Saturday, October 8, 2016

Donald Trump, I Challenge You to a Duel

Trump's "hot mic" comments from 2005 have rightly caused many to respond with disgust at his ongoing harmful treatment and views and comments towards women. 

But what about us men? 

I am deeply and personally offended by his truly loathsome comments. Men need to stand up and denounce him for what he is: a tired old loudmouth of a bully. A poor excuse for a man and a wretched role model for our young men and boys. 

A true man respects the inherent dignity of women and men alike. A true man will not allow behavior and actions and verbal insults to continue without standing against them. There was a time when if a man heard another man speak ill of a woman he was honor-bound to challenge him! Confront him and deny the cad his manhood. 

Our society desparately needs positive older adult male role models for our young men. Men of courage, conviction, wisdom, and strength. Men of resolve who draw on an inner strength generated from self-reflection and honesty not from belittling, threatening, and the drawing of energy from their sexual conquests. 

Donald Trump represents the antithesis of the strong male role model we desperately need. There are many suffering economically who need a strong leader; they are drawn to Trump's message and comforted because they have lost much and are afraid. But make no mistake, Trump is a parasite who draws his energy by exploiting that fear and draining the energy from those around him. 

I read a stunning quote in a WashPo article today

One of Trump’s most prominent social-conservative supporters, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, told BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray: “My personal support for Donald Trump has never been based upon shared values.

Tony Perkins, you need to step aside, pack up your bags, and crawl into the dark hole where you belong. It's that dark hole reserved for weak men like you who abandon your morals and dignity in exchange for righteousness. If you can so easily set aside your values to support this wretched excuse for a man, then shame on you, sir. Shame on you and everyone else so willing to set aside their core values to support a "man" so miserable as Donald Trump. 

And shame on you Donald Trump. Shame on you for the pain and suffering you have brought upon the women around you. Shame on you for exploiting them for personal gain both sexually and financially. Shame on you for ignoring your responsibilities as a man, as a person of power, and squandering the opportunity to be a positive role model to younger men. Donald Trump, you are no man. You disgust me. You make me nauseous. 

Donald Trump, you go to hell.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Spock, son of Sarek, for President

The classic distinctions between liberal and conservative, as implemented by our circa 2016 Democrats and Republicans, has become ambiguous. Our Democratic nominee generally favors free trade and international engagement and the our Republican nominee the opposite, to cite just two policy areas. So what is the difference now between our Nation's two major parties? The article accompanying the endorsement of the Arizona Republic suggests a distinction of emotional v. rational. For the first time in its 125 year history, the newspaper is endorsing the Democratic nominee.

From the Republic:
The challenges the United States faces domestically and internationally demand a steady hand, a cool head and the ability to think carefully before acting.

Hillary Clinton understands this. Donald Trump does not.

Clinton has the temperament and experience to be president. Donald Trump does not.

Cool headed, stay-the-course conservatives, and knee-jerk reactionary liberals seem to be swapping slogans with conservatives wanting to burn the place down and liberals proposing to stay the course.

As much as Dems like to cite facts and figures to convince the populace of a certain policy, emerging neuro-science research shows that most of our decision making is emotionally motivated.

So, who would you rather have at the console? Spock or Kirk?