Beware the idiot in a moving van…
Posted September 30, 2016on:
Good morning Widdershins.
Please indulge me as I invoke the little known, hidden caveat of “Poster Privilege.” I promise to be as non-prolix as possible.
Early in my career I traded upon my Political Science degree and my political connections to actually work in politics. I’ve run local, state, and U.S. Senate campaigns. In every campaign I had two guiding principles.
The first principle was, “Good government is good politics.” This is where the wonkiness meets the road. It never failed.
The second principle was, “Every campaign is a teaching opportunity. Treat it as such.” Humans are rational beings for the most part. Teach the issues and propose solutions. Humans will vote accordingly. It always worked.
It took me a dozen sentences, but it is this second principle upon which I want to focus. It is my humble opinion that the media, in its lazy quest to spin false equivalencies, has normalized the Trumpanzee. Normalized him just as you would an embarrassing uncle at Thanksgiving – “Yeah, he’s kinda crazy acting, but he says really funny stuff. Just watch.”
The normalization of this herpetic orange phlegm has worked to make him a “crazy uncle” type of candidate. He’s crazy acting, he says funny stuff, so let’s watch. When criticism comes, it is criticism based upon this “crazy uncle” type normalization. It is criticism based upon the clamorous Yam being a first time candidate – so he makes mistakes. He makes so many mistakes they are like cross town buses, another one will be along in 15 minutes — pay no attention.
My simple point is this: Donald Trump is not just a normal bad candidate. Donald Trump is a bad man.
Analogizing to teaching, let’s say you heard your child’s teacher was a serial liar? What if your child’s teacher had been caught stealing from a school charity? What if the teacher fat shamed other teachers? What if the teacher trafficked in racial stereotypes? What if the teacher ran with an unsavory crowd of proven law breakers?
What if the teacher taught it was smart to be shallow? What if he/she taught money gives you the right to demean those of lesser means? What if the teacher objectified girls in his/her class? What if this person could never, even when confronted with his/her lies, never apologize? What if this teacher lacked the disciple or attention span to prepare for his/her classes?
If any of us were charged with the welfare of a child and that child faced just one of these scenarios, we would move heaven and earth to protect that child.
There are 73 million children in the United States. In a political sense, they face not one of these scenarios, but all ten. If only the media felt it had an obligation to the truth, to the future, and to these children.
These children will owe a debt of enduring lifelong gratitude, as we all will, to Hillary for protecting us from this abomination. Of one thing I am sure: In any village where child rearing is a priority, the village idiot is never elected to lead.
With that I cede my personal privilege and ask, “What’s on your mind today?”
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