Young Men in America

“I think that it’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of…..This is a very difficult time.  – DONALD J. TRUMP

I’m a parent of two small boys, ages 4 and 6.  The oldest just started first grade.  Like most small boys, they pay close attention to their father.  I recently quit my chewing tobacco habit because they began to pay closer attention to “Dad’s yucky stuff.”  I regret they have to hear some of my angry rants about whatever is bothering me at a particular time.   I cringe when I cuss in front of them.  I do my best to be an example.

Ultimately, you want your kids to be good people.  This is where Mr. Trump comes in.  Regardless of his politics, he is not a good person.  Here’s the latest exhibit:

I’ve told people before that Donald Trump is the antithesis of what I want my sons to be.  I find myself watching him and worrying that it is rubbing off on me and them.  The solution has been to take what he does and do the opposite:

Has something gone wrong?  Take responsibility for your part of it.  Don’t pass blame.  

Respect all women.

Don’t belittle people.

Don’t toot your own horn.

Here’s Ben Sasse (Republican Senator from Nebraska) on Trump’s latest rant about the Kavanaugh nomination:

“We all know that the president cannot lead us through this time. We know that he’s dispositionally unable to restrain his impulse to divide us. His mockery of Dr. Ford last night in Mississippi was wrong but it doesn’t really surprise anyone, it’s who he is.”

It’s this “disposition” that I’m referring to.  It is who he is.

The scary thing for young men in America right now is not allegations of sexual assault.  It’s that their president is a horrific model of a man.  We’ve come to accept it.  That’s even scarier.

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