(Insane hate is as American as apple-pie.)
Across the blogosphere there reverberates the echo of an entire ideology's death-throes, and their summary rebirth a la the phoenix of ignorant youth. I speak specifically of one blog post that sums up the author's anti-Semitic complex quite nicely in his title: "White Jew Problems."
And it all started because one customer of Chipotle managed to convince an entire company to be more transparent about what's on their menu... through a tweet.
Unfortunately, some people apparently cannot handle the thought that companies should be accountable to their customers. Well, if they want our money then it makes sense for them to "bend over and grab their ankles", because otherwise people will find somewhere else to go for a burrito.
More importantly, this topic illustrates the divergence of America between rational people who support the middle & lower classes -- and people whose hate has become a point of view, justified through their own insanity, even if it means voting against their interests, their socio-economic bracket, and even at times their own self.
Case in point: the blogger, Chuck, is a waiter with a lot of debt to pay off, and yet instead of supporting the class to which he belongs that would grant him a bigger paycheck, more reasonable loan-terms, and an overall more equitable piece of the proverbial pie, he opts to destroy the system entirely -- rather like a frustrated child destroys a toy they cannot figure out or comprehend.
It reminds me of being 10 years-old again, watching some kid kick over their Lego blocks because they couldn't build the spaceship from the instructions provided. Instead of asking for better instructions, or help, they'd rather just kick the fucking thing over and throw a tantrum.
And this directly compares to minimum-wage earners who vote for the interests of the top 1% at their own expense -- more expensive education, fewer social benefits, higher costs of living, no healthcare, no social security, no regulation, more pollution, more corruption, and a general reduction in the overall standard of living for ordinary Americans.
Welcome to self-destructive behavior. Apparently, it has gone from a pathology, to a point a view, and is now poised to become a political statement.
And this is aside from the various problems that the blogger (and, arguably, much of Middle America) has with Jewish people. We're seen as greedy, power-hungry, corrupt, lying, backstabbing, anti-Christian, anti-White, evil mothafuckas who goddamnit killed Jesus!
No, seriously, many Americans truly believe that Jews like me are responsible for some kind of gradual decline of Western Civilization, specifically in America.
To which I can only cock my head, and wonder, "if we had such power over the world, then why isn't it actually called Jewmerica?"
Kidding! But, again, more seriously, some people are incapable of accepting that other religions exist and, just like with Christianity, we exist on various spectrum. Some of us are uber-religious and wouldn't be caught dead at Chipotle because they mix meat & dairy, while others of us just don't eat the swine.
I notice nobody ever questions a Christian's religiousness just because they're Protestant, versus Catholic. Yet as many of the comments in the post suggest, apparently some people don't understand that Jews have multiple denominations, from liberal Reform & Reconstructionist, to much more religious Conservative & Orthodox, as well as various sects besides.
Welcome to the world where people are unable to grasp complexity! Because, seriously, different denominations for non-Chritian religions do exist, and if you can't even understand that concept, then you're in a lot more trouble than from a conspiratorial possibility that Jews are going to takeover the world.
Yet, I've forgotten another aspect of this entire discussion. Not only was there a problem with religious minorities using social media to instigate change in a companies policies, allowing consumers to make informed decisions -- heaven forbid! -- but there was hardly a mention of the fact that pinto beans cooked in pork as an issue not just for Jews & Muslims, but also for vegetarians and vegans.
Gotta wonder how many of these non-meat-eaters realized upon this occasion that they'd violated their personal diet. Sure, to some it was probably no big deal, but others may have felt very strongly about it.
Again, there seems to be an inability to understand that there are people in this world who are different than you are, and who may actually feel differently about things than you and the small clustfuck of people you talk to.
But I digress, in the end it all comes back to this basic problem. One segment of society is hell-bent on hate-filled, self-destructive insanity, and the rest of us can only shake our heads and either try to stop them, or get out of the way by going somewhere that they can find us.
I hear Iceland is pretty chill.
Images that I couldn't find a place for, but are worth posting:
Okay, now for reals... Cheers