Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Truth or ?

Daughter Number Three has posted an interesting chart on her blog about who among the current presidential candidates are the most truthful in what they're saying on the campaign trail.  You can find that chart and her commentary here.

I find it very scary that the Republicans who are doing the best in the polls are the ones who score the worst on truthfulness.  This, however, is right in line with what Doug Muder has written about at The Weekly Sift recently concerning fascism, "The Political F-word."  The potential for a dictatorship in America is something that I've been thinking about since Ronald Reagan took office as President in 1981.  Back then, I was noticing only hints here and there for the potential.  Now it is a possibility, especially with someone like Donald Trump who spends more time talking about how great he is rather than issues, facts, solving problems, and getting along with the leaders of other countries (take note: there's a movement in Great Britain to not allow Trump to enter that country. Great Britain is an important ally).  He appeals to emotion rather than rational thinking.  And he sees nothing wrong with that.

His supporters apparently like that Trump "tells it like it is" and articulates what they feel and think.  But is he a leader in terms of statesmanship? I don't think so.  Not the way Trump has been expressing his thoughts and opinions lately. My reaction to them is this: they want America to dominate the world much like a dictatorship over all the other countries, or to pursue an imperialistic policy in order to be able to control and/or eliminate what they fear or don't understand.  In my view, they have become what they fear.





It's time to give truly serious thought about what kind of person we need to elect in 2016 to occupy the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C.  Do we want someone who would rather "bomb the sh-t out of them" rather than seek diplomatic means to resolve conflicts? We need to be able to live on the same planet with everyone else.

I can't stop thinking about how Trump and his supporters that are comfortable with violent responses look like the powerless-feeling bully who is trying so hard to feel powerful by bullying others.  If that's true, that would mean Trump and his supporters speak from a position of weakness and fear rather than strength.


Personally, I would rather see someone who has the integrity, maturity, intelligence and self-control, as well as the knowledge and experience regarding leadership, other countries, and the geopolitical issues of the day, to lead America.  We do not need rigid thinking but creative thinking based in being open to ideas, knowledge and understanding.  We do not need to perpetuate the violence, whether in speech or with guns, that the terrorists use to terrorize us.  Trump and his followers demonstrate that the terrorists have succeeded. 

Take the time to think seriously about this, people.  Set your fear and emotions aside, please, if you can, and think about the qualifications necessary for political and state leadership.   


1 comment:

Daughter Number Three said...

Love this: Trump's supporters "want America to dominate the world much like a dictatorship over all the other countries, or to pursue an imperialistic policy in order to be able to control and/or eliminate what they fear or don't understand. In my view, they have become what they fear."

Did you see this Daily Show clip, where one of the correspondents asks eight Trump supporters why? http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2015/12/the-daily-show-jordan-klepper-donald-trump-supporters-focus-group-video