Saturday, December 3, 2016

New Ways of Thinking Needed in the Age of Trump

In the age of Trump, our country needs to develop new ways of thinking. Not the thinking that we can make America Great Again, back to an ugly past that was really not all that great, but thinking that cultivates love, understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion.

America’s past was white dominated and less diverse. Our past is one that was great for white people but not for people of color, not for women, not for the disabled and disenfranchised. It was not great for our children either.

The election of Donald Trump, built on judging, mocking, shaming, and hating, enabled among his followers a serious lack of compassion for the plight of others. An America that is inclusive, empathetic, and interested in justice for all, requires understanding, acceptance, and tolerance.

Trump and his supporters believe that the presidency of Barack Obama has been bad for America. They claim Obama has weakened the military without understanding that the military and modern warfare is very different from that fought in World War II, Vietnam, or the Gulf War. The Pentagon restructured, re-equipped, and reorganized the U.S. military to meet the needs of modern warfare. Congress approves military spending.

They say Obama is responsible for an influx of undocumented immigrants and Muslim refugees. That he has given black and brown people favorable treatment. Many still believe he is a Muslim, and not born in the United States.

“Make America Great Again,” means undoing Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, and Medicare, Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, returning to the same economic vulnerabilities that caused the Great Recession. It means dismantling all of President Obama's executive orders, efforts to reduce planet warming, and rollback of other government regulations. It means rip up the Iran nuclear agreement and return to the same problems surrounding Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

“Make America Great Again” really means Make America White Again. Metaphorically, it means getting rid of the black man in the White House and return to what will "Make America Great Again": a white man occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as it was prior to 2008.

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