OVER THE LINE

12 Aug

#ManyPeopleAreSaying Trump went a little too far

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Donny Trump’s most recent incendiary comments at a Trump fest in North Carolina have drawn some ire from esteemed columnist, thinker, reporter, writer and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Thomas L Friedman. The New York Times ® columnist and best selling author is more than unhappy with Trump’s vague and “menacing” implications. From what I read and hear, Friedman is not alone.

It appears that the Donald, with blood coming out of his ears, coming from everywhere–I don’t know–gave a nod to anyone with a gun and an attitude to get creative and “stop” Hillary Clinton.

NYT Best Seller List Books by Thomas L Friedman

NYT Best Seller List Books by Thomas L Friedman

Mr. Friedman was more than kind with his description but I’m telling you what I heard and saw, including tone and body language.

“Hillary wants to… essentially abolish, the Second Amendment,” Trump said. “By the way, and if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.

The ignorance that seeps from those words, is just as unsettling to me than the thinly veiled directive that Trump signals. Does he have any idea of the many steps involved in abolishing an amendment. And yes, POTUS selects Supreme Court judge nominees but they must be confirmed by the Senate.  The powers of the president are more limited than most Americans know. Am I wrong? I don’t know. You tell me.

Why bother to make a strong statement that invites the confused and unstable to consider knocking off a presidential candidate, followed by “…maybe there is [a way]” but “…I don’t know.” Are those hollow, over-exposed phrases of doubt intended to cover his buttocks, as if to say “It’s just something I am noodling on in my big brain that one of you zombies with a gun might consider carrying out to protect [my] rights.”

MY UPDATE:  This controversial comment about the Second Amendment was followed by  an equally scathing remark that President Obama and Hillary Clinton were the FOUNDERS of ISIS. Need I suggest that this guy is desperately looking for a way out of his candidacy?

“Oh for God’s sake,” one of my GOP acquaintances squealed at me, “that is not what he meant at all.”

I asked with a forced calm, “What do you think he meant?”

Many people are saying that I say I don't know a lot. I don't know. You tell me.

Many people are saying that I say I don’t know a lot. I don’t know. You tell me.

“He’s just saying maybe the people who want to protect the Second Amendment can figure out a way to do that. To stop her from taking away our guns. You can read into it whatever you want.”

I wasn’t aware that each American citizen had a bounden duty to sharpen his or her political interpreting skills to understand the real meaning of poly-speak. Is there an on-line class for that and how many credits do we get toward a degree in PolySigh?

This is why I always stress the importance of clear communication.We live in a world where “bad” means “hip” and “sick” means “absolutely fabulous” and “dope” means “incredible.” You have to claireify almost everything. That sometimes means using up seven of your 140 Twitter characters with the word “SARCASM” just to ensure you are not attacked when someone reads your post the wrong way. All it takes is a misplaced comma or a misspelled word. What could go wrong.

Of course, Trump didn’t say “Kill Hill” in plain English. He doesn’t speak the language clearly anyway, because that yuuuuge brain of his is impaired. There are so many big words crowding the frontal lobe of his cerebrum, he becomes easily confused.

But a view to the kill was definitely more than implied in Trump’s statements. It was not-so-subtle code for “Maybe you people who are here today, you know, somebody with a gun can go to her next event and get close enough to just pop her. Teach her a lesson.”

No Doubting this Thomas

“People are playing with fire here, and there is no bigger flamethrower than Donald Trump,” Friedman writes in his August 9, 2016 NYT column Trump’s Wink Wink to ‘Second Amendment’ People .

Friedman starts his piece with the caveat that this newest rant smarts of right wing extremists who labeled Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin as a traitor, and triggered the PM’s assassination. Rabin had negotiated the Israel-PLO accords with PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization) leader, Yasser Arafat in 1993, in an effort to sanction Israel’s withdrawal from occupied territories. In October 1994, Rabin also signed a peace treaty with King Hussein bin Talal of Jordan. In 1995, after speaking at a peace rally in Tel Aviv, Rabin was gunned down by an Israeli student, Yigal Amir.

“Of course, all is fair in politics, right? And they had God on their side, right? They weren’t actually telling anyone to assassinate Rabin. That would be horrible,” Friedman writes with satire in every keystroke.

“There are always people down the line who don’t hear the caveats,” Friedman continues. “They just hear the big message: The man is illegitimate, the man is a threat to the nation, the man is the equivalent of a Nazi war criminal. Well, you know what we do with people like that, don’t you? We kill them.”

Trump and his minions were quick to rush in with a defense saying Trump was simply encouraging people to vote for him to stop Clinton from appointing liberal Supreme Court judges who would undoubtedly hand down a ruling forcing everyone to give up their guns.

“This is a political movement,” Trump told Sean Hannity of FOX news. “This is a strong political movement, the Second Amendment, and there can be no other interpretation. Even reporters have told me. I mean, give me a break.”

“What he said was ambiguous — slightly menacing, but with just enough plausible deniability that, of course, he was not suggesting an assassination,” Friedman writes.

Trump is aware of the power of his words. He seems to have a hypnotic effect on the poorly educated, which may be the reason he often states his love for that group. These are what I call the mushroom people. You keep them in the dark and feed them manure.

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Gif by Giphy

That old meme “Sticks and stones may hurt my bones but words will never hurt me” a phrase that every good child was taught decades ago to ward off bullies, couldn’t be further from the truth. Hateful words incite the loners, the already mentally disturbed, and as Friedman describes, those who are “deeply immersed in fringe jihadist social networks that heat them up.” These folks most likely grew up unhinged because of words that were hurled at them as children. Not only do words hurt, they can kill–if not the person, her spirit, her drive, her soul.

“They hear the signal in the noise,” Friedman says. “They hear the inspiration and the permission to do God’s work. They are not cooled by unfinished sentences.”

Mr. Friedman amplifies his article with an unfaltering tone of anguish. “Forget politics; he (Trump) is a disgusting human being,” writes Friedman. His children should be ashamed of him. I only pray that he is not simply defeated, but that he loses all 50 states so that the message goes out across the land — unambiguously, loud and clear: The likes of you should never come this way again.”

I agree, sir. I agree and so do millions of Americans. Unfortunately, many remain a part of the silent majority. To them, I say, it’s time to grow some balls. Unless you’re afraid a Trumpster has you in his crosshairs. If that’s the case, do what you must do (or not) but please do not stay home on election day. Not to decide, is to decide.

Thomas Friedman’s full story appears in this edition of the New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/10/

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