10-6: No Offense Intended

[I consult and consider many sources in search of appropriate subject matter for this blog. Often I find material that is best left (mostly) untouched by me, e.g., today’s piece from lefty blogger SemDem.]

Should we agree to disagree, or should we keep heaping trash on each other’s head? I have many friends and relatives with whom I disagree on political matters. They continue to be my friends and will always be my relatives. Having admitted and accepted all that, I offer the re-blog below, including the writer’s title, as a counterbalance to all that I have heard and read about Clinton/liberal/democratic issues from the other side. I read this piece as an indictment on Trump, himself, and a warning of sorts to voters who have chosen to ignore his failing(s).

I concede that Mike Pence did much better debating Tim Kaine than the top of his ticket did against Hillary Clinton. But he rated Zero at defending Trump’s foibles and character flaws because he simply did not answer direct questions but, rather, changed the subject.

If you tell me you are supporting Trump, I already know seven things about you.

Tell me you are a strong Trump supporter, then you are telling me (SemDem):

1.  You want to be ruled, not governed.

The single trait that predicts the Trump supporter has nothing to do with race, income, or education. A researcher at the University of Massachusetts found that the top predictor of whether a voter supports Trump is his or her proclivity towards authoritarianism.

Authoritarians obey. They rally to and follow strong leaders [This is a canard when applied to Trump. –pd]. And they respond aggressively to outsiders, especially when they feel threatened. From pledging to “make America great again” by building a wall on the border to promising to close mosques and ban Muslims from visiting the United States, Trump is playing directly to authoritarian inclinations [None of this makes him “strong.” –pd].

So spare me your lectures about market freedoms or any constitutional rights you claim to hold dear. You want a dictator …

2.  You have no class.

Seriously. You don’t. I’m sorry. I tried to revisit this one several times but I don’t know how to sugar-coat it.

It is NOT OKAY that Trump mocked a disabled person. If Hillary did that, it would be a deal-breaker for me. I’d go third-party, or write in my own name. I have standards. You apparently don’t….

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And please. Don’t tell me that you didn’t know about any of this. You know. You just don’t care. Hence, my statement that you don’t have class.

3. You are definitely not someone to do business with.

Yes, all politicians lie, but Trump is obscene with his falsehoods….

I only have one word to characterize Trump on this issue: taxes.

4.  You are either a racist, or at best, have no problem with racism.

I truly do not want to believe this one.

Trump threw out all the dog whistles and fully embraced the alt-right movement. He led the campaign to de-legitimize Obama’s presidency. He constantly complains that black Americans are violent and stated that Mexican immigrants bring “crime” and are “rapists.” He demanded that any judge who tries him be white! …

5.  You have an issue with women.

I don’t (want to) believe this one either.

Trump has brought a level of vulgarity that we have never before seen in national politics. From his attack on Megyn Kelly, to insulting Rosie O’Donnell … to his suggestion that Hillary and Carly Fiorina are too ugly to be president. Anyone who supports a man who doesn’t think twice about calling women “pigs” or “dogs” is not someone I want to deal with.

Thankfully, I have never heard a friend or relative talk this way.

6.  You aren’t really Christian.

I shall judge not. And I have plenty of non-Christian friends. I believe SemDem is attacking Trump’s hypocrisy.

Sure, tell me you are. But if you read Scripture, it’s pretty clear on this…. Trump, a man who refuses the fundamental tenet of asking God’s forgiveness, is the antithesis for everything Christianity is….

7.  You don’t believe in the Constitution.

For eight years I have listened to your rabid rantings on how Obama doesn’t follow the Constitution. Yet you support a man who said the US government should shut down mosques, curb our First Amendment rights, and forego due process on people he doesn’t like.  These protections are enshrined in our Bill of Rights, and you want to give them up. Trump also said he wants to end birthright citizenship, which is also in the Constitution….

That’s the thing that really bothers me, though. I respect people who hold convictions, even if they are different than mine, but Trump supporters … are authoritarian-prone sheep who will justify anything Trump says or does.

I guess I have to refer to SemDem’s piece as a vicious attack on Trump supporters. But I offer it, rather, as a scathing rebuke to Trump’s actions and meanness–the pundits now call this “temperament.”

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