Yet another unarmed black man was shot the other day. Back on the ground, hands in the air, he shouted over and over “All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home.” He was trying to help his autistic patient who wandered away. But that didn’t matter. He was shot anyway, and then, bleeding into the asphalt, hands still in the air, was cuffed as he waited 20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive.
There is so much beauty in our world, so much to celebrate, yet when we turn on the news these appalling stories are all we hear. Will it ever end? Can it? I don’t know, but if Donald Trump is elected president, the one thing I’m sure of is that it most certainly will not. Not with the way he’s riling up so much unfounded hatred. He pretends he cares, that #BlackLivesMatter, but speaking in a city that has continuously suffered from police brutality over the years, not once did he mention a single African American life that’s been unjustly taken in his nomination acceptance speech to the Republican Convention. “Together we will lead our country back to safety, prosperity and peace,“ he said. “Our convention occurs at a moment of crisis for our nation. The attacks on our policy and the terrorism of our cities threaten our very way of life.” Well, it must be all those “180,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records, ordered deported from our country… roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens,” right? With all this monomaniac fear mongering, not a word of the violence targeted at black men by our uniformed officers. He did point out a completely false statistic about police murder rates, however: “The number of police officers killed in the line of duty has risen by almost 50 percent compared to this point last year.” This is so untrue that the exact opposite is true- police deaths are down.
”America first.” You could hear the crowd cheering “KILL THEM ALL, KILL THEM ALL” as he started on Syrian refugees. He said “I only want to admit individuals into our country who will support our values and love our people. Anyone who endorses violence, hatred or oppression is not welcome in our country and never will be.” But these are refugees fleeing those exact things. They are running as far and as fast as possible away from violence, hatred and oppression. Yet, I shouldn’t be surprised.
This speech, the biggest, most important speech he’s given yet, was a meandering and utterly vague sermon of baseless accusations, extreme hypocrisy, lies, and angry xenophobic sentiment that triumphs on fear. He made grand promises with absolutely no basis for how he would keep them. “Beginning on January 20th 2017, safety will be restored… Inner cities, which have been horribly abused by Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party, will finally, finally, finally be rebuilt,” he said. “Excessive regulation is costing our country as much as $2 trillion a year, and we will end it. We are going to lift the restrictions on the production of American energy… We will repeal and replace disastrous Obamacare. You will be able to choose your own doctor again. And we will fix TSA at the airports! We will completely rebuild our depleted military, and the countries that we protect, at a massive loss, will be asked to pay their fair share. We will take care of our great Veterans like they have never been taken care of before.” All this while reducing taxes?
My question to all of these specious utopian claims: What exactly, and how? But that’s not the point. The point is only to falsely inspire and sound confident and grow his following notwithstanding any responsibility or real plan. No, he has no plan, and worse, he has no integrity.
At the very end of his speech, Trump honed in on “An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson, many years ago, [that] threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views. I am going to work very hard to repeal that language.” This, my dear ones, marks the complete annihilation of the separation between church and state, if we allow him to get elected.
What else should we expect from such a pampered, protected man, surrounded by his piles of money, blind supporters and guise of success with an enormous ego responsible for most of his actions? He’s so far removed from the daily struggles any of us face, yet he claims to champion women’s rights and be a defender of black, Latino (I guess he’s referring to the ones that are not rapists and murderers?) and LGBTQ communities. The terrible, harsh truth is that Trump is an evil man with nothing but his own best interest in mind. Under his regime we might all just be left cuffed and bleeding in the streets.
“I will present the facts plainly and honestly,” he said. Less than half of these “facts” were actually true. This man’s pants are on fire, and he’s going to burn us all. Please, I implore you, do not vote for this horrible human. He does not love you.