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Presidential Campaign: Lest We Forget

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 14, 2016 in News & Opinion |

There are parody accounts, real accounts and stared accounts on Twitter, and sometimes it is difficult to tell the difference one from another. Quite a few people have been caught out recently by parody accounts claiming to be Donald Trump – although I do not understand why anyone would wish to parody a man who is a parody of everything sleazy and unacceptable in American business and politics; he does a good enough job of parodying himself.

While cleaning out my Twitter feed I came across these two Tweets from August 2015. It reminded me that the ‘attacks’ on the character of Donald Trump are not sudden apparitions, they have been there for a very long time. People have been saying that Trump is not suitable for the office of President for a very long time, and people have also been making fun of his since the beginning.

Lest We Forget

Screenshot Source: Twitter / DPRK News Service / Ron Fournier

However, there is one thing we should remember amid all the back and forth, the conspiracy claims, the claims of rigged elections, the claims of falsified accusations and confessions: it is the ordinary American on the street, in the workplace, in coffee bars, kindergarten, factories and on welfare who will be damaged by all this. The view from outside, from the rest of the world, where the USA wishes to influence and assist – if not police – is being damaged beyond repair.

How can a country which insists it is the democratic hub of the world, a fair and just society, possibly even entertain the idea that sexual assault against women is acceptable or forgivable? That winding up people to commit acts of racial hatred, acts of violence against their fellow-man or woman are acceptable or should even be considered? How can Americans supporting Trump hold up their heads and claim that justice is fair in the United States when their idol stands in front of an audience of tens of million people, and clearly says that Hillary Clinton would be in jail if he were in power, without mention of a fair trial?

Lest We Forget. Our America should be a Land of the Free, a welcoming country, willing and able to assist where assistance is needed the most – including inland, among the poorest people of the States – and not what many foreigners are now perceiving it to be: a land where only business interests are acceptable; where women are lesser subjects; where foreigners, or people conceived to be foreigners, are worth still less and the poor and needy are pushed out of sight, out of mind.

Is that the country I was born and raised in? Is that the country I love and am loyal to?

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