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Abnormal Can Never Be Normal

December 16, 2016

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The dictionary defines abnormal as, “deviating from what is normal or usual, typically in a way that is undesirable or worrying”.  If there is anything that can be said about the 2016 election and post election, it is that it has been abnormal.

Beginning with Trump becoming the Republican nominee, to the surprise of just about everyone, to him becoming the president-elect, as an even bigger surprise, nothing about any part of the election has been normal.

Debates, normally designed to reveal a candidate’s position on issues, became displays of inane rhetoric. Media coverage, normally digging into a candidate’s qualifications, became simple reports of outlandish statements and tweet analysis. A voter’s choice, normally between qualified candidates, became the choice between two evils: the devil you know, or the one you don’t.

In the introduction the the Federalist Papers, published in 1788, Alexander Hamilton wrote:

“It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind.”

While Hamilton was talking about whether or not the States should ratify the new Constitution, the quote can be applied to our current situation. Now that the results are in, the question for us is whether or not we are going to allow things abnormal to become normal.  One of the most troubling issues is the seemingly “normalization” of Trump.

Degrading women is abnormal. To set aside remarks as “locker talk”, to say “get over it”, is not normal. An example is being set that is to the detriment of not only women, but society as a whole.

Mocking the handicapped is abnormal. Not only that, it shows an ignorance and lack of humanity of anyone who engages in it. To let it slide is inexcusable.

Categorizing anyone, based on race or religion, as criminal or un-American is abnormal. The fundamental rights of just being human, have been attacked and denigrated.

Ignoring the truth, by making false statements, is abnormal. The rise of fake news is bad enough, but when supporters don’t care if a candidate blatantly lies it’s deplorable.

To believe himself to be smarter than our intelligence services and not needing their expertise is abnormal. This is exactly how Bin Laden was able to attack us, by George W. Bush ignoring intelligent experts.

For a foreign government to interfere in any way in our electoral process is abnormal. Yet, there are those who either deny it or just say “let us move on, we are past that”. Not only is it an act of war, but is solid grounds for dismissing any person involved (see Federalist Paper #68).

Anyone of these are unacceptable in a country that prides itself on freedom, liberty, and justice for all. But to see all of them becoming normal is not only extraordinarily worrisome but undesirable to the max.

A portion of the nation has elected a man who by all accounts, including the above, is abnormal. What is scary to me, is the attempt by so many to normalize him.

Opponents who once described Trump as unfit, a joke, are now groveling at his feet. A media that should be digging deep into so many reasons Trump is a joke, are hovering in a corner afraid to challenge him (although that may be changing). Democrats and Republicans are playing a wait-and-see game, when they should be demanding accountability for his actions, even before he takes office. Leaders in the tech industry are meeting to “build a bridge” with him. Unfortunately that will be a one way road going in his direction only.

It is normal for a candidate to make promises he/she may not be able to keep. It is abnormal to completely back pedal on all one’s promises by simply saying, “That was for show”. He’s making fools of the American people.

This is not about the election per se, nor the electoral process, nor being Democrat, Republican, or any political affiliation. It is about what we as a nation are going to consider normal. What we want our nation to stand for. It is about whether we will remain silent to the detriment of the very foundation on which this country was built and allow abnormal to become normal.

One last thought:

When I was in the military we had to follow the chain of command. We had to memorize the chain and obey orders from any superior. We were taught to salute any officer above us, not the man/woman but the insignia on their shoulder. This was and is the norm in the military, to respect the authority of the position. Thankfully, I am no longer in the military. The Commander-In-Chief is at the top of that chain. The one about to take that position does not have my respect nor am I going to normalize him and address him as president. Abnormal will never be normal.

 

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