A while back, probably a year ago as I haven’t written much this year, a reader told me that they were no longer reading my blog because I sounded angry all the time. It didn’t bother me then, but now I wonder why I sounded angry to that person while no one else seemed to make the same observation. Recently, I’ve been watching the going ons of the political turmoil that we refer to as campaigning, and I better understand one avenue where that comment may have come from.
It’s all about perspectives, and we Americans have perspectives as differing as our skin tones, hair colors, and choice of smartphones among other things. For example, Donald Trump has led GOP polls since announcing his candidacy. Even after uttering completely unconstitutional policies that he would enact, even after people at his campaign rallies yell “Light that motherf***er on fire!” to what sounds like applause in response, he is still the presumptive GOP nominee for president at this time. He says he wants to ban all Muslims from entering America, and he’s complimented for speaking the truth.
I had heard people talk bad about Trump before, and I pretty much ignored it. After all, mudslinging is as much American politics as water is wet. I had heard the comparisons of him to Hitler and fascism, and I kinda shrugged it off because I didn’t really listen to what Trump was saying. However, I actually stopped to think about what he was suggesting for a minute, and I played a bit of a mind game with myself.
Let’s take everything that Donald Trump has said and switch things up a little and credit someone else with those sayings. Instead of Trump wanting to ban all Muslims, what would America’s response be if Louis Farrakhan said that he wanted to ban all Jews? Instead of Trump disparaging Mexicans, what if it was Al Sharpton saying those things about White people? Would Farrakhan and Sharpton be lauded as telling the truth, or would they receive the “race baiter” label that’s usually applied to them whenever they open their mouths?
That’s why I think I was coming off as angry to some people while not to others. It’s not what I said more than where it’s coming from. I could be wrong, and that’s probably true. Different people respond to me in different ways just as people respond to others in varied responses. It’s no different with our political candidates. Some see Trump as telling the truth that no one else has the courage to speak while others see him as nothing more than a political embarrassment waiting to be unleashed upon the rest of the free world.
I guess I may be angry then. That’s okay because I still think that Trump is a idiot buffoon. 🙂