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Crooks, Liars, and Deplorables

Updated on December 23, 2017
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Carolyn Fields is a lifelong learner, musician, author, world traveler, truth enthusiast, and all-around bon vivant.

Saying Something Nice

I don’t recall if it was my parents, my teachers, or my Pastor who said it first, but I definitely remember learning to keep my negative thoughts and opinions to myself at an early age. The expression they used was, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” I have since amended that to, “Find something nice to say, even if you need to reach really, really deep to find it.” This habit has served me well over the years.

Unfortunately, this is “old” thinking. The “new” way is to say every vile, repulsive thing that comes to mind. But only about certain people who are “out of favor,” or if they happen to be your political opponent. It is acceptable (apparently) to demonstrate complete and utter prejudice towards your adversary, and the supporters of your adversary.

At the last Presidential debate, the candidates were asked to name one positive thing that they respected in one another. I held my breath for a moment, hoping that neither candidate would say, “Sorry, can’t think of a thing.” And when Clinton jumped in (despite the moderator inviting Trump to go first), I was waiting for an icy blast. Instead, she said that she respected Trump’s children, saying that they are incredibly able and devoted. She even added that she thought that this says a lot about Donald. Trump affirmed that Clinton’s comment was a very nice compliment. Trump complimented Hillary on her tenacity, saying “She doesn’t quit. She doesn’t give up. I respect that.”

Aside from these few moments, however, the Presidential campaigns of both candidates appear to be a race to the bottom. Presidential hopefuls used to hold their acid comments and criticisms to themselves, sometimes relying on others to do their dirty work. Not any longer. The gloves, it would seem, are off.

Where is the PC Police When You Need Them?

For the most part, being politically correct (PC) is the “in” thing to do. You can’t say certain words, and you can’t express certain opinions, because they may be “offensive.” For example, you can’t say “homo,” but you can say, “gay.” At least, I think that’s the current correct way to express homosexuality. And be careful to say “Happy Holidays” and not “Merry Christmas,” if you don’t want to start a riot.

There are major exceptions to this rule, however. Particularly in the area of politics and political candidates. In this arena, you can throw around labels and insults, with little or no proof to back up your statements. But only if the candidate is not “favored” in the eyes of the media. The PC Police has taken a holiday.

The Devil is in The Details

Apparently, Donald Trump is a Racist. I am supposed to know this, because that’s the label that Hillary Clinton has assigned him. When you drill down to the details, you find things like the fact that Trump suggested that he might not trust a Muslim judge to be fair to him, in light of his proposed restrictions on Muslim immigration. I don’t know what you think, but to me that sounds somewhat logical.

First of all, judges are supposed to recuse themselves (excuse oneself from a case because of a possible conflict of interest or lack of impartiality) in such situations. Failing that, I think that the defendant might challenge the impartiality of a person with such a vested interest. If I was on trial, and I had just proposed a policy to limit immigration of – for purposes of illustration – short people, and the judge was 4 feet tall, I think I might have difficulty trusting the outcome. Would I then be called a short-ist? I’m not trying to make light of the situation, I’m just trying to put the debate in a different context for clarity.

Sex Double Standard

There has been an explosion recently about Trump’s attitudes and behaviors towards women. If the woman is attractive, he can be very complimentary, and even engage is what used to be called “guy talk” about what he’d like to do with her. All of this type of commentary and behavior came to a halt when he started his political career. But with the magic of video (and audio) tape, it will never go away. Even if he no longer thinks or behaves this way.

The same can be said of Clinton – both Bill and Hillary. There were sex scandals galore when Bill Clinton was in office, and Hillary was there to explain them away or to denigrate the victims. There is ample evidence available, but very little interest in the mainstream media about it. In fact, a Hillary supporter calling Bill Clinton’s female rape victims “tramps” is funny. Donald Trump talking about beautiful women he wants to have sex with is “horrific”.

How Do We Decide?

To vote for anyone else besides Trump or Clinton is truly a wasted vote, except to make yourself feel better and assuage your conscience. So, I propose we all do this: take all off the “sex” off the table, and look at what is left. Vote on immigration, tax policy, jobs, trade, and military proposals.

If this seems overly simplistic to you, I apologize. My logic is this: we are not voting on the sexual morals of the candidates. We are voting on their policies. In the end, that is what truly matters. Look at JFK: he was famous for the numbers of sexual conquests he had while in office. Jimmy Carter was the exact opposite, and was truly torn up because he lusted “in his heart.” What history remembers is what these presidents did or didn’t do with regard to military action and policy issues. So that is what you need to remember when you decide on who to vote for. And God help us all in our deliberations, because much is at stake.

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  • Jodah profile image

    John Hansen 

    4 years ago from Gondwana Land

    A very unbiased commentary, with sensible suggestions. Neither candidate are perfect and innocent, so you really have to vote on the policies you want implemented. That is hoping they keep those promises.

  • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

    Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

    4 years ago

    See it was exactly as I said, Kathleen is against changing abortion but says nothing about the citizen's united case which is also law she wouldn't take off the table. Never an equal playing ground in her back yard of politics.

    You Carolyn suggested taking "all sex off the table" and seal with policies. That makes sense since sexual allegations are of a personal nature and really have nothing to do with policies, but you see right away a liberal wants to expand your thought to taking policies off the table (laws are policicy), but only the policies she doesn't want changed.

    I'm surprised that when Kathleen says "I'd like to add that we take issues off the table that have already been passed into law." you don't see through her and that she is directly contradicting your statement and therefore not really agreeing with you. That's the way liberals think, take a conservative's suggestion and twist it into something it wasn't by adding to it. Taking laws off the table is ridiculous, they are policy, Americans have the right to change laws and liberals think they can just arbitrarily take any right we wish to exercise off the table.

  • Carolyn M Fields profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Fields 

    4 years ago from South Dakota, USA

    Thanks, Paula. Peace to you as well!

  • fpherj48 profile image


    4 years ago from Carson City

    Carolyn....I'm sure that we all heard that old adage "If you can't say something nice about....." I had the greatest childhood & upbringing by 2 of the greatest parents ever! Even lucky enough to have a sister as my dearest & nearest friend. Our Mother kept us in line & pushed academics...and our Dad, besides backing his wife 100%, kept us in stitches and pushed the arts. So whenever my mother would state the first part..."If you can't say anything nice about someone....." our Dad would pipe in with "You might just be on to something!" LOL.....My sister and I wound up with a little of both their wisdom! Lucky us.

    Carolyn, you always write wonderful & interesting hubs that I enjoy reading. (Oh see? I said something Nice to you! LOL ) This is a campaign? Hmmm, I thought it was Vitriol Competition.

    I've stated my case so many times, I just can't repeat it again. At this point, I'm so happy we're into the countdown~in fact I'm ecstatic.

    I think the man who asked that last question at the debate has gone viral and rightly so. That was probably the nicest thing to happen throughout all of this.

    Yes, MUCH is at stake. I don't think anyone would say otherwise. As exhausted as we've all become, I can't begin to imagine how the teams surrounding the candidates must be feeling.! What a job that has to be!

    Have a great week-end. Peace, Paula

  • Carolyn M Fields profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Fields 

    4 years ago from South Dakota, USA

    DTM - yes, new appointments to the Supreme Court are VERY important. I was speaking of opening up old rulings - which can only happen if there is a case pending.

    Kathleen - I agree that abortion and same sex marriages are both a "done deal." The Zeitgeist has moved on. I am far more worried about immigration, terrorism, the economy, the trade deficit, and other "open" issues.

  • Kathleen Cochran profile image

    Kathleen Cochran 

    4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Thanks Carolyn. I don't always answer DTM's comments because I'm not always gracious enough to answer within the bounds of civility. I was specifically talking about abortion and same sex marriage because so many people only look at those two issues and ignore everything else. Those two will not be overturned in our lifetimes and there is much else at stake to be considered with these candidates. Here's hoping folks look at the overall good of the country before they vote.

  • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

    Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

    4 years ago

    SO you are saying ignore the issue of the supreme court? Only the one most important issue of this election, the winner of which will be able to determine whether the Supreme Court (and therefore the country by it's rulings) is run by constitutionalists or Justices (probably appt 4 Justices) that legislate from the bench? I think you need to rethink that. That is the reason, once again the left would like the supreme court to be off the table because under the light of day it is a losing proposition for Hillary. herre is what a liberal supreme court means

  • Carolyn M Fields profile imageAUTHOR

    Carolyn Fields 

    4 years ago from South Dakota, USA

    I don't know Kathleen, but I feel compelled to stick up for her point. There is still plenty of meat on the bone to discuss without overturning laws. That works in Trump's favor (he doesn't want any new guns laws), as well as Clinton's favor (who doesn't want to overturn Roe vs. Wade).

  • Dont Taze Me Bro profile image

    Banned cause of PISSANTS Promisem and Dean Traylor 

    4 years ago

    Well done Carolyn. Your conclusions are absolutely right. When we have two candidates as distasteful as the two of these are, even though it is obvious that Hillary (and her political hacks, the media, the administration, the DOJ, the FBI, and the DOS) is far more deplorable than Trump, not only in words but deeds,

    "We are voting on their policies. In the end, that is what truly matters."

    And this is why Hillary has based her whole campaign on denigrating Donald Trump and his supporters, because she and her political hacks can't defend her policies in the light of day. Americans don't want more taxes, don't want to murder babies in the womb months, weeks, days or minutes before they are born (and have the government pay for it).

    Of course Kathleen is talking out of both sides of her mouth when she says take issues off the table that have already been passed into law. Just what issues is she talking about? I'll answer that question for her because anytime I ask her a question she usually disappears without answering it.

    She totally supports Hillary so she'd say because of Supreme Court rulings of the past abortion which Hillary doesn't want challenged, but I guarantee you she won't say Citizen's United, a Supreme Court ruling Hillary wants to overturn. Totally disingenuous of her to make the statement "I'd like to add that we take issues off the table that have already been passed into law." Were she around before the civil war she'd have wanted to keep slavery legal.

  • Kathleen Cochran profile image

    Kathleen Cochran 

    4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    You offer excellent advice. I'd like to add that we take issues off the table that have already been passed into law. The chance of making changes to those laws is extremely unlikely - especially those who have been heard and passed by the Supreme Court. There are plenty of other issues on the table for any incoming President. Where do the candidates stand on those?


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