I’m sure most of you have seen and/or have posted some meme, article, or satire that was composed in the spirit of narrating how flawed and how evil the president is. In regards to that, please let me ask one simple question: How is bashing the president constructive?
What is name-calling doing to influence the power the president has to enact the policies that affect the quality of life for you and your loved ones?
What is insulting the president and his administration doing to replace systematic racism, which this country was founded in, with a system of justice and fairness?
I would argue, engaging in outrage porn when Dump does something wicked is not only unhelpful, but it’s also harmful. Many individuals who bash the president feel as though “that’s enough” or as though that is somehow “putting in work” towards combatting racist politics. So, rather than putting in the actual work needed, people get comfortable with just being outraged.
Plus, the act of slandering anyone, even if they do deserve it, is a toxic practice. There is nothing healthy about spewing venom about someone who doesn’t even know you exist.
So much anger and frustration get directed toward dump, and even though I rarely call him by his actual name (I can’t keep my pettiness suppressed all the time). But, why don’t we direct that same anger and frustration at Congress, as the aforementioned at the beginning of the article eluded to, who has the power to impeach the president for violating The Constitution?
Why aren’t we talking about the responsibility of our Senators and State Reps?
Do we know when, where, how to challenge them, and, when it comes time for us to voice our claim, do we come with data and tangible evidence for making our claim, not just feelings and emotions? Do we mobilize, properly educate each other, and make our claim as a group?
Do we even know the names and the track record of the congressional members in our districts?
Do we know who is running for office in November and what their stances are?
These are the folks that allowing dump to remain in office. The president isn’t the only politician that matters. Rather than directing all of our energy towards dump, allowing networks CNN and MSNBC to keep us distracted with outrage porn, and engaging in winded debates online, let’s direct that passion into studying how politics works on every level of government.
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