Pontifications along a road less travelled. How much self-destructive hatred do we need?



Oh the joy of facebook. Before social media we could cling pathetically to the belief that people were by and large, reasonable, sensible, and decent. Admittedly we clung to it like a drowning man clings to a spar after a shipwreck, but still it was not an entirely impossible belief.


Then I saw somebody, an American, had posted this on their wall. It’s from one of the US political sites.


If Robert Mueller finds overwhelming and indisputable evidence that Trump conspired with Putin to rig the 2016 election, Trump’s presidency is not authorised under the United States constitution.

The only response to an unconstitutional presidency is to annul it. This would repell all of the unconstitutional president’s appointments and executive actions, and would eliminate the official record of the presidency.


And below it everybody had piled in. They were all hollering and cheering and throwing their hats in the air.

So I read all this and thought, ‘Well, it’s not my circus, they’re not my monkeys, but perhaps a little bit of reality here?’

So I merely pointed out that this meant, ‘any payments made by the government, for example to employees, would also be illegal and would have to be handed back. And grants paid out by government for any reason, disaster aid or whatever, would be illegal and would have to be handed back.’


I didn’t think it would be a popular stance. But frankly I didn’t expect it to be totally ignored. The hollering and throwing hats into the air continued. There was a bit of a dispute over whether this meant that Hilary was automatically president but the fact that their joy would come at the cost of personally bankrupting innumerable numbers of their fellow citizens was a total irrelevance.


At that point I realised that this was our salvation. Their total irrelevance. We see it everywhere, small groups and coteries who hold the masses in contempt and would sacrifice them all to ensure their own perquisites and social advantages are maintained. Gradually as time goes on, they become more inward looking, their numbers shrink as reasonable people start to shun them, and they become more extreme. Finally they disappear as age carries them off or they fall victim to satire and fizzle out in embarrassment.


Democracy works because we talk to each other, assume that, actually, the other person might just be right, and it they aren’t there’ll be a correction at the next election.




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5 thoughts on “Pontifications along a road less travelled. How much self-destructive hatred do we need?

  1. patriciaruthsusan August 30, 2018 at 12:12 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    When it comes to social media it seems “Intimacy breeds contempt,” as the old saying goes.

  2. Cynthia Reyes September 3, 2018 at 3:16 pm Reply

    An interesting post, Jim. The kind that makes a person think, then one’s shoulders fall a little before the owner even realized they’d been tense.

    • jwebster2 September 9, 2018 at 3:01 pm Reply

      yes I found myself relaxing as I realised that these people were less relevant than they thought they were 🙂

  3. Paul Sunstone September 13, 2018 at 9:53 am Reply

    I have faith in democracy but I think it is endangered these days by so much media geared towards dividing people through manufactured fear and gratuitous anger.

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