Telling It Like It Is
Part of me doesn’t even want to write this. We’re all so inundated lately with politics; it’s at the forefront of every form
of media we’re exposed to and it seems like every time I turn on the TV some politician’s face is smiling blankly out at us. I’m no journalist, but as a writer, it’s hard not to want to put the information as I see it into words. While I certainly haven’t been secretive about my political stance on any medium, only so much can be expressed in a Facebook post or a tweet, and I need to get this out there.
I am scared.
In this day and age, a post can go viral, an offhand comment can be retweeted thousands of times, a meme can be generated and immediately be sent out – and too often they’re automatically accepted as fact. Folks? Anyone can generate a meme. Anyone. It doesn’t make it true, or real, and shouldn’t be given any more validation than an Onion article until proven true. Half of the political memes that I’ve seen during this election, upon a quick Snopes search, have been shown to be untrue. But once it’s out there, once it gets shared enough and seen enough, it morphs into its own being and is accepted at face value. Once it’s out there, the damage is done. What’s seen cannot be unseen, what’s heard cannot be unheard, and too many of us don’t take the minute to determine the validity of what we’re seeing and hearing. And this is happening across party lines; no one is immune to it.
However, the following things are true. The following things have been said. The following things actually have merit and weight and reality behind them, and that’s why I’m scared.
“26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military – only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” Donald Trump, Twitter, 07 May 13. 3,238 Likes/5,080 Retweets.
“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them. Just knock the hell – I promise you, I’ll pay the legal fees.” Donald Trump, February 2016 rally.
“I would knock the hell out of ISIS…[and] when you get these terrorists, you have to take out their families.” Donald Trump, Fox and Friends, December 2015.
“I would bring back waterboarding, and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” Donald Trump, Republican Presidential Debate, February 6, 2016.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…..they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Donald Trump, presidential announcement speech, June 16, 2015.
“Look at those hands, are they small hands?….He referred to my hands — if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem. I guarantee.” Defending his penis size at the Republican Presidential Debate, March 2016.
These are not memes. These are not taken out of context. These are actual quotes by the front-running candidate for the Republican party for the President of the United States. This list is by no means exhaustive, but they hit on the main issues that scare me. The quick rundown of why I’m scared?
His assumption that men and women cannot co-exist without sexual assault. His assertion that violence, as long as it is not directed at him, is not only acceptable but encouraged. His implication that innocent men, women, and children deserve to be slaughtered because of the actions of a few of their Muslim religion. The fact that he wants to force the military to bring back war crimes barred by the Geneva Convention. The wildly assumptive idea that most Mexican immigrants are rapists and criminals. The fact that a presidential candidate actually spoke of the size of his dick during a Presidential debate in the United States of America.
The biggest thing I have heard from Trump supporters is that he “tells it like it is,” and isn’t “Politically correct.” And I truly believe that could be a good thing, if he was a rational human being. But these statements are not from someone rational. These statements are not from someone who is fit to run this country.
There are a lot of bloggers like myself who have pointed these things out; I understand I’m not alone and will likely and often be grouped into a faction of people labeled as silly democrats who don’t understand politics. But I’m not to be discounted. Because no matter Mr. Trump’s policies, his statements speak for themselves and are not, or should not, be indicative or representative of the American people.
This is where we are. This is how it is. There is so much hate. So many insults. So much name calling, mud slinging, vitriolic words, and violence. Not just in this election, but in our country. In my lifetime, I have never seen a time where we are more in need of unity. Where we were more in need of an actual leader, not someone to revel in and encourage the divisiveness.
I don’t know who the best person is for this job. I really don’t. I wouldn’t want it.
But it sure as hell isn’t Donald Trump.