Moving through grief
There’s passion, plunder and pillage on the way to acceptance
Whatever the election of 2016 lacked in dignity and gravitas, it had passion in abundance. Few campaigns have brought out both the best and the worst of the fanatics of both right and left. Even the churches were not spared from partisan vandalism.
When someone painted “Trump Nation. Whites Only” across the Episcopal Church of Our Savior in Silver Spring, Md., a suburb of the nation’s capital, there was the usual rush to judgment that this was a “hate crime” and surely the work of a Trumpkin.
All crimes are hate crimes, of course, since few crimes are acts of love, but because the church is “majority-immigrant” and the graffiti was scrawled on the back of a Spanish-language banner as well as on the church building, the vandalism was cited as “racist.”
But was it the work of friends and supporters of Donald Trump? No one knows, since the vandals are still at large with their paint cans, and only they can know for sure.
Vandalism is an equal-opportunity crime, in Silver Spring and elsewhere. Thomas Roszkowski of Silver Spring reported that “Trump/Pence” lawn signs were stolen from his front lawn and his house egged, a swastika spray-painted across his front door and an American flag taken from its pride of place.
Such political vandalism is occurring all over the country, the handiwork of vindictive men and women of small minds, and can’t be attributed to pinheads who voted only for the Donald or only for Hillary Clinton. What might be true is that such pinheads rarely get around to actually voting themselves.
Plunder and pillage in the name of higher citizenship is not confined mostly to the right, though a visitor from Mars or Pluto who only reads the mainstream newspapers or watches television might think so. James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas hidden-camera videos showed during the campaign that Robert Creamer, the husband of a Democratic congresswoman, Rep. Jan Schakowski of Illinois, plotted to pay people to stir up violence at Trump rallies.
A Republican campaign office in Hillsborough, N.C., was firebombed and an adjacent building spraypainted with a swastika and the words “Nazi Republicans leave town or else.” This was probably not the work of Trump fans, either.
A young woman of the Muslim persuasion at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette told how she was physically assaulted by two white men, who hurled mean racist slurs and said they were supporters of the Donald. This was eagerly taken as fact by The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Huffington Post, but her story fell apart under police questioning.
A woman in Kirkland, Wash., similarly conceded under police questioning that her story that she was sexually assaulted was a fabrication. The “victim” said she made up the story because she was “distraught over the recent election.”
A passenger on a Delta Air Lines flight from Atlanta to Allentown, Pa., stood in the aisle to berate, with vulgar and unimaginative language, everyone who had voted for Hillary. Passengers on a United Air Lines flight argued with such passion that the pilot asked everyone to hold their political arguments until they were safely on the ground.
The moral is that things are not always what they seem, and this, too, shall pass. The losers of Nov. 8 just need more time to work through their denial, grief, and anger to the acceptance of what happened.