I didn’t vote for Hilary. Never really liked her much. I respect her political acumen, but she stinks of old school politics-as-usual. That’s her Achilles heel, isn’t it? I didn’t trust the way she was handed the nomination that Bernie Sanders won fair and square. Just one more reason not to trust her and the political machine we just sent this wrecking ball through. The email “scandal” was a bullshit issue designed to target her, especially in light of the millions of emails “lost” during the Bush era. But I didn’t like too many things about the way Hilary did business, and not once in 12 years of exposure did she ever move me to feel anything but distaste. I like my leaders to inspire me, to move me in some way. You have to hand it to trump: he moves people. I didn’t get that from Hilary. She’s a perfectly fine politician, and can get the job done without hurting anybody, but be clear: I didn’t vote for her.
I voted for principles, ethics and decency.
I voted for all our sons and daughters who hunger for a model of mature masculinity to look up to.
I voted for all the men like me to strive, reach and expende the effort daily to embody the highest version of “manhood” in our lives.
I voted for all the parents lamenting “how am I going to explain to my children that bullying, mysogeny and divisiveness is not the way to success?”
I voted for the immigrant, from whence I came.
I voted for religious freedom, tolerance and specifically, the Muslim citizen who now lives in fear.
I voted for women’s rights and all the women now wondering if this country is a safe place for them.
I voted for my next-door neighbors, an inter-racial couple, now residing in fear that their future children will not be coming into a safe world.
I voted for Mexicans, “the blacks”, and all people of color which inspired the “white backlash” this election.
I voted for LGBTQ people now wondering if they’ll lose their rights.
And I voted for POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, which despite its shadow side, at least preserves a container of restraint against wanton cultural insensitivity. Does anybody think we’re now “better off” now that this principle has been trashed?
Notice the people who rail against political-correctness. Fundamentally, they are just lazy. Invariably, they are the ones who can’t contain the itch to make some abrasive remark about someone they just don’t understand. Face it: sometimes it’s a pain in the ass to struggle to find the PC way to say something, and occasionally one unwittingly steps in a pile of multicultural poo. You’ve got to be willing to struggle. To the person committed to being more inclusive and culturally sensitive, the response is “aw shit! I have to learn this.” It’s an act of love for those we regard as our neighbors. It’s not an excuse to rail against the evils of political correctness.
The term, “political correct” is a foul smelling fish rotting in a garbage dump. If being culturally sensitive, or concerned about offending someone’s cultural sensitivities is motivated by “politics” for you, then you Just. Don’t. Get. It. What Trump did was give the lazy person an excuse not to try. Plain and simple. He single handedly pulled the lid off that Pandora’s Box and not only made it okay to malign others (including the handicapped, which was his crowning moment in the whole fiasco), but to ridicule those who actively seek a better way of being in the world.
The Political-Correct concept emerged from within a growing global community, as our world shrinks and we become increasingly interconnected. Somehow we knew there would need to be a greater level of mindfulness in how we interact with each other if there is to be any decency. All it means is, “I know there is much I don’t understand about you, and I want to be better informed. I am willing to be educated. I am willing to challenge myself in order to create a safe zone between us so that you feel valued. Because even though I don’t know you, its important to me that you feel valued.”
The war on political-correctness that Trump champions is an excuse to be lazy, selfish, and insensitive. It’s a deliberate intention not to be a good neighbor, or more importantly, not to be a better human being. If you voted trump, this is YOU. What kind of people fight to shrink that low? Fighting to be better, to reach higher, to demand more of myself is hard enough. It takes intention. I have that intention and now I accept the challenge. Do you?
Fifty percent of the country voted for this right to be lazy, insensitive and selfish. This election was about anything but politics. It was about human values, ethics and the right to remain small. It was a grandstand to shrink as a people, and claim the right to be petty, uncaring, entitled and uninformed. Listen, it takes effort to reach down and lift up a mind heavy with fear, intolerance and divisions. If you have what it takes to go to the gym and lift up some heavy weights, you have what it takes to lift your mind.
Its time. Get busy lifting.
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