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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 daily emotions. So in this episode I was going to tell you why I was changing the podcast and how that was going around, and I ended up rationalizing why 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 all over the place just because I have so much to tell you because someone just happened. 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 lately see how it fits. When I create artwork and show ideas and I usually like design something up and I guess the old way to put it would be like put it up on the refrigerator and kind of look at it and walk by it and see it every every day for a couple of weeks change something. Well, you know, I kind of do the digital version, the digital 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 like you podcast something every day and looking back at all the things I've done in podcasting. I think that was one of the most valuable so I want to keep doing that. So this is going to be me doing a daily podcast and they're probably going to be really short. The trick is getting me to focus on one topic. Of the eighty topics in my head right now, I got to pick one. So this particular show is going to be about this 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, and neither of those states in America are very, HMM, into wearing masks. Just say it like that. They're individualist, you know. They're the kind of states that are traditionally conservative, but that that that label doesn't mean much anymore. 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 down from California, and I just imagined everything kind of east of Colorado, before you hit Chicago, was just people playing banjos and Straw hats and run around barefoot. And stuff like that. Nah, of course it's not. But you know, when you're not out in it you don't think about it too much, so you just to sign it a thought in your head. So I left California, went to Louisiana, then Oklahoma, and for sure there's different types of southern folks, like the swamp south people, and then the the 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 out in the field on a horse kind of thing. That's what it reminds me of. And Yeah, there's there's way more stuff than just red dirt and tumbleweeds in Oklahoma. So if you're familiar with California, like for my friends who listen, Oklahoma is like Sacramento, lots of rivers, lakes, mostly flat, same kind of chain stores and malls and some city and state government buildings and just the dirts red instead...

...of Brown. But yeah, it's kind of like that. As my point being, it's really interesting to experience it's the electorate firsthand, because I've been in California for decades and just it's just a way of life. It's the way I was programmed. It's what I was surrounded with. So when I got to Louisiana, that was one vibe. Oklahoma, HMM, completely different vibe. I kind of I almost I 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 and they're I mean they're out in the open. You can see them and you 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 and their true feelings, whereas out here in Oklahoma they don't give a fuck too much. Because I think I can attribute a little bit of that to guns. Everybody's got guns over here, so it's not really you never know who's going to nobody's going to pop off and start pulling a gun out in public, 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 here that much. If at all, and that's fascinating, especially when you're from California and you think everything's like, oh, guns are no, guns should only be used for certain situations. Well, when you live in it, you start to see the benefits of like, well, okay, yeah, I mean you kind of hypothesize it and you hear about countries like Switzerland where everybody has to keep a gun for the...

...defense of the country, that sort of 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 it on your hip, you carried into a store, whatever you want. It's like the wild West Mine Anyway, my point being, I was trying to experience both the sides, let's call it, which we'll do an episode on the media alone. How they loved to pit a fight, and they have too. The easiest way to create a fight is to create two sides when clearly we live in a spectrum. It's not. There's kind of like social media's become this like binary fucking sewer and everything has to be either or left or right, your in or out, you're popular or you're canceled. You know, blue, red, black, White, up down Jesus Christ, but I'm not going to do it on the media today special cifically. I just wanted to do it on the emotions of politics, and that kind of a long way around to what I'm working on here and why I'm doing it daily. So anyway, I'm going to do a daily podcast because I don't know, I haven't can talk about a million different things. It's good exercise for me and I have an interesting perspective just being kind of a stranger in a strange land, a Californian in the middle of Oklahoma, and enjoying it. So there's that. That said, man, the election yesterday. I'm the election was obviously back on Tuesday and they finally got to counted enough that they find a got to have counted enough votes to figure out that that guy's pretty much going to win. In fact, there's not a good way for the other guy to win, that guy being Joe Biden, and is running mate, Kamala Harris, from California, and I think that's ultimately who I voted for. Like she's generation x like me, she's born and raised in the 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, we were 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't know, 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 even know what that is. So we needed something new. But I have issues with religion somewhat. I'm not opposed to it, I just have hisue issues with it, and I think Joe Biden is one of the more religious presidents we'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 into church. Bill Clinton, same Bush, same Bush, same Reagan, not a church Guy. He was into astrology. Kind of portrayed himself Churchy to the Christians, but I think you have to go back to like Jimmy Carter to find somebody as religious as Joe Biden. But I don't know, hopefully it's not that big of a deal. As usual, I'm probably making way too much of something that's not important and ignoring something that is important. So the interest yesterday, when I I didn't realize I was that emotional or about it. I voted on Tuesday morning and just let it go. I was kind of tense up to that point, kind of like when you're standing in line 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 had made it. It was going to happen this so nothing was left to do but just hang on. So I felt much more relaxed and after I voted I'm like, okay, nothing else I...

...can do. So that that point I turned off all the social media, the TV, the radio, news and all that. So that was that kind of lifted a burden off my shoulders. But Anyway, yesterday, when it finally came out and you see all the people coming out into the streets just celebrating, you kind of feel the same way. However, like I didn't know what to do. I had a bunch of preroll joints on the tray over there and I felt like a father had a baby and I was out celebrating. Handed out instead of cigars. I was walking around the apartment complex and it out joints, like hey, I don't know what to do, so goddamn happy, here I have a 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 news stations to kind of get a feel for what the what's important and what other people are into. Well, there's one of them with their helicopter following a poor 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 me feel 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 The Dallas 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 went to school there, but they have an affinity for the star and that kind of confederate colors and the America first kind of thing. And for many years Dallas had a shitty team. Well, I won't comment on the current team, but you know, their team just went downhill. They were the stars of the late s Roger Stabac, Tony...

Dorset, that sort of thing. Well, now Dallas Cowboy fans suck to watch a ball game with these days because they're like petulant little babies and every time their team loses it's the attitude of that type of person that is a Dallas Cowboy fan is the same type of 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 that their quarterbacks sucked, you know. So again, I don't have much empathy at 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 his friends, because I mean his friends first, supporters, not the sick offense, not the ones that surround him at the White House that enabled the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans due to covid kids in cages, none of that. They should all be in prison too. I'm talking about the voters who voted for him, and I say that after watching the emotions of the 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. I lived in San Francisco. San Francisco giants sucked for decades. They sucked and sucked and sucked, and then there's a two or three years there we got the title, everything was great and then of course we got injured players and traded people away and we started sucking again. So I know how it goes to be 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 a lot 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 the other team. You know, they're not the other team, they are just fans of that team and they're they have a right to be emotional. They're not out wrecking anything. It sounds weird...

...that I would have compassion for supporters of trump, but I see them as fans of a losing team and you know they just had a Shitty quarterback and a lot of times if you have a Shitty quarterback you just double down say fuck it, you know, that's the guy we got. We're going to support them and til his traded or until he gets hurt. Well, this case he's getting traded like the league is ending his time in office, and that's by no means to say let's not fucking celebrate and dance in the streets. So yeah, lots of emotions all over social media, all over the news. It's very empowering. It's nice to know the nation has spoken as spoken up on the side of light and not dark. That reminds me. In closing, there's a authoritarian quiz you can take online. I'll post the link with this episode and I took it. I had some friends take it. So here's the thing. Apparently there's about 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 you think about it, we've had record turnout election in America, but that still only means about fifty percent of the population voted. About two thirds of the eligible voters voted, but that's still only equates to a hundred and fifty million out of three hundred million Americans. So of that who voted, even split that down in half, you're down to twenty five percent of Americans. That starts to job with this quiz I took about authoritarians. So there's a weird thing, 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 kids and how you were raised as a kid and that sort of dynamic. So I will post a link, but I'm curious to think where you fall on this authoritarian quiz. I come in like two points something. I think flaming lefty, Superpinko or some shit buddy mind got like four point one, which is 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 done with it. Here's why I like a back when I was in high school we 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 in s Fort s. They come around and getting fights and throw bottles at each other 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 we dealt with that. But now here we are a generation later and people my kids age are out there doing Nazi kind of Shit again. So that's what led me to like do a little research and try to figure out what the fuck is going on here. I thought we dealt with the problem. That's not the problem. The problem is almost twenty percent of humanity wants an authoritarian to take care of them. That's fucking weird. So it's always going to be a threat and it'll be always on the top of my mind after take them that little quiz. So see, I've just rambled on for fucking twenty minutes and I haven't told you anything about why I'm changing the show. I guess I'll talk to you about that on tomorrow's episode. Right, cool, have a great night. talked to Tom.

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