It is my belief that all the people of the United States owe a brief moment of gratitude to President Donald Trump, for he spared us another administration of Hillary and Bill Clinton. When they were in the White House, they brought disgrace, confusion, deception and a certain brand of conceit that has troubled us for years.
The American people looked at the binary choice and selected the unknown.
It was a smart move.
In that moment, it seemed a prudent way to avoid many of the mistakes that were made by the Arkansas couple the first time they were bequeathed the honor of occupying the nation’s house at Pennsylvania Avenue.
Yet, President Trump was a novice.
We have all been novices. We immediately had to accept two important factors:
- Not knowing what to do, we were required to learn.
- Since we were learning, mistakes would have to be confessed and changed.
The novice we elected took a profile of already knowing instead of studying up for the job. The end result is that errors were made, and rather than correcting those mistakes, smoke screens were sent out to disguise the mishaps, and attempts were made to rally “we, the people” behind nasty causes.
That is why I tell you that the X word that should never be spoken or written again is:
It is a prejudice against people from other countries, but also other lifestyles. It is fostered because of insecurity.
For instance, there isn’t a black person in this country who isn’t a little nervous around the white folks who have caused him or her problems.
There isn’t a Native American who can’t point to mistreatment of his tribe by the immigrants who came from other lands.
Nor is there a Japanese American who is unaware that at one time, his great-grandfather or great-grandmother were put into an internment camp.
The Chinese Americans recall the history of how they were mistreated in the West during the great expansion of the nineteenth century.
And also, every white person in this country is a little sensitive about being cast into the role of the villain on all issues of race.
We are neurotic.
Somewhere deep in our soul is the desire to be kind and tenderhearted, but a fear of one another manifests as a hatred of each other. So when the drums of prejudice start beating, the accusations start flying, the bullets pierce black flesh at white hands, and the nation seems to look on those south of the border as trash, it is time for our leaders to calm us.
They should teach us to appreciate one another. Give us a chance to get used to skin colors and lifestyles, and acclimate to our neighbors. After all, we have an absolutely magnificent country in which to do it.
I say, shame on our political parties.
Shame on the Democratic Party for presenting Hillary Clinton with a side of her husband, Bill, as warmed-over hash.
And shame on the Republicans for failing to take their candidate and place him in adequate restraints for learning and growing into the job of President.
Both parties have turned us into raging xenophobes.
This will not be solved with a political solution. This will require the simplicity of neighbors chatting with each other and gradually coming to a national common sense that acknowledges that even though we are nervous—at times terrified—of the person standing next to us, America is still the best spot to be, this side of heaven.
Published by Jonathan Cring