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Dear America, I don’t understand

March 10, 2016

If any of us were to regularly mock, insult, belittle, taunt, and use vulgar language toward others in our personal lives we would all be out of work, out of a relationship, out of friends and alone. Since most of us – despite the differences we’re told separate us – generally reasonable people, we understand that and we don’t do it. So I don’t understand why we not only accept that behavior, but reward it, in our Republican presidential candidates?

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  1. March 10, 2016 8:35 am

    If our colleagues found our mocking, insulting, etc. to be entertaining and humorous, I’m pretty sure we’d be okay. I’ve found that people generally find people who make them laugh to be likeable. It’s just that most of us can’t pull that off.

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  2. March 10, 2016 8:41 am

    It is really rather easy to understand.

    Think long and hard about this question. How do you know what Donald Trump said?

    In the old days, politicians said horrible things about each other all the time, Lyndon Johnson was undoubtedly the worst – but the press never reported it. Even when LBJ said disgusting things during press conferences, the evening news edited out his vulgarities.

    Now the media makes bucks on abuse.

    Trumps knows this and has grabbed hundreds of millions of dollars of free advertising – just by saying outrageous and abusive things. He learned how to do this from reality television.

    We have come a long way since the day when Lenny Bruce was arrested for going blue – and when he got arrested for saying naughty words and the forces of freedom rose to his defense, there were those who said, “where does this end?”

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  3. March 10, 2016 10:25 am

    I don’t find it easy to understand at all. Just because the press reports it doesn’t make it right to say it in the first place. I think it is one thing for a stand up comic or other celebrity to spew hatred and vulgarities and another entirely for the person who is vying for the highest office in the land. I actually don’t care about the hatred that Trump pukes onto the stage. What I care about is the overwhelming support he has for doing so.

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    • March 10, 2016 11:48 am

      When you debase the culture, sooner or later it will be come out at the top.

      As for the overwhelming support that Trump enjoys – that does not come out of thin air. We do not have trade, immigration, regulation, educational or health policies designed to benefit the majority of Americans and the public is fed up, so it reacts with anger. Neither do we have a media that is willing to speak honesty about any of these things – so Trump is what we get.

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  4. March 22, 2016 8:48 am

    Because secretly, we all have evil thoughts that we are too polite to share. (Obviously, some are more evil than others.) I just think Donald Trump was raised to believe that money ‘trumps’ good taste and social niceties.

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