Knowing that this is a very small subset of people, people much like myself, who like to discuss topics, challenge each other with their opinions,
looking for answers for themselves while hoping to help people find some of their own, I really believe that people get so caught up in being right
that it becomes anything but productive.
I really enjoy ATS as well as many other sites where people contribute the vast majority of the content. I am probably a 100% reader, statistically,
so I am getting away from what I normally do, just read. Today, I just felt like throwing out some of my opinions, and well, seeing how people
respond. I could have probably picked any story on this site, but this one seemed the easiest to describe a trend that most of you probably already
see on a daily basis.
The title of the story, "Black Church burned in honor of TRUMP". Before I even read the post, I see that there is an emphasis on Black Church and an
over emphasis on TRUMP. So I go in having an idea what the OP is trying to get across before even looking. Which is probably a good writing style, it
made me look.
So I go through 15 pages of people mostly just railing against each other to trying to prove that they are right about this or that. What are we doing
people? For heavens sake, it has to be for nothing more than pure entertainment, that is my only conclusion?
I am not fooling myself into thinking that we can live in this world where everyone gets along, and who would want that anyway, but I really think
that we can work towards being civil. And if we want to start closing the divides we see in just about everything, there needs to be some common
For starters, how can we get to a point where this article reads, "Church burned, what a senseless crime." I know this is a reach, but if we want our
children to learn that we are all people, we need to start, at some point, not having to have things categorized by race. They want us to continue to
have "Hispanics for Trump" and Black Churches and silly things like Bill Clinton being our first black president. I mean seriously? When someone is
brought up where everything is distinguished by race, then how do we ever expect things to ever change?
Now, it also amazes me how people are always trying to "connect the dots", like everything is a CSI episode. You want to know why racists support
Trump, because that's what all the people who do not like him call him! If we cannot simply get past the idea that if we hold leaders responsible for
the actions of their supporters, then we will never, ever, navigate these choppy waters. And before someone says it, do not begin lecturing on how a
leaders actions make people act certain ways because we live in a society where people who are in a position to mold leaders a certain way ( i.e.
Media ), they then have the ability to unfairly sway peoples minds one way or the other. People who commit crimes, whatever they do, are responsible
for those crimes. Unless they were specifically told, instructed, paid by someone, they are solely responsible. Even if those responsible in this case
stated they "Did this for TRUMP" you should not hold him responsible because that line of thinking allows us to be manipulated very easily.
So, what is this article really about? To get people to think Trump is bad. The OP clearly supports Hillary and that's OK, it's almost how it should
be. And I could have easily picked a post that was the exact opposite, trying to make Hillary look bad. I strongly urge people to objectively look at
what each candidate has done poorly and well in their lives. We are talking about electing a person who essentially has the ability to destroy this
So, in light of having an opinion, and not trying to fall into that grey area where people try and appear that they are all understanding and we all
need to get along and agree, I will end with my feeling on this election and who I will support, because no one should be afraid of expressing their
support for someone. Nor should anyone so adamantly never change their opinion just because.
No political experience.
Needs to show that losing is sometimes better than winning. His aggressive demeanor hopefully has a point where compromise is possible.
No political experience. Yes, I have that in both pro and con.
Contrary to all the press about his bankruptcies, he is a very successful business person.
He does not need to line his pockets with more money. His egotistical self would probably want more people to like him ( the american people in the
masses ) than have an inner circle of rich elitists.
He understands trade.
He does love this country.
Completely self serving. I do not say that lightly.
At the heart of political corruption in this country.
She has been in politics 40 years, I have no other way of saying that she has not accomplished much. Here is a link to her own website of her top 9
accomplishments. I am sorry, this is not a very good resume for 40 years and I would argue that some of these 9 are over stated. ( hope I am not
breaking any posting rules by adding a link ) www.hillaryclinton.com...
Has many years in politics. That has to count for something.
Strong and a little ruthless. Both are needed in leaders, but its just where those characteristics are focused that are important.
I will be voting for Trump unless something changes in the next few days. And yes, I could change my mind. But based on what I know to this point, we
need to stop the course this country is on. And the division that has been stoked over the past 8 years, we desperately need to try another approach.
Hillary has been "fighting" for the little people for a very long time, along with many other liberals. The truth is that its not working. There has
to come a time when we start holding our elected officials responsible. If Trump wins, he WILL have no choice but to be accountable, to both those who
do not believe in him, as well as those that do. The vast majority of Trump supporters will not continue to support him if does not put America and
its Citizens first.
I am so sorry for the long post, it has gone a little off topic, but I guess I just had some pent up points I wanted to make. I will go back to just
reading for another year or two now.
By all means, I am all ears.