Friday, July 22, 2016

Social Media Politics

Today is a very scary place.  A man that has bankrupted numerous companies, and pretty much denounced every minority has been given the Republican nomination for the upcoming Presidential Election.  I am sad to say that I know lots of intelligent people that are planning to vote for him as well.  He uses the catch phrase - Make America Great Again.  And to borrow my cousin's statement from the social media site, Facebook... 

"Maybe it's just me, but I never really thought America WASN'T great. Not bad enough that we need an evil cartoon character to fix it, anyway"

I have to agree whole-heartedly, but I say very little on Facebook.  Throughout my life, I have been friends with lots of people that have varying political views than myself, and I made a point that it not interfere with our friendship.  I don't have to agree with everything a friend thinks to be friends.  I am smart enough to make my decisions, and I respect that my friends are also.  They aren't going to change my mind, and I can't change theirs.  

For some reason though, everyone thinks that if they post that ONE thing on FB, it might sway someone another direction.  I think all it really does is enforce one's views.  I rarely look at a pro-Trump statement and think "YES!  They are right!  Why didn't I think of that?"  Although, I admit I will look at questioning Clinton statements and verify their "truths".

At this very moment, I can definitively say that I can't and will never vote for Trump.  But I am still gathering intelligence on the other side, and as of yet, they haven't OFFICIALLY announced their candidate.

For those that choose to read this today, why am I definitively not voting for Trump?  Well, there are so so many reasons, I have a hard time of choosing the most important, but let's start here:

Flip-flopping.  In the day and age of digital media, it is very simple to go and read a person's statements from let's say 1990 to 2016.  And if it was in print before that, chances are that it has been digitally reproduced by now.  Google and use reputable sources, articles, interviews.  Just pick a topic.  Trump changes his tune according to his audience.  Since it is near and dear to my heart, I will start with Coal Mining

As quoted in a 1990 interview in Playboy, Trump was asked:

What satisfaction, exactly, do you get out of doing a deal?
I love the creative process. I do what I do out of pure enjoyment. Hopefully, nobody does it better. There's a beauty to making a great deal. It's my canvas. And I like painting it.

I like the challenge and tell the story of the coal miner’s son. The coal miner gets black-lung disease, his son gets it, then his son . If I had been the son of a coal miner, I would have left the damn mines. But most people don’t have the imagination–or whatever–to leave their mine. They don’t have “it."

Or maybe just maybe they don't have a silver spoon shoved up their... Well, as a great granddaughter, a granddaughter and a daughter of a coal miner, as well as a short stint as an engineer in the mines, I am here because my ancestors chose to stay in those mines and doing just fine for it. What "it" do they not have? The willingness to provide for their families, hard work ethic, toughness? Yes, I can see where a coal miner is the perfect example of a person who he is "better" than. Can't you? Or I am reading this incorrectly? He is not trying to say he is better than a coal miner because he has chosen business?

Flash forward to May 2016 after Trump won the GOP Primary in Indiana: 

… And West Virginia. And we’re going to get those miners back to work. I’ll tell you what. We’re going to get those miners back to work … 

So now, we will get those guys back out there to get black lung.  Awesome.  Can anyone else see that he is saying this simply to get the votes of these working class people, but he has no real plan?!  They aren't out of work because of the government, but more likely for a couple of other reasons.  One, they are tapped out of coal that is clean enough to mine, let alone use.  And two, there are cheaper or cleaner forms of energy available with less damage to the earth.  

Of course, I understand there is a contingency that doesn't care about the cleaner coal, but maybe they don't have an 8 year old and 5 year old that have to live with the air for much longer than the 20-30 years that Trump voters I know have left.  Oh, and the sometimes cheaper or sometimes cleaner energy available has allowed my family to be viable for the last 10 years.  Yes, renewable energy (GASP).  I love that my ancestors worked in the mines and am a proud West Virginia native, but would I want my kids or my husband to have to work in conditions that my dad or grandparents did to support us?  Not if there was a better option for everyone including the earth.  I can't be certain, but I would bet my mom isn't sad my dad is retired from underground mining.  It can be dangerous in many more ways than damage to one's lungs.  PS: None of my family succumbed to black lung.  

The second reason I won't be voting for Trump is simple - HATE.

WOW, I have not heard so much hate spewed/instigated all over the place, as during this election year.  I blame the media outlets who choose snippets of things to share without context.  But let's be real, the candidate himself is literally spitting it out himself.

Borrowing again from a response to my cousin's FB post.  Tell me when was America great... The timeframe they point out should be telling to one's values.  If someone says the 50's - do they mean we were great when homosexuality was illegal, segregation was alive and where women were only supposed to cook clean and have babies?

Think about how many people that discludes from the population of America!  I am not willing to go back to a time of hate.  When all those various factions have to fight for their right to be considered someone, let alone all those that aren't mentioned in that statement because immigrants weren't a consideration then.  Why is it that this reality TV "star" is allowed to set up divides within America?

How about this?  Let's just let America be one again.