Bravo! He Does Not Speak For Me.

Dec 2006
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New Haven, CT
#1
The best op/ed I've read in a long long time. John Pavlovitz speaks for me, too!


Let the record show that I did not consent to this.

Let it show that I did not vote for this man, that he did not represent me, that I did not believe he was deserving of being here, that I grieved his ascension, that I resisted his ugliness.

Let History record my objection to him, to the ways he humiliated women and vilified Muslims and threatened protestors and disregarded people of color.

Let it record my repulsion at his tremendous cruelty, his lack of compassion, his contempt for dissension, his absence of simple decency.

Let witnesses mark down my disgust at the way he boasted of infidelity, at how he ridiculed a disabled reporter, at the way he attacked female opponents for their appearance, at the way he marginalized immigrants.

Let it be remembered that I did not look the other way when women accused him of assault, when the reality of his Russian alliances came to light, when he refused to share his tax records—though large portions of the American media and its people chose to.

Let it be remembered that I did not buy into the fear that he perpetuated of those with brown skin or hijabs or foreign birthplaces.

Let the record show that I looked on with disbelief as he spent countless early morning and middle-of-the-night hours following the election on social media, broadcasting a steady stream of petulant, insecure, incoherent messages instead of preparing to do a job he was ill-equipped for and seemingly not all that interested in.

Let the record show that I watched him assemble a Cabinet of billionaires and bigots, of people woefully unqualified to steward our children, our safety, our healthcare, our financial stability—and that I was horrified by it all.

Let it be remembered that my faith would not allow me to fall in line behind this man while so many professed religious people did; that I saw nothing resembling Jesus in him, and that to declare him Christian would have been to toss aside everything I grew up believing faith in Christ manifested in a life.

Let History record my grieving at the racism and bigotry and homophobia that characterized his campaign, marked his supporters, and is evident in his assembling Administration.

Let it be known that I was one of the more than 65 million people who voted for Hillary Clinton; who understood that though not perfect, she was an intelligent, experienced, passionate public servant with the temperament, commitment, and qualifications to lead and lead well.

Let the record show that I greatly lamented the day of his inauguration, and that I promised to join together with other good people to loudly resist and oppose every unscrupulous, dangerous, unjust and dishonest act this new Administration engages in.

History has been littered with horrible people who did terrible things with power, because too many good people remained silent. And since my fear is that we are surely entering one of those periods in our story, I wanted to make sure that I was recorded for posterity:
I do not believe this man’s actions are normal.
I do not believe he is emotionally stable.

I do not believe he cares about the full, beautiful diversity of America.
I do not believe he respects women.
I do not believe he is pro-life other than his own.
I do not believe the sick and the poor and the hurting matter to him in the slightest.

I do not believe he is a man of faith or integrity or nobility.
I do not believe his concern is for anything outside his reflection in the mirror.
I believe he is a danger to our children.

I believe he is a threat to our safety.
I believe he is careless with our people.
I believe he is reckless with his power.
I believe America is less secure, less diverse, less compassionate, and less decent under his leadership.


And if I prove to be wrong, it will be one of the most joyful errors of my life. I will own these words and if necessary, willingly and gladly admit my misjudgment because it will mean that America is a better and stronger nation, and the world a more peaceful place.
But right now I don’t see that happening.


Right now I am worried for my country, concerned for our planet, scared for the future of my children, and greatly saddened that 62 million Americans seem okay with all of this.
Let the record show that I was not okay with it.

Not at all.
 

imaginethat

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Oct 2010
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Colorado
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For the record, I agree with all of the above except the part about Hillary. I blame her pathetic managing of her campaign for Trump. I blame her.

Be that as it may, Trump has hit us with his lies for so long, we have developed somewhat of a mental and emotional callous, as a means of getting through the day's lies. What? Trump just went back on something he said yesterday? Ah yes.............

But, whenever a tally like the one above is assembled, the totality of the tragedy of Trump overwhelms the mind, and the heart.

This is when a Trump supporter comes in to remind everyone of the great economy, as if that makes everything OK. So sadly, for those supporters, it makes everything OK.
 
Dec 2013
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Beware of watermelons
#4
...and the trumpertantrums continue.

Every time i see an article like this makes voting for him again in 2020 all the sweeter. And i promise you that i am not the only one who feels this way. Yet again the leftists will be the greatest asset to the trump campaign.
 

imaginethat

Forum Staff
Oct 2010
67,335
27,225
Colorado
#5
...and the trumpertantrums continue.

Every time i see an article like this makes voting for him again in 2020 all the sweeter. And i promise you that i am not the only one who feels this way. Yet again the leftists will be the greatest asset to the trump campaign.
And the denial continues, Conway's alternative facts again confirmed, the hatred of American ideals spelled out once again.

I promise you I am not the only one who feels this way.
 
Feb 2019
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nunya
#7
...and the trumpertantrums continue.

Every time i see an article like this makes voting for him again in 2020 all the sweeter. And i promise you that i am not the only one who feels this way. Yet again the leftists will be the greatest asset to the trump campaign.
What?

He has lied to Americans. Gave hush money to porn stars. Did some shady shit with obstruction. made over 7000 lies in one year. Gets his facts from Fox and Friends (who apparently think Mexico is three countries). Has over 21 sexual assault allegations. Conducts foreign policy through tweets and you still want to vote for him?
 

imaginethat

Forum Staff
Oct 2010
67,335
27,225
Colorado
#8
What?

He has lied to Americans. Gave hush money to porn stars. Did some shady shit with obstruction. made over 7000 lies in one year. Gets his facts from Fox and Friends (who apparently think Mexico is three countries). Has over 21 sexual assault allegations. Conducts foreign policy through tweets and you still want to vote for him?
And now he sidesteps congressional oversight by his use of "acting" cabinet and director positions. We now have a

But make no mistake. We won't change Sabcat's mind. He cheers on everything Donald does, wants more unravelling, more chaos.
 
Dec 2015
16,451
15,286
Arizona
#9
What?

He has lied to Americans. Gave hush money to porn stars. Did some shady shit with obstruction. made over 7000 lies in one year. Gets his facts from Fox and Friends (who apparently think Mexico is three countries). Has over 21 sexual assault allegations. Conducts foreign policy through tweets and you still want to vote for him?

LOL. Those must be alternative facts, Grapes.
 

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