“You know, just to be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up. … Now some of those folks, they are irredeemable. But thankfully they are not America.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton
America has been terribly divided for years. But Clinton’s generalization of millions of Americans as “irredeemable” marks a new low in national polarization. Dialog is turning increasingly hostile when we come across those that don’t think the same way we do.
It’s good to think differently than others – both within our political parties and across the aisle. Democracy requires loud, conflicting opinions. But we cannot label someone an irredeemable racist, sexist, or homophobe simply because we do not like who they are voting for.
I was saddened to see these hurtful stereotypes levied within my own party. In a group of fellow Conservatives, I listened in disbelief as someone gleefully reported great respect of an article written by Christian preacher Sho Baraka. The article revolves around the theme that Baraka cannot support either Clinton or Trump for president, because of what he insists supporters of either candidate believe:
“Many Clinton supporters seek a secular utopia that progresses past logic. Many Trump supporters want to resurrect bigoted ideologies. Neither of these Americas is great to me.”
It certainly is not very Christian to label people in such a way, nor does it accomplish anything other than tear America apart. America is an unstoppable force when we unite. When we stand together we can achieve anything – America has ended two World Wars, sent the first man to the moon, and refused to be silenced by fear in the wake of 9/11.
In these times of great division, we must remember that we are all Americans. We are all blessed to live in the greatest country on earth. We all want to preserve and continue to improve our great nation.
Although we may disagree with one another about how to best keep America great, we must remember to do so civilly. We cannot generalize one another simply because we do not agree with them. We must remember, now more than ever: united we stand, divided we fall.