I mean, talking out of both sides of one's mouth should be easy to pick up on, right? Apparently for some, maybe not.
Which gets me to my point today. We all have friends or acquaintances that we recognize as intelligent. We also note that many of them espouse conservative views tainted with partisan bias, but we all have that affliction so we can expect and accept it (to a degree). Throughout the Obama years, these same folks used (what they claimed to be) responsible arguments to illustrate ideological differences with how the country was being led. Like most folks, discussions would often lead to disagreement, but the discussions themselves had a rational basis for being aired. But have you noticed that many of those same folks, who always shared anything that came to mind negative about Obama have grown quite silent when it comes to Trump? When they do share , it often includes commentary filled with fake news, racist hate and fear mongering, yet they still pass it along under their name. Have they no shame? Why is this happening?
Otherwise outgoing and boisterous in their dissent over the past nine years they have somehow grown silent. But why? When we have a serial liar in the Oval Office leading a gang of swamp dwellers (See: www.fox4now.com/newsy/another-cabinet-member-under-investigation-for-taxpayerfunded-flights), how can so many of these voices suddenly go quiet? Is it because they are embarrassed by what has become of their beloved GOP? Is it because they are embarrassed that their hatred of Clinton blinded them to support Trump so unfit to be Commander-In-Chief that their remorse renders them mute? Or is it because they cannot come to grips with the blatant hypocrisy they have boxed themselves into? I was initially willing to give Trump a chance, but he long ago wasted any patience I had. I believe he is unfit by multiple standards to serve as POTUS, and I do not hide this view.
There are smart people, not the typical knee jerk reactionaries we see on the fringes of the political spectrum. Why are they still knowingly silent when it amounts to acquiescence to Trump and his disastrous administration. When it is all said and done, one has to really wonder if these friends are really that smart or simply partisans blind to the negative affects their ideology have on our democratic system (yet only blame the "left" for being "UnAmerican"). One can only hope they wake up before it's too late and the Trump Train representing so few American values steamrolls our elections in 2018 and 2020 rendering America damaged goods for generations to come.
As former Senator Paul Wellstone once wrote; "The idea of democracy has been stripped of it moral imperatives and come to denote hollowness and hypocrisy." Wake up folks, use your own heads and realize that it's time for all of us to stand against incompetence, corruption and hypocrisy (no matter its source) in our government from the White House down. What will these folks say when future generations ask them what they did to stop the hypocrisy destroying America? As far as I am concerned, silence equals endorsement. Have a great week!