Letter: Being a human being not a pass for gross incompetence
I just had the misfortune of reading Beth Minks’ recent submission and wanted to offer another take. One that hopefully can both squash empty notions like Beth’s as well as bridge the divide between the otherwise opposed sides.
First, I can’t fail to note that a large pushback on the Women’s March was its being “to diffuse.” This amidst a few paragraphs with no foundational rational, a simple meandering of complaints (another irony per “[Democrats] like to complain”) and word associations.
Second, being “a human being” is not a pass for gross incompetence when assuming the highest office of the land. More, it’s not a pass for showing the worst tendencies – incessant pettiness, never-ending narcissism and paper-thin skin leading to vitriol and vindictiveness – that human beings have to offer. All of this is on display from the Oval Office on a nearly daily basis.
Beth admits to sometimes turning Trump off, presumably for these sorts of reasons. We must recognize that this is not enough. Further, we must fight these actions from being normalized by way of downplaying them, e.g., acting as if it’s merely a demonization from opponents and not just damnable behavior in its own right. Would Beth and others be so graciously lenient in another universe wherein Hillary was president and was attacking the press, had mysterious ties with Russia, said that deportations were going to be a “military operation,” lied about her inauguration’s attendance or a whole slew of other Trumpisms?
Here’s the problem: people are irresponsible. With information, with their thoughts, and subsequently with their voting. Further, they dig their heels into these irresponsibilities in order to save face and toe the party line.
John Blythe, Fishers