At some point, I drew a proverbial line in the sand, whether consciously or not, I do not know. But I knew the very moment that line had been crossed. Before I elaborate, I would like to go on record as saying that at this moment, at least, I think this will be my last post about Donald Trump, his candidacy, or perhaps even the Republican Party. I have written about his many crude, disrespectful and inhumane acts and utterances, for over a year now. Sometimes I have done so with tongue-in-cheek, other times with blatant humour, and at still other times in all seriousness. But after this post, I think I shall stop writing about him. He does not deserve my time and attention, and frankly there are more important things happening in the world, even in this country, to think and write about than a mean, ugly narcissist.
The Republican National Convention in Cleveland is in its final day, thankfully, for in the past 24 hours it has taken a particularly ugly turn. I was sickened by the mass chants of “Lock Her Up”, the “her” being Hillary Clinton, whose only ‘crime’ is being a far more qualified candidate than the one chosen by the GOP. Apparently, since the Trump campaign has proven that they actually have no viable platform, their only tactic is to attack the opposition with falsehoods and vitriol. With those chants and some of the truly horrific convention speeches falsely condemning Ms. Clinton, I thought this group of obnoxious people had reached the pinnacle of filthy, disgusting and obnoxious. I was wrong.
On Tuesday, Al Baldasaro, one of Trump’s campaign advisors, said in a radio interview that “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason.” He said this not once, but twice. The first time in a radio interview on the Jeff Kuhner Show, and he re-iterated it in a subsequent interview with NBC News. A spokesperson for Donald Trump claimed that “of course Mr. Trump does not feel this way,” however Trump has not spoken out against the remark, and neither have any of his supporters, so it must be assumed that he and they are in agreement with Baldasaro. This, people, is the last straw. Trump, and by extension the Republican Party, is no longer a responsible, credible, valid candidate for the Presidency of the United States, and the GOP is nothing more than a rag-tag band of thugs and bullies in my book.
For the record, I shall say this one final time: Hillary Clinton was cleared of wrongdoing in the case of Benghazi. It was determined that nothing she could have done would have changed the outcome. She has also been cleared of intentional wrongdoing in the use of a private server for her emails during the time she served as Secretary of State. Those are the facts. Ms. Clinton will not be charged with any crimes, she will not go to jail, and she for damned sure will not be executed.
In the United States, we have the 1st Amendment which guarantees the right to free speech. It does not, however, protect threatening speech. Read it however you like, but threats made involving bodily harm are not deserving of protection under the 1st Amendment, nor any other law in the U.S. Just try telling your neighbor that you plan to shoot him and see how quickly the men in blue arrive on your doorstep! The Secret Service is currently investigating Baldasaro, as well they should. However it is unlikely he will face any punitive action, as he did not make a direct threat – he did not say he planned to execute Ms. Clinton. In most other nations, Baldasaro’s remarks would have landed him quickly in a jail cell. I firmly believe that the time has come for us to assess our interpretation of the 1st Amendment, since it appears that far too many people believe it gives them the ‘right’ to trounce upon the rights of others. The same can be said of the 2nd Amendment, but that is a discussion for another day, another time.
A majority of republicans are not fond of Trump, but will stand behind him in the interest of “party unity”. If they continue to stand behind him in light of the hate and vitriol that, while bad enough before, has only intensified in the past week, then in my book they are no different, no better than him. Donald Trump and his band of thugs have lost all credibility as politicians, have lost legitimacy as human beings. They mark the end of whatever sanity remained in the GOP.
Recently, a reader reminded me that it was “the party of Lincoln” that freed the slaves. Today’s Republican Party is no longer the party of Lincoln and they do not deserve to be thought of as such, for they have let Trump and his thugs steal their validity. In fact, I can well believe that, if given the chance, today’s Republican Party would gladly return African-Americans to slavery.
There is an expression that I remind myself of frequently: you cannot change the behavior of others, only your own response to it. Nothing I can ever say here will change the Republican nominee nor his party. But I can refuse to take the bait. No, I cannot bury my head in the sand, much as I might like to, but neither must I subject myself to the inanity that has become the Trump campaign on a daily basis.
I am more interested in what I see as a potential disaster building in Turkey, in the October re-elections that will take place in Austria, in the handling of Britain’s exit from the EU, in environmental issues, in the many racial issues we are facing daily in this nation, and in the Democratic campaign that the media have downplayed so shamelessly in their effort to keep Trump in the spotlight. I reserve my ‘woman’s prerogative’ to change my mind and ultimately write again about Trump, but for now at least, he is not worth my time, trouble, or the negative effect on my moods and well-being.