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People Bashing and Politics. US Presidential Election.

Updated on January 19, 2016

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"Sun shines on enemies" old Dierker saying to my children
"Sun shines on enemies" old Dierker saying to my children | Source

Call it something else

I recently watched a discussion supposedly about Donald Trumps religiosity. It was not the intention of the question at all. The intention was to bash Donald Trump. I commented about the nature of the question and was laughed at as I did not join in with the bashing concept, I actually missed some would be humor. Bashing a politician or a lawyer and nowadays a doctor is common place. Bash a police officer and you are heralded as a great guy.

Did I tell you that I do not like our President of the United States? But by golly jingles he is president and I respect him. He is awesome. He is one of a few dozen men to ever lead this country. He is special and he rocks with my support. There are a few good and great men and women who are positioning themselves for the job in the future. They are all special and deserve my support. I will pick one one day. But boy the choice will be hard.

I am an American. I come from a more varied background than most. I am very well educated. My wife is an immigrant and my child a half breed. I live within eyesight of the Mexican border. I can converse in a few languages and I got pards from Asian to Georgian Black and Native Americans. My mama raised me to respect those that take responsibility for others.

By God I live in a great country.

A Southeastern Buffalo does not know thirst.

But the buffalo never knows freedom
But the buffalo never knows freedom | Source

My wife and children thank God that we are Americans

Take it from a man who has seen his share of failure

When you are on top, people want to take you down. I am not talking about the notion of power brokering. I am talking about the notion of "if I cut him down then I am better". Find a fault in a man who has "made it" and you lift yourself up a notch. Don't get all comfy in yourself, tear another down. I am sorry but that sounds like drunkenness to me.

Let us take a foursome. Bernie Sanders, Carly Fiorina, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Wow what great choices and what great people. Does that make you mad? Yes they have faults. Who does not. But wow do their accomplishments outweigh those faults. They are awesome Americans that deserve our respect. They stand tall and upright to espouse the best America that they can see. Just think of this, Senators, politicos, businessman do not get assassinated. They do not make life and death decisions for thousands. But they are willing to do so for our America. These folks stand up and are counted. They represent the thoughts of millions of us Americans. Wow oboy and glory. I could not do it, could you?

But you bash them because it is socially, within your circle, acceptable and laudable. That is sad. I like to say "my boy is best because...". Why say my boy is best because yours is a dog. Totally not true. But perhaps easier and makes us look better?

Bashing is cool and it makes me a little ill. Our country is great and it has taken great leadership to make it that way. And we chose them. This notion that they are bad is a big joke. They are all spectacular. Wow over 200 years without a coup or conceptual revolution. No attempt to forcefully over throw our government because the leaders were bad. (leave the "civil war" out of it that was different)We have it together because we have the best and the brightest willing to take on the "inconvenience" and responsibility of office. Normally we would recognize them as all insane merely to try to get into that office. Megalomaniacs and egomaniacs - duh and of course. Wow the personal belief in oneself to run for such an office is amazing - I wish I had it and then again I do not.

Pay me the moon and the stars and peace on earth, and there is no way I would run for that office. They all must be crazy out there.

Call me an idiot but this land was made for me and thank God for those who lead it or even try.

Don't tread on me

By golly I might just be a lowly snake but i am American
By golly I might just be a lowly snake but i am American | Source

Admittedly I am just a low dog

I ain't got no say. I vote and I speak my piece. But I am amazed at my leaders. I do not buy that holllywood or mass media stuff. I got teeth and I chew my own apple. I am not to be reckoned with for I am just some salt of the earth. I could be trampled as well as respected. But I got respect. And that respect is for the men and women who strive to bring their vision for me.

O Walka Walka I may be conservative and I may be liberal, I may be Democrat and I may be Republican but I am damned proud to have those who choose to fight the fight be Americans.

Just a Song? NO! A cool drink of water lifting others up -- do it, lift them up and don't put them down

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You make great points Kathleen. I wish that I could just live my beliefs a whole lot better.

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Funny you should say that. I was in a Bible study last week (a Bible study!) and the teacher admonished us not to just stand up for something when we are against an issue. That only leads to contention. He encouraged us to stand up for our beliefs by living our beliefs - not shouting them at others.

      I love hearing so many candidates talking about how they will do this or that when they are in office, when the truth is: if problems could be solved that easily, someone would have already solved them.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Kathleen, I have a daughter who is in the know in DC and she tells me that more money is raised on the grounds of being against something or someone than for something. It is really kind of sad.

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      Kathleen Cochran 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      It's been said that more unites us that divides us. I hope that is still true, but in an election cycle we need to be reminded of it. I wish we could see debates where the candidates discuss the issues - even heatedly - without attacking each other. Has anybody ever changed their vote because one candidate bashed another?

      And you are exactly right about the office of the presidency. People stand when the President enters a room - whoever he (or she) is. It is a sign of respect for the office. We've had presidents who were adulterers, murderers, incompetents - but you respect the office. My dislike of Ronald Reagan began with the way he addressed President Carter in their debates. To me it showed a lack of character.

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      Theresa Ast 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Amen and Amen!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh my it is good to hear from you. I missed you. Aren't we blessed to have this place. I hope you are kicking some ----. We need good people like you in our lives. I just love this crazy country. I have felt the waves of grain and from shore to shore I promise you it is good. Let us love our country.

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      Theresa Ast 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Oh Eric, its like you read my mind and listened to my heart and then poured everything I think and feel about politics and our leaders onto paper. I could not agree with you more. We have such similar concerns and devotion to out country. And as you point out so well, to praise or support "Someone or Something" does not require us to trash the Other.

      This is such a good and much needed essay. Thank you for writing it, thank you for being you. I have been away from HP for too long. I must re-prioritize my time and my responsibilities. Hoping that you and your lovely family are well this Blessed Sunday. Theresa

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you DDE, here it is a civic duty and a right to pay attention and vote. Although only about half do.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting approach you have here I don't attention to the political world.

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      ahorseback 

      2 years ago

      Eric , I have been in a few of the political forums and I admit , I have been calling a few extreme liberals bad things , I get a bit too defensive in the much needed defense of our constitutional liberties . I apologize to those like yourself who hold ALL our feet to the fires of decency and fairness though . LOL

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My friend thank you. I must admit that in a previous life I was an attorney and do enjoy jumping into the fray to keep my wits about me. The flame is used to forge. But I like my corner and I think I will stay in it for a while.

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      ahorseback 

      2 years ago

      Eric , you should be very confident that your sermons are beautifully helpful and popular , just be aware that there is a lot of negativity in political discourse and forum topics . Forget reason and compassion while there my friend . It helps to have a thick skin like me when it comes to the back and forth , although of course you are right ! There SHOULD be a kindness and decency there as well . .....:-]

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Tracy that is a very nice addition to this hub. That is a great quote.

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      Tracy Lynn Conway 

      2 years ago from Virginia, USA

      You are right, Eric! Somehow kindness and decency has been forgotten along the way. Your hub reminds me of Theodore Roosevelt's speech "The Man in the Arena" when he says "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood..." Thank you for reminding us how to treat others.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you friend, it is always good to here from you. I am quite surprised I did not get more bashing for writing a hub about bashing. But I am not surprised that an article on bashing had a higher readership then my sermons. I surely like this human race, but it is a strange one.

      You really lift me up and help me deal with my lack of confidence. That is a very nice thing to do and I appreciate it greatly.

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      ahorseback 

      2 years ago

      Hi again , all of us have to ,once again, begin doing the essential 'homework' for our participation in politics . I have always had an interest in politics , more the human nature in politics I guess , but We have to stop the laziness of 'celebratory elections ', we cannot use the 'American Idol 'mentality to elect leadership . It just doesn't work . I believe that there was a time when Americans were far more savvy in political thought , in introspection , in demanding accountability and in the intellectual participatory involvement in political decision making .

      Nowadays , we have devolved ourselves to popularity contests . We look at image , presentation-ability , personal popularity , celebrity-isms , AND we are not that kind anymore to diversity . In truth ,perhaps our downfall is selfishness . And THIS is where the leadership of spirituality comes in , .........Know where I'm going with this ?

      This is where Eric-isms come in . Where kindness , spirituality , sharing , ministering , and spreading compassion comes in to play . This is where "Eric's Sunday Sermon " helps us all . It CAN keep us anchored in common decencies , compassions and the sharing of human kindness , keep up your great work but beware , you are entering the twilight zone when you enter politics , LOL ............

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Good for you Swalia, thank you for reading and leaving a nice comment.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      Politics is a topic which disinterests me. As a responsible citizen, I vote but I do not indulge in any talks related to politics. Politicians are the same everywhere.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Mel, always a treasure to hear from you. And let me answer in deep fashion. If the good of my country is in my best interests, then certainly serving that good is in my best interests. "I want" may be at the heart of every great human accomplishment.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      My question is, my dear friend, is whether they really do it for America, or do they do it for themselves? Therein lies the difference. I ask this as one Father of half breed children to another. That said, I appreciate your ability to always make the sun shine on places that are woefully obscured in darkness. Great hub, filled with fantastic wisdom.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, I seem to be able to get along. I do not see why we cannot when speaking of clearly very successful people. Maybe I do envy them, but not enough to try and knock them every chance I get. When someone does it I wonder what they say about me behind my back.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby I am so much not a strict party liner. And I like them all from Bernie to Jeb. I listen a lot but I base my vote on who I like the most, not on who others hate the most. I have a daughter pretty high up the chain in the DCCC and she keeps me filled in as far as the Dems go. Interesting positioning going on.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda, just once I would like to have a conversation about politicos that did not include basic defamation of character with a regular person. The only time I get close is with my children and wife -- we run our conversations on respect for each other which translates into respect for others. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive thank you so much for your insightful comment ;-) Seriously though I feel your pain.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      The key is respect. Dislike them but respect them. They deserve it for all the good in them which you point out. Very noble and relevant message. Thank you!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Why would anyone want to be president? Maybe they want the power or maybe they want to change the way things are done in Washington? Who knows? I am a democrat from the tips of my toe's to the top of my head and I want Hillary to win, but if Bernie wins I won't be crying. I like his ideas, and I like this piece of writing..

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, politics in the U.S. (I don't know how other countries operate, so can't/won't pretend that I do) is such a dirty business. I am always stunned that anyone would want to enter into the profession.

      I have to believe that it is not a power trip as so many are quick to assume. Each of those people that you mentioned are already powerful, famous and ridiculously wealthy (note that I didn't say rich--there's a difference). If they aren't doing it for the power, to become famous or to gain wealth I have to believe that they are in it out of a love for this great nation and that they truly believe that they have what it takes to make this a better place, to right the ship.

      I just wish that the bashing would stop--not only what we the public are saying about the candidates but amongst the candidates as well. We need to hear what each of them thinks and what their plan for the future really is.

      The whole process has become entertainment rather than education and that's just sad. It's what I refer to as the dumbing down of America. We (as a whole) don't read, we function at an 8th grade level, we don't understand basic economics, and we confuse gossip with journalism.

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      Clive Williams 

      2 years ago from Jamaica

      the presidential race in USA is a joke

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Ed, it is good to hear from you. I am told by those who should know that the negative campaigning actually raises more money. That is just plain sad.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, I would like to see some major changes also. I get where the leaders are taking us right now and I would like to see a different direction. But that does not mean that the current group are not still good people.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Marie,

      You are so right. I find absolutely nothing beneficial in the name calling.

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      ahorseback 

      2 years ago

      Good morning my friend,...............this is how all political discussion USED to begin. You speak truth always ,!......Be well my insightful hero!

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Love or hate our leaders, they are doing a job most of us would never wish on our worst enemy. It is easy to complain about the present Government but you have to remember the majority voted them in so we really just have to shut up and make the best of it, and hope they get defeated at the next election..which they will if enough people are not happy with what they have achieved in office. May the most honest, trustworthy, and compassionate candidate win.

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      truthfornow 

      2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      You make a good point. Some respect and decency is what is needed, especially when discussing politics. We all have a right to our opinions. No need for name-calling.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I would like to talk politics with you Billy. But we would have to go off beyond the clearing and beyond the holler. Otherwise we would be met with "buddies" who go nuts. My Pappy used to always say; "a man and his word is worth twenty with a crowd"

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I am beyond disgusted with the political climate in this country these days. It appears no one wants to discuss issues or candidates rationally....and compromise? What's compromise? That died out with hula hoops and bell-bottoms. I'll vote in the next election, as I always do, but I won't discuss the vote with anyone who chooses to shout rather than talk. Amen!

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