Monday, August 24, 2015

Donald Trump and what's wrong with slavery

"What's wrong with slavery?" — Jan Mickelson, WHO Radio talk show host, August 17, 2015

WHY DO the words we choose matter? Aside from having the power to wound or comfort, there are the less immediately obvious, but deeper, broader ramifications of our remarks. Every time we say anything that fails to accord full humanity to others, we're giving permission to anyone within earshot to do the same, and it ripples out from there. 

When it has become safe to denigrate a person or class of persons in speech, the next, not-too-far-a-reach is to let those words become actions in policy and deed.

It has nothing to do with being politically correct, but everything to do with being a mindful part of a just and civil world.

Below is the intro to a discerning piece written by Mike Taibbi for Rolling Stone in which, unfortunately, my state of Iowa comes off really, really badly thanks to two atavistic, antebellum, isolationists: Representative Steve King and talk radio host Jan Mickelson . . . who wondered aloud, "What's wrong with slavery?"

Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny

Win or lose, Trump's campaign threatens to unleash the Great American Stupid

By Matt Taibbi 

August 21, 2015

So two yahoos from Southie in my hometown of Boston severely beat up a Hispanic homeless guy earlier this week. While being arrested, one of the brothers reportedly told police that "Donald Trump was right, all of these illegals need to be deported."

When reporters confronted Trump, he hadn't yet heard about the incident. At first, he said, "That would be a shame." But right after, he went on:

"I will say, the people that are following me are very passionate. They love this country. They want this country to be great again. But they are very passionate. I will say that."

This is the moment when Donald Trump officially stopped being funny.

Click here to read Matt's article in its entirety. 

1 comment:

  1. He frightens the daylight out of me. And as mentioned, whether he wins the nomination or not, he's moved the gop farther down into the sewer and many citizens are jumping in after him. :(