Sunday, November 20, 2016

"Bullies are often thin-skinned, quick to overreact when challenged, and undone when people are no longer afraid to speak truth to their face. Great presidents are almost always the opposite in all those categories. 
Reflecting on Donald Trump's complete overreaction to a statement made at the end of a performance of Broadway's Hamilton: An American Musical, I couldn't help but think - doesn't this man have more important things to worry about? Hasn't the theater long been a stage for political art? And isn't this a man who broke so many norms as a candidate, insulted so many people - individually and as groups - that he now has the nerve to demand an apology when he never gave one himself? 
I know there are many who say that this incident shouldn't be blown out of proportion. Yes, when compared to cabinet posts or paying out $25 million in a fraud case against 'Trump University,' a Tweet maybe might not seem that important. But being president is to have every word you utter scrutinized. And these words are intimidating and unfitting of the office of the presidency. But more importantly, they show a real weakness of vanity and small-mindedness that our enemies abroad will likely look to exploit. I can also imagine that Trump's political foes at home are noticing - once again - how easily he can be rattled. 
I imagine this is not the last we will see of these kinds of incidents." 
- Dan Rather

Hillary Clinton was right - we can't trust the nuclear launch codes to a man who can be baited with a Tweet.  How thin-skinned does a man have to be to fire of a Tweet at 5:56 a.m. on a day where he should be preparing for his Presidency, staffing the Oval Office, appointing a Cabinet, and writing a $25 million check to settle the fraud charges against his so-called Trump University?  Trump the man is all surface and appearance, but beneath that shallow surface, there's no substance at all.

Also, for the record, Mike Pence is not a "good man" at all.   He's advocated "gay conversion therapy," an outdated practice that has been banned by law in five states (California, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, and Vermont) as well as Washington, D.C., passed a "Religious Freedom" act which basically legalized discrimination against the LGBTQ community, and signed legislation that would have required that aborted or miscarried fetuses be buried or cremated (the U.S. District Court suspended the law a day before it was slated to take effect).

Mike Pence's legislative record is stridently anti-woman and anti-gay, and in my opinion the cast of Hamilton let Pence off lightly by merely noting that "we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights," and asking him "to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us."

And Donald Trump is not even President yet, and he's already attacking the First Amendment rights of artists.

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