When I came across this posting on Facebook recently it struck me as the biggest harm done by the current political environment. I might also add conspiracy theorists to the list. Putting evil words in your opponents mouth does not make it a reality.
Of course Mr. Trump and his poisoning rhetoric is the source for most of these things. But Mr. Trump could not have spread his contempt for our country and almost everyone except old white uneducated males, and of course himself, if it has not been for the GOP voters who rushed him to the presidential nomination. That is the main point for this post.
Mr. Trump by his hateful rants has given an emancipation proclamation for white supremacists, racists and bigots. He is telling them that it is alright to openly hate others different from you. He clothes this proclamation in “throwing off being politically correct”. As most things coming from Mr. Trump’s mouth that is flat out wrong.
But in the end it is not about the GOP party but instead about the GOP electorate, that is those who voted to put this guy in office. That is why the fascists, racists and bigots have been able to take control of the GOP. If the party is to survive this political season they have to broaden their base and ideology. They cannot continue to drive blacks, hispanics, women, handicapped, and most other minorities away from their party. They can no longer keep a segment of the populace in their fold simply by their placid rhetoric. Actions are required, maybe radical action…. but this time sane radical actions.
But then again recently I saw the GOP Speaker of the House say that if Hillary is elected that she will take the country down in flames with all her evil intent. Even though I put the primary cause of this current toxic environment on a radical fringe in the GOP electorate there is still plenty of blame for the leadership.
Another thing that is poisoning our political processes is the mantra that the other party is EVIL and intent on destroying our nation. To some extent both parties have a hand in this toxic stew. We as a nation have to accept as we have in the past, particularly before 1980, that the other party loves our country as much as they do. They just have a different approach to doing what they think is necessary to preserve and even enhance our greatness. We need to recognize that this is not a good guy/bad guy scenario. Like it or not we are all in this together…
Our primary view should be what is good for the nation, not what is good for the party. Parties mean nothing in the overall scheme of things…