In the Strib (where else), one John Paul Scott – who is described as a “writer in Rochester”, which must be a little akin to being a farmer in Manhattan – wrote a long, gassy ode to expunging Trump supporters from your lives.
I sent an e-mail to an in-law, telling him that his genial hockey buddy and Trump supporter friend Johnny was no longer welcome on Thanksgiving.
I’m not a hater. Johnny’s a good guy. He means well and has done nice things for me. I’ve known him 20 years. But I can’t feed him any more of my potatoes. And I encourage everyone reading these words to defenestrate all the Johnnys in their lives, if they feel so inclined. Or better yet, they could emulate what the comic and patriot Wanda Sykes did last week in Boston, which is to condemn the rise of the strongman, brooking no generosity or period of cooling — and to flip right off anyone who doesn’t want to hear it.
Ah, the party of intellect.
They do seek a world like Alan Dershowitz described in attacking the faculty at Harvard Law School – “people with different colored skin, or wearing a skirt, who all think the same way”.
He continues. And continues. And continues. Scott, the “writer” (uh huh) certainly is no editor.
But here’s his conclusion, of sorts (emphasis added):
In fact, it’s probably better that you [don’t keep Trump supporters in your lives], not if you don’t want to normalize the election of a man who seems poised to penalize his critics… foment anger within his base.
Huh. Penalizing critics.
Mr. Scott – take some time off from your “writing’ (whatevs) and google “IRS Scandal” before you jabber about penalizing critics. Or for that matter, google “John Paul Scott Thanksgiving Invitation”.
Some of us have pushed away family over far less.
I just bet “some of you” have. Lots and lots.
I will welcome a chance to talk with any of your family about that, Mr. Scott. Oh, yes.
And once you’ve taken a stand, they might have to think about what matters more to them — their fondness for the strongman, or you.
It seems like an easy choice; neither is worthy of any attention.
Mr. Scott, I do hope you read this. I would welcome a chance to discuss this article on the air. I doubt you have either the courage or the intellect, but how about we give it a shot?
And here’s a note to the entire American left; your “my way or the highway” schtick is why Trump won.
UPDATE: A friend looked up Mr. Scott’s bio.
“…The first word under Mr. Scott’s name was “Groupthink”. That sounds accurate…Definition from Wikipedia “Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome.Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative viewpoints by actively suppressing dissenting viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences.”
It’s almost as if Mr. Scott is a conservative sock puppet, set up to mock and lampoon liberalism.
But this is Minnesota. There’s no such thing as “over the top” on the left.