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Thu Jul 18, 2019, 09:49 AM

Charles M. Blow at The New York Times writes--What Trump Is Teaching Our Children:

[Donald Trump] is everything we teach our children not to be. In Trump’s world of immorality, the lessons being taught undo all the principles parents struggle to instill.

He is teaching our children that there is no absolute truth, there is “alternative fact.” It’s not what you say, but how you say it and how vociferously you can defend it.

He is teaching little boys that women’s bodies exist as playgrounds for privileged men, and that there is no price to be paid if you are popular enough or rich enough.

He is teaching little girls that if they are ever victims of sexual assault by a popular, wealthy boy and deign to reveal it, they will likely to come under withering verbal assault.

He is teaching our children that the color of one’s skin does indeed supersede the content of one’s character. He is teaching them that there is a skin-color hierarchy in which whiteness is perched on top.

He is teaching the black and brown children that their citizenship and connection to this country is tenuous and fractional, not like white children.



via:
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/7/18/1872646/-Abbreviated-pundit-round-up-Eric-Garner-s-killer-roams-free-Trump-incites-NC-crowd
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/17/opinion/trump-american-children.html

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kpete Jul 18 OP
5X Jul 18 #1
gopiscrap Jul 18 #2
Bayard Jul 18 #3
struggle4progress Jul 18 #4
greatauntoftriplets Jul 18 #8
DBoon Jul 18 #5
ancianita Jul 18 #6
bigbrother05 Jul 18 #9
FiveGoodMen Jul 18 #7
marieo1 Jul 18 #10
Politicub Jul 18 #11
alterfurz Jul 20 #12

Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 09:56 AM

1. and, depending on the age, those lessons can be well learned

and come back to haunt us later.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 10:33 AM

2. this so totally tragic

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 10:46 AM

3. Absolutely right

I expect our prisons to become even more overcrowded in the next several years, and booming business for psychiatrists. Drug crisis to be compounded many times over. It will be difficult for these kids to have normal relationships.

You have to give this beast one thing--he WILL be one of the most influential presidents ever.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 10:49 AM

4. You've got to be carefully taught

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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 11:58 AM

8. I love that song.

I was probably under 10 when I first heard it and the words deeply affected my thinking about race. Thanks for posting it.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 10:55 AM

5. "come under withering verbal assault" is a gross understatement

More like "go into hiding and require police protection due to credible and specific death threats"

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 11:23 AM

6. It's one thing to teach. It's another thing to trust the teacher. It's quite another to learn. Kids

know an asshole when they see one. They know that what he's teaching is what an asshole he is.

Don't worry about the kids. The kids are all right.

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Response to ancianita (Reply #6)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 12:12 PM

9. When kids see the bully not just tolerated but rewarded, that sticks with them

It takes a long time to unlearn what they see as reality.

Only repercussions (impeachment/decisive defeat) will validate that wrong isn't a valid lifestyle choice.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 11:53 AM

7. He is teaching the same lesson as the GOP

He is the culmination of what they've been after for 40 years.

We must get rid of Trump but that is -- to put it very mildly -- only the beginning of the work we need to do.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 12:22 PM

10. DJT Spewing hatred

He is spewing hate alright!!! I hate him and his followers with a passion, I have never ever in my life hated anyone so much. He/they are despicable human beings. I have been a Democrat all my life and I am from a whole line of Democrats. I have known lots of republicans, tho and although I haven't agreed with them on many issues, I never hated any of them. I believe DJT and his followers are not republican at all, they call themselves republicans so they can get away with tearing our country apart, they have formed another party right before our eyes. It is a party of hate, lies, misinformation, perversion and they want to take over our country. Why don't the good people of both the Democratic and republican parties stand up to DJT and all of them and do something about it. This is another civil war and unless we fight it, they will win!!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Thu Jul 18, 2019, 12:51 PM

11. It's heartbreaking. He has normalized bullying.

Sondheim has a lyric, “Children must be carefully taught.” I can’t imagine the number of the children of MAGA parents who are in the schoolyard telling black and brown children to go back where they came from.

On edit: it wasn’t Sondheim... it was Rodgers and Hammerstein, which is posted earlier in the thread.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Jul 20, 2019, 11:29 AM

12. from Richard Cohen

"A father instructs. He raises a child to be good, to be honest, to tell the truth, to be humble, to be fair, not to be petty, to respect women, to accept fair criticism, to protect the weak and not to injure the injured, such as the bereaved parents of a son who died heroically in Iraq and a reporter with a physical disability. Trump teaches otherwise. He shows a boy that the manly virtues are for suckers, that the narcissism of youth should be cherished and that angry impulses have to be honored. Lots of men have failed as presidents, as Trump surely will, but few fail so dismally as role models. He’s a boy’s idea of a man. He’s a man’s idea of a boy."

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