Saturday, November 12, 2016

What To Tell Our Chidlren About The 2016 Presidential Candidates

Before I start to today’s post, let’s review my voting history:
  • I have been able to vote since 1972 and I have voted in every Presidential election since then.
  • I have never voted for a Republican for President in my entire life.
  • Therefore, I did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016.
  • Up until 2010, I had never voted for a Republican for national office in my life.
Thus, I am not a Republican, a neo-conservative or one of Trump’s "deplorables."

Okay, with that out of the way, let’s start today’s discussion. A lot of Democrats and liberals are besides themselves because their chosen one, Hillary Clinton, was honestly defeated in her bid to be the next President of the United States by Donald Trump. They view Trump as a racist, sexist, and an overbearing atrocity. That is their right. And they have made their feelings known in any number of ways before and after the election, which is also their right except when it leads to violence and rioting which has been going on for a number of days since the elections results have come in.

A lot of their frustrations were likely captured by a Huffington Post piece written by a Ms. Ali Michaels. That article, “What Should We Tell Our Children?” can be accessed at:

She expresses her fear about what this country has done by electing Donald Trump with such quotes as: “Tell them [your kids], second, that you will honor the outcome of the election, but that you will fight bigotry. Tell them bigotry is not a democratic value, and that it will not be tolerated at your school. Tell them you stand by your Muslim families. Your same-sex parent families. Your gay students. Your Black families. Your female students. Your Mexican families. Your disabled students. Your immigrant families. Your trans students.” It is her opinion, both implicitly and explicitly stated, that Trump is a bigot. This is her right to have that opinion.

But I invite Ms. Michaels to take a different perspective regarding Hillary Clinton, her campaign manager, and the top people in the Clinton campaign staff since much of what she accuses Trump of is the exact type of behavior that the Clinton people were guilty of:
  • Hillary herself stated in emails that African Americans were “professional never do wells,” a racist comment condemning an entire race to the label of failure.
  • Hillary herself stated in emails that Muslims were also “professional never do wells,” a bigoted comment condemning an entire religion to the label of failure.
  • Hillary herself stated in emails that Bernie Sanders supporters were basement dwellers in their parents’ homes, insinuating that they were all lazy and good for nothing.
  • Hillary herself called half of Trump’s supporters (tens of millions of ordinary Americans) deplorables, racists, and other derogatory names, never considering that they were also entitled to their own opinion without being slandered by a leading political figure who does not understand their lives and their perspectives.
  • Hillary’s campaign managers clumped all Hispanic people together in a racist generalization when they talked about a “taco bowl” outreach campaign for reaching the diverse Hispanic voting population, not all of whom are Mexicans eating from a taco bowl.
  • Her campaign designated all Catholics as "medieval."
  • Her campaign continued the insulting attitude towards Hispanics when it referred to the Hispanic population as “needy Latinos.”
  • One of Hillary’s marketing executives referred to young Americans as f***ing stupid and advising her to get together with a Hollywood star or pop singer star to woo the younger vote of those that are too f***ing stupid to think for themselves.
  • From a sexist perspective, Hillary enabled, condoned, and protected her sexual predator husband for decades as he fondled, groped, sexually harassed and possibly raped dozens of women over time.
So yes, I agree with Ms. Michaels that bigotry should not be tolerated and it is not a democratic value. But I insist that if she sees Trump as a bigot that she also see Hillary as a bigot. You are nothing but a small minded, bigoted, self centered individual if you perceive whole segments of Americans as needy, professional never do wells, intolerables, racists, lazy, f***ing stupid, and symbolized by a taco bowl as her campaign believed.

America got screwed this election if you look at all of the facts, all of the bigotry and all of the insults. Our political processes have become so broken, so corrupt, so inane that the major two candidates this time around sank to the lowest levels of human behavior. No issues were debated and discussed, no solutions to the major problems of our times were proposed, no common decency was extended to Americans who dared to have a different opinion.

We just witnessed the classic advice from a very wise person who once said the following: “Never wrestle with a pig because you both get dirty and the pig likes it.” Depending on your political leaning, each reader may have a different view on who the pig is in this saying, but the bottom line is all we have to show for this political cycle is a porcine wrestling match in which we all got dirty.

I would also suggest that we take Ms. Michaels’ advice and tell our children that excessive greed is not good, that people like Hillary that trade government favors for greedy and outsized personal gain (e.g. using the Clinton Foundation as a front for a money laundering and shakedown scheme) is not a virtue. I would also suggest that we take Ms. Michaels’ advice and tell our children that breaking the law (e.g. illegally using a private computer server) and then lying about it under oath like Hillary did is not a virtue. I would also suggest that we take Ms. Michaels’ advice and tell our children that lying (e.g. Hillary did not land under sniper fire in Bosnia, her daughter does not have a Phd. in public health, her grandparents are not immigrants, etc.), is not a virtue.

One final suggestion, Ms. Michaels. I contend that it was President Obama, Congressional Democrats, and other liberal voices that actually created the Donald Trump phenomena. I challenge you to take the test in the following link and ask yourself were you also silent when millions of Americans were called Nazis, racists, bigots, whores, and other horrible names during the eight years of the Obama administration:

Yes, Ms. Michaels we have a lot to tell and teach our children. But let’s teach and tell them everything about the whole world, not just the closed, lopsided world that our political leaders want us to believe.

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