Thursday, October 13, 2016

One From the Heart

It is the speech of this insane moment.  It clarifies it all.

"This is not normal. This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. It is intolerable. And it doesn't matter what party you belong to — Democrat, Republican, independent — no woman deserves to be treated this way. None of us deserves this kind of abuse.

And I know it's a campaign, but this isn't about politics. It's about basic human decency. It's about right and wrong. And we simply cannot endure this, or expose our children to this any longer — not for another minute, and let alone for four years. Now is the time for all of us to stand up and say enough is enough. This has got to stop right now."

"In our hearts, we all know that if we let Hillary's opponent win this election, then we are sending a clear message to our kids that everything they're seeing and hearing is perfectly okay. We are validating it. We are endorsing it. We're telling our sons that it's okay to humiliate women. We're telling our daughters that this is how they deserve to be treated. We're telling all our kids that bigotry and bullying are perfectly acceptable in the leader of their country. Is that what we want for our children? And remember, we won't just be setting a bad example for our kids, but for our entire world." 

"So we cannot afford to be tired or turned off. And we cannot afford to stay home on Election Day. Because on November the 8th, we have the power to show our children that America's greatness comes from recognizing the innate dignity and worth of all our people."

NPR has the transcript.  Michelle Obama in New Hampshire earlier today--the speech that is already echoing across the Internet and the media.  When historians look at what happened to Trump, this will be a defining moment.  She spoke most directly about the effect of Trump's bragging and behavior on women and girls, but also on men and boys.  She called for a political repudiation that includes but goes beyond politics.

In this regard, an article on the revolt of Evangelical women against Trump and their own male leaders.

And in case you need a scorecard, NPR provides a list of accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior against Trump.

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