BASIC FAIRNESS IS A REAL ISSUE IN THE PRESENT PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
I have questions. They may have simple answers; then again, they may not. They have to do with the frantic search for every record available and unavailable from Hilary Clinton while, at the same time, giving Donald J. Trump a pass.
SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS
As Bernie Sanders quipped, “People are sick and tired of Hillary’s ‘damn’ e-mails!” Frankly, I agree with Bernie, but it didn’t stop the inquiries.
Here’s how I see it. Hillary Clinton has released her tax returns. She has released several hundred thousands of e-mails. She has been grilled several times by government agencies, the FBI, and congressional hearings. Even though the head of the FBI said Clinton had been “careless” with her handling of e-mails, he found no reason to recommend further action by the Department of Justice.
Why is it, then, that we cannot get copies of Donald Trump’s income taxes…
even those that are NOT under IRS audit? Why are there are no requests for Trump’s calendars? Why not disclosure of his e-mails? Why are we not getting a full account of Trump’s dealings with the Bank of China? Why are we not getting a record of Trump’s and his associates’ dealings with Putin and the takeover of a huge chunk of Crimea?
Since Clinton and Trump are running for the same office, why shouldn’t we be interested in the same material for both candidates? Isn’t this the standard practice for interviewing candidates for a new job?
When we know, for a fact, that Trump’s business dealings are a disgrace–he has clearly, knowingly, employed undocumented labor to work on his real estate projects. Since he is running for the presidency, and the American people deserve to know, why have there been no congressional investigations into his shady business practices?
TRUMP’S TAJ MAHAL IN ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
When subcontractors are not paid for their work, when undocumented workers have been hired for his projects, when bankruptcy is used as a “business tool” to enrich Trump while leaving some of his businesses shuttered and defunct, the public has a right to know the details.
WHERE ARE RECORDS OF TRUMP’S BANKRUPTCIES?
Recently, on “Face the Nation,” former presidential candidate Ben Carson said that “under Trump we will begin to use common sense.” I see no evidence that common sense is in short supply now, except in this unbelievably inane and insensitive presidential campaign.
The rules do not appear to be the same for Clinton and Trump. For example, although the Trump campaign insists that Clinton release her medical records, why are they not releasing Trump’s entire medical record? Are we supposed to accept a one page letter provided by Trump’s gastroenterologist, while his limousine waited for the document, as a complete dossier of his medical history?
It is perfectly clear that the current campaign flounders in a sea of double standards.
Trump has “been hitting her hard,” according to “Meet the Press,” on the subject of the Clinton Foundation, while there is absolutely no evidence that the Clinton Foundation was an avenue for “Pay for Play” while Clinton was Secretary of State. Why are we not getting a look into Trump’s and his son’s foundation activities? Frankly, I think it is a disservice to the American people to suggest that Clinton is “untrustworthy,” that “she has given away state secrets,” or that she is a “bigot,” when there is sparse evidence, if any, for these accusations.
Shouldn’t we be insisting that Trump release information on all of his or his associates’ contacts with the Russian Federation and the leaders of Crimea? Shouldn’t we have those occasions when Trump was “untrustworthy” or “dishonest” with his employees made public? Shouldn’t we make it perfectly clear that Trump is guilty on numerous occasions of “bigoted” behavior?
DONALD J. TRUMP
Isn’t it time that we require the same information for all candidates who are applying for a job like President of the United States.
PAGE FROM COULTER BOOK
Parents of special needs children, like myself, know something about facing mental disabilities. I’ve written pretty extensively about those battles
on Daily Kos. All of us have good days and bad days, but parents who care for children with mental disabilities have a unique bond with each other and our community. The community as a whole knows about our children or family member, but they really will never understand the joys and the struggles of living day to day in that situation.
Ann Coulter’s new book, “In Trump We Trust”, takes on the issue of Trump attacking a reporter over a disability. Instead of acknowledging this as a mistake, even with a half-hearted apology, Coulter decides to double down. “he’s not retarded” “he was doing a standard retard.”
Her answer makes no sense. Was he imitating a frightened reporter? Was he “doing a standard retard”? In a single paragraph, she offers two explanations.
Ann Coulter, though, reveals exactly what is wrong with the right wing thought process on mental health in America.
Ann Coulter doesn’t really understand the struggle that faces those with disabilities, apparently. She also doesn’t understand that most persons with mental disabilities are sweet, kind, generous, honest, caring people who face challenges every day and fight through them.
I have written here about times that we have had struggles, the successes and the failures. I’ve written before about the use of the “R” word, who uses it, how it gets used and how it can sting those who are developmentally disabled.
The term can be used without pejorative, but Ann Coulter, like Trump, uses it as a punch line, a joke as though poking fun at a class of individuals is “OK”.
The Sub-Human Problem
It is time for us to acknowledge that Trump and his surrogates have bought into the worst of right wing ideas. They openly advocate, without shame, that some human beings simply “are worth less” than the rest of us because of who they are or how they were born. Were you born mentally disabled? Grew up Islamic? Maybe you’re a minority? Making jokes about you is OK because they have decided if you are in those groups you are less entitled to courtesy, decency, respect. Simply put, you are sub-human, beneath them and their allies, and therefore mocking or degrading you is A-OK.
Classifying an entire group of people in this way is something I would have thought unthinkable even a few years ago.
In Coulter’s view, it’s all A-OK because poking fun at the mentally disabled is A-OK.
This is not OK. Trump has made it OK to talk out loud about people as “other” “different” “rejectable”.
This isn’t American. It isn’t healthy. It certainly isn’t pro-life.
This demeans life. This is an insult on human dignity. This sickens our public discourse.
[This piece first appeared in the Friday, August 26, 2016 edition of Daily Kos and is reprinted here under the guidelines established by Daily Kos. Illustrations accompanied the article. Our thanks to Chris Reeves for writing it; our thanks to Daily Kos for permission to share it.]