Here’s the thing, I am a good, God loving family woman. The teachings of Christ inform and mold my every value and belief. I am also an American who believes in independence as a natural law right. I believe that the rights and freedoms I have are guaranteed by our Constitution and I see no evidence of even someone as foul as Trump thinking they can take that away from any of us. Certainly no Democrats are seeking any such thing.
Because I believe we are a country of laws, I do not believe that anyone is above them. Trump has repeatedly in his life skirted the spirit and likely the letter of the law and was always able to wriggle out by settling, because he has money. That in itself is corruption and a broken system. If your business did what he has done, you would likely be in jail.
I don’t argue that there should be no consequences for crossing any nation’s border illegally, I don’t even know many people who would, but separating children from family, living in cages, and being warehoused like stock is not a solution and neither is wasting money we do not have on a vanity wall. This is just not going to solve the problem of illegal immigration.
You can believe in your ability to own whatever firearm you choose, but that is not our law and never will be. Even if every military styled rifle and high capacity magazine was removed from our nation overnight, you would still have thousands of choices of firearms at your choosing. Your life is never in danger from ANY gun control law proposed by anyone.
As a moral and competent person I too “believe in supporting our law enforcement officers, first responders, firefighters and our military” but I also have the mental capacity to see the corruption, racism, injustice and problems in all of them.
We all “believe that less government, not more, is what our founding fathers had in mind” but they also had many ideas that just did not work as America evolved and grew. Their knowledge and passion formed a great roadmap, not a prison. We have adapted and revised when we needed to and sadly not as often or as soon as our conscience should have dictated.
The record for Republicans in “shrinking” government or burdens does not exist, so don’t throw that stone! You nor anyone you know is unduly burdened by government, but thanks to our moral compass, many are helped and sustained by it. So is our air, water and soil.
There is no record to say that “less taxation leads to a better economy,” and whether you believe that or not is irrelevant. This nation boomed with the highest tax burden ever, and that is documented fact.
Republican or Democratic administration, there have always been “good people in this country starting businesses and creating jobs” and the economy is not what Trump is proclaiming either. Every economic indicator was going in the right direction when Obama left office.
“Does this sound like a healthy economy to you?
• In nine of the last 10 years, the economy has grown more slowly than professional forecasters had predicted.
• Annual G.D.P. growth has not reached 3 percent in almost 15 years.
• Median net worth for American households has declined, after adjusting for inflation, since the late 1990s. Those are all big warning signs.”
They are not signs of a booming economy!
It is entirely possible that most mainstream media is more biased toward the Democratic Party. As the saying goes, “the truth has a well-known liberal bias.” Right wing spin has been proven false, time and time and time again. But the reality is, no one has to make things up about Trump, he tweets his ignorance, rage, instability and dishonesty daily. Support that at your own peril, always.
I agree that Congress has become a place where power and influence is for sale, to the highest bidder in many cases, but certainly to the squeakiest wheels…which is why high paid lobbyists exist. If we had stuck with the Founders plan of 1 Representative for every 30K people we would not have such a problem maybe, but Congress would be an even worse joke. Either way, the corruption, special interests and intrusions are not at all only from Democrats. I still think many do feel like public servants but are not often heard or supported.
Clearly many do not understand what tolerance is all about. It is about protecting those who are not in the mainstream of our religious or cultural norms. Unless you are among the Muslim, People of Color, Jewish, LGBTQ, Immigrant, Refugee or Challenged community, you are in the mainstream and the collective “you” have written the rules of our nation since its founding and often to the detriment of those groups of also very good people. That they gain equality and representation does not mean you lose. It is not pie.
I hear many on the right claim they are “called ignorant, stupid, indecent, racist, a bigot, a complete idiot and other things because of what [they] stand for.” But in truth it is often more for who you choose to support and defend and how you say it. Claiming your pie is less because someone else gets a piece is not a good look on anyone.
FYI, the Jewish community is so supportive of the Democratic Party because as a much maligned and reviled people, they seek to liberate and alleviate that mentality not revel in it. Not all American Jews support the near apartheid in Israel.
If Trump does indeed (in your mind) come “way closer to supporting what [you] believe than anyone [you’ve] seen in other parties for quite some time” that says not a lot about your knowledge of Trump or the reality in this nation. Trump is not a “brash outsider” he is a corrupt con man who tells you what you want to hear and self-deals on every level. He is not building a party or a movement, he is tearing this nation apart. He has attacked and maligned our intelligence community that put their lives at risk for us, and the same for the FBI that we rely on. He attacks every institution not kissing his ring.
You need to stop fighting and look at some of the leading and truly spiritual leaders in this nation for guidance. Faithful America and John Pavlovitz come to mind. Did you read the editorial from the National Cathedral leaders? Do you comprehend that it is not just crazy left-wing nut jobs condemning Trump and his actions, words and policies? Moderate Republicans are leaving Congress, some speaking out, like Jeff Flake, some not, but they are not supporting Trump.
I don’t know what “belief” of yours has been “stepped on and over” though I could hazard a guess, but I know for a fact that the communities I mentioned above live that story every day.
In truth, Bush 1 and 2, as well as Nixon, Ford and Reagan kept this nation on a sane keel and did not tear up the hearts and minds of the nation to do it. Even when we opposed their policy, we did not fear for their sanity. Trump is almost always inappropriate in every environment and he has made us a laughing stock whose word no longer means anything.
If you would behave as he does, that is on you.
We are NOT “crying about hurt feelings and being offended” we are fighting to return the soul of America to the real American values of honor, decency, respect, morality, leading by example and the principles of a nation of laws and customs. Not the food fight Trump offers daily!
You cannot honestly name more than 4 or 5 people of the House of Representatives 435 members who even come close to being Socialists pushing for Socialism. That is a dishonest talking point to scare people that the right and Trump use, and it should be beneath decent people.
Maybe, if you have “shared most of this with other people whom I thought were my friends and now we don’t talk” that should have been a wake-up call.
WE are just as decent, moral, honest, patriotic and good as you believe you are!