Thursday, November 10, 2016

Dear Donald Trump

Dear Donald Trump

I didn't vote for you. I couldn't vote for you because of everything you seemed to represent during the election: racism, misogyny, and bigotry. 

I want a country where everybody is treated equally under the law. I want a country where labels - Democrat, Republican, Christian, Atheist, Conservative, Liberal, Gay, Straight, etc. - do not define people. I want a country where none of the citizens are considered second class citizens based on their gender, the color of their skin, their sexual preference, their religion, their political affiliation, or anything. 

My rights - the rights of every single citizen of this country - are just as important as yours. All the respect and consideration you expect people to give you is exactly what I expect and deserve, and what every citizen should expect and deserve . . . and recive.

In your speech yesterday, you called for the unification of our country and said the following . . .

Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
It is time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.
What I want to know? What are you going to do to protect my equal rights under the laws of the country? How are you going to unite us if you plan - as you have stated - to roll back marriage equality? How are you a "president for all of Americans" if you sign the First Amendment Defense Act (which allows for open discrimination of members of the LGBT Community based on alleged religious freedoms - more on that later) into law? In both instances, your actions would not unify this country. 

You also stated the following . . .

Nothing we want for our future is beyond our reach.

Actually, you're wrong about that  if you do either of the things I mentioned above. Because if you do those things, the future of my marriage to my husband is quite possibly beyond my reach. The future marriages of same-sex couples across this great nation might be beyond their reach if you do either of the things I mentioned above.

We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict.

Again, to roll back marriage equality and to allow open discrimination of members of the LGBT Community does not seek "common ground" and it actually creates "hostility". "Partnership" cannot exist, and all that will leave is "conflict" if you strip away the right to marry granted to same-sex couples on that momentous day in 2015.

Then, there is the fact that your vice president is a known bigot and very anti-gay. He claims to be a Christian, but, sorry, not something he has ever evidenced with his behavior. He wants to strip away my right to equal protection under the law. He wants to deny my marriage to my husband.

I've been with Frank for 22 years. In 2014 we were legally married according to the laws of the State of Delaware. Unfortunately, Tennessee, where we live, didn't honor or recognize our marriage . . . until the Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2015 which made them recognize our marriage.

To be honest - my relationship has lasted longer than any of your marriages. I'm not judging. If something is not working, and it can't be fixed, I believe people should move on. I do not believe people should stay in a marriage/relationship that is not working. Sometimes, the best thing people can do is walk away from a relationship. 

I do not believe that people misinterpreting the bible to justify their discrimination towards others, and make them feel all warm and fuzzy about their bigotry, have the right to say Frank and I can't get married. 

With all that said: how are you going to protect me, a United States citizen (whose family has been in this country since the mid-1600s) from the bigotry of others? Of the bigotry of your own chosen vice president? Are you going to strip away my equal rights and make me a second class citizen? Are you going to help promote discrimination based on personal beliefs hidden behind the phrase "religious freedoms"? Neither God nor Jesus ever said anything about homosexuality. Now, the followers of God and Jesus - humans, flawed individuals with personal biases, said an awfully lot about homosexuality . . . Well, we really don't know if they did, or if those parts were added to the Bible. You see, President-Elect Trump, nobody knows what was actually in the original documents because they haven't existed for centuries. All we have are copies of copies of copies, some so badly damaged that in the copying process the clerks/monks/whoever actually had to guess at words. Then, there was the fact that when translating the words, no known equal word existed, so the clerk/monk/whoever just put the word they thought it should mean in it's place.

So, as you can see, the Bible has been shaped by the personal biases of men who were not perfect in any way. Their word does not count above God or Jesus, no matter what the misguided faux-Christians would like the world to believe. God and Jesus did not speak out about homosexuality, so what gives men like your vice president Mike Pence the right to impose his will upon the people of our once great nation.

We have fallen far, President-Elect Trump, as you so clearly pointed out in your campaign. We will fall farther still if laws are passed that directly support discrimination toward law-abiding, tax-paying citizens of this country, many of whom have been in this country since not long after it's founding.

So, President-Elect Trump, as you plot the course of the next few years, please remember you represent not only the people that voted for you, but also for those that voted against you as well. Your job is not to govern only the Republicans or the alleged Conservatives, but all the people of the United States.

So, again, my simple question is: what are you going to do to protect the rights of the LGBT citizens of the United States? Will you allow your Vice President to attack us? Will you support his attacks on us? Will you allow open discrimination against us? How many more transgendered individuals have to die before someone acts? How many more LGBT teens have to be bullied into suicide before someone will act? How many deaths will you have on your hands if you allow the reign of terror against the LGBT community that has been ongoing for centuries?

When you were elected, and my friends were in despair, I told them this: we must hold onto hope, we must be the light in the darkness. 

As much as I do not like what you seem to represent, I'm a fool who believes that there is good in all people. I could be delusional, for all I know, in thinking that there is good in you and that you won't strip away the equality the members of the LGBT community have fought for for centuries. Your choice of Mike Pence doesn't make me feel all warm and fuzzy, but . . . I still hope that you, as President of the United States, will respect every single citizen of this country, and will not go out of your way to openly harm them, or allow others in this country to openly harm or discriminate against them.

As hard as it is for me to say this, I wish you the best of luck as President of the United States. I hope you can unify our country; that Democrats and Republicans can actually work together, for the best interest of the country as a whole, instead of against each other; and that the hostility and conflict of the pre-election period are at an end.

And, if you really want help or guidance, if you really care about the millions upon millions of members of the LGBT Community . . . well, you now know how to contact me. I'd be glad to help.


Scott Mitchell

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sacrificing Humanity for Politics

In this polarizing election, one question has come to mind: Have American's sacrificed their humanity for the sake of a label, i.e., Democrat/Republican?

If Donald Trump was a Democrat and did/said what he has done/said . . . he wouldn't have received the party's nomination.

If Donald Trump was a black man and did/said what he has done/said . . . he wouldn't have received the party's nomination.

But, because he is a white man . . . Republicans fall in line and endorse a man who represents the worst characteristics of human society.

He's (allegedly) a narcissist.

He's (allegedly) a misogynist.

He's (allegedly) racist.

He's (allegedly) a pathological liar.

He (allegedly) has the temperament of a six-year-old.

He has openly boasted about sexually assaulting women and grabbing them by their genitals. 

He has looked at a ten-year-old girl and said, "Oh, I'll probably date her in ten years". Any other man would have been accused of pedophilia at that point, but not Donald Trump.

Hillary isn't much better. 

Yes, she's lied (so has every other politician). 

She deleted 33,000 emails (Bush, Rove, and pals deleted 22 million plus emails - no outrage from Republicans on that one, now was there).

Donald Trump should never have received the nomination or made it this far. The mere fact that Republicans are endorsing this man is clear evidence that they have sacrificed their humanity. It's more important for them to be a Republican, than a human.

In America, every 109 seconds someone is sexually assaulted (more women than men).

Every 8 minutes, the person being assaulted is a child.

Most people know someone who has been sexually assaulted, but they might not know that person was sexually assaulted because . . .

. . . a high percentage of rapes/sexual assaults are never reported.

So, we have a presidential candidate who boasts about sexually assaulting women and . . . the majority of Republicans in office continue to endorse him and/or vote for him. 


Oh, they might reprimand their teen-age sons if they heard them use such language (Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn - Republicans from TN), but they're still going to endorse and vote for Donald Trump!

Again . . . WTF???

At what point do you condone his language? How do you condone such language? Why would you condone such language and behavior?

Would all of these people supporting Donald Trump, be so generous with their support if . . . it was a 50-year-old black man doing/saying these things? A homeless man? An illegal immigrant? A democrat?

The sad answer is . . . NO. The man would be fair game for their hate and outrage . . . because he's not a Republican.

Note, I'm not saying Democrats are any better. I'm just saying that to vote for this man, to endorse him in any way, is to support his narcissism, his misogyny, his racism, his pathological lying, and his boasting about sexually assaulting women! 

No matter what else Donald has done, his casual disregard for sexual assault, his idea that it is locker room talk is the main reason I can't vote for the man. I'd vote for Satan before I'd vote for him.

A vote for him sends a clear message to every citizen in this country, especially the men: it's okay to disrespect women, it's okay to be racist, it's okay to boast about sexually assaulting women, it's okay, it's okay, it's okay.

It is not okay and, in my mind, there is no justification at all in endorsing and/or voting for a man who has so little respect for people, especially women, and casually banters about sexually assaulting women. My humanity means more to me than that. 

Our society has - unfortunately - reached the point where, for a label, a political affiliation, there is absolutely nothing a candidate can say/do that would cause members of their party not to vote for him.

But next time a woman, while unconscious, is raped and her rapist is only given six months in jail, please, all those voting for Trump, don't be outraged and claim it's a miscarriage of justice because . . . your endorsement and vote for Donald Trump shows that you really don't care. Sad, but true.