My Turn: How has the hate worked so far?

  • President Donald Trump gives the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday in New London, Conn. AP

For the Monitor
Thursday, May 18, 2017

So now we are concerned that President Donald Trump wants to start a new Nazi empire, and we want to ban Trump socks because they create disharmony in our community. We also think he is colluding with the Russians, I guess as part of the Nazi thing, although the Russians and the Nazis weren’t the greatest of friends.

Here’s another potential scandal. It is rumored that some of those skinhead, fascist, racist Trump supporters have put something in the drinking water in New Hampshire to make liberals become delusional.

When is this country going to get over the election? Throwing hissy fits isn’t going to change the result. Sure the choices were awful. But Trump was smart enough to read the Constitution and understand how the Electoral College worked, and Hillary apparently wasn’t.

And let’s be clear. The 60,000,000 or so voters who elected him weren’t skinhead racists. They were people who were fed up with “business as usual” in Washington. They were worried about decaying cities and lost jobs. They wanted better education systems for their children. They were fed up with all the money spent overseas while their own bridges and roads were falling apart. They wanted something to finally get done about an immigration system in chaos. They were alarmed at the diminished level of free speech in this country, and were tired of being called “deplorables” or just being ignored.

So instead of choosing another member of the royal families of Bushes and Clintons, they chose “other” with a big assist from the media.

Barring something even more bizarre than what we have already seen, Trump is the president for another three years and eight months. Deal with it.

Our country needs to suck it up and hope for the best. Having some of our citizens run around with their hair on fire isn’t productive.

I think of President Trump as a combination of Forrest Gump and the guy who escaped from the “Cuckoo’s Nest.” I’m guessing that poking him with a stick will not be productive. It would be nice if the country ramped down the rhetoric a couple of notches and perhaps people tried to negotiate or compromise on issues. Forrest Gump actually got quite a bit accomplished.

Despite all the rhetoric, Trump is not a racist, nor do I believe that he is a Nazi. I think those tendencies would have shown up a long time ago. Until just a few years ago he was a New York liberal. Perhaps in the interim he heard a different message from blue-collar workers and the inner cities. And with the right encouragement, maybe the country can actually benefit from a change in approach to some of our problems. Or we can just go on hating each other and ensuring nothing gets done except when we ram it down each other’s throats.

That has worked great so far.

(Glenn K. Currie lives in Concord.)