Posted: 11/26/15 13:41
by Dave Mindeman
Today is Thanksgiving. A time of reflection. Of hope. Of giving thanks.
Let me get back to you on that.
It is difficult to reflect on good things and charitable thoughts when Donald Trump is dominating the media spotlight.
When he talks about "Make America Great Again", his rhetoric brings memories of Jim Crow, black lists, internment camps, registries....
The cap needs to be changed to: "Make America Hate Again"
Can a spirit of Thanksgiving exist in this environment? Has love thy neighbor morphed into - suspect thy neighbor? Every year you hear how America is thankful for its diversity...for its melting pot of nationalities. Do we not think that way anymore? Have we changed that much?
Republicans, we need to talk. I know we have our differences, but is this really a reflection of what you want? Does Donald Trump represent your values? Seriously? I wonder what that 20 to 30% Trump support in the polls really looks like. I mean, is it all hate? Are they the white supremacists?...the survivalists?...the skinheads?....the Neo-Nazis? Do they represent the Republican Party?
I can't believe that conservative values have cratered that far to allow Trump to be the face of the movement. I'd don't mind an argument on taxes or the size of government or abortion rights or foreign policy....but really, have personal insults become the norm? Do we need to even talk about registering members of a religion? Do we want a Commander in Chief who fights terrorism by "getting a feeling"? Is "get him the hell out of here" something we have to get used to?
I know there is a lot of mistrust in the government out there. Republicans have their complaints. Democrats have their own. But America is not "this". We are not going to devolve into a sectarian country. We are not just Christians or Muslims or Buddhists. We are not just conservatives or liberals. We are not just Irish or Italian or Arab or African. We are just American...plain and simple. We share values. We share unique ideas. We are the innovators. The beacon. The example.
But we are not Trump's America. I know that for certain.
And I am thankful for that. I am thankful that we can ask the questions. That we can challenge the statements. They can't do that in Russia. They can't do that in China. We can do it. We have always done it.
And more than ever...we need to do it now.
Have a happy Thanksgiving. And today, more than ever before, lets reflect on what America is. It isn't about being "great again". We are great right now and it is time that we let the world know that.