The usual rules when it comes to talking with others about religion and politics are “agree to disagree” and “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
This presidential election has certainly not been normal.
Please note there are – of course – historic divisions in the ideas put forth to lead our country. This is not about any of those issues.
Mr. Trump’s campaign featured messages of intolerance of people of other religions, races, and women. He did not adhere to the normal rules of discourse.
Mr. Trump received endorsements from KKK and other white supremacists groups - he has yet to disavow these associations.
Calls to “unify” and “give him a chance” have been touted this past week. But President Elect Trump is showing little sign of distancing himself from Candidate Trump.
Since the election, he has named Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. Bannon is the head of a neo-conservative media site featuring memes by anonymous white supremacists opposing immigration, multiculturalism, and feminism.
Among the United States core values are “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” and “all people are created equal.” These are not values reflected in what Mr. Trump has said, in his actions, and in the people he’s choosing to assist him lead this diverse country.
Do I want Mr. Trump to fail? As president leading our nation, no – I want his agenda items that push racism and divisiveness to fail.
Mostly I want him to learn. I want him to learn that words mean things and invoke feelings that lead to actions that he can not turn on and off like a tap. Learn that people coming to believe if they don’t think they have it “great” they should blame others – usually those who are different from them. I want him to learn that children are listening and watching.
As a parent, we are always modeling behavior for our children. Just as these behaviors include being respectful and polite, they also include when to stand up and speak out.
Another age old adage is “Respect is earned, not given.”
Laura, give me a call.
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