Well, blog readers, I had a good long run. I avoided political blog posts for a good long while. That run ends today. Sorry. You have the following statement to thank: “I’m a uniter.” – Donald Trump
Donald Trump-uniter? Are you kidding me right now?
The Donald’s twitter feed reads like a “how to” guide on how to lose friends and discourage people.
Do you know who was a uniter? Martin Luther King, Jr. I listen to his “I Have a Dream” speech every Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I don’t recall MLK referring to people as “losers” or “lightweights” or “disgusting” in any part of that speech. No, those are all words Donald has used to describe his opponents….in his last 4 tweets (as of the moment that I started typing this here rant). Seriously. Real uniters use words that aren’t a part of some elementary-school-esque hazing diatribe. Real uniters use words that….wait for it….actually unite people.
They say things like this: “Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protests to denigrate into physical violence.” – MLK
not like this: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, [Carly Fiorina’s] a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” – Donald Trump
They say things like this: “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” -Mahatma Gandhi
not like, well, any of these things:
See the difference?
Speaking of Gandhi….he was also a great uniter.
Do you know what Gandhi said, when asked the question, “What do you think of Western civilization?”
He said, “I think it would be a good idea.”
No name calling. No divisiveness. Brilliant. Also, unless I missed something in my history book, there was no part of Gandhi’s hunger strike that involved the verbal abuse of everyone who was opposed to his mission.
Donald J. Trump for President? Is this seriously how we think we will unite our divided country and make America great again? By insulting everyone who disagrees with us? By bullying people who exercise their right of free speech? By filling our Twitter feeds, Facebook statuses, and everyday banter with the kind of verbal junk that makes my 12-year-old embarrassed for our country?…the kind of junk that I would call my 12-year-old “childish” for saying?
I just don’t get it, guys. Yes, he is a businessman. Oftentimes a great one. Sometimes a terrible one. Yes, he tries to “tell it like it is.” I appreciate that. We need that sometimes in our world of over-the-top political correctness. But, come on, America: a uniter he is not. A role model he is not. A servant leader he is not.
One final note:
Do you know who was a great servant leader? Jesus. The same Jesus who Donald Trump says that he follows. Perhaps I’m misremembering Matthew 5, but I don’t think it said, “If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, call him a ‘clown’, threaten to sue him, and publicly mock him. Also, brag about how great your cheeks are. Thus sayeth the Lord.”
Dear people of Ohio, Florida, and the rest of America: we’ve just lived through eight absurdly divisive years in American politics. Are we itching for more? Do we really want this guy to set the global tone of freedom as the leader of the free world? We deserve better. Our kids deserve better. The Republican party deserves better. I hope that your vote reflects that. Or, I hope that the Donald you vote for (or have voted for) changes his rhetoric to more closely resemble that of the carpenter from Nazareth whom he claims to follow.