Swansboro, N.C.

August 17, 2020

TO THE EDITOR:

There is nothing wrong with idolizing a person in power nor is there anything wrong with appreciating the work and achievements that one makes. What is dangerous to the political game, both to the politician and to the voter, is the unjust deification of a political figure such as a U.S. President. I'm not singling out President Trump, because this does not only apply to him nor did it begin with him. I'm also not singling out one political party or another, because both Democrats and Republicans are guilty of exhibiting this behavior. For the sake of ease and staying current, I will be talking about President Donald Trump and the following he's amassed.

It is important to understand that many Trump supporters canonize the President without even realizing it. This is partly due to the President's way of branding and advertising himself. Here's what I mean by that: Donald Trump is a businessman and a negotiator. As such, and as has been his brand for the past several decades, he self-praises and builds himself up as a method of gaining and maintaining support. To compliment this narcissistic personality, the President also targets anybody who disagrees with him (and his ever-changing brand) as an enemy.

Firstly, those who deify President Trump are generally extreme right-wing Republican voters. Extremists of either political party are not healthy for the political game either, but that's a topic for another article. These extremists often use strong symbolism in their speech and expressions as a way of making President Trump appear to be of a higher power. The most common symbol of this is the President Trump flag. Flags are very important and meaningful to the American way of life. We as a nation are somewhat unique in that we value and in some ways worship our country's flag as one of our defining features, without which we are not America. The President Donald Trump flags are dangerously close to being viewed in a similar fashion. In some extreme cases I've actually seen the Donald Trump flag flown above the American flag.

This is dangerous because putting President Trump on the same level as the entire country causes him to appear as some sort of deity or higher power, and those lacking in satisfaction in their faith are quick to resort to viewing the President as less of a politician and more of a religious figure. As I stated, this is extremely unhealthy for a narcissistic businessman-turned politician as well as for the voter. It only boosts the President's already intense self-esteem, but worse than that it creates the belief that having an open mind to any political views other than President Trump's is the equivalent of being unfaithful or even treasonous.

It is important for all voters, Republican and Democratic alike, to remember that anti-Trump is not synonymous with anti-Republican or anti-America. While Trump is the current face of Republicans, he is only here for a short time, be it four years or eight. It's also important to know that just like President Trump should not be deified, he also should not be demonized. He is simply a more extreme example of a President and Presidential candidate. Just as his glorification is not great for the political game, the hate towards him also does not help. Rational and informed, open-minded dialogue is what is needed if we as a nation are going to get past the violent obscenity that is American Politics.

JAMES SPECIALE

(35) comments

dc

It seems his predecessor may have been canonized even more & probably led to his election as he explained to Michelle. Have you thought much about the flags & othet signs of support is a direct result of the other side's TDS hatred for him? Think a little deeper.

mpjeep

The writer, Speciale, tried to be clever starting with his Letter to the Editor Titled “Open Minded Dialogue”, going on to say that Democrats and Republicans have been guilty of bad behavior and that he was not singling out any particular party,

Baloney...he then went on with his main reason for writing: the “character assassination” of Trump.

Speciale whines and complains about Trump Flags. Come on, is that it? Guess he wouldn’t like my MAGA Hat either or Freedom of Expression.

In closing, Speciale then tries to cleverly pull us together as he did in the beginning, as if the Main Point of his letter was “open-minded”. Not!

David Collins

Call me sheltered but I have never personally seen a Trump flag . Find it strange that desecration of our flag is quite ok for some folks but not others . Where are the treason charges for those peaceful anarchists burning and looting those cities ? Where are any meaningful charges for that matter ? Folks often get worked up during election season and flag seniority sometimes lapses . Not really a big deal , no one hurt , no damage done , just expressing their preference . Actually , considering the disgusting performances put on by our elected officials putting our flag secondary to another is in itself protest . Peaceful protest but still protest .

Sleepwalker

The defining moment was when big mike said “ This is the first time I’ve been proud of my country” after obama was elected...

drewski

Nice letter, valid points made. As alwas the CCP is going to attack if you point out any flaw, no matter how obvious in the God/ King tump. Your points seem balanced and well intentioned to me. The Chronic Crabby Posters( CCP) not so much.

Donna

I agree with mpjeep - right on. Also, Mr. Speciale sounds like a politician himself; talking out of both sides. If I had a Trump flag I would fly it. If I had a MAGA hat I would wear it. Trump has never even been given a chance in DC because he has had to fight hate and discontent since he took office. What he is supposed to do? roll over and play dead. Give the man a break and let's see what he can do. You might like it.

Sleepwalker

Speciale...do you have amnesia? You don’t remember the black elementary teachers having the kids sing songs worshipping obama...at my place of employment, almost all of the black folks had little mini shrines set up with obamas picture. I could go on and on.

sick and tired

I am amazed at how many things are Trumps fault. I have heard it said that Trump supporters think that he is God but the ones who hate him seem to be the ones who have that train of thought. Anti-Trumpers think that he controls the weather, peoples actions, the Russians, controls peoples physical health(coronavirus for example) If there are storms, it is his fault. If there are riots, it is his fault. If there is a crime, it is his fault. If you get the coronavirus, or any sickness for that matter, it is his fault. He hasn't got out his beakers yet, and made a vaccine. If you lost a job, it's his fault. I mean my goodness, it has rained here for the past few days, he knows my grass needs to mowed and he wants it to be knee high! Seriously, it defies logic the things this man can control. He got elected because people wanted change. Not the hope of change but real change. One can only imagine how great this country could be right now if the powers that be had not fought him tooth and nail on EVERYTHING. I saw an ad that said he just wants the spot light. Trump had the spot light, he had money, he had the glorious praises of the Hollywood elite, he ran in the same circles as leaders of not only the business world but of other countries. If he didn't want to help our country he could have stayed in one of his many mansions, or hotels and lived his very comfortable cushy life. All the while having all these same politicians, entertainers, and athlete's kissing his hind parts like they have done for decades, instead of being vilified on a daily basis.

mpjeep

You are 100% correct, sichandtired. Trump is blamed for everything, including the weather.

sick and tired

No joke. It baffles me. Especially the ads that show how "my (insert family member here) died from covid-19 and would still be alive today if it wasn't for Trump. Really? This man can do no right. Excuse me, he can't do anything right NOW. Before he was president they treated him like a god.

CARTERETISCORRUPT

I support Trump, and abhor all things democrat. I am not far Right, I am an American. IT is that simple.

David Collins

I do remember the photos of those mini shrines . Also remember the children coached into chanting “am black and I am proud” on and on . Indoctrination ?

King Trump bad , King Obama good . I remember “ you lost , elections have consequences “ . True then , true now .

Let the voters decide and get on with it .

drewski

Yes let the voters decide. The bloated orange god/ king is doing his best with voter supression, laying the groundwork to shriek voter fraud. He clearly is worried, watching the dem debates, tweeting in all caps. Trying to upstage at every turn. He has quite obvious mental and personality problems. Carteret county will undoubtedly go 75% for trump, the nation not so much. Let's all vote and pray we can get some sane , adult leadership, instead of what we have now.

drewski

"Also remember the children coached into chanting “am black and I am proud” on and on . Indoctrination"

Do you even hear yourself? A historic first a black man elected to highest office in the land. BLack children able to see that same opportunity for themselves. Saying I am black and I am proud is not indoctrination, its a self affirmation. Simply amazing some people are so self unaware, and the words that come out of their keyboards.

Sleepwalker

The -19 virus is his fault too. When in actuality trump supported the governors of each state. He let THEM make the decisions for their individual states. He could have been tyrannical and mandated a federal lockdown. He also only sent federal leo to the burning cities after the rioters started damaging federal buildings.

David Collins

Took you a while to get that one . At that head start “school” madrasa , instead of rhetoric , actually learning how to spell along with math , real history , proper English and a dose of civics would be more cost effective . That would be something to be proud of . Not mindless parroting . Of course that would take instructors that actually knew of such things . Tax dollars at work , again .

Sleepwalker

Drewski, obama being elected did nothing for the general black population. First he hung his hat on “community organizer” in Chicago ...wow how was that a positive accomplishment. That whole area was (still is) one of the worst places for a person of color in the country. Trump employed more citizens of color than obama ever did. Apparently positive affirmation is looting and burning. Proofs in the pudding. Trump has been better for EVERYONE...except the Chinese. obama has come out now and bashed trump. Always remember “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor...if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance”.

drewski

Let's be charitable and assume you wilfully decline to understand. Obama was the first black man to be potus, that is something for black ppl and black children esp to rejoice over. You choose to denigrate community organizer, fine. He was doing something for others is my view. Like so many others you point to murders in Chicago as " proof" that black dem cities are the problem because " those people" ...blah blah. Any time poor people are crowded together you get crime , violence, drugs, abuse. White rural Appalachia for instance has plenty of drugs murders etc just more spread out. You don't have to look too hard here locally to know this county like so very many others nationwideis awash in hard drugs and drug related crime.

As far as trump is hard on the chineese lol, trump is hard on the treasury, biggest deficit ever, hard on our farmers 30billion in welfare to big corps, largest yr total bankruptcies of actuaL small family farms..haRd on American consumer thats who actually pays his disastrous tarriffs, and higher gas prices.. sadly you and the rest of the CCP just don't want to understand anything outside of faux news opinions and the commander in tweets propaganda. Vote for biden vote for sane policies, and a educated mature adult leader. Bye Don 2020

Sleepwalker

Oh yeah, concerning the dismal shape of the economy under obamas 8 years, remember “ get used to it, it’s the new norm”.

sick and tired

One of the comments conveyed, "Saying I am black and I am proud is not indoctrination, its a self affirmation." And if the kids were being taught "I am white and I am proud" would that be called a self affirmation?

drewski

Oh sick and tired, shouldn't the fact that every president from Washington to Bush was an old white guy be affirmation enough? The plight of Middle class white kids is well documented. Somehow muddling along with last yrs i phone, ski trips canceled and those whiney minorities encroaching on their rightful scholarships and benefits. I would say more but I am spending the weekend helping my brown foster kids fill out apps for a free ride at sanford, or maybe duke?

sick and tired

I see you didn't answer my question but to address your comment. To answer your question no that is not enough of an affirmation. I benefited NOTHING from those "white men" being in office. It didn't pay my bills, get me any jobs, or any scholarships. As a person who had to quit school to work 2 jobs to support myself. All the while seeing men(black and white) getting paid more for doing the same job I did. Well, why didn't I sue BECAUSE I didn't have the money to pay a lawyer AND I needed the job. I didn't have the luxury to fight for my rights. Being made to work the shifts nobody wanted and holidays because the men folks "had a family" I still managed to squeeze in high school classes at the CCC(paid for by me) without any financial assistance. If I couldn't come up with the money, guess what, I didn't get the privilege of going. The adult high school teachers told me that I had to go to college because I was an A+ student, and if any one deserved it I did. Great but I didn't have the money, or funding, or scholarships. Raised a son, again without out any handouts but by working 7 days a week. And no child support either because again I didn't have the money to pay a lawyer, nor could I afford to take days off from work to go to court dates. When my son wasn't in school I had to pay a day care or after school care. I had to pay. Not you, not the state, not the federal government but ME. My son who now works 40 plus hours a week to support himself, again with NO government funding, no scholarships, no free food, or free/subsidized housing. Sorry, no iphones, this years or last, no ski trips EVER because well, the bills have to be paid. You know rent, electric, insurance, car, health insurance, FOOD etc but on the daily he(and I) are told through every outlet(your comments included) what privilege we have. College was and still is a luxury that we can't afford. I am happy that your foster kids will be able to go to any of the colleges that you named, I am happy for any one who gets any opportunities. I just don't feel that I should be told how I am afforded everything when that is a lie. I don't feel like I should be told how I have been handed everything, when that is a lie. I don't feel like I should be told that I have caused every woe that someone has because of the color of my skin because that is a lie. I also don't feel like I have to LIE and say oh yes it's all my fault, my life has been handed to me on a lily white platter because that is a LIE and if I don't then I am a racist. In my comment my question was if the affirmation was I am white and I am proud, what would that be called. It would make national news that the "racists" are promoting hate, white supremacy, etc. Any rhetoric like that only promotes division, I don't care what color is saying it. If you can't see the hypocrisy in that then there is nothing I can type that will help you. Which is fine, you can have whatever opinion you want. I sincerely wish you and your kids good luck with getting their scholarships.

mpjeep

“Rightful scholarships” What?

The Department of Justice accused Yale University of violating federal civil rights law by illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants in its undergraduate admissions process.

It went on to say that "for the great majority of applicants," Asian American and white prospective students have 1/10 to one-fourth of the likelihood of admission as African American applicants with comparable academic credentials.

Maybe they should apply to Yale, instead of Stanford or Duke.

drewski

Sick and tired. I said middle class white kids. You described a life of poverty/ lower lower class. To directly answer your question. No i doubt it would be national news if you stood in food lion parking lot and shouted I am white and proud all day long. White pride worldwide is the motto of nazis and skinheads, so white pride has that attached to it, fair or not. Prejudice and discrimination exist, and not just against blacks. Overweight ppl are discriminated against. Fill out 2 identical job apps put a black sounding name on 1 and it gets much fewer calls for an interview.there is a wealth gap and an opportunity gap in this country. Now you needn't reply to me, but ask yourself of all the low pay jobs I have had. Is it possible that I was given thaT bad job, over an equally qualified black? Because the boss was white and i am white? Just possible???

Apples to apples poor whites still have more opportunities then poor blacks.

Now can admit to yourself that might be true? Are you personally responsible for all the ills of society, no. Can you acknowledge those ills exist? I dunno can you?

sick and tired

I never said that the "ills of society" didn't exist. I even re-read the novel I wrote in the comments LOL and still didn't see anywhere I said that. There would probably be a few side eyes if I was standing in the foodlion parking lot yelling I am white and I am proud. I guess since in my original comment I said being blamed, given, handed everything "because the color of my skin" you think I am white. Especially since the questioned you posed were directed that way. No grey area.

There are other people in the world other than black and white. There is a whole population of people that are black AND white. Too "white to be black" and too "black to be white" feeling they have to pick a side. Racist or self hating if you pick this part of your heritage. Uncle Tom's or self hating if you pick this part of your heritage. Too white and therefore privileged, and to blame. Too black and therefore oppressed and underprivileged waiting for the great white hope to admit their guilt and save you. Insulting as that is. It all depends on the agenda society and the political narrative are pushing.

So, no I can't answer the color coded portion of your questions. I don't fit the profile.

mpjeep

On second thought, drewski, maybe your foster kids shouldn't apply to Yale....

Yale University founder, Elihu Yale, has not only been revealed to be a slave owner but also a slave trader

Maybe wait until the University changes it name, like military bases are considering.

Sleepwalker

I understand obama was our first half white Half black president. That doesn’t make him a great anything. The term community organizer is one of those things that can’t be defined. it’s a catch all for not really ever having a job. For the record I don’t watch the news EXCEPT for interviews of the key players. I was brought up very poor and my mama always told me just because we’re poor doesn’t mean we have to be bad. Poverty doesn’t breed crime...crime breeds poverty. I’ve been to many big us cities and also to war torn middle east...not much difference except the us cities are run by democrats... a lot of the middle east holes are run by warlords.

David Collins

Mp , these prestigious universities , not just here but in many of the “ rich “ countries , are actively recruiting Asian students . Why ? . They take their studies seriously and come from wealthy families that willingly pay their sky high tuition rates . The parents put a high value on education and put their money where their mouth is , not relying on financial aid . All about dollars and cents which fill the coffers and provide aid to some who can not afford the university experience . Not all bad .

Sleepwalker

Someones gotta a guilty conscience...ski. Concerning your “brown foster kids” . Although it is extremely commendable of you (and your family) to do so; you are the exception to the rule. Most people i know that make comments like yours are hardcore leftists and wouldn’t come off a nickel to help another human...they want “everyone” to pitch in thru taxes whether they believe in the cause or not. When the obamas and bidens taxes were scrutinized it showed a dismal contribution history. Very telling.

drewski

At least we saw obama and bidens taxes, the orange menace is fighting tooth and nail to hide his.. those big Russian loans, or the fact thats hes over leveraged yet again? But let's focus on obama...

Sleepwalker

Being over leveraged aka up to ones neck in debt is the all American way!!! Hahaha

David Collins

Does anyone really think the IRS has not gone over every aspect of Trumps tax returns with microscopic precision over the years . If they have not found anything amiss , what makes you think you will . He does not have to release his returns . Get it ? Sure someone will probably attempt to release what they say are his returns , too much money out there chasing those files . Been waiting for them to appear in one of those truthful British tabloids any day now . Then there is the possibility that the dogs of the left are being played .

mpjeep

Who really cares if he shares his tax returns or not! Does it really matter or is it just another thing for liberals to whine about?

mpjeep

The way I understand it, but please correct me if I’m wrong, :

There is no legal requirement that a president has to release tax returns, unless the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, for “legitimate legislative purpose” and “kept confidential”, makes a written request for an individual’s tax returns.

Presidential candidates are legally required to file a “Personal Financial Disclosure” with the Federal Election Commission, which Trump did.

Most presidential candidates release their tax returns simply because it’s expected.

The Supreme Court ruled, in July 2020, that lower courts did not do enough and said Trump could return to the lower courts with his objections.

That decision likely means more delays and court proceedings and increasing the odds that Trump makes it to the November 3rd election without releasing his tax returns.

A federal judge, in August 2020, has dismissed President Trump's latest attempt to block a subpoena for his tax records from the district attorney of Manhattan.

You can bet the IRS went through his returns very carefully. Just more liberals looking for boogers.

David Collins

Agree , mp , they certainly have honed whining to a fine art . 4 year olds in adult clothing comes to mind . What a world of difference between the two conventions .

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