Trump sup­port­ers are not id­iots

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Ti­tus Mu­niz, Mar­bury

This is a re­sponse to Pat El­der’s let­ter to the edi­tor from Fri­day, July 29 [“We’re wit­ness­ing the rise of an idiot cul­ture”].

Mr. El­der wrote a let­ter to the edi­tor claim­ing that we are ob­serv­ing the rise of an idiot cul­ture. As a reader, I tried to de­ter­mine why he was call­ing our cul­ture id­i­otic. If I un­der­stand him cor­rectly I be­lieve the id­iots are those who are un­will­ing to vote for Trump and his poli­cies.

Since I like to think I am not an idiot, I looked at his ar­gu­ments. Many of his claims are, to put it po­litely, ques­tion­able. First, he claimed im­mi­grants have dou­bled the pop­u­la­tion. Im­mi­grants make up 13.3 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion. I am a lit­tle con­fused how im­mi­grants dou­bled the pop­u­la­tion and yet only make up 13.3 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion. Sec­ond, he stated that Trump was in Scot­land sav­ing that coun­try. I am sure that Trump sav­ing the coun­try was news to the Scot­tish peo­ple. I did not know that build­ing a re­sort was the sal­va­tion of a coun­try.

Mr. El­der should also fol­low the Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal sys­tem more care­fully. The author missed the an­nounce­ment about Tim Kaine be­ing the vice pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee be­cause he strongly de­nounced the Clin­ton/El­iz­a­beth War­ren pres­i­den­tial ticket. Fi­nally, most of those who be­lieve that Obama was not a nat­u­ral born cit­i­zen be­lieve that he was born in Kenya. The author added Ghana to the list of places where Obama was born. I would like to see ev­i­dence to sup­port that.

I would ask the author to study the found­ing of our coun­try as a na­tion of im­mi­grants. We should all re­mem­ber the words writ­ten on the Statue of Lib­erty. “Give me your tired, your poor, your hud­dled masses yearn­ing to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teem­ing shore. Send these, the home­less, tem­pest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp be­side the golden door!” This is not what Mr. Trump be­lieves makes Amer­ica great.

The let­ter in ques­tion demon­strates what is wrong with the Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal sys­tem. Peo­ple have no re­spect for those who do not agree with them. In­stead they re­sort to name call­ing and cit­ing spe­cious facts. Peo­ple have the right to vote their con­scious, as Ted Cruz sug­gested, and not be told they are id­iots.

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