The role of President of the United States is a place of honor. While you may not agree with who has that seat, there is respect in the title. It is also true that if you are a citizen of the United States of America, the man or woman who holds the office is your President. This fact does not change simply because you do not like it.
Every human being has intrinsic value. Respect and honor should be given simply because you are a human being who has worth. You were created for a purpose. This applies to all people regardless of race, religion, gender, age, or location. Any society must believe this in order for it to be truly great.
The United States has fallen short. It is our nation that loses when its citizens allow their mouths to run rampant because of the freedom to do so. Freedom of speech is a right but should be treated as a privilege. Abdu Murray said, “True freedom requires self-constraint.”
The poor attitude of our nation is clearly seen in its abuse to President Trump. Liberals and conservatives alike are responsible. Slander is so quickly heaped upon the shoulders of a single man and hate is so strong for him that it should be no surprise racism is still an issue today. Let me explain. If millions of people speak against bullying, yet simultaneously cut down and attack one man because of human error, then there is little hope that those same people will change their attitudes towards an entire community.
Former President Barack Obama and I do not share similar values. I do not agree with the man on almost a single issue. If he made a policy about something, it was almost guaranteed that I would have probably made the opposite decision. I dislike almost everything he stands for. That does not take away the value of his humanity though. My difference in opinion with him should not allow me to act cruelly towards him. It should not be an excuse for nasty comments and mean jokes. You can attack the ideas without attacking the individual’s very being.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” There is no defense for treating another person poorly because of how you feel about them.
President Donald Trump’s values do not directly align with my own. I support many of his actions while in office, but I do not bow at the man’s feet and love everything he has ever done. I find no excuse for past behaviors and actions that he has made. Trump is human. He makes mistakes and poor decisions like everyone else. That is why I am both disappointed and disgusted with some of the comments I have read and heard about President Trump. People who I like and respect have been utterly horrible to a man they have never met. I do not pretend that President Trump is perfect, but to see other imperfect people nitpick at literally anything he does is ridiculous and shameful. The same people who get hurt over a couple negative Facebook comments towards them, relentlessly assault President Trump on the internet. They use things he has said and done as an excuse to do the same and worse.
Online bullying does not just come from jealous teenagers. It comes from grown adults who claim to know better. Who believe that their reasons for cruelty come before anything or anyone else. I see little hope for my generation when I watch the generation before us being so hypocritical. Claiming love while spreading hate and condemning others before fixing themselves. There will be no peace for a nation that so readily creates turmoil.
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
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