I truly shudder at the vile atmosphere the U.S. seems to have descended into. It seems the mood is increasingly anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, among other things.
I am heartsick that anyone favors Donald Trump and his vileness. His rhetoric is nastily divisive and his proposals unAmerican and definitely unDemocratic (well, aren't we supposed to be a - Democracy, Republic, something?).
How can we just brush aside the indignities and real threats so many American Muslims are facing right now? Glenn Greenwald did an overview of some very recent incidents at The Intercept.
Then I just read a heartbreaking story on Yahoo news about the effects such hateful rhetoric is having on Muslim children. And what have THEY done?
And what else? Trump actually encouraged supporters to assault a heckler. Now, if that happened in another country, wouldn't we UNIVERSALLY AND QUITE STRONGLY condemn that? In fact, if any other presidential candidate here did that, I think their campaign would be in serious trouble if not over. Juan Thompson at The Intercept wrote about visiting a Trump rally and the the ensuing poor treatment of him and also those who came to protest.
That Trump isn't alone is scary. Just a couple of weeks ago during C-Span's Landmark Cases - Brown v. Board of Education episode, a caller started spewing the most vile racist filth. Sue cut him off, but really not soon enough. I keep asking myself, what year is this? Many disparate people of good will for centuries have tried to bring us into a society closer to our ideal of "All men (and I'll add women!) are created equal." Have we forgotten their struggles? Have we forgotten to what we're supposed to aspire? I shake my head and pray. Pray hard.
It was at least some measure of hope that many added condemnations of this dangerous person to The Guardian's Guardian Witness "assignment" of "# We Do Care" in response to Trump. I didn't see mine there, though? What's up Guardian???
Moral of the story: we must fight the bile. We must reject hate, fear-mongering and divisiveness. And we need as many persons of good will as possible to do this. Stand up NOW!!!
I don't know if anyone saw this since I so very recently posted it, but I just got on to this story via a report from one of my mailing lists. It is so excellent - although I don't favor the expletives, just be aware ... Don't Hate All Muslims...
I didn't dare watch that GOP debate; I knew I wouldn't be able to stomach it. And I was right. The canddates were competing on - who can drop the most bombs - not seeming to care about civilian casualties? Check this out.
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