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Scarlet Letters, Stereotypes and Tolerance August 2, 2016

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HeadshotChris2013_COMPTwo days ago I wrote a blog post related to the DNC.  The post has since gone viral and over 4,000 people have commented.  While the vast majority of comments have been positive, and supportive there are people who disagree with my position. That is expected and part of our great nation.  Some of these people have made valid arguments and have been polite and professional.  While this post was intended to make a point to a small audience it has created a social experiment.

I have truly been taken aback however by sheer number of vulgar, vitriolic comments stereotyping me and all Republicans and, in particular, Trump supporters.  Let me be clear.  There were some nasty comments by Trump supporters but not at the level of the other side.  Even when I wrote my post on Mrs. Palin the vast majority of ‘right wing’ comments simply accused me of being a ‘closet democrat’ but did not  launch attacks like these.  I want to share some of the comments from Hillary Clinton supporters:

  • The Republican Party is a terrorist group
  • Go F%%K Yourself
  • You are a F%%king racist
  • You are a F%ggot
  • You are Uneducated
  • You believe Gays shouldn’t have any rights and everyone should carry an AR 15 to work
  • Do I really have to guess what you look like you inbred sister f%%king hillbilly
  • You piece of garbage, trash, facist, racist, zenophobe
  • When did we become a nation of redneck hillbillies?
  • Trump and his supporters, the fact that they are a bunch of racist and bigots
  • You would not have made that comment if the Khans had been White and Christians
  • You all need to stop clinging to your God and guns
  • Please tell me where to meet you so I can spit  in your face
  • I want to slap you
  • You are a traitor
  • You are retarded

The list goes on and on…these (including the physical threats) are from the ‘Tolerant left’ in response to the fact that I said I would vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.  With regard to the White and Christian comment I pointed out that I had written a blistering piece on Sarah Palin who is both White and Christian.  This did not seem to matter.  The coup de grace however is this gem:

  • “You are a f%%cking racist Chris.”
    • I responded politely asking the reader to query everything I have written and find where I was racist.  Her reply?
  • “Just because your posts and other comments are not racist does not excuse you from being a racist.” (emphasis added)

So simply by virtue of supporting someone that this person does not agree with paints one as a racist.  In short you are guilty of racism with zero evidence until they “excuse you” from that label?  This is the height of intolerance from the tolerant Hillary Supporters.

I think Hillary Clinton’s campaign should consider adopting the 1980’s Rush song SubDivisions.  One of the lyrics says:

“Conform or be cast out!”

This is the divisiveness and intolerance in our country today.  If you do not agree with the other and conform, then you should be cast out or denigrated.  So, why am I voting for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton?  Simple the same reason everyone chooses one candidate over another.  Satisficing. Satisficing is simply prioritizing your criteria and choosing from the best available options.  Some people value social issues more, others may value economic issues.  It is these points on which we actually vote.

Has Donald Trump said things with which I don’t agree? Absolutely.  That being said, he has not compromised national security nor lied to congress about his actions.  He has not allowed the death of 4 Americans (my view). These are the primary criteria on which I am voting.  End of story.  This doe not make me a racist, bigot, or anything else other than a voter who values one option over the other.


Michelle Obama; It is about Inquiry and Discourse…not Conformity January 22, 2016

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MO“The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.”– Jim Hightower (progressive political activist)

In November 2014 First Lady, Michelle Obama, had the opportunity to speak to a group of young people in Baltimore, Maryland. She followed up her speech with an appearance on TVOne. As the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama had an opportunity to encourage these young people to achieve their dreams! Here is a person that as a young woman from the South Side of Chicago went to Princeton then Harvard law school!  She was an intern for Barrack Obama and married the man who later became President of the United States!.  This is a woman who should be encouraging our young people to “shoot for the stars!”.   Unfortunately she does not.  Instead of taking her opportunity to encourage those young people to better themselves, seek higher goals, become educated, think, act, activate, create, question authority, question the status quo, argue, debate, change, serve, fight, study, work, and sacrifice as she clearly had to do to get to her status in life, she instead took an opportunity to use her significant influence to deride those young people by telling them to simply ‘CONFORM’.  She said:  “It’s not about the person on the ballot — it’s about you. And for most of the people that we’re talking to, a Democratic ticket is the clear ticket that we should be voting on, regardless of who said what or did this. That shouldn’t even come into the equation.” Really? “..who said what or did this..” should NOT come into the equation?  The most disturbing comment is when she says: “..for most of the people we are talking to…”.   I am certainly curious as to whom she is referring when she says “…most of the people we are talking to…”?  She was a young black woman from an economically depressed area of Chicago.  What is the difference between Michelle Obama and “…most of the people she is talking to…” in this situation?  Maybe they are not blessed with the innate intelligence to allow them to graduate Salutatorian and then go on to Princeton and Harvard? stead of encouraging those young people (mostly Blacks) to “make a change!”…”argue for change!”…”demand a change!” by bettering themselves and by hard work, effort, and questioning authority and the status quo (as all young people have done throughout history)..she tells them to CONFORM.  If she was speaking to the Princeton Black Student Union would she have been so bold as to tell those young people to not think, not question but simply…”…a Democratic ticket is the clear ticket that we should be voting on, regardless of who said what or did this.” Michelle Obama’s comments are distasteful and certainly condescending to propose that: “...most of the people to whom (we) are talking to…” are not sophisticated enough to evaluate the various positions.  That they are not intelligent or educated enough to understand the nuances of the various arguments.  That they are too simple to make up their own minds and should simply be directed that:“….a Democratic ticket is the clear ticket that we should be voting on, regardless of who said what or did this. That shouldn’t even come into the equation.”  Michelle Obama’s comments are offensive and off base.  We should never simply dictate a party for which a person should vote.  We should always take opportunity to encourage our young people to question, debate, and fight for change.  I am personally disgusted but, unfortunately, not surprised.
To whomever Ms. Obama was referring when she said: “…..a Democratic ticket is the clear ticket that we should be voting on, regardless of who said what or did this.”  She is wrong.  Conformity is NEVER the answer.  Seek your truth, ask the questions, argue, fight and determine what YOU think is right.  Rarely, if ever, will you find that a ‘party line’ is the answer.  “Never seek acceptance through conformity rather seek respect through inquiry and discourse.”– Chris Mark; 2016





New Political Blog! (Dr. Heather Mark and her ‘help’)… June 16, 2015

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MarkTankElection season gets people interested in politics.  For this reason we (Dr. Heather Mark) and I decided to create a new blog TheMarkTank specifically focused on educating people on various political topics!  In truth, Heather will do the heavy lifting and I will try to keep up and sound smart by ‘borrowing’ some of her work!…Either way..please send questions and comments our way.  Heather has a PhD in Public Policy and Public Administration and a BA and MA in Political Science.  In short..she knows politics!…We would love to hear from you. Check out the site!

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