We have to shun these Republicans

I’m sleeping better going into this weekend. I’m now convinced that Trump will soon be gone—either through Impeachment, or the 2020 election, or by his own hand. However it happens, we’ll soon be done with the most disastrous horror that has struck America since the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

What brings about this peace of mind is, as I blogged the other day, my belief that the long-fabled Tipping Point has been reached.

Trump’s foulness finally has caught up with
him. Like water chipping away at rock, three years of exposure to Trump has
convinced a solid majority of the American people that this aberration cannot
go on any longer. Black and Brown people are effectively united 100% against
him. So are younger voters and those in the suburbs. Even the working-class men
and women, ranchers and farmers of the Rust Belt, Bible Belt and far western states
have woke to the disgrace and danger this man, and his willing
white-nationalist henchmen, pose to America, and to them personally and their
families. Things have gotten so bad for Trump that his supporters have to keep
their allegiance to him a secret, lest they be ridden out of town with tar and feathers,
their companies boycotted, their families shunned.

There
is an old concept in civil self-governance: shunning. This occurs, says Wikipedia,

“when a person or group deliberately avoids association with, and habitually keeps away from an individual or group…as a form of solidarity. It is a sanction against association…Targets of shunning can include…anyone the group perceives as a threat or source of conflict.”

In the olden days, communities shunned
members who were perceived as dangerous or undesirable. This had, of course,
its bad effects (homosexuals were shunned, and sometimes those shunned, such as
“witches,” were brutally murdered), but on the whole, shunning was a good
thing. There is such a thing as societal norms. Individuals who willingly
breach those norms must be advised that to continue to do so will be more
harmful to themselves than to the greater community. This kept people in line,
in a day and age before police, courts, newspapers or social media existed.

We as a society must shun Trump supporters. We must let them know that their behavior is completely unacceptable, if we’re serious about valuing diversity, fairness, civility and decency. This is why, when the rightwing billionaire, Stephen Ross, tries to explain away his fundraising for Trump on the fake excuse that he doesn’t agree with everything Trump says or does, his excuse doesn’t hold water. He can’t say he likes Trump’s tax cuts (of course he does!) and then say he denounces the white nationalism and racism. It doesn’t work that way. If he supports Trump to any extent at all, then he’s in favor of racism, of locking brown babies in cages, of vile rhetoric that inspires mass murderers. Stephen Ross can’t have it both ways. When the people who use his Equinox and SoulCycle facilities boycott them in protest, they’re employing a modern-day version of shunning. It’s the only way to get stubborn offenders like Stephen Ross to listen, to hear the voice of the majority.

Any Trump
supporter can be shunned, anywhere. Admittedly, this can be difficult.
Thanksgiving is coming up. What do you do when you run into Cousin Alan at the
family dinner when Cousin Alan is a certified Trump nut? Do you forgive and
forget and recall pleasanter times? Do you simply eliminate politics from the
conversations? I would argue, No. If you let Cousin Alan think all is well
despite the disgust you feel for his political leanings, you are sanctioning
his beliefs (in a positive sense) and telling him, in effect, “Never mind what
I say about Trump and the people who support him, I don’t really mean it. You’re
still okay in my book.”

This is a
wrong-headed approach. To shun Cousin Alan, to let him know how you really
feel, doesn’t mean you don’t love…


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