Last updated on December 3rd, 2017 at 02:21 pm
Inauguration Day 2017 has come and gone, and just when I think things cannot get any weirder, they do. In a country that was able to rise above racial divides and be an example to the world of what freedom and democracy is, we have now regressed into something worse; a place where fascism and bigotry are encouraged under the guise of "equality and social justice". You're probably thinking that I don't know what a bigot is, as this term has largely been reserved for white, right-wing, religious fanatics. So let's take a refresher course on the definition of bigot:
"A person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions."
Having a different opinion than someone else doesn't make you a bigot, but when you become an isolationist and exclude other points of view, you take it beyond just a disagreement. This election has brought out the worst in almost everyone. Once hidden behind the veil of tolerance, a deep hatred for those of opposing points of view has surfaced, and the levels of vitriol are now being pushed to the limit. The Party of Tolerance has now become the Party of Intolerance.
Inauguration Day has always been a revered American tradition. It celebrates the Democracy of our nation. It's a celebration of all the things that America was founded upon; a celebration of 2 political parties working together even when they don't agree. It signifies that even through wins and losses, we as a Nation can STILL come together and show respect for the most important position in this country and possibly in the world. Not this time. Inauguration 2017 has become one that is tearing this country apart. The hypocrisy of some has become a poison that is infecting an entire generation and setting America up for failure, even before given a chance. And our elected officials have a responsibility, a DUTY, to set the example of leadership in a peaceful transfer of power.
Skipping the inauguration doesn't set this important example of leadership. It say your "politics" are more important than your country. It says that continuing to divide a nation that needs healing more than ever, is more important to you. It says that when a need for REAL leadership is now more apparent than ever, you choose to sit this one out. It says that when you don't win or get your way, throwing a public tantrum and disregarding the voices of half the country is acceptable. Yes, you seem to have forgotten the people, even in your own party, the ones who haven't been happy with their chosen government for the last several years.
This vitriol has also been encouraged by the so-called Hollywood Elite. Their feigned outrage of injustice and inequality is a weak attempt to empathize with everyday Americans. Some celebrities, like Rosie O'Donnell, had gone so far as to advocate Martial Law as a way to delay or stop Trump's Inauguration. Really? Guess what folks, that's Fascism. The United States is a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy, and we are not Socialists.
Or we have someone like Madonna, because of her "Hollywood Elite Status", thinks that even death threats are okay; all in the name of freedom of speech and equality. She continued to speak about oppression and Tyranny, claiming not only women, but ALL people are being marginalized. There was one part of her speech that was accurate, stating "It seems as though we had all slipped into a false sense of comfort". Yes, for the last 8 years we've had a President who has treated everyone with kid-gloves. Transparency has been the darkest ever, and truth buried as deep as possible. Madonna has since said that her words were taken out of context, and that if you listen to her speech in its entirety, you'll see she wasn't serious. Her sincerity is crystal clear in a tweet sent out telling Trump and the Secret Service to, well, you can read it for yourself:
And then we have Ashley Judd, making a heart-wrenching speech to women and the world during the Women's March in DC; declaring that she's a "nasty woman" who is being oppressed in the most free country in the world. Crying foul because she doesn't have the freedom to choose when she gets her period. Totally relevant to who is President, right? Outraged at the income equality of women and minorities, and outraged that because she makes more money her wages are, "still cut with blades, sharpened by testosterone". Judd goes further saying, "This is not a feminist myth. This is inequality". Okay, so let me just stop right here. Equality does not mean that everyone is entitled to having the same things, money or status as everyone else, although that's what many on the Left would have you to believe. Instead, we are all created equal, and we do have "certain inalienable rights". These rights to Life, Liberty, and the PURSUIT of happiness are guaranteed to all Americans. Opportunity is not always the same. Resources available to each of us will never be the same, but it's up to our own self to pursue those things.
Judd goes on to proclaim inequality because she has to pay taxes on her tampons, and sometimes has to throw away a favorite pair of underwear, ruined from her period. She proclaims inequality because men get a tax break on their Viagra and Rogaine, which obviously means that men and their erections are more important than, "protecting the messy part" of her womanhood. All the while interjecting the words, "I'm a nasty woman" before each perceived indignation forced upon her. Ashley, you do realize that there are still women that don't even have the luxury of a tampon or pad? Maybe you should look at your own entitlement and privilege, or is that too much truth for you?
I won't go into the rest of her tirade, because quite frankly it's that pretentious and ridiculous. But I will say this, don't include me in your last statement. I am a STRONG Christian woman. My "lady parts" are not for, and I quote, "birthing new generations of filthy, vulgar, nasty, proud, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh—you name it—for new generations of nasty women". Really??? These speeches do nothing for Women's Rights, reducing an entire group of people to their gender and body parts, and fanning the flames of bigotry and division. The end will never justify the means.
Finally, just when you think people can't go any lower, the bottom feeders come up for air and to spew harassments at Barron Trump, the 10-year-old son of the President. The first tweet below is from Katie Rich, a writer for Saturday Night Live, in which she stated Barron would be "this country's first homeschool shooter". Her statement is vile on so many levels, and of course has since been deleted by her. Not only is her statement vile, but it also is a sweeping generalization that demonized an entire group of people, homeschooled children. Whatever happened to children being off-limits? Or isn't that not applicable to conservatives? This is bigotry, plain and simple.
Another "tolerant" Liberal, Stephen Spinola who's a contributor for Comedy Central, tweeted that, "Barron Trump looks like a very handsome date-rapist-to-be". Only AFTER a much-deserved backlash did he then send out another tweet to clarify his first one. He never said anyone should like his tweet, he just wants people to retweet it... that's all.
This kind of language and hate from Liberals is why Donald J. Trump is now our president. The practice of demonizing groups of people for the sole reason of not agreeing with them, is bigotry. The very things that Liberals claim to advocate, they perpetuate. Put simply, the rules do not apply to those who enforce them.
It's time to put your pride away. Stop making this about identity politics. Start making this about America. Whether you realize it or not, you are doing more damage than good. You are drawing a line in the sand that will be very hard to erase in the future. e the change that you want for this country. Set the example that "When they go low, we go high". Because at the end of the day, regardless of race, religion, or creed, whether straight, gay, man, woman, child, young or old, the actions of us and ALL elected officials, including the President, are what makes this country a success or a failure. Rise above the rhetoric and vitriol that has permeated the pores of this great nation. Be present for those who are scared and worried about their future. Let history show that even in defeat or disappointment, you took the high road. Our country has a lot of work and healing to do, and continuing to condone and accept this violent rhetoric must be put to an end. This is not about party or politics. This is about America and what kind of future do we want for our children and grandchildren. And if you think our President or any other elected official's behavior is unacceptable, absolutely hold them accountable, don't return it with hate and loathing. Be the change you want to see. Show the world what real character looks and sounds like...