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Donald Trump is constantly saying Hillary Clinton does not have the “stamina” to be president. Another thing he loves to say is “she doesn’t look presidential”. What do you think he means by this? Is it because she is a woman? Share your thoughts.
So Donald Trump is in a black church this morning. He is talking love and harmony among the races. He is soft spoken and polite. He is bordering on being likeable, he has reminded the crowd that the Republican party is the party of Abraham Lincoln, but would Lincoln recognize the party or the candidate. I think not. Let us not get caught up in the soft talk of this Saturday and forget the words said by this candidate over the past year and half.
Bill O’Reilly tells us slave did help build the White House, but they were “well fed and had decent housing”, but they were still slaves
There is nothing like a good case of “slave ‘plaining”. First lady Michelle Obama said in her address on Monday that she wakes up in a house built by slaves. Some took exception to her story and so Bill O’Reilly felt the need to explain it to the nation. Watch the clip and share your thoughts.
John McCain did it. Mitt Romney did it too, but The Donald won’t be speaking at the NAACP convention. He won’t be bringing that tough talk to the convention. He’ll save his harsh words on race for the people who already cheer him. He is not trying to expand the base. He claims to be so tough but not tough enough to talk to African Americans who are not singing the praises of The Donald.
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.
“Why aren’t we putting our retirees, our military retirees, on that border or in TSA?” the woman asked. “Get rid of all these hibijabis they wear at TSA. I’ve seen them myself,” she said, gesturing toward her face. (The woman seemed to be referring to the hijab, the headscarf worn by many Muslim women.) Trump responded, “I understand.”This quote has been altered to include the correct name for the Muslim woman’s headdress. The woman actually called it the “heebeejeebees”. Trump made no attempt to correct her his response was I understand. In 2008 a woman at a townhall called the future president a Muslim. McCain corrected her and actually took the microphone from her but Trump simply utters I understand and that says it all.
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Racism used to be easy to spot. In the 1950’s and 1960’s signs supported legalized racism. Colored only and White only signs were prevalent throughout the South. In the face of integration of the University of Alabama in 1963, Governor George Wallace stood at the door of the school and defiantly said, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” There were no gray areas in this statement. You knew where he stood and his own words defined him as a racist. Times were simple then, but in 2016 we are puzzled by the kind of political conversation we are hearing. Wallace was ultimately defeated and visual symbols of racism were eliminated. Laws were changed and racists were vilified, America seemed to be ready to go in a more progressive direction, but in this election season we are witnessing the rebirth of the racist candidate. The problem is no one wants to be branded racist even when their own words indict them. The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has attacked Mexicans, Native Americans, Women, even the current President of the United States all while receiving more primary voters than any other Republican nominee. So if the candidate was awarded and celebrated for his tone and words during the primary why would he change that tone when he enters the general election? So what happens when this candidate attacks a judge who is over his civil case? The GOP candidate who promises to build a wall between our country and Mexico and says the judge of Hispanic descent can’t fairly judge the case against him because of his ethnic background. So by virtue of being Hispanic he is incapable of being fair to the presumptive nominee. This kind of thinking and speaking is the definition of racism according to the Republican Speaker of the House. So is the nominee rebuked? Are his supporters demanding that he backpedal regarding this offensive attack on the judge? It is interesting watching them try to support him while trying to distance themselves from his more incendiary remarks, but is that really possible? How can you position yourself as fair, rational and non-racist when you still grant tacit support to someone who repeatedly goes beyond the pale when characterizing his opposition? This is the risky strategy that the Republicans are trying this year, and only time will tell if it will actually work, but I still believe if it walks like a racist, talks like a racist it’s a racist, and a racist should never be the occupant of the White House.
George Wallace was a racist. He stood in front of the University of Alabama in the face of integration he utter the infamous words” Segregation today, segregation tomorrow segregation forever. He said he meant it and the federal government used him as the welcome mat as black students started attending the school. There used to be consequences for his actions, but in 2016 consequences are non-existent. Donald Trump has said numerous racist things regarding the judge presiding over his fraud case. What have the Republicans done about it? They have acknowledged it but most of them still support him. There are no points for acknowledging. A racist should be vilified not celebrated, and he certainly should not be the GOP nominee,