Monday, November 14, 2016

Not bullying to call out racism, not whining to protest it

A few people I really love, family, voted for Trump. Thanksgiving will likely be a night of word vomit and actual vomit from the stress and over eating. Mormons don't drink, so sadly it won't be alcohol-induced. There have been civil and meaningful discussions and other discussions where I'm yelling into my headphones in the park to the point of making me and the dog embarrassed. Other people I could have just unfriended because, thank Eleanor Roosevelt, they aren't tied to me as family. I still care about them and want to understand though. Instead of unfriending, I was a prick and went on a few social media tirades. To you I've been challenging the last few days, here is where my head is at, trying my best to understand.

He's a jerk. Try to explain away the blatantly racist things he's said, such as labeling illegal immigrants from Mexico rapists. You keep telling me it's the only racist thing he's said, which it isn't - he's offended many, as if it wasn't enough from our Commander and Chief (elect). The solution is building a wall to keep the rapists out. Or if they're not rapists, they're definitely a drain on our resources. That's how they're talked about, rather than contributors to our society. There is talk of those he's given jobs. There was the gracious taco bowl shout out. Then he insulted Latino immigrants again for saying taco trucks would be on every street corner if we didn't build a wall to keep out the rapists, who also come with taco trucks apparently.

Banning members of a religion from entering this country means we are targeting a religion in addition to the rapists and taco truck owners. The solution of banning all these people as solution to your problems is also xenophobia, whether you want to admit that or not. It is. Life for those in this country who wouldn't be banned or deported will feel like, well, a Trump rally.

The first act of protest against Trump I really loved was Rose Hamid in South Carolina back in January. I'll never forget her. She was escorted out of Trump's rally out to boos and chants. He said of this woman who stood silently wearing a shirt saying "I come in peace" that it was "their hatred, it's not our hatred." She now lives in a country where that guy makes the executive decisions. He's said to solve the issue of terrorism we need to go after terrorists' families, a war crime. Again as with the Mexican rapist comment I get, "he only said that one time." Voicing that thought out loud and televised one time is enough. It's too much to say, for the Commander and Chief (elect), ever. It shouldn't be a thought.

Imagining what it would be like for a Muslim in America right now, I feel completely vulnerable and unsure. I've signed up to help refugee families in Utah adjust, connect, and apply for citizenship after government assistance stops. This election has inspired me and a lot more people to care about my neighbors and country. For my part, no one will be made to feel uncomfortable or unwelcome here.

Some Trump supporters really embrace the racist message and chant and graffiti and name call and beat up. Others among you hate being called racist. "It's worse than anything Trump has said." "You're bullying me by calling me a racist." The only way to combat racism is to call it out any and every time I see or hear it. I'll do my best to do that with respect until my dying breath. I'll continue being the prick commenting on the memes you share or challenging you out loud in public. I, we, have to say something and never stop. Your hurt feelings about the association with racism are less important than calling out the racism.

The people I know who voted for Trump wouldn't call someone a name to demean them, or chant something in a crowd to intimidate a smaller group. I can't separate the racism from the vote like you must have. The vote supported a man who says terrible things about Latino and Muslim immigrants and advocates having less of them around. It was key to his platform. That wasn't enough for you to vote for someone else. The vote for him is not separate from that. You are complicit. If worse comes to worst with Trump, I won't have to shame you as a racist, Islamophob, or homophob. We'll all live with the consequences, and you can decide whether or not to to carry the shame of supporting it when the moment came.

I didn't and won't support it. I'll do everything I can for his impeachment or for the electoral college to change their vote on December 19th. The Electoral College allows for the electors to vote against the vote of the state if it's in the best interest of the country. That orange blowhard would not be my or most Americans' President. That is not the country I live in. Most of us - the popular vote anyway - don't live in his country. We don't accept his speech or plans to reduce those people he belittles. We should refuse him as our leader.

The right to peaceably assemble and petition our government for a redress of grievances is key to our progress as a country. Dismissing the #notmypresident protesters as sore losers or babies makes you feel better about the legitimate reason they have to protest. I applaud any peaceful protesters who want to stand against Trump instead actually just whining about it like we've heard the last eight years from Fox News. I'm adding protest to my list of things to start contributing. I'll be out there with the people to try and make a difference.

Protest is why we exist as a sovereign nation and is protected in our First Amendment. A large portion of our people are unhappy enough about this man to cause a disruption. Take notice instead of calling it whining; we have nation-wide unrest at Trump's election. Acknowledge why they are there. Look at how the decision impacts your country men and women and what you can do to help them now you've voted Trump into place.

My candidate was Bernie. Hillary and the DNC sabotaged him. Bernie stood for the same things I can understand on the vote for Trump. Both spoke to the hurting middle class, corruption in politics, veteran support, and national pride. I voted for McMullin, thinking he had a real chance in Utah and could take votes from Donald and maybe have a chance if neither Trump or Hillary got enough votes. My experience Utah made me think there was no way Hillary would win Utah, even though they hate Trump. She had more votes than McMullin. That was my real disappointment. Come on, Mormons. You knew better than this. An anti-Mormon is now advising the President. I lost my vote for Bernie in Hillary's quest for the office, my vote for McMullin in Utah's fear of liberalism, and a little faith in my fellow citizens to a social media circus.

Right now, Trump is not Hitler. You're probably sick of the comparison. It's what a lot of protesters are worried about, so I'm taking it there. I wonder how many German people consoled themselves with "I wasn't that type of Hitler supporter." I hope Trump isn't President for long, and that however long that is he's better than candidate Trump. I hope you get the luxury of being able to remove the xenophobic policies and ideas from your vote this year. Whatever the case may be, I'm not bullying you along the way as I call out the racism associated, and our fellow citizens are not whining when at its protest.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Our Given Donnie Moment

We have been given a pivotal moment that requires serious thought on everyone's part. If war erupts and I end up with Muslims and Mexicans (apparently with a proclivity for rape) in a camp where I'm promised that work, reconditioning, or repentance will make me free, I want my opinion known for whatever it's worth.

This moment is pivotal because it has the potential for such horror or promise. I don't know the future or what Donnie will accomplish if given the highest office in our land. As a nervous gay liberal, it's easy for me to say he'll only accomplish evil. Then again, it's easy for me to say that when Donnie adopts the most conservative platform I've seen in my lifetime. Citizens don't get to decide what their family looks like, because Donnie and friends already know what it has to look like. Our melting planet needs more coal and oil burned. Terrorism is now a global threat, so Muslims must be targeted and screened for EVERYONE's protection. Oh, and Mexicans must be kept out. Why is there not also a call for building a Canadian wall? I'd love to see that Tweet storm. It's self-preservation for me, my life as it is, to assume the worst of this man and possible time in office; I am part of one of the groups Donnie's platform says hurt our country.

Current circumstances what they are, we're given a choice as citizens to vote for: Hill, Donnie, someone else, or not at all. 

Hill is known to be shady AF. That's the attack being made against her, and I agree with it. The campaign for her presidency is and will continue to present this inescapable part of her persona as "adaptive." I do want a president who can say they've changed their mind about something when presented with better evidence. Someone married too married to their ideas without input from others or diplomatic compromise is not our Commander and Chief. Personally, I voted for Bernie. His consistent ideals inspired me to be more involved in my civic duties. I stand behind him and the decision to nominate Hill as the candidate to avoid contention in the party. Shady as she may be, I know this woman wants to leave a positive mark on the world in the name of women. She wants this time in office to mean something for the little girls watching her on TV. That is something positive I believe we can expect of her and the possibilities her platform supports.

Good ol' Donnie boy promises to make us great again, just like good ol' Adi did. What made America, and Adi's Germany, not great? An embarrassing war and collapsed economy. Our embarrassing war was caused by an idiot president who took an idiot action inspired by greed, and our tanked economy caused by greedy banks lending to people with no business borrowing money. Thus emerges our American Adi with equally recognizable, albeit uglier, head hair to save us with empty promises fueled by anger and hate. Donnie speaks to a legitimate frustration but with dangerous solutions. His passion and motivation is not any more admirable and should not be lauded any more than Adi's. The selfishness and intended pain behind it is what you vote for when you vote for the opulent pig on his golden throne. Donnie as president would prove that our country does give the trophy to any petulant child who whines about deserving it. That's what this is to him. Look ma! I wanted a real army and now I command one!

I hate that we say "someone else" when it comes to voting options. We encourage variety in the free market, but we're really given two choices when it comes to our representatives. My favorite option, if we lived in another time, would be having the serious choice between Bernie Sanders or Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or Hill and even Donnie if enough of our people support those ideas, dumb-ass as they may be. Multi-party systems encourage people to think about where they align on several issues, think about several possibilities of handling those issues, and examine candidates who support those possibilities. Right now that is not our country. Voting third party is commendable because it means you did right by your fellow citizens and conscience. If Hill, Donnie, and Gary all come in below the required electoral vote, the House decides for us - I personally don't trust that group to make the best decision on our behalf. In this election, I hope we as a people can rally behind a single candidate to defeat what has proven a common and formidable foe.

Not voting is directly supporting whichever candidate wins. Your apathy or desire to prove a point that you're displeased with your choices allows whichever evil happens to happen. You said nothing when it counted and although I'm sure it won't, should weigh on your conscience. We have our moment, and if you never vote again, vote this time and for Hill, especially you Bernie-or-bust weirdos. I love living in this country and want to see it change for the better. Get behind making it safer, cleaner, smarter, prepared, employed, healthy, compromising, and accepting. There's so much to which we can look forward and into which we can pour our time, resources, and effort. The democratic candidate isn't perfect and neither is the platform, but it is future thinking. I would rather have that world and will vote with that idealistic dream in view. 

Our moment doesn't need to be about being casual with the evil presented us, or feeding it the attention in needs to survive, but it can be about uniting against Donnie and the complete crap for which he stands. No one expected Adi was capable of what he was, dangerous as he spoke. Regardless of how far he takes it, the mindset promises much, for few, with devastating costs for the rest. We have our moment to say no before Adi's pain is relived in Donnie form. Nie Wieder, bitte.