Bold Colors Please Mr. President

Ronald Reagan once gave a famous speech urging his fellow Republicans to differentiate themselves from Democrats using “bold colors, not pale pastels”.  President Trump would be wise to follow the same strategy as pertains to the alt-right movement and the mess of a March in Charlottesville.

Citizen Tom has a good post up about the march and the predictable violence it led to.  Titled BIGOTS FIGHTING BIGOTS, the article explains well how foolish it is that “some of our fellow Americans are killing people over statues” and the dishonesty, as always, of the media in fairly reporting on it.

I believe as Tom does, that the fighting is done over dumb things and that bigots on both sides prefer us hating each other over actually resolving things.  The far left, as usual, will also use this as an opportunity to frame President Trump, his supporters and everyone on the right as racist nationalists.  More moderate thinking types will follow that narrative because it confirms the false stereotypes they’ve been indoctrinated with about conservative Republicans.

The President’s statement on the matter missed a good opportunity to thoroughly refute this by calling out the white supremacist and anti-Semite march leaders (Richard Spencer and David Duke) and stating in harsh simple terms that they and their followers have no home in the Republican party he leads.  Instead we get this:

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides,  It has been going on for a long time in our country — not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America.”

There’s nothing disagreeable with what Trump said, although by referencing “many sides” he needlessly opens the door to a moral equivalency debate.  It’s just a vague and milk toasty statement and makes it appear he is too concerned with offending his alt-right supporters.  It’s something many of us on the right would have pilloried Barack Obama for by the way if the circumstances were reversed.

The alt-right is a fringe group that the media and the left (I know, one and the same) are trying desperately to inflate as something much larger than it really is and as symbolic of the Republican party as a whole.  I’m sick of my political world views being associated with them as I’m sure Donald Trump is too.  All the more reason to isolate this cancerous movement and cut it right out.

UPDATE: August 14, 2017-Donal Trump provides another statement, which specifically calls out racism and white supremacists.  Much better and more thought out in my view.  Here is the video where he starts about 1 minute in.

 

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21 Responses to Bold Colors Please Mr. President

  1. Dennis says:

    “All the more reason to isolate this cancerous movement and cut it right out”.
    Very true Tricia but realistically it will not happen. We have gone too far down the path of “pay for play, career politicians and lobbyist to ever have a president willing and able to do anything except nibble around the edges of the pie. Washington has it’s fingers in all levels of government even down to your local city police dept.
    Money is the milk from the cow that is the taxpayer. Money is used to corrupt people and institutions and the people that manage the purse strings will stop at nothing to achieve their goals.
    Trump is in the same position as Pope Francis in that trying to clean up the swamp is an impossible task. Watch the You Tube link I sent you and the parallels are stunning. Only time will tell which one is defeated first, Trump or the Pope. It will happen to one or both but it will happen.

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    • Tricia says:

      I always appreciate your thoughts Dennis, thanks for adding them here. One of my fears when Trump got elected was that he would destroy the conservative movement by diluting what it actually means to be one. Keeping the alt-right around for votes is a sure way to do this, not to mention morally suspect.

      I guess I should clarify too that I don’t consider people like Milo or even Bannon alt-right (although I would not be sad if Bannon got the boot). I’m talking about the viciously racist and anti-Semite types that unfortunately are staking a claim to right. Trump should have no qualms in denouncing them.

      I will for sure watch your video later, thanks!

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  2. On the surface it would be the emotional response to agree with your last sentence… cut out the cancer that seems to be the alt-right. But it seems with this violent demonstration the nation is just, yet again, letting fear reign over reason. These occasional “outbreaks” of white supremacists are nothing new in recent history. These things flare up, appalling a sensible public and encouraging universal public outrage.. exactly what these neo-nazi types like to do. People scream, there “outta be a law” then things fade away as we realize this is all part of free speech; no one said democracy was going to be easy.

    In the end a measure of common sense should prevail. Generally speaking if these folks were left alone to demonstrate legally and then go home all would have been fine. But.. we are in the midst of a generation of politically correct crap; people become offended and fearful of freedom of speech and those wishing to not let demonstrations like this go without a counter demonstration to express their revulsion. These kinds of direct conflicts that lead to open violence is what the Nazis have used since the 1930’s to gain support for their cause. Now some supremacist drove his car into a crowd of anti-nazis and killed someone and injured many. The whole situation was made much more confrontational than necessary. A bunch of nutcase neo-Nazis marching in a city in Virginia was not about to challenge or pose a threat on liberty. If you went there to demonstrate, for either side, you should have recognized this potential for tragedy. It all may be legal, but just because it’s all legal does not mean we surrender our common sense.

    As far as conservatives being stereotyped or not with white supremacy movements… well, that has to be changed from the top down… and who is the current leader of the republican party? Uh huh.

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      @Tricia

      Thanks for the link, and thank you for your post.

      @Doug
      Mostly I agree with what you said here, but I am disappointed that that last paragraph. I think Trump actually made an excellent statement, but I don’t think the news media has much interest in quoting the best part. Think about how radical this really is. Consider it is coming from a supposedly hate-filled, racist bigot named Donald Trump.

      We love our flag. We’re proud of our country. We’re proud of who we are, so we want to get the situation straightened out in Charlottesville, and we want to study it. And we want to see what we’re doing wrong as a country where things like this can happen. My administration is restoring the sacred bonds of loyalty between this nation and its citizens, but our citizens must also restore the bonds of trust and loyalty between one another. We must love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together. So important. We have to respect each other. Ideally, we have to love each other.

      When Trump says “we”, who is he excluding? When Trump says “we must love each other, respect each other and cherish our history and our future together,” what more could he ask of us?

      Our government — our leaders — cannot demand more of us than we are willing to give. They cannot even give us what we did not give us in the first place. Our leader are only men and women like ourselves, not our gods.

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    • Tricia says:

      @Doug. I’m not opposed to Nazis or anyone else staging a protest, that’s their Constitutional right and I would not have it any other way. And you’re right, in a sane world, they would be left to do their thing, go home and be forgotten about.

      As I explained in my post, my issue is that the march was organized by well known bigots and anti semites and they were marching in the name of the movement (the right) the President claims to preside over. He should have no problems denouncing this. And its the left that does the stereotyping about racist conservatives which keeping silent about the alt-right only encourages.

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      • Yet in the end, after all the wonderful statements… the neo-nazis are apparently happy with Trump’s message for not blaming them.. which, by the way, Trump’s message said absolutely nothing about white supremacy, likely for fear of loosing that vote. Something like that would certainly help to separate that nasty stereotype of Trump conservatives supporting that stuff.
        His speech was written for him and was just generic “feel good” rather than specific commitment on his end.

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        • Tricia says:

          @ Doug, I disagree as I think the President meant what he said and the statement was heartfelt enough as far as denouncing hatred and bigotry (same thing really as white supremacism). But I do agree some fear of losing the alt-rhgt vote was involved which is my biggest bone of contention with Trump.

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      • Well, Tricia, as you know.. stereotypes all hail from some relevancy of truth or perception of truth somewhere along the line. Oddly, I really don’t care all that much. I know damn well that most level-headed conservatives are little different from liberals in the idea that white supremacy is nuts. Likely one of the few things we all can agree on. I don’t apply that stereotype nor do I care. We have far greater national issues than crazy neo-nutjobs on parade.

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        • Tricia says:

          This is true, some stereotypes do hold a kernel of truth. Others though are born from lies and grow only by repetition. Historically it was the Democratic party that was aligned with racism towards blacks and very pro slavery, but they have been tarring Republicans for being racist for so long that many have forgotten this or never learned it. I am glad you don’t apply the stereotype but I do think it’s a big problem in today’s politics, as it makes proper discourse over important issues almost impossible with those who view the world through an “ism” filter. Thanks for coming by.

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  3. Whether intentional or unintentional, divisiveness is the result of BOTH political parties. Each side desperately seeks the opposition’s words (used out of context) to “prove” how reprehensible their ideologies truly are. Blinded by their own harmful acts, they incite emotions from the general population that further divide our nation.

    Rather than seeking SOLUTIONS, each side chooses finger pointing adding “fuel to the fire.” A simple approach that could reverse this dangerous direction comes down to community representatives. Leaders in the various (legitimate) factions need to be willing to do something NO ONE has suggested. They need to be WILLING to SIT DOWN, LISTEN and HEAR eachother’s views (without necessarily agreeing) while UNDERSTANDING their concerns. Rather than FOCUSING on ourselves and imposing our beliefs, we need to step back and gain perspective. Only after we UNDERSTAND each other and recognize the importance that respect and courtesy play in solution solving, can we progress forward. At this point, each side faces their own “wall” that “blocks” words causing them to rebound back at them. As long as these walls remain, no one is taking the time to CARE, LISTEN and LEARN about the impact these issues have on the various lives affected. When we begin searching for SOLUTIONS for EACH OTHER rather than simply focusing on OURSELVES, communication becomes more meaningful. This approach reduces the highly defensive postures we face today creating opportunity for acceptable compromises that satisfy ALL legitimate parties seeking honest solutions.

    Our political leaders are INTERFERING with this suggested approach as they turn their focus to 2018 elections. The sooner the population recognizes this TRUTH the sooner “the people” (themselves) will reunite this country!

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    • Tricia says:

      I agree with what you say Jonathan but I’m afraid we are much beyond the listening to each other stage. Nobody is willing to give ground, nobody even discusses, it’s all about pushing ones view and demonizing the other.

      I shouldn’t say nobody as there are plenty of people here at WP that can reasonably discuss things, you being one of them. The more time I spend on other social media though like Facebook, the more I fear for this country.

      Thanks for your well thought out comment.

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      • I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments regarding Facebook. Interestingly we often forget about the past and the difficult times we’ve faced and OVERCOME. I am not one who takes things for granted, but my gut (and all the healthy probiotics I supply it with 🙂 ) tells me our current dilemma will subside. It will likely leave some “scars” behind, but create additional opportunities for experiencing better days ahead.

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  4. E. Williams says:

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