To the editor:
It is a shame that great minds must expend any energy understanding the psychology of simpletons. But if saving the U.S. Constitution demands it, then explore the inner workings of the short-bus mind we must.
Why are stupid and gullible white people still enamored with Trump? I have cracked the code, and the answer is shame. Shame, for having fallen short of the success achieved by your father. Shame, for having been left behind by educated society. Shame, for feeling like you represent a slowly dying breed. Shame, for sensing that the fate of your children may be found in a rundown trailer park. Shame, for believing that greater men judge you as lesser. Shame, for seeing your contribution to society as inferior. Trump promised you greatness and gave you a reason to be proud again.
In his confidence you felt empowered. He gave you hope that you might at last overcome your own shame. But alas, he promised the world but delivered more shame.
The great irony here is that in your desperate grasp for dignity you debased yourself even more, bringing upon yourself more shame. Shame for having been duped. Shame for having looked like an idiot with a red hat in an ocean of red hats. Shame for having cheered other shameful morons as they stormed the Capitol. Shame for having been lied to, for having believed those lies, and for having championed and clung to them in the face of fact and truth.
Do you deserve to feel shame? Yes. Shame is an emotion felt in the face of judgment. Do I judge you? Yes. But even more than judgment, I feel pity for you. And being the object of pity is the greatest source of shame known to man, the heaviest burden of all.