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A beautifully penned letter to the Editorial page of a news paper in my state.


Trump’s win

is a teaching moment



Editor, Times-Dispatch:



I have decided to use the recent presidential election as a teaching moment. Although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, Donald Trump won the electoral vote and is our legitimately elected president.So, I will teach my children to respect the Constitution and the electoral process, something that Trump didn’t do when President Obama was elected.



Trump repeatedly questioned Obama’s birthplace and legitimacy. Trump claimed to have evidence that Obama was born in another country.





I will teach my children that Trump’s racism is not consistent with American values. I will teach my children to always respect our military, especially our POWs and the Gold Star Families who lost loved ones in battle, even though Trump has repeatedly disparaged the military, POWs and attacked families who exercised their freedom of speech to disagree with him.





I will teach my children that sexual assault is a heinous crime, even though Trump gloated and bragged about his sexual exploits.





I will teach my children to respect freedom of religion, as guaranteed in our Constitution, even though Trump has rejected this fundamental concept.





I will teach my children to be good stewards of our Earth and to conserve our natural resources, even though Trump has rejected scientific facts and called climate change a hoax.





I will teach my children to respect and admire those with disabilities, even though Trump publicly mocked and ridiculed a disabled reporter.





I will teach my children that money can buy a person a lot of shiny objects, but it can’t buy you class, dignity, or respect. I will teach my children that America is already great.





Finally, I will teach my children that if someone like Trump can be elected president, then they can do anything in life they want.




Tracy Jones.




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A beautifully penned letter to the Editorial page of a news paper in my state.
Trump’s win
is a teaching moment

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

I have decided to use the recent presidential election as a teaching moment. Although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, Donald Trump won the electoral vote and is our legitimately elected president.So, I will teach my children to respect the Constitution and the electoral process, something that Trump didn’t do when President Obama was elected.

Trump repeatedly questioned Obama’s birthplace and legitimacy. Trump claimed to have evidence that Obama was born in another country.

I will teach my children that Trump’s racism is not consistent with American values. I will teach my children to always respect our military, especially our POWs and the Gold Star Families who lost loved ones in battle, even though Trump has repeatedly disparaged the military, POWs and attacked families who exercised their freedom of speech to disagree with him.

I will teach my children that sexual assault is a heinous crime, even though Trump gloated and bragged about his sexual exploits.

I will teach my children to respect freedom of religion, as guaranteed in our Constitution, even though Trump has rejected this fundamental concept.

I will teach my children to be good stewards of our Earth and to conserve our natural resources, even though Trump has rejected scientific facts and called climate change a hoax.

I will teach my children to respect and admire those with disabilities, even though Trump publicly mocked and ridiculed a disabled reporter.

I will teach my children that money can buy a person a lot of shiny objects, but it can’t buy you class, dignity, or respect. I will teach my children that America is already great.

Finally, I will teach my children that if someone like Trump can be elected president, then they can do anything in life they want.

Tracy Jones.

 

 

Fine, but insufficient.

 

Children also need to be taught that the president's power is limited by law and the Constitution and that it is our duty to make sure he (or she) remains accountable to the law.

 

We the people also retain the right to petition and to protest when the direction of government runs against our will and reason.

 

The next four years will not be a time to be passive. That's a lesson to teach our children along with the rest.

 

Bill

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A beautifully penned letter to the Editorial page of a news paper in my state.
Trump’s win
is a teaching moment

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

I have decided to use the recent presidential election as a teaching moment. Although Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, Donald Trump won the electoral vote and is our legitimately elected president.So, I will teach my children to respect the Constitution and the electoral process, something that Trump didn’t do when President Obama was elected.

Trump repeatedly questioned Obama’s birthplace and legitimacy. Trump claimed to have evidence that Obama was born in another country.

I will teach my children that Trump’s racism is not consistent with American values. I will teach my children to always respect our military, especially our POWs and the Gold Star Families who lost loved ones in battle, even though Trump has repeatedly disparaged the military, POWs and attacked families who exercised their freedom of speech to disagree with him.

I will teach my children that sexual assault is a heinous crime, even though Trump gloated and bragged about his sexual exploits.

I will teach my children to respect freedom of religion, as guaranteed in our Constitution, even though Trump has rejected this fundamental concept.

I will teach my children to be good stewards of our Earth and to conserve our natural resources, even though Trump has rejected scientific facts and called climate change a hoax.

I will teach my children to respect and admire those with disabilities, even though Trump publicly mocked and ridiculed a disabled reporter.

I will teach my children that money can buy a person a lot of shiny objects, but it can’t buy you class, dignity, or respect. I will teach my children that America is already great.

Finally, I will teach my children that if someone like Trump can be elected president, then they can do anything in life they want.

Tracy Jones.

 

 

I'm glad you posted this because teaching children these things in response to adversity builds character and can make our nation better.

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Fine, but insufficient.

 

Children also need to be taught that the president's power is limited by law and the Constitution and that it is our duty to make sure he (or she) remains accountable to the law.

 

We the people also retain the right to petition and to protest when the direction of government runs against our will and reason.

 

The next four years will not be a time to be passive. That's a lesson to teach our children along with the rest.

 

Bill

 

Exactly. Deserves to be shown again.

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Exactly. Deserves to be shown again.

I agree with Bill and with the original post. Why did Trump win the Republican nomination is the biggest question. What is to be learned here for the adults who voted for the jerk who now holds the most powerful office in all the world? Don't say only time will tell because while time will tell us a lot, we will still have a huge divide in this country.

 

I believe a lot of folks distrust their government and Trump tapped into this. He tapped into only one side of the divide that includes haters which is obvious, but it was enough to win the presidency. And in truth, a whole lot of folks who voted for Trump were not haters, and did not like a lot of the stupid hateful things he said during the campaign, yet they still voted for him. How come??? That's what we need to figure out!

 

Peace!

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I agree with Bill and with the original post. Why did Trump win the Republican nomination is the biggest question. What is to be learned here for the adults who voted for the jerk who now holds the most powerful office in all the world? Don't say only time will tell because while time will tell us a lot, we will still have a huge divide in this country.

 

I believe a lot of folks distrust their government and Trump tapped into this. He tapped into only one side of the divide that includes haters which is obvious, but it was enough to win the presidency. And in truth, a whole lot of folks who voted for Trump were not haters, and did not like a lot of the stupid hateful things he said during the campaign, yet they still voted for him. How come??? That's what we need to figure out!

 

Peace!

 

Here's my take. The two parties are merging together, giving voters increasingly less choice. There is despair that things are inexorably getting worse and neither party is doing anything about it. So this time around, the electorate went for something completely different; A hail Mary pass, if you will.

 

Ever since Bill Clinton's presidency and the rise of elitist Neoliberals, the Democratic Party has been looking more like the Republicans. Clinton, possibly in an effort to outflank Republicans passed NAFTA and WTO initiatives; Ended welfare as we know it; And repealed Glass-Steagall. During the Clinton presidency, the Democratic Party got a lot more pro-corporate and a lot less in favor of the ordinary person.

 

Barack Obama continued the rightward drift. In the Obama administration there was no serious effort to regulate the Wall Street fat cats or push back against the Nation's concentrated wealth and power structures. During the Great Recession, guided by a team from Goldman-Sachs and Citibank Obama rushed to reward the very people in the giant banking industry, which had caused the catastrophe of the great financial collapse in the first place, instead of compensating it's victims, the vast majority of working people. And then there was the Affordable Care Act, which rewarded the insurance companies almost more than it helped the sick and injured.

 

Meanwhile, a significant number of Neoliberal elitists were passing progressive social legislation while enriching themselves by taking legal bribes in return for tailored legislation designed to add to the already vast fortunes of the super rich while the wealth gap grew.

 

Those are some of the biggest the reasons, IMO, that Trump managed to get more electoral votes than HRC, this year. Trump represented that hail Mary pass which could hopefully result in a touchdown .... Or a turnover.

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I don't think the two parties are similar in any fashion. There is a clear and unambiguous line between Democrats and Republicans on a myriad of critical issues.

 

Unfortunately, we have too many on "the so-called left" who seem more interested in tearing down liberal Democrats in their misguided belief that if things get so massively screwed up that the country will embrace a socialist revolution. So these folks damage those who'd go well by the nation in favor of helping those like Trump who are going to expand human misery.

 

This is the same cynical decision the communists in Germany adopted towards Hitler and the Nazi party.

 

As Georges Santayana famously said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." Although I'm not so sure it's amnesia so much as a nature of the Left to cause division and defeat at every opportunity. Like the scorpion that brings both the helpful frog and itself death. That's its nature.

 

Bill

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Here's my take. The two parties are merging together, giving voters increasingly less choice. There is despair that things are inexorably getting worse and neither party is doing anything about it. So this time around, the electorate went for something completely different; A hail Mary pass, if you will.

 

Ever since Bill Clinton's presidency and the rise of elitist Neoliberals, the Democratic Party has been looking more like the Republicans. Clinton, possibly in an effort to outflank Republicans passed NAFTA and WTO initiatives; Ended welfare as we know it; And repealed Glass-Steagall. During the Clinton presidency, the Democratic Party got a lot more pro-corporate and a lot less in favor of the ordinary person.

 

Barack Obama continued the rightward drift. In the Obama administration there was no serious effort to regulate the Wall Street fat cats or push back against the Nation's concentrated wealth and power structures. During the Great Recession, guided by a team from Goldman-Sachs and Citibank Obama rushed to reward the very people in the giant banking industry, which had caused the catastrophe of the great financial collapse in the first place, instead of compensating it's victims, the vast majority of working people. And then there was the Affordable Care Act, which rewarded the insurance companies almost more than it helped the sick and injured.

 

Meanwhile, a significant number of Neoliberal elitists were passing progressive social legislation while enriching themselves by taking legal bribes in return for tailored legislation designed to add to the already vast fortunes of the super rich while the wealth gap grew.

 

Those are some of the biggest the reasons, IMO, that Trump managed to get more electoral votes than HRC, this year. Trump represented that hail Mary pass which could hopefully result in a touchdown .... Or a turnover.

Well said Bludog, and I agree completely...

 

How do you make a Democratic Party that is a National Party, that works for all the demographics? Folks have differing views on elitists, or the idea of what that word means. Herds of folks distrust the elitist, no matter how smart or how their policy might actually help them in their own life. Some liberal intellectuals actually are not rich by any means, do people understand this, the answer for most is probably no.

Hillary turned to the left, while new young voters were tuned into Sanders and it just wasn't good enough. In addition, Trump appealed to those fed up with generic politicians who have felt that they have been left out in the cold too many times. And we hear this all the time, I voted for Obama or I voted for the Democrats all my life but it doesn't get me nothing so I'm willing to take a chance. Meanwhile for years people have been voting against their own best interest in every blue state house.

 

Both political parties are at fault, and both have moved to the right. Much of this is sponsored by news media sources that seem to cater to one side or the other. Not that there is any equivalency between them - but somehow that don't seem to matter. Why don't that seem to matter is the question? Right now we sit at a juncture in our Democracy - I believe this calls for massive outreach. I do not flippantly feel we can change all hearts and minds, however I do firmly believe if we conduct such an outreach overtime it will swing things towards the 99 percent in such a way as to make a huge productive change.

 

Healthcare, education, the environment, a true security net for all, and yes, true leadership regarding the U.S. place in the world. These are issues most people should be able to agree they want.

 

Peace!

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Very cute letter,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

when I do.

this sounds racist man, and I say that kindly.

 

Let's just say you are less than understanding about the world and the truth about it as it stands. Wright served in Vietnam and also preaches to folks with no hope in Chicago where kids get shot almost on a daily basis.

A lot of things he said that were put on a looped video tape are actually true btw even if you don't appreciate the tone he used.

 

Peace!

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Marxsux - Your posts in the Liberal's Only Room have been hidden. The LO Rm, as anyone can plainly tell by the name, is for Liberals only. You have been locked out.

 

You are welcome to use the rest of the site including No holds barred where you will find plenty of combative Liberals, just spoiling to fight you. Good luck in your ignoble quest.

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