Who said it best, when everyone was saying what they thought of the 2016 Presidential election? A novelist, of course!
Craig Hart posted today on Facebook:
Hillary supporters –
Listen. I support you, okay? I understand your pain, your fear, your bitter disappointment. But we need to have a talk. You need to stop pretending that everyone who opposed you is a bigot, a racist, a homophobe, or any of the other insulting labels you lob indiscriminately. Parading under the banner of tolerance does not give you the right to be intolerant. If you think everyone who voted for Trump is a bigot or an idiot, you live in an echo chamber of dangerously massive proportions. This is the same echo chamber that made you think Clinton was going to win over 400 electoral votes and 60% of the popular vote (which was never a real possibility). This is the same echo chamber that made you believe all bad things about your political opponent and dismiss all the bad things about your chosen candidate (they are both deeply flawed). This is the same echo chamber that is giving rise to the democratically illegitimate push to overthrow the Electoral College. And it is the same echo chamber that will lead to more defeat if you don’t…just…stop it.
Trump did not win the election because half of the country hates blacks, women, and gays. Trump won because a huge portion of the country felt ignored and left behind. They felt—and are feeling—real pain. Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have large populations of people who have experienced real pain over the last twenty-five years. I’m from Michigan; I saw it happen. When my parents first moved to Michigan, it was still booming. Then began the Great Decline. Michael Moore’s film Roger & Me does an excellent job laying this out. And similar things happened throughout the Rust Belt. So tell me: did Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin—all of which voted for Obama twice—suddenly become full of racists and bigots? You know they didn’t. What they are full of, however, are lower-middle class people who are fucking tired of being ignored by Washington, D.C., and having elite politicians make destructive rules from which they themselves are exempt. It’s why Bernie Sanders won Michigan in a stunning primary victory. Clinton should have seen this coming, being one of these elites.
Are there unsavory people who voted for Trump? Certainly. And there are scary people who voted for Clinton. Bad, violent people are doing bad, violent things on both sides. There are reports of Trump supporters harassing gays and blacks. There are reports of Clinton supporters beating up Trump supporters. It Must Stop. However, exit polling data supports the fact that the vast majority of people who voted for either candidate just want their country to be a better place for themselves and their children. So, please: go ahead and disagree and exercise your rights. But don’t think that being hateful in the name of combating hate is an effective or excusable strategy. You are certainly welcome to continue opposing Trump. (Although I personally think it would be better to just begin the healing process.) But stop shaming the people. Okay? Just stop it. You’re embarrassing me.
– Your loving buddy
Bravo! Well said, Craig!
Craig and I met via Twitter…
#Writer, stay-at-home dad, author of the Shelby Alexander #Thriller Series #BookReviewer http://bit.ly/2ejaz2d craigahart.com
…then face to face at a book signing. He’s even sweeter in person.(Yes, ironically, it’s possible for the author of a brutal crime thriller to be sweet.)
Check out his author page:
The Girl Who Read Hemingway is a collection of ten short fiction pieces. In “The Diner,” it is a dark, rainy night and a strange man lingers at a cafe. “Route 9” introduces us to an aging writer with one last shot at success, while “Motel” tells the tale of a couple hiding in an abandoned motel. “A Paragraph on Love” relates the desperate thoughts of a lonely man reflecting on his obsession with a woman, and two lifelong friends go fishing in “The Lake” for the last time. These and other stories explore the bleaker side of humanity and take an unflinching look at the darkness hiding inside of us all.
Serenity (The Shelby Alexander Thriller Series Book 1) by Craig A. Hart
“Serenity” is anything but serene, as small towns and novels go. I had to man up and get past the young woman dying in the cold, in the opening pages:
A woman dies in his arms…a drug dealer offers him $10,000…a gunman is determined to kill him. And then everything goes to hell.
Shelby Alexander is an aging ex-boxer and retired fixer, whose activities often flirted with the wrong side of the law. Looking for a little peace and a slower pace of life, he moved to Serenity, the small Michigan town where he grew up. But trouble follows men like Shelby, and he finds himself embroiled in an underworld of drugs and violence that may prove to be his undoing. The first book in the new Shelby Alexander Thriller Series, Serenity is an action-packed read with a lovingly rendered cast, witty dialogue, and a main character who doesn’t know when to quit.
“Serenity” opens with a woman lying in the snow like a pile of old rags, quite the morning surprise for Alexander Shelby, a 60-year-old former boxer and “fixer” who finds Jenny Ellis dying on his property. She dies before anyone can get her to talk – not that the local law enforcement would have questioned her, anyway. Jenny was “mental.” She wandered off, got lost, and froze to death. Case closed.
Not for Jenny’s brother Harlan, one of many Ellis family members, who are at once a fixture of the community and a sort of community menace. Harlan offers Shelby $10,000 to play private eye and find out what really happened to Jenny. Shelby gets shot at by a would-be assassin who can’t hit a target. Bullets continue to fly and more people die before Jenny’s story is uncovered.
Disclaimer: I’ve never been a fan of this genre. When authors ask me to read their thrillers, I warn them I make no promises of getting past chapter one, given my squeamishness about crime fiction. Most people do not know my sister was murdered in 1975 at almost-19, and a less than a year later, a journalism major (same town) was murdered, and all these years later, both cases are as cold as the bodies left like roadside trash.
Hart’s story is compelling, and even if it should seem like the same old, same old, it’s like Willa Cather said: “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.”
If you love whodunnits and crime fiction, “Serenity” will not disappoint.
Becoming Moon by Craig A. Hart “Written in a direct, cut-to-the-bone style, Becoming Moon drills deep into the turbulent mind of the writer at the center of the story as he grapples with a conservative upbringing, a successful career on the decline, and the very threat of facing his own existence. Hart exposes raw human emotion in all its glory, cringe-worthy and unsettling, which is a rare virtue today.” – Alex Schumacher, writer
- Featured on NPR affiliate WNIJ’s Winter Book Series
- Kindle Scout Winner
- Readers’ Choice 5 Star Award Winner
- Selected as Best Novel by Pinnacle Book Awards
From the AuthorQ. When did you decide to become a writer?A. I knew I wanted to be a writer from an early age. When I was in my early teens, my mother would pay me five dollars for every little book I hammered out on our old word processor.Q. Why do you write?A. It is an addiction for which I have never sought treatment. I cannot imagine life without writing, in fact, and losing that ability has been my worst fear for the past twenty years.Q. What draws you to this genre?A. Literary fiction tends to go deeper into the human psyche than many genres. It examines character and grapples with the human condition like few others.