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Was it just me or was there just not enough public outrage over the shutdown—partial or otherwise—of the federal government?

I mean, I saw people crying about their conditions, begging for the government to reopen and, in some of the most saddening cases, tearfully accepting assistance from food banks or charities just to make it.  But, even in the face of uncertainty and humiliation, overall, people were just a little too reserved.

Now I’m not advocating violence or anything crazy like that but, what better time to at least speak truth to power than the shutdown…a shutdown that was punctuated by a President of the United States so out of touch with poverty, not to mention reality, that he suggested that those affected by the shutdown simply explain their situation to their local supermarket managers to receive assistance (when simply being escorted from the premises is the much more likely scenario)?

If that were not enough, to add further insult to injury, it was actually suggested at one point that those affected take out loans.

How many more shots can anyone be expected to take?

I mean, what else did they have to lose?

House, car, food, utilities, kids in college depending on parental assistance, etc., were already jeopardized.

Why not speak up?  Why not yell from the rooftops?

Of interest to me is that Trump remained relatively popular and supported even after a devastating 30+ days of government shutdown (which, by the way, affected everyone and not just government workers).

I mean, I wasn’t expecting torches and pitchforks, but I was at least expecting some kind of mass mutiny from Trump’s poor white base.  Instead, they didn’t seem to mind suffering just as long as poor blacks were suffering too (to say nothing of getting that wall to keep all those nasty, brown people out).  And just forget about Trump’s campaign promise that Mexico would pay for the Wall!  His base totally put that aside without further ado.

It made me wonder how this could be.  But, more than that, it brought back to my mind the question of how a rich white man could have ever been chosen by poor whites to represent them in the first place?  How did they convince themselves that he could…much less, would?

Then it dawned on me.

I asked myself, who benefits the most from poor whites blaming/fighting and protesting against poor blacks and Hispanics as if they are directly or indirectly responsible for their impoverished state of being?

The answer?

How about the wealthy white one percent who benefit by getting the impoverished majority to battle each other while never focusing on them?

Think about it!  What would happen to them if all the underrepresented groups ever joined forces?

Maybe that mass mutiny I spoke of earlier…complete with torches and pitchforks?

Can anybody hear me?

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