The Man With Small Hands Is Afraid, And The Lemmings Are Following …

Well, apparently Donald Trump’s fear-mongering rhetoric has been successful, at least among some.  I have to ask at this point, I wonder what happened to the brave men and women who founded this nation more than two centuries ago?  Where did the people go who, even though afraid, stepped up to the plate to fight against injustice during the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s-1960s?  It is obvious that their bravery and courage did not get passed down to future generations.

No less than four times inside an hour this morning, I saw the following meme posted by friends on Facebook:

“I stand behind you in line at the store with a smile on my face…and a gun under my shirt and you are none the wiser, yet you are safer for having me next to you. I won’t shoot you. My gun won’t pull it’s own trigger. It is securely holstered with the trigger covered. It can’t just go off. However, rest assured that if a lunatic walks into the grocery store and pulls out a rifle, I will draw my pistol and protect myself and my family and therefore protect you and your family. I may get shot before I can pull the trigger…but, I won’t die in a helpless blubbering heap on the floor begging for my life or my child’s life. No, if I die it will be in a pile of spent shell casings. I won’t be that victim. I choose not to be. As for you, I don’t ask you to carry a gun. If you are not comfortable, then please don’t. But I would like to keep my right to choose to not be a helpless victim. There is evil in the world and if evil has a gun, I want one too… “

Oh come on now … really???  I am more easily offended by this crap these days than I once was.  There was a time I could ignore it, discounting it as the work of bored people with small minds and nothing better to do. The Donald has had an effect on us all, even those who keep our brains well-oiled and active.  However, I do not give into his fear-inducing bluster, it merely makes me angry.  Angry at Trump because he is a braying ass, and angry at those who are falling into the trap that he sets for them.  Angry that people have forgotten their heritage as best defined by the words on Lady Liberty herself: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! “  Trump is of German heritage … gee what if we had banned all Germans because one might have been a Nazi?

There are more than 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide today, more than 23% of the world’s population, and Trump and his lemmings are determined that each of those 1.6 billion are potential threats.  Trump screams “I don’t want them in my country!”  Perhaps I don’t want people with orange fake hair, small hands and ugly faces in my country, either!

Trump apparently has forgotten why Muslims come to this country to begin with.  The majority have come here seeking asylum from wars, terrorism and extreme violence in the Middle East.  They come here because to stay in Syria or Iraq would ultimately mean almost certain death.  They come here to try to keep their children safe.  Trump and others may despair of the violence in the U.S., but what we have experienced is nothing compared to that which our Muslim immigrants have been through.  They come here because they trust the United States to be true to its promise to provide a safe haven.  They gladly take the most demeaning and lowest paid jobs just to pay rent and keep food on the table.  They work hard and study hard to learn English, to learn the ways of this, their new home.  And they are kind, caring, sharing and loving people.  Are there bad people among them?  Sure.  Are there bad people among those who were born U.S. citizens and are of European ancestry?  Sure.  Are there bad people among Christians?  Sure.  But we do not, we cannot, throw out the baby with the bathwater!

 

When Trump screams and rants that we will only be safe when there are no Muslims in the country, he is showing himself for the fool that he is.  Relative to so many nations, this nation is very safe.  Incidents of terrorism are few and far between, and as I mentioned in an earlier post, we are in much more danger from gun-toting citizens than we are from our Middle Eastern guests.

Even Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, showed some backbone and stood up to Trump’s hate-mongering when he said, “I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest. I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party, but as a country. And I think the smarter way to go in all respects is to have a security test, not a religious test.  Muslims are our partners “ He went on to say that the United States is at war with radical Islam, not Muslims in general.

lemmingsThe goal of terrorism is to create a culture of fear.  President Obama may have said it best when he said that  the United States must not “fall into the trap of painting all Muslims with a broad brush” and “imply that we are at war with an entire religion.” Obama said after a meeting with his National Security Council at the Treasury Department, “then we are doing the terrorists’ work for them.”  This is the truth, like it or not.  Earlier this week, in a statement that would become controversial and result in Trump denying press credentials to The Washington Post, Trump made remarks to the effect that Obama may have had a ‘connection’ to the Orlando murders.  He also called for President Obama to refer to the acts as ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’, which would only serve to further the environment of hate and fear Trump is creating.  Trump needs to go before his lemmings follow him over the edge of sanity on which he is tottering.

9 thoughts on “The Man With Small Hands Is Afraid, And The Lemmings Are Following …

  1. And judging from what I’ve seen from concealed weapons permit holders, I’d wager that they’d be just as likely (if not more) to fire off a bunch of shots that would kill an innocent person than take out a gunman. The requirements to get a permit are an absolute joke to the point that someone who hadn’t handled a weapon more than a few times could pass with flying colors.

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  2. To paint all Muslims as extremists is just as ignorant a notion to hold as it is to paint all Christians as judgmental bigots, because there are some in each group who hold extreme views and you are absolutely right that Donald is undermining his own credibility, which wasn’t very high to begin with, by making such broad strokes about an entire race. Now, to come against Islam, that’s a different story because this is a belief system, and not a race and even Muslims who aren’t radical have clearly stated that it is okay to punish homosexuals by death, to stone adulterers, etc. and they have, themselves, unequivocally defended that these positions aren’t extreme but rather, fundamental to their worldview.

    https://amp.twimg.com/v/310882d7-9ae9-484a-b2d3-fd841c681a65

    Now, on the other hand, when a preacher in California said that the streets of Orlando were safe because 50 pedophiles were killed at a gay nightclub, this enraged me about as much as the senseless killings did. Christians are supposed to hold all life sacred and they go around talking about “The sanctity of life” and the last time I checked, the biblical texts didn’t have any exclusionary clauses in that regard.

    Hillary Clinton has been known to take millions from countries who sponsor terrorists and yet, this little known piece of information isn’t exposed as malignant in the mainstream media at all.

    I give credit to Mrs. Clinton for not stooping to trumps level of bombastic rhetoric but also be weary of malignant evil, no matter how polite or well-mannered it appears to be on the surface.

    Mrs. Clinton has the freedom to accept money from whomever she wants but when she’s running for public office, isn’t it her obligation to deny funds from questionable sources that don’t have America and the protection of her in their best interest? after all, the leader of this country is going to be beholden to the very people who funded her campaign and the ones who gave the bigger checks are the ones who will naturally ask for and receive the biggest favors and rewards for that very support.

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  3. So, if I have no gun, I am a helpless victim per default? Pffff….. As for the “we are only safe if there won’t be any muslims in this country”: at the moment I think public safety in the US is more threatened by wildly screaming politicians…. too much testosterone… again!!!

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