In the wake of Trump’s election victory last week, many folks on the Left have taken to social media and the airwaves not only to protest and whine about the results, but to argue that Hillary would be a far better example for our children and future generations than Trump. Yes, the woman who has spent her entire adult life immersed in corruption, scandal and ugly pantsuits is who our kids should admire and emulate, they say. Never mind that Hillary Clinton is a deceitful, selfish, narcissistic, greedy, conniving, depraved politician who honestly shouldn’t even be entrusted to manage the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Waffle House down the street, much less the country.
Of course, much of the same can (and has) been said about Donald Trump — a morally bankrupt man who owes much of his fame, power and celebrity status to the controversial things he constantly says and does. Whether it’s unethical business practices, insulting veterans and POWs or bragging about grabbing women by their genitals, there’s no denying that Trump’s obscene, absurd and questionable behavior is often what keeps him in the media limelight. Yes, he’s been successful both as a businessman and reality-TV personality, but at what cost?
Over the last few days, several commentators in leftist journalism and the blogosphere have ridiculously wondered what sort of impact Hillary’s presidential defeat at the hands of a man (especially one as supposedly sexist as Donald Trump) will have on our daughters, so much so that they’ve all been writing open letters to their kids to assure them that everything will be alright. I guess lots of blue-eyed, innocent, pigtailed little girls throughout America are in desperate need of consoling after hearing about Hillary’s brutal election night loss. I don’t have children of my own, but something tells me that most of these girls are too worried about what they’ll be getting for Christmas this year or too busy daydreaming about the cute boy in their class to even be the least bit concerned with the outcome of a presidential election. Besides, some of them are too young to even know who Trump and Hillary are or how presidential elections actually work.
Anyway, in the spirit of following the crowd and trying to be trendy, I figured that I might as well throw my two cents into the mix and write a letter of my own. And, since enough has already been said about why Hillary is an awful example for the young women of today (some of which I’ve even said myself), I thought I would flip the tables around and focus on The Donald (even though he doesn’t ride around on a broomstick while commanding legions of flying monkeys.)
As of this writing, you don’t actually even exist yet. I’m sure you might be wondering why your dad would take the time to sit down and pen a letter to a son who has yet to be born, but one day when you’re old enough I’ll explain how trending topics, search engine optimization and the mechanics of blogging actually work. And if this post goes viral, I’ll be sure to thank you for making me famous, although I’m not counting on it. (No offense.)
But, for now, all you really need to know is that our nation just elected a silly billionaire reality-TV star businessman to be president of the United States. A lot of people are really upset about this so they’re throwing temper tantrums, organizing cry-in sessions and demanding ballot recounts. Yes, grown adult human beings are literally crying over the results of a free and fair presidential election and college students are requesting that they be allowed to miss classes and exams in order to emotionally cope with the outcome. Hopefully you’ll be more mature when you’re their age.
Now, son, I know you’re probably wondering how a guy like Donald Trump — a gameshow-host-author-businssman with no political experience whatsoever — successfully won the presidency. In fact, you might be wondering why Trump was ever such a big deal in the first place and how he amassed so much wealth and prosperity. I can already see you on the living room floor playing with your action figures while pondering the deep philosophical and cultural implications of this historical election.
I suppose that I could point you to Wikipedia and all the recent pro-Trump TV documentaries for some of those answers, but what I really want you to understand is this: Don’t be successful like Donald Trump. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t work hard and always strive to do your best. You should always do that (especially when it comes to homework and taking out the trash for mom.)
What you shouldn’t do is abandon your integrity, values, morals, principles or family in the process of becoming successful and popular. In fact, if you feel that you have to do that in order to achieve success and popularity, this might indicate that you’re going about it the wrong way. You see, son, one of the things that folks really like about this Trump guy is that he says whatever is on his mind whenever he wants about whoever he wants. And apparently for Trump that includes things like insulting POWs, referring to women as “pigs” and “fat slobs,” comparing one of his political opponents to a child molester, spewing profanity and bragging about how his fame allows him the pleasure of grabbing beautiful women by their genitals whenever he wants to.
If you do and say these sorts of things one day, you may find that it will all eventually catch up with you, as much of it has with Donald Trump. Sure, you might get plenty of news coverage and endless hours in the media limelight and you might even climb to the top of your profession, but won’t be worth it. Living a life of infidelity, immorality, corporate corruption, dishonesty and greed won’t satisfy your life or bring you any true and lasting joy and happiness.
So, my dear son, please don’t follow in Donald Trump’s footsteps or look up to him as an example of manhood, machoism or masculinity. Women are to be respected and cherished, not objectified. Marriage is a covenant to be honored. Fame and power are not always good things. And money is not the be-all and end-all of life. Donald Trump may have won the presidency, but there’s more to life than that.
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