There was this movie that came out in the 80s called “They Live”. It was super cheesy. I think the star was Rowdy Rodney Piper. In the movie, Piper’s character is going along, living his life when he comes across a pair of sunglasses. These sunglasses change everything because when he puts them on he can suddenly see, among other things, that there are evil aliens walking around in disguise. He can see their true faces, all mixed in with the human people. When he takes the sunglasses off, everyone looks normal again. But he’s seen the truth now, he’s seen who they really are and he can’t go back to the way he was before.
Is this a big stupid clumsy work up to an analogy to our current situation in America? Yeah, it is. Because I work with people who voted for Trump, people who I never would have guessed would do that. They aren’t stupid. They aren’t hissing with evil. They aren’t saluting cardboard cutouts. And yet they voted for him. And so ever since November, in a way, I feel like the They Live sunglasses have been superglued to my face. This lens that reveals that I don’t know people at all. And even if Trump gets impeached tomorrow, I can’t unsee what I have seen. And I don’t want to. But it still sucks.