Words Still Matter, August 2016 Edition

You know the story by now, right? Yesterday Trump brought us all down to a brand spanking new very low low.

Hillary wants to abolish — essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know. But I tell you what, that will be a horrible day, if Hillary gets to put her judges in, right now we’re tied.

I’m not going to try to diagram his sentences here to tease out true or alternate meanings. He often uses violent rhetoric and I have no reason to believe he would be doing otherwise here. (Examples: here, here, and here. Those just off the top of my head)

This crap has to stop. Either the GOP needs to dump him, or he needs lose all 50 states in November so he and his supporters know that this behavior, these words, will never, ever win.

And while we’re at it.

All the comments about Trump’s looks are getting to me too. I am particularly disappointed by Elizabeth Warren, a politician I held in high regard. I know Trump has treated her deplorably. But she has a strong record of standing up for the little guy, so now that she has a national stage, I’d prefer she talk about substance rather than insult him back.

Warren has lost much of the moral high ground, I think, by allowing herself to be reduced to some sort of second-rate warm-up act. While nothing she said rises to the “alert the Secret Service” level, I’m quite disappointed.

Michelle Obama’s speech at the DNC was beautiful and inspiring. If you want to watch, or watch again, it’s below. She spoke words that are still rattling around in my brain.

That is what Barack and I think about every day as we try to guide and protect our girls through the challenges of this unusual life in the spotlight — how we urge them to ignore those who question their father’s citizenship or faith. How we insist that the hateful language they hear from public figures on TV does not represent the true spirit of this country. How we explain that when someone is cruel, or acts like a bully, you don’t stoop to their level -– no, our motto is, when they go low, we go high.

(emphasis mine)

This is where you and I come in. This isn’t a problem that exists outside of ourselves or exclusively with some nebulous group we call Them. It’s about how we fill our lives – what we watch, what we read, what we listen to, how we view people who disagree with us. How we engage with people, especially online. It all starts and ends with us and what we choose to accept and support.

A demagogue without a following is just another blowhard.

Go high, folks, even when going low sounds kind of fun. Especially then.

3 thoughts on “Words Still Matter, August 2016 Edition”

  1. Violence and faction are inevitable consequences of ncreasong socialism. Strange ‘moral high ground’ afforded to, and claimed by, some who speak in platitudes but act with aggression via the strong arm of the state.

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