Words …

I had plans for this evening’s post, and they did not involve Donald Trump.  However, you know what they say about the best-laid plans of mice and men … I am neither a mouse nor a man, but yet my plans for this post have gone awry.  Why?  Because everywhere I turn, every news story, pertains to Trump, his ‘shithole’ comment, and the reactions to it.  Still, I was giving those stories merely a passing glance, having said, I thought, everything I had to say on that topic in my two morning posts.  Until I came across a response that, even inured to the drama as I am, made my jaw drop all the way to the floor.  I will tell you about it in a moment, but first, let me set the stage …

Two children, pre-school age, are playing together, one gets angry over some minor squabble, and says, “I hate you and I’m never gonna play with you again!”  We might tell the child that wasn’t very nice, might have a talk with him and ask him to apologize, but even left unchecked, the two will likely be happily playing again in an hour, right?  Because … they are children and they have yet to develop the filters that we, as adults, have.  Now, if I say those exact same words to my co-worker because she did something I didn’t like, do we overlook my outburst?  I think not.  I think it earns me a trip to Human Resources, a lecture, and at the very least a written warning.  Why?  Because we are judged, not only on our actions, but also on our speech, on what we say.  Our words, what we say, reflect our thoughts, and our thoughts define the sort of person we are.

Jim Renacci from Ohio is a member of the House of Representatives, who is seeking a senate seat in November.  Let’s hear how Mr. Renacci responded to Trump’s ignorant, racist remark about ‘shithole countries’ …

“It’s difficult, and I know it’s difficult for the president, because many times you want to say what you’re thinking, But in the end, I know a lot of times he’s saying what people are thinking. Look, I always say judge the president after four years. Let’s judge the president after what we’ve done. Let’s not judge the president on what he says.”

Renacci.pngMr. Renacci is a fool.  We should never judge people on their looks, their religion, skin colour, ethnicity, gender or gender identification, or other such criteria that have nothing to do with what kind of person he/she is.  But words and actions are a different story.  What you say and what you do define what kind of person you are.  There is an old expression I used to hear all the time as a child: “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.”  You know what?  That’s not true … words can hurt more than broken bones, and for a much longer time.  Several months ago, a friend said something very hurtful to me, and I still feel the hurt every time I remember his words.

We have two criteria by which we can legitimately judge Donald Trump:  his words and his actions.  To date, after nearly a year in office, his words and actions have been indicative of intolerance, of a vengeful nature, of vast unkindness, and of bigotry in every imaginable form.  Not only can we judge him by his words, but we must do so.

Frankly, if we wait, as Mr. Renacci suggests, until the end of Trump’s four years to judge him, it will be too late, for he will have likely destroyed this nation.  One doesn’t hire an employee and leave them unsupervised, unjudged, for four years before deciding whether he is capable of doing the job for which we hired him.  This is why most workplaces have a 90-day probationary period for newly-hired employees, and periodic performance reviews.  Now that I think about it, perhaps performance reviews for members of Congress, as well as the president, would be a good idea.

More and more in the past few days I have heard that various candidates who will be running for congressional offices in November are ‘vowing’ or ‘pledging’ to support Mr. Trump and his policies.  This, people, is not why we elect our senators and representatives.  We elect them to represent We The People, to hold the chief executive accountable for his words and actions, not to make excuses and gloss over them!

It is past time for a re-boot of our elected officials, especially the one who holds the highest office in the land.  Yes, we must judge Trump by his words and actions, and by any scale of grading, Trump has earned a failing grade.  Those who gloss over his hateful rhetoric have earned the same.

23 thoughts on “Words …

  1. Well said.
    Trump is also dragging public discourse way down into the gutter, and that cannot be good. I was surprised at how many mainstream journalists quoted the word ‘shithole’ yesterday — something they would not have done in the past. The problem with fighting with a pig is that you get muddy, and the pig is happy.

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    • Thank you! You are quite right … civil discourse, respectful debate, is rapidly becoming but a dim memory. And hard as I try … I really do try … even I get down and wallow in the muck from time to time. It’s hard not to, but I do realize it accomplishes nothing and only adds fuel to the fire. Something needs to give before we forget how to treat other people. I see only one solution, and that is to remove Trump from office, and then do some housecleaning both in the White House and in Congress. Dont hold your breath, though … too much is at stake for those in the pockets of big business.

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  2. Dear Jill,
    I am confounded and absolutely amazes as to how creatively these grown men can justify the indefensible. If I have an employee lying to me, using racist words on day one, he would be fired on day one so that I can limit any damages. I have a duty to protect my business and my employees.

    I certainly wouldn’t wait years to act while my business became destroyed.

    This is what these republicans are doing by covering for President Trump. They are not doing their duty to protect this country and its peoples by an out of control employee. We the peoples pay the taxes which pays his salary. I don’t believe that he is donating it.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I, too, am appalled and amazed. I think we have come to a point where the only important thing in the minds of our elected representatives is money. Power and money. We are quickly losing our relevance to both our government and the 1% …

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    • In this, the era of Trump, what used to be unthinkable is quickly becoming the new norm. Trump & Co. play by a different set of rules, and his lemmings make it all possible. Civil discourse is becoming a thing of the past, and integrity, while it still exists among some, is hard to find some days.


  3. Dear Congressman Renacci

    When the chief of state refers to another nation as a shithole, that is not just words. That is an action. And it is an action that is damaging to the USA.

    As for giving the president 4 years before judging — why weren’t Republicans saying that about President Obama during his first term in office?

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