As Einstein said (in his Aphorisms for Leo Baeck):
The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time. The terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency.
I am forced back to this elegant summary again and again. I know there are people who object to calling ignorance and stupidity by their real names. Though they'd nod yes that a rose by any other name is a rose, they think it unwise to switch from flowers to ignorance and stupidity.
And what about the notion, heard on in the media often — on NPR, just this afternoon — that Trump supporters are rebelling against the liberal elite? I am a liberal, yes. Elite? Elite how?
Want to see my tax returns?
Or does elite mean valuing information and knowledge instead of running on the sick combustion of ignorance, hurt, and rage?
I won't be undercut by being called, implicitly or openly, a member of the liberal elite. I am as entitled to my opinions, which I hold as fiercely as any Trump lover even though my views are, I hope, contaminated by a dollop of information, education, and reason.
Dirty words to some.
The phrase "liberal guilt" once had meaning, back in the day when certain people, some of them paralyzed by the Cold War, shied away from opposing segregation and the War in Vietnam — shied away, in short, from putting bodies, and if I may say so, minds and souls, on the line, as John Lewis, and others, memorably did.
Those days and situations are over. The catch phrase "liberal guilt" gets no traction, not with me. You won't catch me feeling guilty about what I call my liberalism. If anything, I feel my own brand of rage, at a candidate and his supporters who might break the United States, and so much that is good about it, and who will never be able to own or repair the damage.
I know there are those who think four years of Trump would all but guarantee the "political revolution" we don't seem to be having now. Such folly, such historical uninformed inanity. Fact is, we are having a political revolution. It happens to be the one led by Donald Trump.
Just because it isn't the revolution you may have longed for and idealized, doesn't mean it isn't a revolution, too.
May it fail.