attempting to convince them of this, that person is thinking:
“Over our love-filled 50-year bond, you chose a hate-filled New York millionaire…”
That’s how Elredge described it, and that’s what the Liberal-based, anti-Trump “news” outlet, CNN shared for the millions of Americans who feel just like him to see.
It may not be the answer we wanted, but Elredge and CNN did us a huge favor by peeling back the mask and letting us see what is going on behind those condescending stares and hateful messages.
“To be clear,” he concludes, “this was never about a difference of political opinion. We’ve gotten through that before. This was about a fundamental difference in morality, integrity and decency and a person who exemplifies none of those things.”
On that, we agree.