Yesterday the republican congressman running against democrat tammy Duckworth for this year’s election, made fun on twitter of her being a double amputee (she lost her legs fighting for her country as an attack chopper pilot)
Last week a republican in Texas said “the disabled are a financial drain on America and should not be encouraged or tolerated”
Republican candidate trump said “she bleeds out of all kinds of places” or “she’s a fat ugly pig”
A popular southern Baptist minister said when giving a sermon on the Orlando massacre” the killer didn’t go far enough we should kill all the sodomites”
I am in my mid-fifties, I was born a few years after the end of the Korean War (my father and most of my uncles fought in it) In Australia we have ANZAC day (Australian New Zealand armed corps) to celebrate and commemorate the heroes who fought and those who paid the ultimate price defending freedom.
As children we were taught to respect the elderly, honor veterans and speak kindly of those we don’t completely understand and the biblical principles of “judge not lest ye be judged” and “he who is without sin cast the first stone” a minister in my youth might have condemned homosexuality but he would have also from the pulpit told us to pray for their salvation.
Politicians ,now don’t laugh are meant to conduct themselves with dignity, never laugh at a war hero who lost her legs, never say of 51% of the population “they bleed out of all kinds of places” or “they’re fat pigs” When we vote in theory were voting for a person to make the right decisions for our safe prosperous future, a person who thinks like us who grew up like us who knows what we the people need to not only merely survive but grow and prosper under their protection.
Whether in my native Australia or my adopted United States, as a child and through my early adult hood you might not have liked or agreed with a politicians beliefs or campaign statements but you could be assured he had basic common decent core values, that even if your party didn’t get in there would never be hate speech or a call to slaughter or a statement congratulating a terrorist for the death of 49 innocents.
Many will scream I’m naïve, yes I know there’s always been the KKK and the white supremacists but I’m talking about real honest politicians not fringe lunacy and yes for people of color for many years and even still today a lot of this is not always the case. There has always been and unfortunately always will be racists and that in its self is a nation’s shame but when the people running even hate their own race is there any hope left? Is there a nation to protect?
This is the 21st century cars drive themselves ,we can bank by computer get a degree online operate a drone in one nation flying over another, we transplant every organ except the brain in the human body but we can’t teach common decency to the people that we the people vote to stand up for us?
As a disabled and a trans person (the T in LGBTQ) who is in a lesbian marriage (the L) and my wife is an immigrant, a citizen but an immigrant nonetheless the plethora of hatred and bigotry and stupidity that is this election cycle hits home to us at every turn. People we must stand for something or we’ll fall for it all, trump is not a politician, hell he’s not even a decent human being!
Don’t think just about yourself think of your kids, a famous man once said “he who forgets history is destined to repeat it” to that point the Texas board of education who for some reason print and decide the content of the entire countries school books has re written American history and removed any mention of slavery instead calling “unpaid contract labor” and even says the slaves were well cared for? It refers to the holocaust as “an unproved theory”
If we don’t get out this November and vote and vote against hate, vote against bigotry and vote for a future where our children can have an actual real education an education that sets them up for more than a job as a barista and a life of school loans we should be ashamed of noone but ourselves.
Trump- wants to remove every form of care the previous 44 presidents have fought to install to make this country great, he wants to arrest 11 million people and tear the family apart? Independent fact checkers (meaning no affiliation with either party) have proven 97% of his claims and proposals are lies or completely impossible.
Bernie- was amazing, he started a revolution, he moved millions that previously didn’t care to care with a passion. But Bernie fans,elections are a last man standing first to the ribbon wins no re do‘s system and he lost. So honor him with the same level of dignity he ran with and accept he’s done and get behind Hilary to keep trump from taking over 1600 Pennsylvania avenue
Hilary Clinton- yes she’s been there before as first lady, she was Madame secretary and she has been accused of everything short of the Kennedy assassination and Cuban missile crisis, but before you drink the Kool-Aid ask yourself the source of the so called facts you’re basing your hate or dislike for her.
Remember trump and the 97% lie rate, and Burnie wanted her gone he’s a nice guy but he wants the big white shiny house in Washington and all the ads are paid for by old white men like the Koch brothers who think women belong in bed and Jews well they don’t want them around?
Whoever you vote for in November, don’t vote because you think the candidate is good or great imagine a nation 4 years or 8 years on if what comes out of their mouth comes to fruition but first do your own fact checking and calculations and then look and ask yourself would you still want to live in the united states under that person and even more important would they still be united?
Remember last time someone stood on a soap box and spewed hate filled rhetoric in this country 20 million Americans died, brothers killed brothers,cousins killed cousins, neighbors killed neighbors there was nothing civil about the civil war.
Look to your left, look to your right and across the street and imagine the people you call neighbors, the children your children play with and go to school with, if their brown and not white what would your neighborhood be without their input? we jokingly call ourselves a melting pot but maybe you forgot for all the colors to successfully blend together someone has to light a fire under it!