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A political nosedive

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Sam Bova

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The same process that befell the Republican Party in the state of California is being demonstrated on a macro-level across the United States. Similarly to how California was shifted politically because of social disagreements coming into the 1990s, this country is in the process of falling out of the conservative brand because of the moral disparity of President Donald Trump and a number of Right Wing political figures.

The issue lies wherein Trump is more than happy to pander to the Alt-Right; he did it during his campaign and he continues to pander to them because they support him and believe in him. The Alt-Right claim him as an ally. David Duke praised him. At this point, when a former KKK leader is claiming he has the support of a nation’s executive, most presidents would stand up in front of the country and at the very least dismiss this. So the fact that Trump is giving any inkling of credibility to the Alt-Right is absolutely repugnant and the Republican Party needs to put space between their views and those of the president who currently represents them.

To see nothing but such moral emptiness depicted on the conservative side of the political aisle is disheartening to say the least. What leaders of the Grand Old Party (GOP) need to do is not necessarily alienate themselves from the President of the United States, but rather they need to stand up and endorse the individual liberty, tolerance, respect, individual value and civility that they see underrepresented by the president.

Many people are placing all Republicans on the same palette with only four colors: ignorance, bigotry, racism and stupidity. But here’s the thing: we as Americans can’t be picking sides when there’s a legitimate chauvinist threat. There can’t be, as Trump put it, “many sides.” 

We’re spiraling away from each other as a nation. The American people expect the president to be the one to recognize this and remind us of what we’re working towards and what we need to do to get there. They expect him to stand up and dismiss hate altogether, without favoring a side because they voted for him. Instead, the president is picking sides and using clumsy, confused and scripted rhetoric. Because of it we’re faced with a conflict that’s different from what we’re used to fighting: a war of words. It can’t be fought with guns or bombs, nor is it something that can be physically destroyed. This is a problem that’s much harder to fight: one of values, courage and truth.  

Trump is the master of stirring up the pot and adding fuel to the fire. But what we as Americans have to do is not let the President of the United States, or any hate group, exploit our divisions. At this point it’s been well established that Trump is not going to unite all of us in a common goal, so we can’t just keep talking about that. If we all understand that, why can’t we work together? A plane needs both wings to fly: the left wing and the right wing…

Right now, we’re spinning out of control.

What do you think?
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Sam Bova, Writer

Sam Bova is a third year Opinions writer but his opinions are fact and there can be no disagreeing with them.

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4 Responses to “A political nosedive”

  1. Steven Donald Sisemore on August 19th, 2017 9:07 am

    Too bad Trump has been and continues to denounce all hate groups, on both sides. He’s on interview after interview saying he disavows the KKK, neo-nazis and David Duke. It’s fake news like this that keeps that narrative going. I’d actually argue the exact opposite and say that the the Democratic party is the one failing. They have lost the senate, house, presidency because their identity politics fail time and time again. You also don’t have the moral high ground, the Republican party has far more morals than the left, for example we don’t support killing babies! President Trump is doing amazing! MAGA!!!

     
  2. Alissa Dent on August 19th, 2017 2:54 pm

    I am going to agree with Steven Donald Sisemore on this one. #trump2020

     
  3. Dominic on August 19th, 2017 5:33 pm

    The liberal indoctrination of our youth continues. This article is as inaccurate as it is biased. It’s such a shame that it will take some hard lessons for people to realize that the democrats are the ones attempting to strip our citizens of their rights, liberties, history, and through unfair taxation, money. California has suffered under governing by incompetent democrats. Thankfully, we have a strong and powerful leader in our POTUS. THE LEFTIST AGENDA WILL FAIL, and no amount of Antifa violence and fake news from the mainstream media will stifle the free speech of the civilized masses. We voted President Trump into office. We will do it again. The liberal hypocrisy will continue to reveal itself to be as ridiculous as trying to erase the history of America.

     
  4. Christina Morrison on August 20th, 2017 2:00 pm

    Honestly, I think dislike and distance from Trump is going to finally unite the GOP and Democrats.

    Trump’s reckless and divisive words, behavior and attitude during this last week alone have both sides and most free World leaders speaking out against him. Even those in his cabinet are trying very hard to undo the damage his recent comments have caused to our foreign policy, including the threat of nuclear war, and restating Neo Nazi’s are “good people”) I hope Tillerson, Mattis, and Kelly can hang in there as they try and buffer the World from Trump’s carelessness. He is proving to be a very poor leader ( no, that is not fake news, that is based on his behavior, not the news) and that is something clearly both sides are can now agree on. Just look at the latest bipartisan bill that passed overwhelmingly through the House and Senate, blunting Trump’s power to revoke sanctions against Russia. We are now seeing both sides of the aisle rally together to protect our country from Trump himself. It’s easy to come together as a country against White Supremacy and Nazism. Our father’s and grandfathers did it from 1942-1945 and we can honor them by not forgetting, as Democrats, Republicans, Americans, and humans.

     

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