Donald Trump’s latest braggadocios comment has left me saddened, frightened, and appalled (with 2 p’s)!
In case you missed it, he said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s, like, incredible.”
Is this true? Would he not lose any followers? Would his base cheer him on like fifth graders cheer on a bully they hope won’t turn on them?
Have we become so powerless, so afraid, so lazy, so dependent that we will embrace, follow, and elect a person who believes that his fans wouldn’t recognize the horror in shooting someone? Is he right? Would we, as a society, support a leader who talks big and uses a verbal whip to minimize those among us who he sees as ‘less than’ or ‘unworthy’ or ‘different’ or ‘powerless’? Will we claim as our leader someone who brags that his followers are blind to injustices, and are willing to set aside their moral code to follow him?
Oh, if life were just black and white. If there was a right way and a wrong way with no shades of grey. If problems would be solved with quick fixes, and simple solutions. If only a swift kick would rectify the world’s problems, life would be wonderful. But, it ain’t so. A person’s proclamations that all will be fixed by his own force gives false hope to a society desperate for truth, astute leadership, thoughtful decisions, and belief in our system of government.
Strength does not come from unthinking followers who allow a leader to shoot someone without questioning. Strength comes in holding someone accountable for what they say, what they do, what they believe. To question isn’t a weakness. It is the foundation of freedom.
Our strength will come in the voting booth, when we will decide, as a nation, if we will be blind followers relinquishing our moral code to the loudest voice, or if we will be questioning individuals who seek to elevate and sustain the principles that built this nation.
Thoughtfulness versus quick fixes.
Shades of grey vs. black and white.
We have a choice.