I knew that this year’s presidential election would cause people to show their ugly side. I knew that I would see memes for days, insults, hatred, stereotyping and a level of judgment that was unthinkable before November 8th, 2016. What I didn’t expect was for it to drag on the way it has. I was helping my daughter get ready for school one morning when the ever so regal clip of Madonna popped on the tv. My five-year old, with complete confusion, said, “who is she screaming at and what house is going to explode?” Thanks, Madonna!
Remember when Donald Trump won the Republican candidacy? Celebs came out of the woodwork declaring they would leave this country if he were elected President. I read one after another endorsing, campaigning, and influencing young voters on their chosen candidate. I can respect that – If you have enough knowledge to support your position. Naturally, there were some pretty theatrical statements made with zero follow through. You know what I’m talking about…
“Anyone who doesn’t like Hillary Clinton is uninformed” – Amy Schumer
“If he were to be elected I’m moving to Jupiter” – Cher
And my favorite, that also resulted in the best aftermath…
“I am moving if this is my President! I don’t say things I don’t mean!” – Miley Cyrus
Well, Miley, It’s January 31, 2017, and I saw you on TMZ last week in LA, wearing what looked like a bunny suit. So much for “meaning what you say.” Just like many things in the media, I thought this was another opportunity for celebs to get some easy publicity and I took it about as serious as most of their careers (and that onesie); Not at all. Minus Cher, I like Cher! So here we are, almost two weeks into his Presidency and I haven’t heard about one (or any) of them catching the first red-eye out of good ol’ U.S. of A! Incredibly anticlimactic!
Let me start by saying, I completely support the demonstration of political positions that are done so without hate and violence. With that being said, I also believe there should be some provisions:
Civilized – When an (arguably) influential individual stands in front of a microphone, has thousands of people at the tip of his/her fingers and makes a statement such as “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House, but I know that this won’t change anything” what kind of impact are you really making? You may be convinced that this type of behavior is setting a positive example for others to follow, but that’s the furthest thing from productive since teething necklaces were introduced.
Knowledgeable – This probably should have been at the top of my list. However, I do not condone the idea that you need to be some distinguished scholar to understand politics and how this (corrupt) system operates. You need only know how to type the following: Whitehouse.gov. Refer to my last post where I have just begun to scratch the surface on the circus that news platforms have become. Honestly, before you stand in front of a camera or crowd can you make an attempt to prove that we have a reason to consider what you’re saying? Take Ashley Judd for example – yeah, she can act, and in some cases can sing. But when she made her appearance at the Women’s March in D.C she said, “I’m a feminist” and begins to spit off another woman’s thoughts. Thank you, Ashley but can you tell me why you are here?
Decency and Respect – Respect is something we incessantly instill in our children. So why is it that I can walk into a room full of toddlers Monday through Friday and experience a much more respectful environment than the one I see when ‘protests’ and marches are happening? Morality is subjective, I’ll give you that, but respect is far less controversial. When you become uncivilized and leave your level of familiarity up to question, you’re also displaying a lack of decency and capacity to respect those that have different beliefs. You should be able to take your passion and use your status to encourage a progressive unity. And for the love of god, please take a second to stop and appreciate the privileges you have just by simply being an American. Don’t get me started on why you have those freedoms, to begin with.
Acceptance with Dignity – Again, we teach our youth from a very young age that there are going to be uncountable experiences in life that do not go our way. Life isn’t fair. We teach them to accept things we have no control of and focus on the things that we do. Ironically, this applies to the presidential election. If we continue to undertake the presence of incompetent tempers, then we’re setting the stage for a generation with the inability to accept outcomes on combative issues. Yet, easily become belligerent, defiant, and vulgar for the sake of their position. It is quite literally and figuratively like watching half of America throw a temper tantrum in a grocery store, recently. Consider Yale University for a moment. A private Ivy League institution postponed college exams for students that were ‘distraught’ over Trump winning the election. What? What happens next? Well, you’ve already lowered the standard so let’s just give everyone college participation metals and call it a day.
I am hopeful that our future generations aren’t influenced and shaped too heavily by recent events. Is this the legacy we want to leave behind? To reach a point where we can agree, disagree, accept, or merely even tolerate without hate would mean that WE, the parents, have to guide and influence our children. Not a passing and irrational moment of passion made by a superstar. Not a third party news article with little to no substantial evidence. It’s our responsibility to provide a useful foundation that allows them to stand up for their beliefs in a way that provokes and reflects sophistication, kindness, respect, acceptance, and most importantly open minds.