Tonight, I took a moment to reflect on something a republican said to me: “I’m not a whiny fucking liberal.”
I like generating theories–even if they aren’t correct. At least I can say I tried to understand.
My assumption here is that the media this person consumes tells him that liberals are whiny. And that there may be differences between the explicitly-stated liberal and conservative view of humanity.
Conservatives, I take it, seem to assume that we can pull ourselves up by our very own bootstraps; that we have no mental, emotional or physical limitations. This is what their comments often suggest.
Liberals, I suggest, take the opposite to be true.
I would try to explain these things to the person who insinuated that liberals are whiny, but this particular person isn’t prone to have productive conversations.
Donald Trump seems like a grouchy, old man to me. However, he does in fact have limits and he knows it. For example, he goes golfing very regularly. This is, I suppose, to let off steam and to refresh and rejuvenate. This is basic self care. Yes, Donald Trump engages in self care.
But, at a more basic, human level, we can ask if Donald Trump eats, sleeps and shits. (We know he has sex!)
All of these things suggest the limitations of humans. We have physical, emotional and mental limitations and needs. Donald Trump, if he is to stay anywhere near sane (which is doubted by some, but I think he’s somewhat sane), needs to attend to these basic needs.
This is the liberal point of view. And it seems true as evidenced in Trump’s behaviors. When liberals “whine,” we are often suggesting that we–and you–are human and have needs that have to be met in order to stay physically and mentally healthy.
Yes, Donald Trump sleeps. Meditate on that. And remind yourself that you also sleep next time you think someone is “whiny.”