We hold that the quality of a society is given by the way it treats the socially weak. The same is true for a person.
- You want to know if your date is a kind person or just faking it? Look at how he treats powerless people like the waiter or a beggar.
- You would want to know how friendly the one giving you a job interview is as a boss? Chum up with his secretary and then ask her.
- You want to know if your nation’s president has the best interest of people at heart? Look at how he treats women, Muslims, transgenders, crippled and sick people, people with mental illness — underdogs of society.
It’s not out of generosity or magnanimity that we should protect the little ‘guy.’ Rather, we may do so out of empathy. We recognize them as fellow humans. Our blood is not redder than theirs (or they may need a blood transfusion – if that’s still affordable). We would not be our true selves if we would reject them.
As I mentioned before, not many people know too many transgenders or too much about transgenderism. The advantage of this wide-spread ignorance is that thus not as much nonsense is said about them as is about homosexuals.
Not so by President Trump. With his sharp intuition, in a shameless three-fold early-morning Twitter feed, breaking his election promise to protect GLBTQ rights, in one stroke he dismissed 15,000 trans Service people, making clear that he intends no respect for them whatsoever. He also showed who’s the boss. Abusive people have a great need to do so.
(BTW: In his mind, this does not break this election promise. He would say that President Hillary Clinton would have flooded the US with fanatical Muslims who would throw gays from rooftops, so, just firing a few weirdos, in comparison is then still protection in his book!)
It’s clear that saving money or the military are just pretexts here. So what could be a real reason? Well, if too many people would make too much noise about this, he’ll ‘reconsider.’ But he’d still have gained great distraction from his concurrent unashamed, persistent but faltering attack on the most needy healthcare consumers. And in any case, such bigotry preserves the loyalty of his most-intolerant voters. For him, that is 100% profit at least.
The nice thing though is that also people with not a lot of social conscience will still hesitate to support anti-social personalities and their muggings.
So call your Congress persons, also if they are ultra-conservative or loyal to President Trump, and flat-out demand solidarity with the poor, sick, crippled, Muslims and transgenders. Most of them want to be known as decent people – which they actually may be. And do follow up on their voting and get back to them – with more demands or with compliments. Give them honor as your representatives and be frank about your emotions.
Last but not least, is it and how is it possible that a president of a so-called democratic country (“the world’s Greatest Democracy”), which even has the concept hate crimes on the books, could announce that all members of a certain oppressed group are fired from certain work? I watch this in utter astonishment. How is this different from declaring everyone who had cancer, could get pregnant, or is spastic unfit and excluded from the military? Of saying that blacks, women, Jews, and red heads are not longer allowed to work as civil servants meeting the public? Am I then the only one who’s shocked beyond belief?