Originally Posted by Iron Maiden
Trump just went through a year and half of racism and misogyny, and he was rewarded for it. Our power structure is about to have a guy at the top who thinks Hispanic judges cannot fairly adjudicate cases involving white people, and O'Reilly's crowd is mostly cool with that. O'Reilly simply has no reason to hold back his true feelings anymore. There is no incentive out there for him to pretend that minorities are on equal footing, so he's inclined to ring the bell that the white power structure is under attack. Yes, the left will criticize him - and so will a few Republicans, frankly - but we now live in a world where true outrage happens every week and people either don't care or quickly forget and move on to the next thing. I mean, O'Reilly just talked about how "well-fed" slaves were over the summer, and nothing happened. He kept silent when Roger Ailes joined the Trump campaign because it would make his network look bad, and nothing happened. He practically coached Trump in their interviews, and he got the outcome he wanted. Nothing will happen now.
The Republican Party won, so I don't exactly expect many reflections from them, but only so many of them really handled themselves well this year.
Where's Brother Malcolm when we need him.
If there's one lesson we've learned from the last decade, it's that rational, fact-based argument and repeated attempts to "be the bigger person" results in the Bad
Guys winning. Moral superiority means less than nothing if it leads to an outcome that's morally absent.
The Axis weren't defeated because we didn't 'stoop to their level,' they were defeated because we bombed them into oblivion.
Given the apathy of the average American, who watched 20+ children get mowed down with automatic weapons and still couldn't mobilize for simple background checks, a lot of people are going to have to die for there to be meaningful change. Maybe that's in more misspent wars abroad, maybe it's in more domestic attacks at home, maybe it's in violent protests. But this shit isn't going to change until the average person FEELS their lives being affected.