Showing posts with label Trump. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Trump. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Where do Unitarian Universalists stand on truth telling in the age of Trumpism?


What do Unitarian Universalists teach about truth telling and bearing false witness? Is Donald Trump's lying and dissembling and his fellow Republicans just politics as usual?

I have heard people defend Donald Trump's lying by saying, "All politicians do it." Is that accurate and excuse for such behavior?

The moral and ethical deterioration of our society in the age of Trumpism seems significant and does not bode well for our future as a nation if it is allowed to continue and there is no accountability.

What do our UU principles and values have to teach us about how to function in our current society where the political discourse is so toxic and dysfunctional? Our fourth principle encourages us to search for a free and responsible understanding of truth and meaning. Currently, when it comes to politics in the United States, how is that working for you?

Unitarian Univeralists are attracted to rectifying social injustices in so many areas, but I have never heard them speak up about the integrity of truth telling. Is it time?


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Why do people love Donald Trump?


How can anyone NOT be appalled by Trump⁉️

Donald Trump is entertaining and evokes the most degernerate sides of our human nature. He is greedy, lustful, boastful, venegeful and by American standards successful. Donald Trump is a carricature of all that's worst about what Freud called our Id and it is this manifestation of our shadow side, our dark side that people find so fascinating.

Donald Trump is childish and mean when he leads chants of "Lock her up! Lock her up!' and encourages people at his rallies to beat up people who object to his taunts, slurs, and put downs. It is World Wrestling Entertainment in political life and it is the same people who love to see violence, vengeance, and mayhem acted out in a sports arena who love Donald Trump.

I not only get a kick out of Donald Trump's antics but also find his fans and supporters a species of human beings who are fascinating to watch and observe.

Rather than appalled I find myself curious about what makes these people tick and why they love and support this kind of hurtful, mean, destructive, self aggrandising behavior. We all see a little of ourselves in Donald Trump whether we are consciously aware of it or not.

Marianne Williamson is right when she says that America's biggest problem is a spiritual one. The fact that a person like Donald Trump was elected to be their leader is a symptom of the degeneracy of the American people. Is it time for spiritual renewal?

Friday, September 1, 2017

How do UU parents explain Donald Trump's election to their kids?


Dr. Ava Sigler wrote in her book, How Do I Explain This To My Kids: Parenting In The Age Of Trump, "Beyond these threats to our democratic way of life, Donald Trump's performance during his campaign and presidency has seemingly validated a long list of behaviors we strive to get our children to recognize and reject, from rudeness, prejudice, and bullying to dishonesty, greed, and shamelessness." p.ix

Here in New York State most school districts start school this coming Wednesday, after Labor Day, on September 6, 2017 and the societal tension will increase as adults, parents, teachers, and other adults must address the problematic behavior of the U.S. President and what to tell the kids?

What ideas do you have? What have you told your kids? What would you hope would be taught to them in school? If Donald Trump exhibited his campaign and post election rally behavior in school he would have been suspended or expelled. Yesterday, I heard a focus group on TV and these were people who voted for Donald Trump, discuss the idea that they no longer expect him to act "presidential" because they stated he doesn't even act professional. Many of the members of the group stated that they would be fired from their place of employment if they acted like Donald Trump, and most kids would be place on some sort of disciplinary protocol if they acted like Trump in school.

Even more egregious are the congressional members of Donald Trump's party who fail to act, and who by their silence allow the behavior to continue uncensured. Evil triumphs when good people do nothing and look the other way.