Live from Emo Dojo
Live from Emo Dojo

Episode · 1 year ago

Post-Election Emotions: Sympathy for The Fans, Not The Team

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

I meant to talk what I'm doing with the new podcast format. But, realizing I'm short on time, I try to explain how we should consider having sympathy for Trump voters.

I'm johnny emotions and this is dailyemotions. So in this episode I was going to tell you why I waschanging the podcast and how that was going around, and I ended up rationalizingwhy we should be kinder to trump supporters. So yeah, have a listen.Boy, this is going to be one of those episodes where it's allover the place just because I have so much to tell you because someone justhappened. So I'm going to have to try to edit myself while I speak. So, of course I've been experimenting with show names and album artwork latelysee how it fits. When I create artwork and show ideas and I usuallylike design something up and I guess the old way to put it would belike put it up on the refrigerator and kind of look at it and walkby it and see it every every day for a couple of weeks change something. Well, you know, I kind of do the digital version, thedigital version of that, as I just put stuff up and I look around. But Anyway, I think back in August, about two years ago,I did a thing called the dog days of August, where it was likeyou podcast something every day and looking back at all the things I've done inpodcasting. I think that was one of the most valuable so I want tokeep doing that. So this is going to be me doing a daily podcastand they're probably going to be really short. The trick is getting me to focuson one topic. Of the eighty topics in my head right now,I got to pick one. So this particular show is going to be aboutthis show and emotions and basically the emotions revolving around the election in America.It's been pretty wild, so we were...

...still in shut down, lockdown mode. My sons and I had gone from Louisiana up north to Oklahoma, andneither of those states in America are very, HMM, into wearing masks. Justsay it like that. They're individualist, you know. They're the kind ofstates that are traditionally conservative, but that that that label doesn't mean muchanymore. I don't know what they're trying to conserve. Not It's not money. The yeah, and more in Oklahoma instead of a hill billy things downfrom California, and I just imagined everything kind of east of Colorado, beforeyou hit Chicago, was just people playing banjos and Straw hats and run aroundbarefoot. And stuff like that. Nah, of course it's not. But youknow, when you're not out in it you don't think about it toomuch, so you just to sign it a thought in your head. SoI left California, went to Louisiana, then Oklahoma, and for sure there'sdifferent types of southern folks, like the swamp south people, and then thethe more northern people, especially above the top of Texas. They're like yeah, more like the Marlborough man up here, kind of individual, sitting alone outin the field on a horse kind of thing. That's what it remindsme of. And Yeah, there's there's way more stuff than just red dirtand tumbleweeds in Oklahoma. So if you're familiar with California, like for myfriends who listen, Oklahoma is like Sacramento, lots of rivers, lakes, mostlyflat, same kind of chain stores and malls and some city and stategovernment buildings and just the dirts red instead...

...of Brown. But yeah, it'skind of like that. As my point being, it's really interesting to experienceit's the electorate firsthand, because I've been in California for decades and just it'sjust a way of life. It's the way I was programmed. It's whatI was surrounded with. So when I got to Louisiana, that was onevibe. Oklahoma, HMM, completely different vibe. I kind of I almostI like Oklahoma quite a bit. There's nothing not to like about it.There are a lot more trumpet type people, but they're out in the opened andthey're I mean they're out in the open. You can see them andyou can avoid them if you choose, or engage them if you choose them. Either way, you know what I mean, they're just out there.Put it. In California just seem like people were trying to be more polite, but it end up being fake polite, so they hid their true intentions andtheir true feelings, whereas out here in Oklahoma they don't give a fucktoo much. Because I think I can attribute a little bit of that toguns. Everybody's got guns over here, so it's not really you never knowwho's going to nobody's going to pop off and start pulling a gun out inpublic, so that the fear of like mass shootings is almost non existent.Bank robberies, hold up up some car jackets does don't really happen around herethat much. If at all, and that's fascinating, especially when you're fromCalifornia and you think everything's like, oh, guns are no, guns should onlybe used for certain situations. Well, when you live in it, youstart to see the benefits of like, well, okay, yeah, Imean you kind of hypothesize it and you hear about countries like Switzerland whereeverybody has to keep a gun for the...

...defense of the country, that sortof thing, but it's not like that here. It's a free for all. You can carry however you want, conceal it and you can carry iton your hip, you carried into a store, whatever you want. It'slike the wild West Mine Anyway, my point being, I was trying toexperience both the sides, let's call it, which we'll do an episode on themedia alone. How they loved to pit a fight, and they havetoo. The easiest way to create a fight is to create two sides whenclearly we live in a spectrum. It's not. There's kind of like socialmedia's become this like binary fucking sewer and everything has to be either or leftor right, your in or out, you're popular or you're canceled. Youknow, blue, red, black, White, up down Jesus Christ,but I'm not going to do it on the media today special cifically. Ijust wanted to do it on the emotions of politics, and that kind ofa long way around to what I'm working on here and why I'm doing itdaily. So anyway, I'm going to do a daily podcast because I don'tknow, I haven't can talk about a million different things. It's good exercisefor me and I have an interesting perspective just being kind of a stranger ina strange land, a Californian in the middle of Oklahoma, and enjoying it. So there's that. That said, man, the election yesterday. I'mthe election was obviously back on Tuesday and they finally got to counted enough thatthey find a got to have counted enough votes to figure out that that guy'spretty much going to win. In fact, there's not a good way for theother guy to win, that guy being Joe Biden, and is runningmate, Kamala Harris, from California, and I think that's ultimately who Ivoted for. Like she's generation x like me, she's born and raised inthe same area like me, and I'm...

...like, well, fuck it,she at least she has my perspective in mind and we have similar programming.If we were like just meet sex or robots or whatever you want, wewere kind of programmed in the same way, obviously not by the same people,but in the same geography during the same time period, because I don'tknow, like clearly trump was like just fucking train wreck, dumpster fire,whatever the fucking whatever the phrase you want to call that. I don't evenknow what that is. So we needed something new. But I have issueswith religion somewhat. I'm not opposed to it, I just have hisue issueswith it, and I think Joe Biden is one of the more religious presidentswe've had in a long time, way more. I mean trump wasn't religious. Obama played the game, but I don't think he was like hardcore intochurch. Bill Clinton, same Bush, same Bush, same Reagan, nota church Guy. He was into astrology. Kind of portrayed himself Churchy to theChristians, but I think you have to go back to like Jimmy Carterto find somebody as religious as Joe Biden. But I don't know, hopefully it'snot that big of a deal. As usual, I'm probably making waytoo much of something that's not important and ignoring something that is important. Sothe interest yesterday, when I I didn't realize I was that emotional or aboutit. I voted on Tuesday morning and just let it go. I waskind of tense up to that point, kind of like when you're standing inline for a coup pul of hours to ride a suit cooper scary roller coaster, and then by the time I was in line voting and got there,I'm like, I felt like I was strapped into the coaster. I hadmade it. It was going to happen this so nothing was left to dobut just hang on. So I felt much more relaxed and after I votedI'm like, okay, nothing else I...

...can do. So that that pointI turned off all the social media, the TV, the radio, newsand all that. So that was that kind of lifted a burden off myshoulders. But Anyway, yesterday, when it finally came out and you seeall the people coming out into the streets just celebrating, you kind of feelthe same way. However, like I didn't know what to do. Ihad a bunch of preroll joints on the tray over there and I felt likea father had a baby and I was out celebrating. Handed out instead ofcigars. I was walking around the apartment complex and it out joints, likehey, I don't know what to do, so goddamn happy, here I havea joint. That was cool. It was exciting. But since,you know, being in Oklahoma, you get on local twitter and I follow. Usually wherever I move, I get on twitter and follow the local newsstations to kind of get a feel for what the what's important and what otherpeople are into. Well, there's one of them with their helicopter following apoor trump parade, you know, pickup trucks and flag sort of thing.There's about thirty or forty of them just driving around their peaceful you know,I'm not really causing any rucus or nothing like that, but this makes mefeel bad for for them, like the fans of the team that lost.So I don't know. In America there's a football team American football called TheDallas Cowboys and they have a lot of fans that have no affiliation with Dallas. They never lived there, they don't have family there, they never wentto school there, but they have an affinity for the star and that kindof confederate colors and the America first kind of thing. And for many yearsDallas had a shitty team. Well, I won't comment on the current team, but you know, their team just went downhill. They were the starsof the late s Roger Stabac, Tony...

Dorset, that sort of thing.Well, now Dallas Cowboy fans suck to watch a ball game with these daysbecause they're like petulant little babies and every time their team loses it's the attitudeof that type of person that is a Dallas Cowboy fan is the same typeof attitude who was a fan of Donald Trump, and so when they lose, they fucking make it out on everybody else. They can't just admit thattheir quarterbacks sucked, you know. So again, I don't have much empathyat all for Donald Trump, I who, because the prison and you know,lives out as remaining years behind bars. But I do have empathy for hisfriends, because I mean his friends first, supporters, not the sickoffense, not the ones that surround him at the White House that enabled thedeaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans due to covid kids in cages, noneof that. They should all be in prison too. I'm talking about thevoters who voted for him, and I say that after watching the emotions ofthe trump paraders yesterday. It's because I'm looking at these people like, yeah, they're kind of like me when I rooted for the wrong team. Ilived in San Francisco. San Francisco giants sucked for decades. They sucked andsucked and sucked, and then there's a two or three years there we gotthe title, everything was great and then of course we got injured players andtraded people away and we started sucking again. So I know how it goes tobe that fan of a team that rises and falls. So that said, I think if we could frame it that way. I know it's alot more life and death and dangerous then sports, but it's not unlike sports, and that we can show some empathy and sportsmanship for the fans of theother team. You know, they're not the other team, they are justfans of that team and they're they have a right to be emotional. They'renot out wrecking anything. It sounds weird...

...that I would have compassion for supportersof trump, but I see them as fans of a losing team and youknow they just had a Shitty quarterback and a lot of times if you havea Shitty quarterback you just double down say fuck it, you know, that'sthe guy we got. We're going to support them and til his traded oruntil he gets hurt. Well, this case he's getting traded like the leagueis ending his time in office, and that's by no means to say let'snot fucking celebrate and dance in the streets. So yeah, lots of emotions allover social media, all over the news. It's very empowering. It'snice to know the nation has spoken as spoken up on the side of lightand not dark. That reminds me. In closing, there's a authoritarian quizyou can take online. I'll post the link with this episode and I tookit. I had some friends take it. So here's the thing. Apparently there'sabout eighteen percent of humans in America, people, adults, kids, whatever, whoever take this test, is about eighteen percent who prefer authoritarians.So this kind of sinks up with the election just now. So if youthink about it, we've had record turnout election in America, but that stillonly means about fifty percent of the population voted. About two thirds of theeligible voters voted, but that's still only equates to a hundred and fifty millionout of three hundred million Americans. So of that who voted, even splitthat down in half, you're down to twenty five percent of Americans. Thatstarts to job with this quiz I took about authoritarians. So there's a weirdthing, man, with people wanting authority...

...and supporting the idea of authoritarianism,and a lot of it has to do with how you feel about raising kidsand how you were raised as a kid and that sort of dynamic. SoI will post a link, but I'm curious to think where you fall onthis authoritarian quiz. I come in like two points something. I think flaminglefty, Superpinko or some shit buddy mind got like four point one, whichis right in the middle, and gets, I think gets up to about seven. I forgot the high part was, but yeah, it's really interesting.So the idea that we get rid of a trump and like we're donewith it. Here's why I like a back when I was in high schoolwe used to get into fights with skinheads, like Nazi skinheads or Neo Nazis,new kind of Nazis. I'm not I didn't go to high school ins Fort s. They come around and getting fights and throw bottles at eachother and try to fuck each other up. But we were Haad, of course, because there's so few of the Nazis or Neo Nazis and without wedealt with that. But now here we are a generation later and people mykids age are out there doing Nazi kind of Shit again. So that's whatled me to like do a little research and try to figure out what thefuck is going on here. I thought we dealt with the problem. That'snot the problem. The problem is almost twenty percent of humanity wants an authoritarianto take care of them. That's fucking weird. So it's always going tobe a threat and it'll be always on the top of my mind after takethem that little quiz. So see, I've just rambled on for fucking twentyminutes and I haven't told you anything about why I'm changing the show. Iguess I'll talk to you about that on tomorrow's episode. Right, cool,have a great night. talked to Tom.

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