I was having a conversation with a dinner date and she asked me had I seen Handmaid’s Tale. I told her no, but I had wanted to. I had watched 2018 White House Correspondents' Dinner where Michelle Wolf eviscerated members of the Trump Administration who were right there in the room. The one joke that went over my head was the reference to Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Aunt Lydia. I didn’t get the reference and had no rebuttal to my right leaning friends who attacked Michelle Wolf’s performance as disgusting, shameful and low. I believe in another’s point of view not as right or wrong but their story or collection of information. It’s simply what they know and what they believe. I’m more concerned in not being informed enough to defend something with facts. I don’t know, I’ll say I believe or most times just admit I have nothing to say. In this case I have finally watched the show and understand that Ms. Wolf’s reference to Handmaid’s Tale is a lot deeper and more Political than I knew.
The show is depicted as an Extreme Christian Conservative answer to actual problems facing us today and a crisis of birth rates dropping around the world. A successful coop by the Conservatives turns most of the US into Gilead and they abandon the Constitution in favor of a strict reading of the Bible. A major character on the show is "Aunt Lydia". She is a true believer in the cause and willing to suppress others in pursuit of what is righteous and pious. She beats, shocks and order the deaths of fertile women kidnapped and made to be mothers by the elite. So when Ms. Wolf says “I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. But she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.” This is a genius evisceration of a political figure who lies right out to the American people in favor of her cause, Donald J Trump.
The Aunt Lydia comment is the calling out of people who are complicit in going against truth, logic, reason and the Constitution of the United States. They will play up the same economy they called not the real economy when Trump was running for President all while forgetting how George Bush and the Republicans wrecked it with the same policies that only drove Wall Street numbers higher. People who put their political position or opinion ahead of the country by hating their fellow Americans who they disagree with, are dangerous to America. They’ll tout their Love of the flag yet stay silent as Trump attacks a Free Press and the 1st Amendment. Like in the show they have no love of the Principles the Nation was founded on, only their story or beliefs about what life should be.
No side is right both are needed, and we need to hear each argument to know what is best for what we need right now, not for all time. Life changes and ebb’s and flows. In times we may need to raise taxes and in times we may need to lower them. In times we may need to increase spending in one place or raise spending in another. To only steer a ship one direction may get you moving really fast to know where. It’s silly for Democrats/Left to Hate Republicans/Right and Republicans/Right to hate Democrats/Left. Yet each side plays that game until we have a small majority come in and rule us. In the 2016 election only 58% of eligible voters voted. Of that only 46.1% or 62.98 million Americans voted for Trump. Clinton got 48.2% or 65.84 million and it did not matter. Understand that only 65.84 Million Americans voted for Trump out of the approximate 220,680,000 Americans who could have voted. This means a minority has elected our officials and they are being manipulated through Right Wing Media by an even smaller minority of the 1% or elites. A coop is taking place in America but in order to stop it people simply have to become informed and vote. Hating, blaming, or condemning our fellow Americans for their story or perspective, is not the answer, it’s our downfall, it's our Gilead.