Saturday, November 12, 2016

Don't Give Trump Credit

A nice commentary on a blog here dealing with something that I'd noticed but wasn't sure how to address. It has to do with all the gloom and doom over Trump's win and predictions of catastrophe under his presidency. If nothing else, I felt they're giving the office of The President way too much power. Yep, the presidency does have a lot of power, but much of that power has been given him by the same people complaining about it now. As I pointed out yesterday, when you give the government power to give you everything you want, you also give it the power to take it all away.

That blogger takes a slightly different approach to it:

 There’s anguished cries of, ‘How will my children grow up knowing not to discriminate?’ or, ‘How can I look my daughter in the eye and tell her she has purpose?’  Really?  Really, America?  You have given Donald Trump, a mere mortal man, far more credit than he deserves, especially considering the man hasn’t even taken office yet.  Trump does not have the power to mold our families, that is our flat-out our responsibility. Your children will learn to love or hate, be respectful or disrespectful, wise or foolish, not by the character of the family in the White House, but by the family in their house.  May I submit to you that your sons and daughters will be far, far more influenced by their teachers, coaches, 4-H, FFA, Scouts or church group leaders than they will a man on TV.  

Good point. He won't have too much effect on your personal life unless you want him to, so relax, the world won't come to and end, at least not right away.


At 11:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One should listen to "You Have To Be Carefully Taught" from the musical "South Pacific". It is available on You Tube.

At 11:41 AM, Anonymous ralph said...

good Fred. Not to mention it's 90% hype election propaganda anyway. Reality TV is not real life folks. Get a grip.

At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless you are a Muslim-American, black, or Latino. His movement is already having a big effect on their lives, at least in some very will documented instances. From your position of privilege, your closing paragraph is correct. Hopefully you realize the fact that you can say that and that it is probably true for you, shows how lucky/privileged you are. Trump is obviously not the one who is personally attacking people, but his "movement" has made it OK to say things and do things that just six months ago, were pretty much off the table.

It's not just about us raising children who are moral and ethical and good. It's about enabling those who are already grown with fully formed personalities to act in ways that was not OK before, but according to the Trump movement, is just fine now.

Congrats on your privilege. I hope you appreciate it.

At 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

we will see how well off we/you are in a year...and how they can pin it on Obama and angry liberals.

besides the people of color, and you know any elders, anybody with preexisting conditions, anybody on social security or Medicare?

You and they WILL miss Obama.

At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's one of the major reasons I was rooting for Castle. He wants to strip away all the corrupt fluff both parties have been building, then get back to the proper roles in office so that no president can take advantage of the hedious power grab the parties have built. He was close! Maybe next election season he'll make it.
The role of the President is ridiculously small. Dusting off the constitution booklet, his role is explained Article 2, in 3 sections with 11 clauses. Not much to do at all. Congres, on the other hand, has sections & clauses galore, in Article 1.
The power grabbing over reach by both parties, volleying the ball to add more stolen power each round, has people convinced the President & govt have ABSOLUTE power. It couldn't be further from the truth. They are employees, not masters.

At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully enough regulations will be cut back so we can become self reliant & back to work. Once that happens, we can afford to help the Benevolent Societies again. It broke my heart to see many having to close, especially the ones in New Orleans. Hopefully we can start one in our own area as well as get the others back up & running or caught up.
The Benevolent Societies were a Godsend to all. They're called the Odd Fellows here on the coast. Great team of compassionate people, started in the 1700’s, for helping others help themselves. They sent my mom to skill college and took us kids in under their wing until she graduated. I'll never forget them. The Masons, Shriners, Sorority clubs, and so on, all have been literal life savers. I'm looking forward to seeing them great again.
The aca can kiss my grits.


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