Ken Robert and I don’t agree on a few tiny details, but he has put his finger precisely on why it is impossible to support Donald Trump.
My disdain for Donald Trump has little to do with Republican vs Democrat. It has much more to do with what I was taught growing up about being a decent human being.
Much of that was taught to me by my father, a man who wasnâ€™t perfect but always tried his best to be decent toward and honest with everyone he met. Trump is just about everything I was taught not to be, and itâ€™s become almost all but impossible to hold onto whatever respect I once held for people I know who support him.
It doesnâ€™t feel good to lose that respect. I was also taught to look for the good in people, and I still believe thereâ€™s good in almost everyone, but I find less of it when I hear people cheer for a man who embodies everything my father taught me to disdain: bullies, liars, blowhards, braggarts, and cheats. To me, championing a man who displays those behaviors on an almost daily basis demonstrates a fundamental flaw of character.
Based on what I was taught, you just donâ€™t do the following: You donâ€™t mock the disabled. You donâ€™t disparage someone for being a prisoner of war, even if you disagree with their politics. You donâ€™t take money from a proclaimed charitable foundation and use it to pay $20,000 for a painting of yourself to give to your spouse. You donâ€™t claim youâ€™ve given a million dollars to veterans that you havenâ€™t given, then, when the press discovers and reports that you havenâ€™t, try to cover your ass by giving it in the middle of the night before calling a press conference the following day to berate the media for calling you on your dishonesty. You donâ€™t insinuate things about the parents of a fallen soldier you could have discovered were false by checking just because you got your precious feelings hurt when they criticized your proposed ban on people who practice their religion which is about as direct a violation of the U.S. Constitution as someone can cook up. … You donâ€™t do so many things this man does almost every day.
If we disagree on these things, we simply donâ€™t share the same values. If I criticize these things and your response is to laugh with derogatory glee, you come across like a toothless jackass braying as you lift a leg to take a piss on human decency.
We can debate the impact of a minimum wage hike, the best approach to healthcare, the effectiveness and constitutionality of a gun regulation proposal, and a great many other things, but human decency isnâ€™t on my list of debatable topics anymore and it never should have been to begin with.
My father was a Republican, but he was not a straight ticket voter, and I canâ€™t believe he would have ever cast a ballot for this man. As the father of a handicapped child who died very young, he would have severed any ties he had to Trump the day the candidate mocked a reporterâ€™s disfiguring congenital joint disorder.
I think my father would have agreed with my basic argument against such behavior: â€œFuck that asshole and the festering pile of shit he rode in on.â€
Read the whole thing.
I agree with him on the basic equation that, if Trump’s rudeness, vulgarity, shameless lying, and bullying do not repel you, if you think they are cute, if you think they constitute a really clever strategy for defeating democrats and winning elections, there is something seriously wrong with you.