Before it’s too Late

Time to Avoid a Political Distaster
August 1, 2016

In light of Trump’s latest personal attacks, the American Republican party has some major damage control to undertake. Their so-called candidate for the 2016 Presidential race is rapidly dragging the party down with him as he fights a dirty fight and savagely attacks the very people that have made America the great nation it is. Or maybe I should say “once was”.

In case you don’t know, here’s what recently happened. In response to Trump’s ongoing assertions that all Muslim immigrants pose a security threat to America, Khizr Khan (his wife Ghazala by his side) responded to Trump at the Democratic Convention describing how he and his family are Muslims who immigrated to America years ago, became US citizens, and lost a son who enlisted, fought in Iraq, and died heroically at the hands of a suicide bomber. Khan questioned what Trump knew of such sacrifice and whether Trump had even read the US Constitution.

Trump’s childish reaction was to vindictively attack Khan, to question his wife’s silence (implying she wasn’t allowed to speak because she’s a Muslim woman), to question whether Khan’s speech had been written by Clinton’s people, and to accuse Khan of a “vicious attack” by questioning what Trump knows of sacrifice. After all, according to Trump, he himself had experienced personal sacrifice because he had employed tens of thousands of people.

By launching such a disgusting personal and religiously-biased attack against the parents of a decorated US war hero, Trump demonstrated his lack of class and respect for those who’ve paid the ultimate price for their nation. And to equate employing thousands of people with such heartbreaking personal sacrifice is an insult to patriotism and courage.

The inexplicable thing is not so much Trump’s vile behaviour (although his lack of class apparently knows no limits), but how so many respectable Republicans are saying nothing, instead letting Trump drag them down with him into his filthy slime pit without a fight. How can they stand back and remain silent in the face of such abhorrent words from the man they say “represents them”?

It’s time for all Republicans to reclaim their party before it’s too late. John McCain (himself once a prisoner of war, and whom Trump has mocked for it) has taken the high road and spoken out against Trump’s insensitive and disrespectful words and actions. Good for him! A few other GOP faithful have likewise voiced their disapproval, some even leaving the party. But, by their telltale silence, unprincipled weasels like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have shown that they’re willing to risk their nation, and all that it stands for as a fair and just democracy, for the sake of achieving a desperately coveted win over the Democrats this fall. But at what cost? How low are they willing to sink in their pact with the Devil? How much of what their nation stands for are they willing to sacrifice?

I suspect I’ll have more to say about Donald Trump in the future because I truly believe that the USA is at a critical turning point in its history. It can either selfishly turn inward, taking a step backward, by shoring up its borders and entry points against what it fears is a foreign menace, or it can move forward and fearlessly embrace change and adapt to the multinational, multi-faith, and multicultural world of the 21st century.

Right now Donald Trump is proving himself to be a dangerously loose cannon. Maybe Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and all those other silent and deluded Republicans think they’ll be able to control Trump when the time comes. But I suspect they’re only kidding themselves. He’s too much the narcissistic renegade to be contained, a trait he proves every time he opens his mouth. God and Allah-forbid that Trump should ever get armed backing – and considering the nature of his followers, and the pattern of his temper and uncontrolled defensiveness, that’s not out of the question – because if that ever happens the USA, and the world in general, will be in for a long and grim descent into a dark and terrifying night. To paraphrase those famous words, they who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

As always, it won’t take Trump long to find some clever way to slither out of this latest controversy and to distract the nation’s attention away from it. It’s what he does, and he’s shown himself to be very good at it. But, if history is any indicator, this will just set the stage for the next outrageous claim, inflammatory remark, or brazen lie that will spew unfiltered from his lips. While the news media may be hungrily waiting for that one controversy that will spell the end of Trump’s presidential aspirations, I think they should instead be focusing on the sum total of his many breaches of political and social decorum and using it to paint a disturbingly accurate picture of the man’s character – or lack thereof. Then the voting public will have to seriously reconsider whether they want this man – and his character – to represent America for the next 4 years.

Until then, I ask the American Republican party to disavow this self-professed demagogue. Distance yourselves from him, and give him a wide berth. Perhaps, if it comes to this, even bite the bullet and be willing to forgo sending a GOP candidate (at least that one) to this year’s federal election. If you cannot find a better person (and right now just about anyone would be better), then instead focus your efforts and campaign funding on gaining seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Desperate times call for desperate measures. But, however you choose to handle it, whatever you choose to do, above all do not encourage American voters to support Donald Trump in November! Listen to your conscience, muster up your courage, and speak out openly against the man. It may be the only way you can retain the last vestiges of your integrity and spare your nation a painful lesson.

Please! Do it for all that America stands for. Do it for all that Republicans used to stand for. And do it before it’s too late!

I’m just sayin’

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