Donald Trump is a greedy rich racist sexist bigoted homophobic coward and boor. However, Donald Trump is not America. Donald Trump is a reflection of the worst elements of humanity rolled into one human being. I know many people who have elements of Donald Trump in their personalities. I know racists. I know sexists. I know greedy rich and greedy poor people. I know bigots and I know people who are homophobic. I know many cowards who will not bother to stand up for their ideas or the rights of other people. Donald Trump is unique in that he manages to roll all of the negative characteristics of humanity into one persona.
“The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.” — Swami Vivekananda
Donald Trump is not America. Donald Trump is a creation of a media empire that is out of control. A media that trends sensationalism, exploitation, fear and paranoia to feed a 24/7 system of so called news reports. A system of glitz, glamour, ads, sound bites, commercials, sex appeal and worthless trivia that has little or no educational or informational value. It is a system that neither informs nor educates. It is a system that thrives on the likes of Donald Trump. It is a system that thrives on the exotic, the unusual, the strange, the bizarre, the kinky, the outlandish and the far out. Donald Trump is all of these things but he is not America.
“If people in the media cannot decide whether they are in the business of reporting news or manufacturing propaganda, it is all the more important that the public understand that difference, and choose their news sources accordingly.” — Thomas Sowell
Donald Trump is not even a real Republican. The party he claims as his own is one he and his small band (less than 9 percent of the total registered voters in the USA)* has managed to co-opt. The Republicans that I have called friends over the years want nothing to do with him. They are as appalled as the Democrats are at Donald Trumps rise to popularity in the media polls. Americans however should not be surprised at this. It is not the first time that a fraud, demagogue and charlatan has captured the media stage. Looking back through US history, we can find similarities between Donald Trump and the likes of Aaron Burr, The Know Nothing Party, Huey Long, The Silver Shirts, and of course Joseph Mc McCarthy. None of my Republican friends would avow affiliation with any of these characters. They are not America and neither is Donald Trump.
“Find out for yourself what is truth, what is real. Discover that there are virtuous things and there are non-virtuous things. Once you have discovered for yourself give up the bad and embrace the good.” — The Buddha
Every country in the world has its right and left-wing extremists. It has been this way for hundreds of years. Fortunately, in the USA, our political system usually kicks out the extremists and the middle ground or centrists have always trumped the left and right-wing fanatics. Due to our political system, we have escaped such maniacs as General Franco, Benito Mussolini, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler. There are many drawbacks to our political system and chaos often seems to be a major characteristic of it. There are many people who would discard such a system in favor of stability and security. These people would buy such a political system at the cost of freedom and liberty. In many nations throughout the world, citizens select benevolent dictators rather than trying to deal with the vagaries and uncertainties that are often characteristic of a US style democracy.
Donald Trump would have Americans believe that he will bring us stability and prosperity, but at what cost? Donald Trump would build a huge wall to keep out immigrants. Donald Trump would build Internment Camps for American Muslims. Donald Trump would outlaw Gay marriage. Donald Trump would create a police state to keep in check unruly minorities. Donald Trump would insure that a woman’s place was back in the kitchen.
“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” — Acts 20:23
Donald Trump promises to make all Americans rich. That is how he is buying the support of a small minority of foolish Americans. Donald Trump says “I am rich. I know how to run things. I can make you rich too. Look at how much money I have.” And people believe him: “Donald Trump will Make America Great Again means Donald Trump will make us all rich like he is.” Well, he will promise to make every American rich. That is the benefit he is promising for anyone is willing to vote for him. All it will cost America is the cost of one giant prison system.
Donald Trump says that he will create the largest wall that the world has ever seen, but it won’t keep out immigrants. It will only keep out ideas and innovation. Donald Trump supporters include the misguided and fearful who believe that if we only had less poor people, less immigrants, less refugees, less minorities, less disabled people and less women in power that “America Would Be Great Again.” This is a delusion held by those who dream of a bygone era when “Father knew best, Blacks knew their place and women stayed in the kitchen.” The myth of “The Good Old Days” is almost impossible to kill in a population fed on media mediocrity and where real history is either not taught or understood. Donald Trump will not bring back the “good old days” because the good old days where not really that good. Donald Trump will not “Make America White Again.”
A man asked Muhammad what was the mark whereby he might know the reality of his faith. Muhammad said, “If thou derive pleasure from the good which thou hast performed and thou be grieved for the evil which thou hast committed, thou art a true believer.” The man said. “In what doth a fault really consist?” Muhammad said, “When action pricketh thy conscience, forsake it.” — Sayings of the Prophet
What all of Trump’s bombastic speeches fail to note is that America is still great. Unfortunately, the things that make America great are hidden behind the media pronouncements of Donald Trump and his ill-advised followers. The ceaseless stream of bad news, crime, bizarre and weird news that titillates so many also deprives us of being a well-informed populace. In addition, our outlandish media system simply serves to hide the many great values that the USA stands for.
Most Americans and by this term I will include North America, Central America and South America, i.e., US Citizens, Mexican Citizens, Canadian Citizens and Citizens from Central and South America are decent law abiding compassionate and loving people. The majority of the people I know or have met in Canada, the USA, Mexico, Central and South America will help their fellow human beings. They are good Samaritans who will give some of what they have to provide for others in need. They are not greedy or bigots or racists or sexists. They are people like you and me who care for their neighbors, their country and their environment. They are not Donald Trump supporters.
“Before someone will get the guts to monitor your life, he must get the keyboard of humility. To be a humble person, is a priority in leadership!” — Israelmore Ayivor
The media and its fascinations with the likes of Donald Trump obscure the good that abounds in our nations. The media obscures the daily good deeds and charities that are done in the name of love and compassion for others. People like Donald Trump are raised on soap boxes and the ceaseless barrage of hateful comments from him and his followers hides the voice of the majority. Donald Trump and his followers are the minority.
“It’s easy to stand in the crowd but it takes courage to stand alone” — Mahatma Gandhi
The message of hatred and intolerance that spews daily from Trump is something that one could pity Trump for if it were not so dangerous and belligerent. It is hard to feel sorry for the bully that is kicking other people when they are down. Somewhere though, we know that such bullies are really cowards. Their intolerance and lack of compassion towards others is driven by fear and insecurity. No matter how big and bad the bully seems, they are the biggest cowards in the playground. It is time to put Donald Trump and his followers in their places. There is no room in America for bigots, sexists and racists who are intolerant of and lack compassion for others. We need to keep America great by letting the world see the true values that guide our nations and not the distorted hate filled messages that the media loves to display.
“We shall listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten. We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional American values of restraint and empathy, not on military might.” — Theodore C. Sorensen
We are a few weeks short of Election Day. The Trump bandwagon has already exploded. Hillary has been asked what she will do to unite the country. Unfortunately, stupidity and greed and hate cannot be united with honesty, integrity and compassion. We will be left with an underbelly of nearly 30 percent of American voters who have supported Trump. For whatever reason, (it really does not matter) we have millions of Americans who will vote for a man who has no qualifications to be a humane being never mind President of the United States of America. We will have to take the problem of his supporters very seriously or risk a rerun of this past election. I think I am on firm ground when I say that four things must happen to change in America:
- We need to insure a pathway to success for all Americans by creating a system of lifelong learning and job training.
- We need to change our political system and start by establishing term limits. I would support a system of a single term of six years for all representatives, senators and the President.
- We need to break up the monopoly that a few media giants have on the news. We need more integrity in journalism and not a system that is built on sensationalism and exploitation. The news should inform people and help people make better decisions.
- We need a better system for establishing the credentials of candidates for office. The system of debates that we watched the past year did little or nothing to help people decide who was the most qualified candidate and what their concrete policies were.
Time for Questions:
Will you help get out the word? Will you promise to speak out against Trump and his lack of morality and values? Will you be sure to register to vote this election? Will you educate yourself on the candidates and vote on the basis of values and not fear? Will you help the world to see that Donald Trump Is Not America?
Life is just beginning.
“Americans need to educate themselves, from elementary school onward, about what their country has done abroad. And they need to play a more active role in ensuring that what the United States does abroad is not merely in keeping with a foreign policy elite’s sense of realpolitik but also with the American public’s own sense of American values.” — Mohsin Hamid
10- 22-2016. Breaking News!!! Trump unveils his 100 day plan in final policy speech.
His 100 day plan: Put women back into the kitchen by repealing Roe Versus Wade. Eliminate income inequality by giving more money and tax breaks to the rich hoping some of it will “trickle” down. Build up a military that is already as large as the next ten largest militaries in the world COMBINED. Put more people in prison who are trying to get into this country for a better life. We already have the largest prison population in the world. Sue his accusers for having the temerity to call him on his sexual predation and assaults. Build a big big wall to employ millions of laid off American workers. Finally, REPEAL Obama Care and replace it with something Great. Any more NEW FUCKING IDEAS MORON?