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Have you noticed you rarely see Trump supporters wear their darling red MAGA caps in public? Why is that? You see them in abundance at Trump rallies, but rarely at social affairs or sporting events or even in stores or shopping malls.

If the polls are right and Trump has roughly a 40% approval rating, you'd think you'd see a wide swath of red caps at any public gathering. But you don't. Could it be that Trump supporters are afraid to wear their red caps in public because they want to avoid embarrassment or confrontation? Or is it something else?

Perhaps Trump supporters don't wear their MAGA caps in public for the same reason that Ku Klux Klan members don't wear their pointed white sheets to the grocery store. Because deep down they know these caps don't just represent Trump; they represent their own prejudices. In other words, they're fine to wear when they're in a group or at a rally where kindred spirits abound and they feel comfortable. But not in the general public where putting their prejudices on display would make them stand out and create problems.

Naturally, Trump supporters will deny this, the same way Archie Bunker denied that he was prejudiced against blacks or minorities. (And what is Trump, after all, but a rich and powerful Archie Bunker.) But the sad truth is, our country has always been divided by rich and poor, liberal and conservative, dove and hawk. And in a deeper psychological way by the forces of love and compassion versus those of fear and insecurity.

In a practical sense, the forces of love and compassion become manifest in political progressivism and social justice whereas the forces of fear and insecurity become manifest in political oppression and social exclusion. To put it simply, good versus evil.

Going back to the Civil War, you see these contrasting forces on display with the issues of slavery, then civil rights, then the women's movement, etc. These same forces were also on display during seminal moments in history, like the Vietnam War, when Americans were divided on whether to end it or continue fighting.

Fortunately, as Martin Luther King Jr noted, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. As proof of this, the United States eventually did get out of Vietnam; blacks and minorities did get a civil-rights bill; and women are in the process of gaining more social and political power.

Of course, the historic tug of war between the forces of good and evil are never consistent or absolute. Nor are the victories or gains that make the country a better place. What's more, they never happen quickly or without struggle, hardship, and death. Today we are in a particularly dark period of history thanks to Trump's demagoguery and the mindless fealty of his supporters.

Just witness a Trump rally and watch how artfully the dear leader stokes the fears and insecurities of his ardent followers. And now that the poor old Hillary chant of "Lock her up!" is becoming a little stale, the more creative members of team MAGA have replaced it with: "Send her back!" referring to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who comes from Somalia. Indeed, you'll find very little love and compassion on display at these affairs. And you get the feeling that if Trump supporters could press a button and jettison all the brown and black people in the country into outer space, they would do it in a heartbeat.

Of course these are the same God-fearing individuals who deny global warming, reject socialism without even understanding it, and--against their own self-interests!--side with corporate America and the billionaire class in the name of capitalism, even as the wealth of the country becomes increasingly more concentrated in the hands of the upper one-tenth of one percent of the population.

One day, hopefully, we'll look back on this era and wonder why it took so long for such a large segment of the population to wise up and realize they were being played for saps. At present, however, the forces of fear and insecurity are at their highest levels since the "Red Scare" McCarthy era with "Don the Con" Trump playing the role of tough guy fascist pandering to the worst instincts of ordinary Americans, the same way Senator Joe McCarthy did with his hate-filled, anti-communist rants and accusations. In fact, one could make the case that McCarthy's followers were the forerunners of the Tea Party and the Trump ditto heads.

Although it may seem like a bit of a stretch, the comparison between Trump and McCarthy is not only valid but quite striking because Roy Cohn, perhaps one of the most loathsome men of the last century, was not only McCarthy's right-hand man, but one of young Donald Trump's most influential mentors.

Despite this, evangelical Christians dismiss Trump's thuggish and racist behavior and believe he will ultimately lead them to the Promised Land. In fact, it has been reported that many evangelical Christians believe that Don the Con was chosen by God to usher in a new era called the "end times."

Which begs the question: Will all these evangelical Trump supporters put on their red caps when the Rapture comes, or will they hide them from Jesus behind their gun racks? In the meantime, America will wait for the arc of the moral universe to tick forward and toss Donald Trump into the trash bin of history, the way it did with Joe McCarthy.

Let's hope it's sooner rather than later.

 

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John F. Miglio is the former editor of the Online Review of Books & Current Affairs and author of Sunshine Assassins, a dystopian political thriller.

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Martin Luther King Jr noted, the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. Do you think this is true?

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The "arc of justice" indeed bends slowly...sometimes even bounces back a bit...but in the end, the human race eventually figures out what is the right thing to do...and more importantly the right way to "be."

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Here are some interesting comments from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the role of God in Donald Trump's election:

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This logic by Mike Pompeo would suggest that it was actually God that meddled in the 2016 election.

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I've seen this before and it is absolutely terrifying.

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Trump does not have 30 percent This spooky guy begs the question to project bogus polls. They will do anything they can to manipulate and rig things. What an awful dystopian shithole we live in. Just last week there was a epstein, now magaically gone.

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Why, yes I do have a MAGA hat. Don't know where I got it from, but I certainly didn't pay for it with either money or my time, such as attending a Trump rally. And, though no one here will be surprised, it is true that I do support Trump at the ballot box. That support however doesn't mean that I am in full agreement with everything that Trump says or does. I don't wear the hat because of the political climate that we live in today. There are a lot of unstable people running around these days - both conservative and liberal and everything in between. It is for the same reason that I don't openly carry a weapon, despite being licensed to carry. There are simply too many people who might want to challenge my decision. Will I ever wear the cap? It's not likely. See the reasons stated above. Common sense is a great "decider" when faced with reality.

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Thanks for your honest response. Since you state that you are not in full agreement with everything Trump says or does, are you willing to keep an open mind and vote for someone else in the next election?

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I keep an open mind. From what I have seen of the Democrats so far has not impressed me. Even though a third-party candidate might jump into the fray, their chances of getting elected are slim to none so they really can't be considered. As for the Democrats, there are too many of their proposals that are unworkable, so I am not going to give them a chance at this point in time. Election day is still a long way off.

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If you choose to be bat-crazy and secretly support a sadistic bully, why not just keep your gun, but err on the side of the higher level of human nature, and listen to Marianne Williamson?

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I have read Williamson's website, but was not overly impressed by what I read and hence have no burning desire to listen to her commentaries. Thank you though for calling my attention to her.


Just because I support Trump doesn't mean that I am "bat crazy". I don't support him 100 per cent, but it appears that at this stage, he is the most electable candidate that we have.

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It's well known by Trump supporters that if you wear a MAGA hat in public you stand at least a 50/50 chance of getting verbally or physically attacked by a deranged liberal. So they are not worn in public by most. Besides, unless wearing to show support, they're kinda ugly. IMO


Why don't libs wear p*ssy hats more?


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https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=people+attacked+for+wearing+MAGA+hat

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I see a MAGAt wearing the hat in Wal-Mart and Costco once in a while. I just shake my head and keep walking.

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Vocal or visual support of Trump is toxic. Anywhere and at all times. The ball cap is obnoxious. Worse, it attracts confrontation. But that is a light year or more from signaling defeat in next year's election. Wearing apparel as an indicator of political druthers in the American public is interesting but nothing to bet on.

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It is disappointing to know some of my family/friend's who support tRump have not progressed from the country's racist/bigoted past. That many white's are scared of not only former Reagan "Freedom Fighter's" now relabeled "Terrorist's," but their becoming a minority in their country of birth.


The "Christian's" who support tRump, believing he was "chosen" to lead the "end times," have a low opinion of their "God" and overlooked where the Bible says there will be many false prophets before this time arises.


I have now witnessed this country elect its second multi-adulterous/sexual predator, b-rated, turncoat Democrat, to become president and abandon wise policy that would benefit the country in the near future, for the whining, misguided sanctions/tariff war, with threats of illegal military occupation whose policies only squeeze profit for a few.


The election of Reagan, I decided not to have children, for I had a minuscule idea of where the country was heading and my most wildest of thoughts pales in comparison to what has transpired. Thankful I'm in my slow downward slide in life and no progeny to inherit the cluster-mess the country/world finds itself today.

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