Yesterday I reluctantly wrote about Donald Trump and received some criticism for doing so. Quakers aren’t supposed to get involved in personalities.
But yesterday’s events are causing me to write once again. It is one thing to remain impartial when various candidates are promoting what their political positions are, and being open to different perspectives on a given issue.
It is something else entirely when the person running for the office of President shows he does not plan to fulfill the responsibilities of the office.
It is clear Donald Trump would create a virtual dictatorship. He has repeatedly said and shown he has no desire to cooperate or compromise. The only reason our democracy has been somewhat of a success for white people until recently was because people were committed to working out differences in order to come up with policies that were workable for all concerned. And because of the system of checks and balances that are fundamental to our government, designed to prevent any of the three branches from becoming too powerful.
We look to our President to work with world leaders in a similar manner of cooperation. Donald Trump instead calls people names when they disagree with him. Foreign relations under Donald Trump would be a disaster and extremely dangerous.
The other scary things about yesterday were all the major networks providing extended live coverage of his news conference about his donations to veterans organizations. The media is supposed to be another check against power, but has instead done everything possible to promote Trump’s campaign. Including very little real journalism. Instead of analyzing the state of affairs, the media has been reduced to simply repeating candidates’ sound bites.
Despite that, Donald Trump railed against the press and what a bad job they were doing (by questioning him). And again resorted to denigrating reporters by name calling. It is clear what his relationship with the press would continue to be if he became President.
I understand, and share, the deep frustration at the recent refusal of politicians to work together to solve problems. But what is needed are leaders, statesmen, who are willing to compromise in order to move forward. That is the only way we will move forward in a relatively free society.