When They Go Low …

Okay, folks … we need to do better.  Midterm elections are in just under four months, we have some inherent advantages going into the elections, but we also have some significant disadvantages, and we are shooting ourselves in the foot!

This morning’s Washington Post reports that members of Trump’s staff are being subjected to public humiliation, taunts, hecklers and even thinly-veiled threats.  Those who engage in such behaviours are doing two things:  they are lowering ‘us’ to ‘their’ level, and they are damaging the image of all democrats.

Mind you, I understand the urge.  Donald Trump is disgusting, as are the majority of his staff and cabinet members, not to mention a large number of the members of Congress.  Together, they have made a mockery of all we thought this nation stood for, and they are seemingly intent on destroying the U.S. Constitution within four years. The desire to confront and denigrate them is one we can all relate to.  BUT … in this case, the old saying ‘fight fire with fire’ is wrong and is going to cost the nation if this insanity continues.  Sure, it may be fun to yell at Kellyanne Conway, telling her she should ‘be ashamed’, but what does it gain, really?

First, there was the owner of the Red Hen restaurant who asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders and her family to leave.  A week ago, a teacher interrupted her lunch at a restaurant to tell Scott Pruitt — eating with an aide a few feet away — that he should resign as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.  On at least two occasions, demonstrators have assembled outside the home of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.  Two weeks ago, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen walked out of a downtown Mexican restaurant after demonstrators followed her inside to rail against the administration for separating children from migrant parents. “Shame!” the protesters shouted while Nielsen remained in her seat, her head down as she typed messages on her smartphone.

Then last month, Congresswoman Maxine Waters issued the following plea:

“If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them!”

Predictably, Trump shot back by calling her a low-IQ person, as he always does when he doesn’t know what else to say, and then claimed that she had called for harm to his supporters, which was not true, but when did Trump ever let a little thing like the truth get in his way?  Still, Ms. Waters was wrong and those who are taking her words literally and acting upon them are also wrong.  What is the difference, I ask you dear readers, between what Ms. Waters said and the times Trump has said similar things at his rallies?  There is no difference and two wrongs do not make a right.

We are playing right into the hands of the Trump administration and the GOP.  Newt Gingrich was buoyed by the very public protests, saying, “They should take solace in the fact that we must be winning, since these people are so crazy. They used to be passive because they thought they were the future. Now they know we’re the future, and it’s driving them nuts.”

The November mid-terms hold enough challenges for democrats as it is.  There are gerrymandered districts, designed to concentrate the minority vote into only a few districts.  There are challenges such as states trying to pass stricter and more restrictive voter ID requirements.  Polling places are being reduced and the hours cut back, especially in areas where there is a concentration of poor or minority voters.  At least one state has passed a law making it legal to remove voters from the rolls if they have not voted for the last two years.  And then there is the anticipated interference by Russia, which has been verified by officials throughout the security community, but little appears to be being done to stop it.  With all these challenges, we do not need to act like 10-year-old children and tarnish our image, for you know that the COP will pounce on any opportunity to highlight our mistakes.

We all have a voice and we should use it.  Write OpEds, write a blog, reach out to the opposition, help your local party canvass the neighborhood, and most important of all, use your voice to VOTE on November 6th.  Use your voice wisely, for if you don’t, we may all stand to lose our voices.

I have no respect or tolerance for the likes of Conway, Sanders, Miller, Nielsen or any of the other sycophants who slavishly follow Trump.  BUT … I believe that no matter how obnoxious they are, they are entitled to a personal life without being provoked and harassed because of their job. The vast majority of Trump’s more well-known staff and cabinet members do not deserve the positions they hold.  They do not deserve their hefty salaries that are paid from our tax dollars.  However they also do not deserve public harassment and their families should always, always be off-limits.  Democrat or republican should not matter … we are human beings and adults, let’s try to act like it?

21 thoughts on “When They Go Low …

  1. Dear Jill,

    You cannot alter anyone’s heart or belief system by berating them or making them feel threatened in any way. You only allow the folks that you are trying to reach to put their defenses up to where they will not only hear you, they will want to run away.

    Democrats cannot stoop to the levels of many of the republicans’ way of treating peoples as we want Democrats to present a competent, sane, decent alternative.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Quite so … all we do is make ourselves look like fools when we go after people and seek to humiliate them in public venues. Granted, it would be tempting, if I ran into Mitch McConnell in a restaurant, to give him a piece of my mind. But I hope I am a better person than that.


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      • I remember when two groups of protestors were across the street from each other yelling at each other, and it simply seemed so foolish. I would have either ignored the other group, or spoken with them personally to get along–

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        • I agree … it is a ridiculous waste of both time and energy that could be put to much better use. But … sigh … people being as they are, actual ‘peace on earth’ will likely always remain an elusive concept.

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          • Yesterday I unsubscribed from a list of an orchard which had sent out an email talking about all the meat they sold. I wrote courteously that I am vegetarian and don’t want to support farms which sell meat, but do spend money at vegan places and do buy a lot of vegetarian materials. The woman actually replied and asked me if I went to supermarkets, since they have a lot of meat, almost as if by my ever going there it was some sell-out. I replied pleasantly and honestly that I seldom do go to them, and thanks for asking, but it seemed like the person was just looking for an argument. It was as poorly thought out as asking someone who says s/he dislikes crowds or noise or violence if they ever go to city. Yes, perhaps they sometimes do, but what does that have to say to anything, except if someone expressed concern about how they coped with it?

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            • People … some people, anyway … like to judge those who are a bit different from them. Those same people like nothing better than to feel somehow superior to those who are different. And those same people enjoy nothing more than a bit of an argument where they can display their “superiority”. Brush them off as if they were naught more than a pesky gnat flying in your space. I, for one, applaud your choice, for you are likely healthier than the rest of us and are helping curtail greenhouse gases! Ignore the idiots of the world.

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              • Frankly, ‘ignoring the idiots of the world’ seems only possible for me by dissociating from ptsd, and being rather self-isolating at times. It can be a hard balance to choose only to play with nice kids if nice kids are hard to find!

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                • I definitely understand what you are saying. But the nice kids are out there. It’s a cruel world, people are often unkind, but there is at least as much good as evil in the world. And yes, I really do believe that.

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                  • I think beings are intrinsically good, and yet I also think we get confused as heck and do dumb things that ignore or obscure the goodness too often. I hope for the best and I try to add to the good as much as I can. Since my health is eh too often, I use a Tibetan buddhist prayerwheel from http://www.tibettech.com –there are 84 billion mantras in each revolution of the hand prayerwheel, and I use some of the solar ones too, although I just reordered some heavy-duty display rotating things to rotate them at home. The idea is that they send out blessings to all, so that seems the lazy person’s start to benefitting beings.

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  2. Jill, well said. Not only is this the right thing to do, it is the wise thing to do. Trump is expert at playing the victim using any prop he can find. It is classic narcissism to blame others for your faults. So, when acting out poorly against his staff feeds the Trump engine.

    What Trump fears most is informed people who ask questions. This is when he is at his weakest. Remember him skipping a debate because Meghan Kelly asked him questions he did not like at an earlier one?

    People need to pay attention to real issues and how they are not being addressed or made worse by this President – poverty, environment, debt, civil rights, freedom of the press, immigration, etc. And, they must vote. Complain all you want, but vote.

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    • Agreed. I think this could possibly be the thing that dooms us in November if we aren’t careful, for Trump will cry “FOUL” loud and clear, and his supporters will join in the hue and cry, leaving us looking like a bunch of bloomin’ fools.

      Yes, I remember the debate he skipped, and instead he held a rally that he thought would overshadow the debate. His ego is huge, but seemingly very fragile. You are so right … he does not like questions that require either knowledge he doesn’t have, or require deep thinking, for he is not capable of that.

      During the campaign of 2016, I kept pushing for people to pay more attention to issues than personae, for Hillary had an excellent platform on the issues, whereas Trump had none. But … personality (obnoxious though it is) won the day and look where we are now!

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