First let me say, this is political. I try not to do this, but there are times when I need to stand up and be who I am. If reading about my political views isn’t your cuppa, please click away now. I confess this post is being written last minute. I’ve been watching the political conventions and I wrote several drafts last week talking about how frightening Trump and his hate mongering is and how scared it makes me. But those posts got too deep into the weeds, too preachy (thought this might feel that way too) so I discarded them. We all know what’s happening without me recapping it for you.
Instead I want to issue a challenge, a call to action. I believe we stand at a dangerous crossroad. If we choose the wrong path, it will have serious and negative consequences. And I’m not one prone to dramatics. I didn’t vow to go to Canada if Bush, or McCain, or Romney won. I didn’t like them and didn’t feel they would be good for me or my family (and Bush wasn’t. His anti-gay rhetoric made it much more difficult for Mike and I to adopt and set us back several years – which in turn probably means we won’t have a second child, though we very much wanted more than one.) But none of them left me scared shitless for the future. Trump does.
His incendiary vitriol emboldens racism and hate mongering. He’s made it cool to speak your mind. To ‘tell it like it is,’ even if that is racist, sexist, homophobic etc. PC is passe. I saw one woman the Republican Convention say that he says things she believes but was afraid to say. Imagine if he’s doing that everyday on the biggest stage, with the biggest bully pulpit from which to spew. Scary image, no?
If you listen to what the Republican’s said at their convention, there was no plans of action, no proposals, no initiative to move us forward. Nothing. Their focus isn’t to help, change or nurture, it is simply to keep power for the sake of keeping power. They’ve given the keys to the kingdom to a charismatic blow hard who is nothing more than an incredibly talented snake oil salesman. He offers nothing of substance, but instead talks in sound bytes. Always couching things in negative ways and boasting only HE can fix it. No one else.
To anyone who has studied history, those are chilling claims. Worse, he derides anyone who points out how dangerous his rhetoric is. Politicians (in either party) are party elitists, ‘the establishment.’ Historians and educators who talk about things in context are academic elitists who have ruined the country with political correctness. The media is the liberal mainstream or “Lamestream” media. They’re attacked and derided. Attack and discredit anyone who will point out you are a naked emperor and the masses will believe anything you say.
This year, maybe more than any in history and certainly in my lifetime, it is important to get involved. Start with voting. Next get all your friends and family who are opposed to Trump to vote. Volunteer and/or donate if you can. Do something you never did before to help defeat the bigotry and hate he’s spewing.
Comedian Samantha Bee, who used to be on The Daily Show and now has her own show – Full Frontal – did a piece where she ended by saying Trump doesn’t need to just lose, he needs to be defeated in a landslide. I agree. We need to put this genie back in the bottle, seal it up and toss it into the deepest part of the ocean (or into the fires of Mordor if we can find two hobbits brave enough to take it there.) To do that, everyone who cares needs to go vote and get involved. After he gets elected is will be too late to act.
Vote like your freedom and your life depends on it, I know mine does.
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of twenty-one years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.
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