Both of my young adult children were Bernie fans. My oldest HATED Trump with a passion. I had always hoped that the attraction to Bernie, which for my kids was based on utter disgust of Hillary, would translate into an awakening at some point. They have since, at least, taken a closer look at the Venezuela thing and are over their infatuation with socialism, if they ever even understood that's what Bernie is/was about in the first place.
My husband and I voted for Trump over Hillary gladly. I thought he was hilarious during the primaries but confess that he did worry me a little bit, might be a little to "out there." Still, I was a supporter and the Never Trumpers' failure to see Hillary as an existential threat was maddening to me. But I only truly began to see Trump's genius after the CNN wrestling thing. At first I thought, "Why in the world does he do that shit just when people are starting to think he can be normal?" And then I watched CNN and the MSM, generally, self inflict nearly mortal wounds. The light bulb went off big time and I realized, OMG, this guy's a fucking genius. My kids, especially my older son who is pretty polite (unlike his mother, clearly), at that point in time still cannot stand him. He believed the dossier peeing on the bed thing instantly. I said at the time, "you watch, it is a set up. I'll bet you a thousand dollars. Let's revisit this in a year and see where it is."
Time goes by and as a lawyer, I become obsessed with this FISA abuse stuff. Conspiracy Shmearacy my ass, I'm thinking to myself, because I am actually reading a 99 page FISA abuse court opinion and other court documents that can be pulled straight off of PACER. Reading reading reading leads me to this Q person that everyone seems to keep mentioning in the comments section of places like CTH. Open rabbit hole, insert. We all know what that journey is like. Wanting to be sure my kids and husband understand the gravity of what is going on, I start trying to talk to them about it all. My husband was skeptical at first, but sadly, as lawyers we are both far too used to the corruption and at this stage of the game are pretty hard to shock. He's sold after a few Praying Medic videos. My younger son I think was sincerely worried about my sanity when I started to talk about Pizzagate. Older son at the time still sees red anytime I mention Trump. So I backed off and left it alone for awhile.
My kids are both away at college but from time to time, I would send them a text with a link to something, and then just leave it, such as the Andy Spade mouse mask article. BTW for anyone interested, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE that thing for opening people's eyes. I sent a link to the article with a comment from me that said, "I don't care what anyone says, this is not normal behavior, even for a man in mourning." It's so bizarre that I find that anyone I ever mention or show that to seems really perplexed and their interest piqued. It sticks with them and nags at their brain, like "What IS that about?" Less is more in this situation as Q has taught us all. Beg the question, and people will look for the answer. Instead of saying too much or trying to persuade, I say "I assume it has something to do with the bizarre taste in art that he shares with those creepy Podesta brothers. Or the weird similarities between the posts on his Twitter and Instagram accounts and guys like Anthony Bourdain. I guess it could just be a coincidence, but it seems like they have a lot of the same proclivities." Even Google will take you straight into the madness that your eyes can never unsee.
Life goes on and my kids are in college so when we talk its about school, family, new babies on the cousin side, etc. Then, I was talking to my older son about things generally and said, "I know you don't like Trump and that's fine, but I do think you will see at the very least that the MSM needs to be brought down because it's corrupt as can be. We are talking about the people who gave Hillary the debate questions. And I know you don't believe it, but he really is cleaning out the corruption in government." I never made him ante up on the dossier bet, but I felt okay about that when he responded to my comment with, "I still don't like his style, but I could learn to live with it if he put some of those people in jail." WHAT? Shut up Mom, just shut up, I said to myself. And I did.
Fast forward to again to yesterday. My oldest is at the University of Missouri (I know but I didn't know and at the time and thought "It's Missouri, it HAS to be better than the University of Illinois"), so I start teasing him about whether he was going to the rally. Beyond my wildest imagination he says to me, "I really wanted to go, but with my job and the stuff I have due next week I just couldn't get it together." It's good we weren't on SKYPE because I'm sure the look on my face would have given me away. You all need to be proud of my restraint, because instead of over doing it I said, "well love him or not, it's still historic." "Yeah, it's historic for sure" he says.
So what does it all mean? It's getting through to even the most Trump resistant people out there. The drip drip drip of what really happened inside the DOJ/FBI is becoming impossible for people to ignore. The Kavanaugh hearing was essentially Trump defamation on steroids, and gave sideways validation of the oft-repeated "witch hunt" phrase. I'd love to believe my kids are coming around out of deference and respect for their very wise mother. But that ain't it. We come from a family of free thinkers, and they have no qualms about disagreeing with me or anyone else. What's happening is the truth is seeping into the collective consciousness of the nation. There's no way my son was planning to maybe go to that rally alone. He had to have friends that were talking about going. At the Black Lives Matter University of Missouri, no less. Many of my my son's friends at Mizzou, BTW, are actually from Chicago. All of the above is absolutely huge in terms of what is happening nationally. People that hated Trump are beginning to have a grudging respect for him. People that liked him are starting to love him. People that were afraid to say they liked him are coming out of the closet. More importantly, people that are being turned are being welcomed into the fold. The last thing is the most important. We must welcome anyone coming from the dark into the light, into the fold, without ridicule or I told you so's. It's easy for me, these are my children. And because they are my children I am empathetic about their reasons for seeing things the way they did. Many of the Bernie supporters were more anti-corruption than anything, IMO. It's difficult for just about anyone to admit that they were wrong. And if and when good people find out about the depths of the depravity surrounding people they wholeheartedly supported, it is going to be very disillusioning and in some ways heartbreaking. I'm still pissed off about fond memories of Mickey Mouse and Disney World being ruined forever. But the good news is this. I was as sad about GWB as many of my friends will be when they find out the truth about Obama (and Hillary but c'mon, by now most of them know). And in that we can unite and console, and move on to something so much better. Something we could never have imagined even a year ago. This Great Awakening will make these times the most glorious. I can feel it in my bones.