Monday, October 23, 2017

Should we blame Trump for that?

Critical thinking matters to me.

I have some left-leaning friends that I think are falling into the trap of blaming everything on Trump. For example;

Trump is wishy-washy on climate change + a hurricane just hit Florida.

This could have been exacerbated by climate change therefore FUCK Donald Trump.

(I'm paraphrasing a friend's Facebook post)

Now I get the urge to post something like that, but I don't think that's going to further the cause.

Climate change, whether or not it's caused by man (it almost certainly is) and what we're going to do about it is a nuanced and layered enough topic that it can't be summed up or blamed on one person. By doing so, you're shutting down an opportunity to have an intelligent debate about it.

Lemme give a few more examples

Should we blame Donald Trump for getting divorces?

I'm gonna say no. A lot of people do it.

Filing bankruptcies?

Again, no. He's just using the system the way anyone else does. If you don't like it, change the system (don't hate the player hate the game)

Should we criticize Ivanka for using foreign sweatshops to make her clothes?

Again, no, because she is just doing what every business person would do in that industry to stay competitive.

Should we blame Trump for criticizing a Gold Star military family?

YES! Yes we should.

Should we blame Trump for saying we need to ban Muslims from entering the U.S.?

YES! This is totally unconstitutional! One of the biggest reasons we rebelled from England was to have religious freedom.

Should we blame Trump for calling Elizabeth Warren 'Pocohantas'?

YES! This is blatantly racist! Akin to referring to a black person as 'Leroy' or an asian person as Wang when that is not their name.

I could go on and on, but my basic point is if you criticize and blame Trump for EVERYTHING, it kind of loses it's edge.

It's like crying wolf, if you do it all the time people won't listen.

It's also exactly what Trump did to Hillary and Obama, but I think we're better than that. When Michelle Obama said 'when they go low, we go high' she was onto something similar.

We can't just give up on intelligent debate because we lost one election (Hillary would almost certainly have won without Russian interference). We still have to be smart. Time to start thinking about flipping some seats in 2018.

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