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Letter to the editor: Practice what we preach

March 5, 2017

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To the editor:

This morning I saw the sign at the Friends’ Meeting House, “Love Thy Neighbor (no exceptions).” If we truly are caring, compassionate people, this slogan must apply even to those we strongly resent. Because many of us disagree so vehemently with President Trump, he offers a valuable opportunity to practice what we preach.

Can’t we show compassion for this obviously flawed human being? If not, we risk becoming a mirror image of what we reject.

We can start by monitoring our own reactions – striving for compassion and good will especially when we feel offended by the actions of others. This begins with those closest to us, and can extend out to state and national leaders. We must not let understandable, righteous anger dominate who we are; we can create within ourselves the kind of world we want to live in.

I certainly don’t mean to suggest that we passively accept what Trump does. We must speak truth to power, over and over if necessary; but I hope we can do that without demeaning the man, his office or his followers.

The recent women’s marches were very positive celebrations of concern and acceptance. I hope that sort of energy will produce positive political action. In the long run positive values will prevail. They must prevail.

Comments

Brock Masters 7 months, 2 weeks ago

You it isn't really that hard to do. All that needs to change is to focus the ire from the man to the actions. Attack what he does if you disagree not the man.

Paul Beyer 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Sorry Brock, but I consider the man and his actions as the same thing. What he does is proof of what he is. How can you separate him from his actions?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 months, 2 weeks ago

I have attacked his actions. On Facebook, over and over I point out when he lies and his hypocrisy. I don't repost memes about his coloring or his poor taste in decorating. And yet, I am still accused of being mean and not accepting him. So if someone blatantly lies, is he not a liar? If a man who criticizes another president for playing golf, but now uses tax payer money to fly to his own golf course every weekend and has done countless other hypocritical actions, not a hypocrite? If I disagree with something Trump has done, then why am I attacked, instead of the person trying to defend Trump's action?

As to the comedies, like SNL and the late night shows, they make fun of everything. They always have. Even President Bush Jr. didn't mind. I wonder about a president who spends a lot of time criticizing tv shows, Broadway plays, commenting on business decisions of companies he does not own, but can't be bothered to carefully read all he is signing. But do I try and diagnose a mental illness? No, I criticize his actions, and wonder why his staff hasn't taken away his Twitter account.

I agree with Trump on some things, like making sure our trade agreements benefit us. Of course, I don't agree about how he seems to intend to do this, by fake macho acting or by bringing back jobs that aren't needed anymore.

I agree that our country needs to start manufacturing things again, But I don't think he really cares. When he started selling a line of clothes, he could have used the few clothing factories left in the US. Or, if he didn't like what their quality, he has enough money. He could have built a factory and created a bunch of jobs. But he didn't. So if he didn't care about US jobs then, why does he care now?

And yet, anytime I disagree or point out flaws in his plans, I am called a snowflake (how is this an insult) and unpatriotic. Because I went to the Women's March, I am told I am a radical and should accept Trump as president. And I am told this by the same people who made racist jokes about Obama. Who spread lies about where he was born. By some people who would hang out on overpasses, freaking out drivers, openly carrying the guns they thought Obama was coming to get. At least my criticisms of Trump are based in fact, not conspiracy theories I read on the internet.

Bob Summers 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Dorthy Hoyt-Reed,

Thanks for elucidating the Liberal mindset.

"macho"

This is what frightens the Liberal to safe places. This is what whips the Liberal into an emotional frenzy. The seemingly "macho" behavior of others are afraid of.

This is why Pitts is needed in the local paper. He brings emotional confirmation to their feelings of hate and fear.

This is why Obama was the best President to lead and comfort the congenital Liberal from the precipice of effusive verbal savagery.

This is why Obama and Jarret are spying on Trump from his crib in DC.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Macho adjective 1. having or characterized by qualities considered manly, especially when manifested in an assertive, self-conscious, or dominating way. 2. having a strong or exaggerated sense of power or the right to dominate.

How is macho a good thing?

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