Op-Ed: No Ban, No Wall, No Alt-Facts

On Ego and Strength in the New Administration

| February 12, 2017

It’s no secret that Donald Trump takes pride in size. Size feeds his insecurities like lies do to his fans. The enormity of his buildings, the immensity of his bank account, the “yuge”ness of his little munchkin hands and (as he made clear in a nationally televised debate) even his size “down there”.

Trump has demonstrated to the American people time and time again that he believes he is bigger and better than all of his competition. He is that kid in your kindergarten class who would knock everyone else’s Lego towers down and then claim to be the greatest Lego architect in all the world. Usually that obnoxious kid realizes this kind of behavior doesn’t fly in the real world when he makes it to the first grade and a child-genius proves him wrong and builds a Lego skyscraper all the way to the ceiling. But for some reason, the President of the United States of America has not learned this lesson yet. Instead, he continues to sit in the corner with his tiny tower, convincing himself that his Lego building (read: inauguration) is bigger, so that he doesn’t have to feel like less of a man.

Why? Well if you’ll allow me to extend this cheesy and slightly annoying analogy for just a few sentences more, I will explain my point of view. You see, if Trump is this elementary school bully described above and if the United States is his classroom, then the reason his alternative facts are not admonished and laughed at is that half of the students in the classroom seem to be convinced that this bully is on their side, he will take the power back from their well-intentioned teacher and give it back to them, he will make kindergarten great again.

Now, at this point those of you who are on the other side of the political spectrum from me may have all moved on to the next article or the latest Tomi Lahren video and if you are still here it is probably only because your day has been relatively good so far and you need something infuriating to keep you going. But, before I lose any more of you let me say that I do not believe that Trump is intentionally trying to cause any harm to our country. Although I am skeptical that he never wanted the job in the first place, and although I do take issue with his conflicts of interest, I am not someone who believes that Trump is using the highest office in our nation for personal gain.

What I do believe is that Trump is greatly misled in terms of his idea of what it means to be a bigger and better country; trusting a government that is misleading and overly controlling of a media that is at most overtly biased, is ignorant and extremely dangerous. A country that gets all of its information and its facts (alternative or real) from the government looks more like North Korea or Cuba than the America that we should envision. Our President needs to understand that strength is not about strong-arming the media into portraying the world the way you see it. Strength is not about building the biggest border wall you possibly can, or banning an entire group of refugees based on a religion when you are afraid of the small amount of people who have turned that religion into a perverted ideology. To do so would be to fuel the fire of a new ideology sweeping the world (of which ISIS is just one small part) that perpetuates the idea of “us versus them”. Strength is not about being the bully who destroys everyone else’s towers. True strength is instead about breaking down barriers. It is about helping those in need, befriending those you fear. It is about upholding the ideal imprinted on the Statue of Liberty.

So, President Trump, since I know you care oh so much about size, please be the bigger man here and grow out of your bullying stage. Open your mind to what being strong truly means. This country will be better for it.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks at the daily briefing at the White House on Feb. 3, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

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