Sticks and Stones

I understand that many of my liberal friends are very unhappy with the outcome of the Presidential elections. They are probably just as unhappy that the Democrats failed to take control of the Senate and did not make the gains they projected in the House. Only the most optimistic of them expected the Democrats to retake the House. I understand that they are worried that many of the policies of President Obama will now be reversed or just eliminated. I have been on both sides of the political equation in my life and I have experienced wins and losses. I was elated when my side won and sad when they lost.

However, what I see going on from the left is a dangerous trend. They are engaging in some rhetoric, particularly name calling, which is not healthy to the American political environment.   I said the same type of things to conservatives who questioned Obama’s birthplace, who made some racial comments about the President and to those that called him a communist I suggested they sit down and think about what they were saying. We hold elections in this country and the transition of power has always been peaceful. We have a Constitution that puts checks on any one branch of government to ensure that we respect the rights of the political minority. You may not agree with the person that has bee elected President but no matter what that person is the President for the next four years. No matter how many times you shout “Not My President” it will not change who is President and you will only begin to look foolish after a period of time.

Jon Stewart, a liberal and social commentator/comedian, said the following:

“The same country that elected Donald Trump elected Barack Obama. I thought Donald Trump disqualified himself at numerous points. But there is now this idea that anyone who voted for him has to be defined by the worst of his rhetoric.”

“Like, there are guys in my neighborhood that I love, that I respect, that I think have incredible qualities who are not afraid of Mexicans, and not afraid of Muslims, and not afraid of blacks. They’re afraid of their insurance premiums.”

The New York Times, another bastion of liberalism, has also written that some of the name calling of Trump and his supporters has gone overboard and needs to be tempered. In an opinion piece by Michael Lerner he writes about this idea of the left trying to shame people for voting for Trump:

“Instead of challenging this ideology of shame, the left has buttressed it by blaming white people as a whole for slavery, genocide of the Native Americans and a host of other sins, as though whiteness itself was something about which people ought to be ashamed. The rage many white working-class people feel in response is rooted in the sense that once again, as has happened to them throughout their lives, they are being misunderstood.”

In the end we are all Americans and I would hope that we would all want the nations to succeed. Calling the President-elect a fascist or comparing him to Hitler is unacceptable political discourse. Just as President Obama had his chance to govern so will Donald Trump. The proof will be in what he is able to accomplish and what the nation looks like during and after his term in office. He will have to demonstrate that he up to the task of governing. He will have to show that he can be a leader and work with Congress to enact policies that will hopefully better all American lives.   But calling him and his supporters names and promising to do everything in your power to oppose him will only lead to more of the gridlock we have been experiencing for many years and I think more than anything else this is what propelled Donald Trump to the Presidency. The America public is tired of the name calling, tired of the gridlock and tired of nothing getting done because reasonable people cannot sit down and come to an agreement that would in effect be reached by compromising for the greater good.

 

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