For the past few days Donald Trump has told his crowds that President Obama and Hillary Clinton were the founders of Isis. He made this statement strongly and often. When given opportunities to reel it in he didn’t. So today via Twitter he declares his statements as “sarcasm”. It’s the media’s fault for taking him seriously. Let’s say this is true and that’s stretching the definition of truth. It is sarcasm. Would a serious candidate actually do this? He got his message out to his people and they will take his statement to heart especially when he employed the president’s middle name to his statement. He got the impact he was looking for and for him that is a win.
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No trying-to-be objective and fair journalist, no citizen who cares about the country and its future can ignore what Donald Trump said today. When he suggested that “The Second Amendment People” can stop Hillary Clinton he crossed a line with dangerous potential. By any objective analysis, this is a new low and unprecedented in the history of American presidential politics. This is no longer about policy, civility, decency or even temperament. This is a direct threat of violence against a political rival. It is not just against the norms of American politics, it raises a serious question of whether it is against the law. If any other citizen had said this about a Presidential candidate, would the Secret Service be investigating?
Candidate Trump will undoubtably issue an explanation; some of his surrogates are already engaged in trying to gloss it over, but once the words are out there they cannot be taken back. That is what inciting violence means.
To anyone who still pretends this is a normal election of Republican against Democrat, history is watching. And I suspect its verdict will be harsh. Many have tried to do a side-shuffle and issue statements saying they strongly disagree with his rhetoric but still support the candidate. That is becoming woefully insufficient. The rhetoric is the candidate.
This cannot be treated as just another outrageous moment in the campaign. We will see whether major newscasts explain how grave and unprecedented this is and whether the headlines in tomorrow’s newspapers do it justice. We will soon know whether anyone who has publicly supported Trump explains how they can continue to do.
We are a democratic republic governed by the rule of law. We are an honest, fair and decent people. In trying to come to terms with today’s discouraging development the best I can do is to summon our greatest political poet Abraham Lincoln for perspective:
“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”
Lincoln used these stirring words to end his First Inaugural Address. It was the eve of the Civil War and sadly his call for sanity, cohesion and peace was met with horrific violence that almost left our precious Union asunder. We cannot let that happen again.
Donald Trump has been off the hook since the day he descended down the escalator. He has painted his own picture of the USA and it is devoid of color. When he sees color he sees terror. Home grown or imported it does not matter. His hatespeak has worked up until now so he was stunned when he finally went a step too far. He insulted a Gold Star family and he is still continuing his No Apology tour but it does not seem to be working like it did in the primaries. The Grand Old Party is in shock, but why? This is the Trump they embraced. He has not changed. He is the candidate they cheered for, winked when he insulted immigrants, disabled and POWs. So why should he change? GOP you got what you deserved.
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Franklin Roosevelt is credited for saying “we have nothing to fear but fear itself”. Last night Donald Trump basically said we need to fear everything and he is the only one who can save us. He told us last night that he is the “law and order candidate”. He received rave reviews which included one from white supremacist David Duke (via twitter). Last night Trump danced with the people who brought him to the dance. Sure he did some lame shout outs to gays and blacks, but he saved his red meat for the already converted. He gave a sincere nod to the law enforcement community and rightfully so, but he did not mention the victims of police misconduct. He expressed his rudimentary understanding of foreign policy by slamming NATO. His remarks in a New York Times article have already set off the nerves meter in Europe. The main message of his speech last night was fear me. He said I have the ability to give you your country back and take you back to the days when you were running things. He played to his base and they salivated as he walked them back to pre-2009. He like all candidates criticized the incumbent, but this campaign started 5 years ago when he questioned the legitimacy of President Obama’s presidency. Trump is a birther and in 2011 he appeared a number of times on the NBC Today show floating his theories. So the campaign started then and is probably one of the things his base loves about him. Listening to Trump last night lets us know who he is and what he stands for and it is more than obvious to me that with him as the leader of the Republican party the tent is closed. Zipped tight and there is truly no room for me.
I have been watching the Melanie Trump saga today. She addressed the Republican convention last nights and some of the lines from her speech were eerily similar to Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. In fact it appears to be a case of plagiarism. Well at least that’s how most folks see it but not the Republicans. They say she merely used common phrases but its one thing to be commonly used phrases and its another thing to use someone else’s. Those on the right who might concede plagiarism immediately follow that statement by saying Melania Trump had nothing to do with it. Oh that wonderful presumption of innocence. I wonder if the script was flipped would people so readily say I know Michelle Obama had nothing to do with it? We live in a world where the right and the left agree on nothing so why should this be different. All day long videos have been shown illustrating the problem but the Republican operatives keep trotting to the microphone to tell us don’t believe your eyes or ears. There is nothing to see hear but there is and it is the Trump campaign has bullied its way to the top. Trump has been applauded for his efforts and the bullying is not about to stop and no amount of facts will stop this campaign, but we know the truth. Melania Trump delivered last night too bad she did not write it.
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The campaign trail has to be one of the most uncivil places on earth. Politicians question each other’s patriotism, faith, business acumen and overall competence. All this is done loudly and on camera. No insult is too low and no innuendo is too desperate. One is left to wonder how did we get here?
Politicians are not the only ones guilty of uncivil conversation. Is their conversation outrageous or does it actually reflect how we talk to each other. Check out social media and you will see people are not governed by conventional rules of good taste everything posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram is subject to comment from readers and the comments tend to be brutal. When did we decide that manners was no longer relevant in our society?
We have become accustomed to course dialogue in every facet of life. Look at reality television. Women are pitted against each other. There is nothing to vile to articulate. The worse the behavior the better the ratings. Fighting is encouraged on the airwaves, and that same bold behavior is being seen on the streets and in our schools. Teachers were once respected by parents now face aggressive parents who come to the school prepared to verbally and sometimes physically assault the teachers. We see people more likely to record a fight than stop a fight, and when that fight gets uploaded to YouTube thousands and sometime millions happily watch the replay. What does that say about us? We decry violence but we watch it for entertainment. Are we a nation of hypocrites? Have we simply lost our way? Have we become tolerant of the language? Is this our new normal? Is the low road now the road to victory or are we ready to start speaking to each other in a respectful manner.