Respect is Earned

Respect

I am sick and tired of people telling me to respect Trump. Just because he is President of the United States does not earn him my respect. I was always taught that you have to give respect to get respect. The alternate is true, if you give disrespect, you have earned disrespect. I am not disrespecting him just because I don’t like him or his politics, I show disrespect because he has earned it by disrespecting millions of Americans, a lot of whom are friends of mine.

How has he earned my disrespect you ask? Since I am not interested in writing a book on this issue, I will only cover the top 3 items that directly impact people that I know and love. Lets start with his “Repeal and Replace” plan, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), aka Trumpcare. This is not even remotely health care legislation. This is a gift to the health insurance companies and corporations. Trumpcare will take away healthcare from 23+ million Americans, including many of my family members who did not have healthcare until The Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, was passed. Obamacare is far from perfect, but it helped millions of Americans purchase health insurance that they wold otherwise not be able to afford. Trumpcare would take that away from them and many other Americans.

Trump’s Attorney General, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III,  is looking to restart the war on drugs. This is a horrible plan that will imprison millions of Americans for low level drugs crimes while increasing drug induced death rates. Look at Portugal, they decriminalized ALL drugs. As a result, they now have a drug death rate of 3 deaths per one million citizens. Compare that to America’s 147 deaths per one million citizens. I have family and friends that were taken too soon due to drug overdose. If drugs were decriminalized like they are in Portugal, they may have been able to receive the help they needed and could still be with us today.

Trump’s racism, misogyny and sexism have effected many of my friends and family. The day after Trump won the election, I had LGBTQ and Muslim friends and family who called to tell me they were scared and asked what could be done. These are good, hard working people that deserve respect and the ability to achieve the American dream just as much as anyone else. Trump and his rhetoric is very damaging, and if he has his way, gay marriage will be reversed and Muslims will be detained and refused in a manner we haven’t seen since Japanese detention during WWII.

So, while people are telling me that Trump deserves my respect just because he is President of the United States, I respectfully disagree. Republicans showed less than zero respect for President Barack Obama, a President that earned the respect of the American people for his accomplishments. Trump, on the other hand, has earned the disrespect he is receiving in spades. I have zero admiration for Trump’s abilities, qualities or achievements, I actually have disdain for them instead. Seeing as this is the definition of Respect, it is obvious that Trump has not earned my respect.

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