how’s that working 4u?

On his Sunday TV show after the previous day’s football game, former Alabama coach Bear Bryant was once asked by sidekick Charley Thornton about his players crying after a particularly devastating loss.

Bryant replied that the time for crying was the previous Tuesday when they practiced halfheartedly, or during film study, when the players showed little regard for that week’s opponent. That was when the upcoming game was lost.

Benjamin West’s painting of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse entitled “Death on a Pale Horse” (1796), Detroit Institute of Arts
Benjamin West’s painting of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse entitled “Death on a Pale Horse” (1796), Detroit Institute of Arts

I recalled that story when the November election debacle unfolded; with student protests, uncontrolled tears, and thousands of words written about who really cost the Democrats this election, and unleashed Donald Trump on the universe.

Analysts have blamed everyone from Conservative women to Third Party voters to conspiracy theorists. The focus has been on those who voted for Trump rather than the thousands who didn’t vote for Clinton.

Many have lamented that this isn’t the America they knew. Someone hasn’t been paying attention. America has always been evenly divided. Voters historically are swayed rather easily, with little regard for the consequences to our precious documents of freedom. The Electoral College was a compromise to slave states but justified by Alexander Hamilton as a way to keep foreign powers from influencing American elections. How’s that working for you?

With the New Year comes the realization that many of the positive trends of the last eight years are likely toast. Climate Change initiatives will quickly disappear, and the only people guaranteed freedom will be gun owners, unborn babies, and multi-zillionaires.

As more presidential appointees are announced, anyone who had settled in for a few decades of climate responsibility, and income equality, wake each morning almost in shock. Hardees consumers, banks too big to fail, and wraslin’ aficionados are in Hog Heaven.

Speaking of Heaven, although the line between Jesus and modern Evangelicals was already contorted, I can’t imagine anyone trying, with a straight face, to justify the large number of Born Again Christians voting for Trump. I guess we will soon see photos in living rooms of Trump and Jesus side by side, illuminated by Holy Light.

So, what happens now? More than forty percent of Americans don’t think democracy is important enough to even vote. And half of the rest, another thirty percent of the population, are firmly behind the hateful, dishonest, Republican policies of the last fifty years. Lie, divide, scare.

Modern day Republican voters aren’t all the Basket of Deplorables we all assume they are. Most of us socialize, or at least know, several people who think the Democrats are raising taxes and wasting money by giving it to poor, undeserving minorities.

They think Republicans are better at business practices, protecting the country, and balancing the budget than Democrats. And no one is going to convince them otherwise by insulting their intelligence.

So what now? Does the whole process become a mudslinging free-for-all? Does the Democratic Party start a slash and burn wing like the Tea Party or work diligently to educate the public to what is really going on.

Do Liberals find a way to get their point across, even start their own biased TV network. Or maybe just sit home and drink good whiskey while the Republicans turn everything into shit like they always do when left in charge.



Image: Benjamin West’s painting of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse entitled “Death on a Pale Horse” (1796), Detroit Institute of Arts (Public Domain) via
Mike Cox

Mike Cox

Mike Cox currently writes a weekly column in South Carolina for the Columbia Star called "It's Not a Criticism, It's an Observation." He is trying to grow old as gracefully as possible without condemning the current generation in charge to doom. Each day this task gets harder as the overwhelming evidence mounts. He currently has two published books; Finding Daddy Cox, and October Saturdays. His columns have won three South Carolina Press Association awards since 2003. Mike has three sons and two grandchildren and lives in Irmo, Sc, just outside of Columbia.