I received the text from my daughter just as I was leaving.
“You have to get out of that crazy state mom!”
I knew exactly what it was about. I smiled as I texted her back.
“I’m at a Trump rally. It’s crazy here! My attendance is for information purposes mind you. Don’t worry.”“What is wrong with you!,” came the reply. Followed by “I’m so disappointed…”
Here we go.
She’d been listening to the news when she heard that our state senator had formally endorsed Trump. She hadn’t expected that I’d be at a Trump rally. Instead of texting my response I called her as Rocket-man and I walked the mile back to where our car was parked.
I found myself having to defend my decision to attend a Trump rally and frankly, I was just a wee bit annoyed. My daughter and I do not share the same political views and that’s quite alright. Years ago as she prepared to vote in her first national election I was immensely proud of her becoming involved in the political process. She made a real effort to become informed. She read, she watched the news and she genuinely took interest in gaining knowledge about the issues as well as the candidates. I didn’t agree with some of her views and told her why without an ounce of derision (which is what my mamma would do!) and I absolutely respected her point of view. They are hers after all.
Unfortunately, it seems the sentiment does not go both ways which is a shame…and which seems to be, IMHO, the hallmark of those on the left.
“I went because I saw an opportunity,” I explained. “The Trump rally was practically in my back yard, so it made sense to attend. And, I tried to get tickets to Rubio who was also in town but event registrations had already closed. More importantly, I went to see the man for myself instead of relying solely on what is portrayed in the media.”
She seemed to understand though I’m sure she has reported to all of her friends that her mom is a lunatic because she went to a Trump rally. No matter that if the shoe had been on the other foot I would have applauded her efforts to be involved in the process of making an informed decision about the candidates.
I don’t think my sis was too pleased with me either. She was aghast that I went to the Trump rally.
“Would it help if you knew that I didn’t purchase any Trump memorabilia,” I joked.
“Did you expect going would actually change your mind about him?” She asked.
To be honest, yes…and no. I’ve never had such a tough time deciding on a candidate before. All of the remaining GOP candidates are flawed…again, IMHO. The last debate was an embarrassingly ridiculous spectacle…a circus-circus style fracas where candidates (and moderators) performed disastrously. It was sickening to watch Trump, Rubio and Cruz attack each other like elementary school girls on the playground. One of these men will go on to lead our country and all they can do is snipe at each other over hair styles and other physical attributes. Seriously?
I will say attending the rally was exciting. I’d never been to a political rally before. Reports are that 15,000 attended though Trump of course doubled that number in his first few words to the crowds chanting before him. There was a lot of electricity and energy in the air. People frantically waving their Trump signs or their small American flags…or both…chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump” or yelling in approval whenever he said anything. I was surprised by the number of young people but not surprised that there were few people of color. Young and old crowded the stadium. There were smartly dressed, well-heeled folks as well as those that clearly were neither. Unbelievably, there were even two women who wore their full-length burkas in attendance. I even got to shake hands with Fox News Correspondent Carl Cameron who was in deep conversation with one of the rally participants. Really, meeting him made the event worthwhile for me.
So did attending the rally make a difference in my decision-making process?
IMHO….It served to solidify my opinion of the man. I simply cannot take this candidate seriously! He’s just a businessman-entertainer that delivers a lot of politically charged one-liners that resonate with the American people but that’s all they are…one-liners. He delivered the same sound-bites we’ve heard before. Yes….he delivers them in plain language—holding nothing back—that is, without an ounce of diplomacy, grace, nor intellectual substance. And while his one-liners certainly strike a chord with so many of us who are disgusted with the direction our country is going at the hands of our government and its political leaders, the certain truth is this: He doesn’t have a reasonable, coherent plan for our country. I cannot find a shred of substance to indicate this man would be the best leader for our country. That is…In My Humble Opinion.
There is no bliss to be found in these confusing and deeply troubled times.