Seeing Through the News Cycle Fog

President Trump’s racist tweets aimed at sitting U.S. Congresswomen showcased our broken national dialogue…

The problem with this thinking is that it takes you to a place where the only “true Americans” are the ones who think and look just like you.

I vehemently disagree with many of President Trump’s policies. I think he has hurt our standing as a country through those policies. But I would never say that he hates America or that he wants our country to fail. I would never make it seem that since First Lady Melania Trump was born in another country that her status as a U.S. citizen is somehow suspect (she achieved U.S. citizenship in 2006). I believe that President Trump and his administration sincerely want the best for America, I just disagree with his policies for making that happen.

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…consider whether or not you would label former President Dwight D. Eisenhower a socialist. Then consider the fact that his administration had marginal tax rates as high as 90 percent for the wealthy.

The word socialism does not have much meaning in our current political climate because it has been used to describe every policy of the left. Those on the right can’t imagine supporting socialism, so they begin to think that every Democrat hates America. But they don’t hate America! In fact, they love America as much as Republicans do. They just have a different vision for how to move the country forward.

“The Squad” Should Be Held Accountable for Their Comments, Too

While this header above is true, and I’ll get to that in more detail shortly, I want to be clear that implying they are anti-American or that they are not American citizens is NOT the way to do it. That is a racist, cynical ploy aimed at dividing us even more.

In Conclusion…

If you see Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, or Ilhan Omar as anything other than democratically-elected U.S. citizens, there’s a major problem. Because that is exactly what they are. If you think President Trump deserves the respect of the office that he holds, then you must give these Congresswomen the same level of respect.

If you think President Trump deserves the respect of the office that he holds, then you must give these Congresswomen the same level of respect.

Obviously it is okay to disagree with the policy positions these Congresswomen hold. In fact, it’s okay to vehmently disagree with them and use harsh language to say so. Our freedom of speech affords those rights to us.

Christ-follower. Husband to @SarahLCharles. Simple moments hold great power. Connect with me at my website: www.aarondcharles.com

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