There are no quiet places anymore, save for a yoga studio, the silent room in the library, and places in our homes. Voices are louder and more blustery; streets are filled with fast drivers who drive with their horns rather than their ability. Even children speak louder because they are used to having headphones importing nonsense into their brains.
Most of our noise these days is focused on the political campaigns, especially Donald Trump. One cannot escape him. He is on the news, on the front pages of magazines; people are speaking about him in restaurants and in supermarkets. Several people I know had their date nights ruined by other diners taking political polls. Politics divides and this has been possibly the most divisive campaign in American history. The Republicans are becoming two parties. John McCain (considered good republican) and Mitt Romney (no comment) join in television commercials asking people to vote against their candidate, Trump, who seems to gain more votes in the polls the more hatred he spews.
As a person of the cloth, I am not allowed to share whom I am voting for and I will not. As a Jew, I am commanded to rebuke when I see wrong and speak for what is just and right. This political campaign is as messy as the Senate; where nothing has been accomplished for years, where the louder and the more arrogant you are, the greater your voice. Here is where Trump stands on the issues: Global warming- a hoax (although scientists the world over have proven that its real), Trade- no trade with other countries (although economists have stated that it will stimulate the economy), Same Sex Marriage- this thrice married man believes in “traditional marriage”, Abortion- no woman has a right to her body, and his political hot button immigration- “People are flowing into this country by the millions, not by the thousands, by the millions, and destroying the fabric of the country," Donald Trump told Iowa radio host Steve Deace earlier this year. "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists," he later said of Mexican immigrants. He also told The Washington Post that as president, he would erect a wall along the Mexican border, which he said, "would be very effective" in deterring immigrants from entering the country.
Contrary to Trump's claim that millions of people are entering the country, the data suggest that more people are leaving than entering the country across the southwest border, and the population of undocumented immigrants has been falling since 2007. Additionally, immigrants are less likely than the population as a whole to commit crimes, research suggests.
In the face of evidence and proof from those in the know, Trump lies publically and people believe him. With his finger pointed in the face of humanity, his orange self tanned face, twisted with red venom, he proclaims his truth and people lift their arms up in salute as they did more than 50 years ago to another narrow minded, lying, waste of humanity.
What have we become that this man is gaining votes and the admiration of David Duke of the KKK, Louis Farakhan, representative of virulent anti-semitism, the uneducated, those Southerners who wish to go back to slavery and those who wish to silence women. How can Trump’s daughter, the highly intelligent, Jewish founder of her own company stand by her father?
Truth and justice have not meant much when dealing with politics; but we have had many Presidents who sought the Oval Office to do good, to help people, to move forward. God and Trump only know why he is running. I pray that it’s a publicity stunt to teach us just how vulnerable and stupid we are. In the words of Adolf Hitler, “When you tell a lie long enough, people begin to believe us.”
I admit that my calm is interrupted by the mention of his name. He has achieved his goal to get into the mind of every American.
While I was driving last week, I saw a parked car, which bore a Trump bumper sticker on the back window. The streets were empty and so I backed up and looked again just to be sure. It was a tiny blue square with the word Trump small and simple in the middle. I had to take out my strong reading glasses to read the word and see the hint of red in the sticker. That was it. No large letters which screamed in your face, no flags or symbols, just pure simplicity. I was reminded of his no cost marketing again. Where he boomed all across every version of media, his bumper sticker whispered Trump. As I drove away, I thought that perhaps the bumper sticker foretold of his silencing in the future, his voice an indent in history and I felt quiet and calm.