Are you scared? The GOP Candidate is terrifying to me. He sounds like Hitler before he became the killer. He spews hate speech. He acts like a child who misbehaves to get attention. He recently said he would hit someone so hard their head would spin. Bullying language! He claims he wants to make “America great again”, but what he really means is he want to take us back to a time when only certain portions of the population had a say, reaped the benefits, and held all others down in the process. He wants it to be a man’s world, a white world, a straight world, a wealthy man’s world, a world where only a few prosper on the backs of others and those “others” have no say. It was horribly wrong back then, even though they got away with it, but it is sinfully wrong today where women, people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds, and people of many religious convictions are finally getting recognized as what they are – citizens of the United States of America. It is time to accept that we are all Americans and we all have rights according to our constitution (with amendments that spell it out). He will bully other nations too. We don’t want or need that in a president.
Scarier still – the number of people who are rallying around this bully. We knew there was systemic racism, though we hoped that it was changing for the better. Donald has revealed a deeply racist part of our society that has always been there but seemed to be decreasing. He has revealed sexism, gender bias, homophobia, and transphobia. He espouses xenophobia. He is a fear monger of highest degree. He tells these people to be afraid, that all these factions are out to get them. He goes to the core of their fears that they personally will not be able to thrive if any of THEM are allowed to thrive.
What is sad is that, contrary to that way of thinking, when we join together we can all thrive because we build each other up. Those at the top like the Billionaire GOP candidate benefit greatly from the rest of us fighting each other because if we are keeping each other down, the wealth flows to them. This is what Jesus fought for. Recognition of the human being for everyone. Respect, care for basic needs, a voice, support for a decent life, where everyone could live healthy and productive lives. Do they really want a dictator? I think they believe they will prosper with someone like this because they are like him but maybe that’s what Hitler’s followers believed.
This is so important for our country where we could be even greater if we cared for all our citizens. If we stop blaming each other and trying to ban entire groups, we can come together to find those who mean to do us harm. If we are fighting each other we play right into the hands of the real enemy. Hatred spawns hatred. Together we can fight terrorists, apart we are going to be victims of the same. Hatred will lead to more terrorist activity. Love and care for one another make us stronger against all this negativity and able to help in the fight against terror.
I pray that we realize this. What I heard at the RNC made me nervous and scared to my core. What I heard at the DNC gave me hope. It was good to hear that there are people who understand the real problems in the USA and are willing to move us in a direction that will help improve our lives. Yes, OUR lives not just the few at the top but all of us. I pray that those who are afraid of losing what they have if someone else gets what they need, will stop and think about it. The biggest danger to middle class is the greedy 1%. Believe me, they have no intention of sharing that with anyone. Our greatest hope lies in our willingness to join together to build a stronger middle class, and make a way for poorest to enter into that. Hold the richest among us to paying their fair share and participating in making the whole country better for everyone. After all who needs a fourth jet or another villa when anyone in the country is hungry? Seriously. There is enough wealth in this country so that we don’t have to see anyone hungry or homeless, sick without care or suffering for lack of basic comforts. When the Kochs (for example) can flitter away millions to buy elections, they can afford to pay more taxes to alleviate the struggle for hard working people who just can’t make ends meet. That’s just human decency.