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BBQ, Beer, Freedom

Just a Fox on a dirt road I was driving on, which probably also likes BBQ but was much better mannered than the guy in the video. I stopped and we chatted.

Just a Fox on a dirt road I was driving on, which probably also likes BBQ but was much better mannered than the guy in the video. I stopped and we chatted.

Well, seeing the "BBQ, Beer, Freedom" guy who went viral the other day, was certainly not a shocking experience. I knew that there are many clueless people out there, acting-out their fears and insecurities so, that is not the issue as much as realizing that there are millions, upon millions of such people not just in the United States but around the world.

After four years of a Trump presidency, which were disastrous to not only the American people (as of now roughly a quarter million are dead in the United States from Covid-19 as one quick example) but negatively impacted countries across the world, I would have thought that citizens of the United States would have learned their lesson. As in: okay, we tried the non-politician/business orange-man for President but it did not work so, let's find a new path forward. "Mais non", as the French would say. Many decided to "rinse and repeat". I'm dumbfounded. Really? After four years of lies, of racism, of spewing hatred and of being responsible for countless unnecessary deaths, millions of people thought that Trump for another four years would be a good idea?

The talk about "unity" in this political context is useless. There's no unity with the guy screaming conspiracy theories, in his "BBQ, Beer, Freedom" t-shirt. Does he look stable in any way, or to anyone? Does he look like a human being who You are ready to sit down and talk about politics/policy with and find a "middle ground"?

I remember in 2009 when I went down to Florida to meet Mrs. Lynda Martin (a former writer here on Hub-pages). Knowing I was somewhat of an activist and ready to talk about different issues with anyone, she warned me that her neighbors "have guns" and that I shouldn't "talk to them at all about politics". She was legitimately concerned for my safety. So, these are the people we have to "unite" with? The people who I have to be afraid of my life around, in case I say something they do not like? No. This game of "appeasement" is absolutely over.

"BBQ, Beer, Freedom" - those were the three things amigo found important to advertise and do please notice that the first most important thing is: "BBQ" then comes "Beer" and lastly "Freedom" because I suppose You need freedom to eat BBQ, drink beer and grow a belly like him. With those covered: life is perfect, right?

A squirrel has priorities better lined-up I would say. At least in what he/she eats, as in: healthier food, the squirrel makes better choices. These are the people we are supposed to accommodate and have patience with? No way. They will drag us back to the Stone Age.

And that goes for all those misguided "religious" people too. Those pretend-to-be-Christian evangelicals who voted and are ready to vote for Trump again and again: they only care about making abortion illegal and bringing humanity back several hundred years, if not several thousand. No, we cannot give-in to cave-men, or to "BBQ, beer, freedom" type of creatures. Life is a lot more than that.

Allowing these types of Neanderthals to be anywhere near government and legislatures is a danger not only to the countries in which these creatures live. They endanger the entire world. Reuters reported the other day that: "NATO would seek early summit with Biden, if elected". Yes, many people around the world are waiting for the last sad episode of the Trump reality TV show from the White House but we have to remember that the fight is not over.

We must continue to always stand-up for decency, for truth, for compassion, for progress and for unity with those who strive for the things I just mentioned. The rest can go back to the caves they came from and know there is not much of a future for them. There is no future for racism. There is no future for bigotry. There is no future for lying government officials. There just cannot be. "When they hit low, we hit high" is one of those pretty little phrases that make us feel intellectually and morally on a higher ground but in reality, that has not worked so, no thank You Mrs. Obama. If anyone hits me (and it isn't by mistake), I will make an example out of them. Why? Because I am not a punching bag.

Enough of the nonsense. Biden winning this election is just a little break from the craziness but Biden also represents the status-quo of before Trump and no, we cannot go back to that either. Forward, or we go extinct like the dinosaurs. I for one am not a dinosaur. So, we head forward: to new ideas, new ways of doing things and new ways of dealing with the "BBQ, beer, freedom" people. Enough is enough.

"Qui tacet consentire videtur." ("He who is silent is taken to agree.")

All the best to everyone!

"BBQ, Beer, Freedom" guy.


Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 07, 2020:

Mrs. Bowling, You bring up such an important point: Trump and his supporters to this minute are showing us and the world how foul they are. The Orange Chief claimed he won different States when the count was not nearly done. Right this minute he has not conceded and he is golfing at his golf course in Virginia, while covid-19 is spreading wildly through the country. This is what Trump followers want and appreciate?

It was Trump followers who tried to kidnap the governor of Michigan - are we supposed to "meet them half-way"? What is the "half-way" point to kidnapping and who is willing to go there? I am not.

Yes, he is suing States because "suing" is how he got away with things most of his rotten life. Just sue people and drag them out through the court system until they run out of money. That is the strategy that he knows worked well all his life, from porn-stars to comedians and others ... now, he's doing it again.

Anyway, I'm going North now, away from the city and away from the news. I certainly need a break. Thank You very much for your visit and words Mrs. Bowling. All the very best!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 07, 2020:

I, too, can't believe people are actually behind Trump. I don't want to go into a political rant, but how much abuse do we need to take? He's torn this country apart. He's pissed off our allies and sided with foes. Not to mention the fact that he has no command of the English language. He has a very, very, limited vocabulary. (Yes, I'm mimicking him.)

And now he's suing the states whose counts he doesn't agree with and demanding a recount? What a friggin' spoiled brat!

I'll stop here. As in any election, it's the lesser of two evils for whom I vote. So far no one has been worthy in my opinion.

I enjoyed your fox friend, White Wolf. Stick with him; he won't steer you wrong or tell you lies.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 07, 2020:

"There is some serious fear in the people of this country. There is anger. There are deep-seeded issues we haven't begun to address." - You nailed the issue perfectly here, Mr. Bill.

I think this past four years has been a great social experiment and I was awfully wrong to say to You that Trump would not get 40%. I really thought the four years would have been a great example of what "not to do" but many people decided to double-down. Mind-@#$%ing-blowing! Haha!!

So, yes I am done with trying to accommodate bigotry, fears, violence, or backward thinking. We need to move forward and "BBQ, Beer, Freedom" is not going to cut it.

Thank You very much for dropping by. I do appreciate it. Best of luck for what is to come!

P.S. The fight is not over. Trump can run for re-election in 4 years. We cannot be complacent.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 07, 2020:

"I think I would rather get to know them and form some kind of unity instead of degrading them." - That would be nice, right Mr. Dierker? Only if You read my piece fully, I explained what happened when I visited Florida and was warned to not speak on certain issues with people there because they can easily get violent.

We have seen right-wing militias try to kidnap the governor of Michigan. Are we not allowed to "judge" them for trying to kidnap people? Are we supposed to not "judge" these kind of people? Are there "good people" on both sides even when one side is chanting: "The Jews will not replace us"?

I am done making excuses for such people.

All the best to You and thank You kindly for taking the time to read and comment!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 07, 2020:

I sure do wish the "BBQ, Beer, Freedom" guy was/is not a an example of anything but he is. There were Trump supporters in Arizona chanting: "Count the votes", while in Michigan other Trump supporters where chanting: "Stop the count". Nothing matter for them other than their Supreme Leader winning in any way possible. I am done making excuses for some people.

Thank You for the visit and comment, Mr. Jodah. Cheers!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 07, 2020:

This has been an amazing four years, my friend, from a purely analytical point of view. I have learned more about my country, and the people who inhabit it, during these past four years than I probably knew in the prior sixty-eight.

There is some serious fear in the people of this country. There is anger. There are deep-seeded issues we haven't begun to address. And until we face those issues, and that anger, and that fear, we will remain greatly divided.

Anyway, I'm happy Biden won. :)

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 07, 2020:

I just have no clue on the multitudes here. I think you are saying that what is on social media is bad. And that there are a group of people who are intellectual inferior and deplorable. I guess I just cannot judge people so harshly. I think I would rather get to know them and form some kind of unity instead of degrading them.

Maybe unity is more important to me than being judgmental of others.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 07, 2020:

A good article, Mr Happy. I won’t comment on the US election but I agree, we do need to “continue to always stand-up for decency, for truth, for compassion, for progress and for unity.” You make many good points, and if ‘bbq, beer and freedom guy’ is an example of anything then I am against that.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on November 06, 2020:

Thank You very much, Mr. Diogenes.

If these people were just simple "masochists", it would be fine by me but their masochism affects the entire globe so, it is problematic to say the very least.

This trend towards ignorance is not good. Facebook is not the place people should get their news but many, many people do get their news from social media websites. Those type of "forward-forward-forward" emails and messages somehow get hardly any scrutiny. Like if JoeBlow's website said it, it must be true. It would be hilarious if like I mentioned earlier, this didn't affect the entire world.

Anyway, I'm on the prowl. Haha!! Cheers!

Diogenes on November 06, 2020:

Wonderful article, Senor Happy.

My name for people who repeat the same mistake time and time again would be

"Mass Masochists"

Now they will be egging Trump on to return in four years! Help!


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