Trump’s America: a House Divided.

Two opposite ‘truths’ are developing in America in reaction to Donald Trump.

Either Trump’s a racist for calling Haiti and the nations of Africa ‘shitholes’ and Mexicans “murderers and rapists” or he’s a leader who finally has the guts to say what ‘everyone else’ is already thinking. Either he’s a hypocritical Christian who despises brown-skinned immigrants or he’s a good Christian who’s fighting to keep our borders safe. Either he hates Muslims and incorrectly understands their religion or he’s protecting us from them because violence against Americans is justified as part of the global jihad.

Both ‘truths’ can’t be right.

Either Trump protects the financial interests of his billionaire buddies, or he’s fighting for those disenfranchised Americans who’ve been ignored up until now.  Either Trump has filled his cabinet positions with unqualified friends or he’s hired only the best and the brightest that America has to offer.

Both ‘truths’ can’t be right.

Either he’s guilty of multiple counts of sexual misconduct because his 19 accusers are telling the truth or every one of those women are liars. Either Trump cheats on his wife with prostitutes and believes it’s okay to ‘grab women by the pussy’, or he’s respectful to all women except Rosie O’Donnell. Either he’s a chronic liar or all the media reporting these lies are total ‘fake news’.

Both ‘truths’ can’t be right.

If you’re still somewhere in the middle of these two Trumpian ‘truths’, it’s time to pick a side.  It’s no longer okay to be neutral in this critical American showdown.  It’s 1861 again and this country is fundamentally divided between two polar opposites.  Back then, you either believed humans could be bought and sold or you didn’t – there wasn’t much wiggle room there, and there shouldn’t be much now, either.  Back then, it was either true that slavery was a fundamentally sound institution or it was truly a reprehensible affront to human existence.

Both ‘truths’ couldn’t be right.

Now each one of us has to decide what we believe America stands for.  Either this country is a place where all citizens have a right to pursue happiness (regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation), or it’s a place where only the rich and powerful have a say.   It’s either a country where we judge our immigrants on the content of their character or where skin color and the current quality of your English decide your value.

Both ‘countries’ can’t simultaneously exist.

A distinct line is developing between those who buy into what Trump is delivering and those who don’t, and it has nothing to do with being a Republican or a Democrat.  Watch this viral video of a ‘European-American’ (read: white) woman praising Trump’s recent remarks regarding immigration:

Either you agree with her that Haitian, African and other ‘shithole’ immigrants bring nothing to this country, or you find her racist rant shameful and, once the facts of immigrant assimilation are examined, fundamentally untrue.

Both ‘truths’ can’t be right.

Now watch the video of a different woman, Kamala Harris (Democratic Senator, CA), speaking on the same issue.  She calls out the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who supported Trump’s Haitian remarks and emphasized terrorist threats from those ‘not born in America’ without even mentioning the larger threat that acts of domestic terror present.

Either you side with Harris’ take on what America stands for or you side with Trump’s and Nielsen’s and the viral white lady’s points of view.

But both ‘truths’ can’t be right.

In the past, compromise was what made politics work most effectively, but there is no ‘comfortable in-between’ when it comes to racism or sexism or religious discrimination, any more than there was a compromise to be reached over slavery.  Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” and those wise words ring as true today as they did when he was our president.  America is either a melting pot of races and religions and sexes, or it’s a country for only Christian heterosexual whites, but the time to decide which ‘truth’ you believe in is now.

Because both ‘truths’ can no longer be right.

  • Mike Lukas

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  1. “Peace out, peeps”, the narrow-minded New Yorker said. Her phrasing is taken directly from the very subculture she purports to hate. in the other frame, Norway is mentioned, a few times. I wonder how the Norwegians are taking Trump’s remarks.

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