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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

They already blew up the White House

Madonna got a lot of folks stirred up.  She is among that plurality of Americans who do not like Donald Trump.  At the women's march in D.C. she expressed her anger with some F-bombs and with these words:

"Yes, I'm angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair.”
Newt Gingrich, who is alleged to have some higher education chose to interpret her remarks  as a threat or an incitement to violence,  not as an expression of her degree of anger.  He said she should be arrested.  On what charge, he did not specify,  other than that  she expressed something that people of his political persuasion would like to ban.

Madonna is not the only one who has contemplated blowing up the White House.  Some people who voted for Trump think that is what they were doing when they sent him into it. In explaining his vote for Trump, a 23-year-old student in Oklahoma wrote,  "for those people who have no political voice and come from states that do not matter, the best thing they can do is try to send in a wrecking ball to disrupt the system.”

The student was in an honors seminar on the history of conservatism.  His statement came out of a paper he wrote for the class.  His professor said he was a very bright and sweet young man.  His paper was chosen for the class to read and discuss, and the professor drew out his reasoning.  

As their discussion went on, the benign young student drew upon slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction to explain his reasoning.  He thought that the problems he faced originated in Reconstruction because the government was telling the people what they should think about slavery and race.

The professor concludes his essay about his exchanges with the student this way:
"Liberals must listen to and understand Trump supporters. But what you end up understanding from even the sweetest among them still might chill you to the bone."
Bomb or wrecking ball, the idea is the same.  Only the student's wrecking ball actually went to the White House.  

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