Why Trump cannot be dismissed as ‘just words’

file-dec-03-11-10-17One of the consistent defenses of Trump is that ‘he’s just words’.

Bullshit.

Words have consequences.

Words inspire action.

Words inspire fear.

There is legitimate fear that a Trump administration will be hostile to free speech, to civil rights, to climate change.

People are legitimately fearful. This scientist is archiving data against a hostile administration.

In America, in 2016, people are legitimately fearful of an administration that has projected willful ignorance.

That has prided itself on ignorance.

That has embraced ignorance.

Let that sink in for a moment please.

Donald John Trump, you own that.

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What is a liberal?

file-dec-03-11-10-17A liberal is defined by Merriam-Webster as:

broad-minded; especiallynot bound by authoritarianism, orthodoxy, or traditional forms 

and

of, favoring, or based upon the principles of liberalism

where liberalism is defined as:

a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity

a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market, and the gold standard

a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties; specifically such a philosophy that considers government as a crucial instrument for amelioration of social inequities (as those involving race, gender, or class)

When did this become a bad thing?

It is time to fight. But, to quote Jon Stewart, we need to fight with precision and integrity, not demonization.

(edit: not all potential definitions of the word liberalism are included here, as there are a range that could be used. What is listed above are simply the ones that the dictionary referenced uses. Further, the inclusion of these definitions is not meant to imply one must meet all of these criteria to be a liberal. A dictionary will often list multiple definitions for several reasons, including but not limited to nuance or context.)

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Sophie Theallet won’t work with Melania Trump

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Opponents of this move are painting it as hypocrisy, using the left’s offense at the cake maker who refused to make a cake for a gay couple as proof.

This is a false equivalency.

The first case was one of discrimination against a protected category of people.

Outrage against discrimination is not the same as discriminating against hatred.

We need not support those who support hate speech. They are entitled to their speech as well as the repercussions of the same.

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#NotMyLeader

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This man will never be my leader.

A leader does not divide a people.

A leader unites them.

A leader does not inspire fear in their people.

A leader conquers fear in their people.

A leader does not mock their people.

A leader inspires their people.

A leader does not encourage assault of their people.

A leader protects their people from assault.

This man at best will be the minority elected representative of the executive branch of our government.

He is no leader.

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You don’t get to tell me I’m wrong to be offended

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Donald Trump has used a number of phrasings across his campaign that many, many people have found offensive.

Nasty woman.

Bad hombre.

He’s criticized the weight and looks of women, spoken of his penchant for doing what he wants, when he wants with them.

Here are 279 more.

He has crossed so many lines, we find ourselves applauding his efforts when he manages to make it 20 minutes without an insult.

The general response from his supporters can be summed up as ‘who are you to be offended at my speech?’

CNN commentator Van Jones made a comment this evening that really resonated. Paraphrased, he stated that it is the responsibility of the person making the comments, as a function of civility as a foundation to our civilization, to pause, understand and consider their words.

Freedom of speech is not freedom from the consequences of your actions, which includes offending people and the fallout therein. You don’t get to tell people what offends them is wrong.

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Gov Pence: No, Virginia, let’s not talk about Santa Claus

Gov. Pence’s response to this question speaks volumes. The question:

There was a Girl Scout troop, came to our station the other day for a tour, and afterward, there was an 11-year-old girl who told our staff, and she said this completely unsolicited. She was talking about Donald Trump’s words in campaign commercials. She said this: “When I hear those words and look in the mirror, they make me feel bad about myself.” Again, she said that totally unsolicited. What would you say to that 11-year-old girl?

His answer:

“Well, I would say to any one of my kids and any children in this country that Donald Trump and I are committed to a safer and more prosperous future for their family. The weak and feckless foreign policy that Hillary Clinton promises to continue has literally caused wider areas of the world to spin apart, the rise of terrorist threats that have inspired violence here at home, and we’ve seen an erosion of law and order in our streets. And we’ve seen opportunities and jobs evaporate and even leave Ohio and leave this country. I would say to any of our kids that if Donald Trump and I have the chance to serve in the White House, that we’re going to work every day for a stronger, safer and more prosperous America.”

He cannot answer the question, because Mr. Trump’s words are indefensible. His conduct toward others on the campaign trail is indefensible.

It has left his surrogates to make a choice: integrity or politics.

It’s clear the choice that Gov. Pence has made, with responses like this.

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