Again I Say Respect

It is amazing how the hug of a loved one comforts me. Saddened by the death of my cousin, though it was not unexpected, my granddaughter’s presence and loving hugs gave me a bridge over the rough waters. It was a reminder of why I chose family over a place, and moved here two years ago.

YES, I said “two years!” Can you believe it? In one month, two years will have passed since the moving trucks arrived at my home in the Black Forest, loaded up all the furniture and boxes, and came here. Unbelievable. Yet, I think about how much has changed in that time. More changes to come too!

As most of you have noticed, I stay away (for the most part) from controversial topics or taking a stand on my blog. I do it out of respect for both you and me. So listen up: I am NOT advocating for either political party in the remainder of my blog, but rather advocating for decent behavior.

We have evolved to zero tolerance for bullying in schools. Right? Do you agree with that? We came to that conclusion as teachers and parents because it’s the right thing to do. I believe Donald Trump’s behavior is that of a bully. That is how he has treated everyone of his opponents or critiques, just like the old school yard bully. If we could put Trump and Putin in a ring with boxing gloves on, I would pay money to go. HOWEVER, pitting the two of them against each other with nuclear launch codes at the ready is not a scenario I wish to witness.

He may say things you agree with, he may be a financial real estate wizard (though remember that includes 4 bankruptcies the American tax payer funded), he may be rich, but he is a bully. He is just like the kid that demoralized other kids at school, demeaned them, called them names like liar and loser (but never in the presence of adults). All he cares about is winning. Now, because of his money, he doesn’t care who hears him. Well, I care. Regardless of your party, choose a candidate who respects people.

Do you remember how difficult and ugly it was to depose Hitler? If you don’t, ask a WWII vet. People liked what he said in the beginning too. They liked that he thought he and his ‘race’ were superior to all others. Let’s not go down that road again.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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