(Photo courtesy of Rick Stiebel)

Rickter Scale: All hail the great white uniter

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column

Rick Stiebel/Columnist

The list of qualities I admire in Donald Trump is much shorter than a super model’s mini skirt. There is one accomplishment he’s engineered, however, during his waltz to the White House that’s forced me to tip my hat. I do feel obliged to point out that the Habs cap in question is perched backwards atop my head in deference to my absurd reversal of opinion.

Although he has been branded by many as a divider, President Trump has somehow managed to bring together two groups that have less in common than Pope Francis and Snoop Dogg.

The fervent flocks that comprise the Evangelical Christian movement and the white supremacists who stained the streets in Charlottesville are surprisingly united in their unshakable support for President Trump. Devout born against across the country are absolutely rabid in their praise for the president. There’s nothing Trump can do or did contrary to their religious dogma that can shift their unwavering endorsement. The dangling carrot for Christians is Trump’s promise to obliterate a woman’s right to abortion under any circumstances. Trump’s attacks on morality, minorities and the marginalized aren’t enough to revoke his get out of jail free card because of the convenient Christian belief that God will forgive his sins. It’s given birth to a brand new commandment; “The end doth justify the means.” Trump’s crowning achievement for them is his appointment of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Look no further than Mississippi’s move last week toward invoking the most restrictive abortion laws in the country, setting the stage for the cradle of justice to sway to the extreme right.

READ MORE: Rickter Scale

On the other side of this pairing of strange bedfellows lay the white supremacists. In their defence, it’s not easy being a neo-Nazi. You have to be able to march, chew gum, carry a Tiki torch and chant “Jews will not replace us” at the same time. A 17 per cent increase in their ranks since Trump was elected underlines that the hooded hordes are gaining popularity, which should unite the rest of us in singular disgust.

It would be enlightening to see if some analytics expert could correctly calculate the percentages for those two factions in the 35 or so voters out of every hundred who represent Trump’s base. What’s the breakdown between those who take the Old Testament verbatim, compared to those who consider Mein Kampf a must read?

It’s worth considering what’s at stake, especially now that the Mueller Report has sizzled to a fizzle and the prospects of early impeachment have gone up in smoke.

America and the rest of the planet are bracing for two more years in Trumpistan and potentially six, much to the delight of the ultra right. That leaves little middle ground on the horizon for those who seek comfort in a more measured, moderate approach.

Rick Stiebel is a semi-retired local journalist.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Sidney Concert Band strikes up seasonal note with fundraiser for young musicians

Money raised from the Dec. 9 show benefits 676 Kittyhawk Air Cadet Band program

House fire in View Royal sends one to hospital Saturday morning

View Royal Fire Rescue says fire is now out

Camosun student starts bursary program for low-income students

The Jor-Dawn Smith Bursary will go to one Greater Victoria graduate in spring 2020

Victoria property company plans to replace Saanich apartments with townhouses

Abstract Developments plans 26 townhouses for Gorge Road West

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

$578: that’s how much your first distracted driving ticket will cost with recent premium hikes

Over 50 per cent of Canadians admitted to using phone while driving last year, according to study

Kelowna man attempts to steal bait bike from RCMP parking lot

38-year-old Brian Richard Harbison is facing several charges

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

Most Read