Intentionally Unreasonable: Deplorables in Maine

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Last week, the presidential race staggered and stumbled into what might be described as the 10th or 11th round of a grueling political cage fight.

First, Hilary Clinton appeared to suffer a self-inflicted injury when she suggested that 23 percent of American voters were in the basket of “deplorables.”

While technically she only claimed that “half” of Trump’s supporters were basket cases, it was still unusual and uncomfortable when Hilary, perceived by many as the white-hat candidate, resorted to the insult brand of name-calling consistently favored by Mr. Angry Orange.

Clinton went on to rant and rally her own supporters against Drumpf and his “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it” followers, adding, “he tweets and retweets their offensive hateful mean-spirited rhetoric. Now, some of those folks – they are irredeemable, but thankfully they are not America.”

Later, after stumbling (literally) at the 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York City, Clinton disclosed that she was diagnosed with pneumonia days before, a fact that might have contributed to the feverish rhetoric that made the phrase “Basket of Deplorables” instantly iconic.

Was Hillary Clinton unfair in her assessment of a segment of voters/citizens, or was she too honest?

I say both.

It was a reckless and dumb generalization to quantify something as vague and subjective as the deplorable population. Beyond that it was more than a bit dark to label this same group as “irredeemable,” which is to suggest that prejudice in general, and every ugly form of “ic” and “ist” is a permanent condition from which people can’t grow and evolve.

We know differently as Americans.

Our ability to grow as individuals, evolve as a fundamentally kind society, and put our innate and shared sense of humanity before the primal impulses of hate, are unique and vital attributes we should all cherish, especially someone seeking the presidency.

As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said,  “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

But while Clinton was wrong in her vague political math, and dangerously wrong about the human capacity for change, evolution and redemption, she was fair and correct in her criticism of some people for their deplorable acts – many directly and indirectly associated with the Trump campaign and his fear-baiting, hate-fueled, distortion-filled, fact-free, ego-inflated and dangerous romp through our political system.

But, who are these “deplorables” and how many do we have here in Maine? Are there any in your office? How many live on your street?

If according to Clinton, “half” of Drumpf’s supporters are in the deplorable basket, then Maine has approximately 146,000 of them, or about half of the people who voted for Mitt Romney in 2012. That seems like a lot.

I would never label anyone with a different political view as deplorable. I happen to be a fan and believer in science, so if you actively dismiss and deny climate change as a real and very serious threat to civilization, then you’re not deplorable, just wrong. Very, very wrong.

Likewise, I’m fine with the Second Amendment and all 27 words. But since it was adopted in 1791, a lot has changed, and as an “amendment” maybe we should amend it a bit to reflect today’s reality – one that doesn’t involve or require a “well regulated militia.”

Personally, I’d like to see tighter controls on high-capacity military-style weapons, high-round magazines and a reasonable and reliable owner identification program. If you don’t think anything should change or evolve about gun laws, then you’re not deplorable, just really, really, myopic and unreasonable.

Finally, if you’re a Donald Trump supporter and you believe that he is competent to function for four years as the leader of the free world and that he has the skill-set and needed temperament to lead our government, then you and I greatly disagree. It doesn’t mean that you’re one of the deplorables, but it does mean we see Trump and the presidency through different lenses.

How about the question about which of the major candidates are more “qualified” for the presidency?

Clinton’s qualifications to be our next president include her law school and legal background, with its emphasis on the plight of children and families; experience as first lady of Arkansas and the U.S.; her election to the U.S. Senate, and her service as secretary of state, where she brokered peace treaties and trade agreements. She has governed with strength and compassion.

Trump’s qualifications to become president? He’s “really, really, really rich;” he’s built things like buildings and golf courses, and he starred in a successful reality TV show. He has never held any elected office, so he has no notion of how government at any level actually functions, and he has no meaningful history of civic involvement, humanitarian engagement or charity leadership – which has allowed him to focus on becoming “really, really, rich.”

Clinton may be an imperfect candidate for several reasons, but it scares me that anyone could compare the actual qualifications of our two major presidential candidates and not conclude, without a moment of doubt, that one person is the most experienced and qualified presidential candidate in our history, and the other the very least.

To disagree with that truth isn’t a partisan position, it’s a deplorable act of denial that has the potential to harm our collective futures here in the U.S. and around the world.

Hillary got it wrong with her basket metaphor, but I’m with her on the core message: please don’t be deplorable.

Steve Woods is from away, but fully here now, living in Yarmouth, working in Falmouth, traveling the world, and trying his best. His column appears every other week. He can also be heard each Saturday at 11 a.m. on WLOB 1310 AM and 100.5 FM.

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  • Charles Martel

    Clinton has experience at incompetence and doesn’t have an altruistic bone in her body. Trump will win and help flush the DC toilet of corruption, pay-for-play, crony capitalist scandals, and self-enrichment that BOTH parties are guilty of. You’re automatically disqualified from even commenting on Trump with your position on man-made global warming. Go Trump-Pence!

    • Stevoe

      In the final sentence of my column, I did say “please”…

      • EABeem

        Trump supporters tend to be either bigots or uninformed. Not sure of the percentages. The last two times someone tried to Make America Great Again we got debacles in Vietnam and then in Irag/Afghanistan. The idea that a self-serving know-nothing rich boy like Trump will clean house is naïve to the point of ridiculousness. He’s one of the fat cats that made the mess we’re in. He’s as corrupt as the day is long and he’s got a man-crush on Vladimir Putin.

        • Stevoe

          EAB – Sssssshhhh…please lower your voice on my typically quiet side of the columnist street. If you wake the deplorables with any more of your crazy truth-telling relating to facts and other stubborn things, you’ll force me to direct them to you for any/all follow-up engagement!
          (As I now reverse moon-walk away from the lurking mob of digital Drumpf disciples…)

          • Charles Martel

            Oh, sooooo clever. Are you even aware of how much fun it is for us to mock you all?

        • Charles Martel

          Trump was just saying that Putin is a great leader because he loves HIS country, stands up for it with passion and puts Russia first unlike NerO who is a Marxist, Muslim apologist and globalist. I’m curious, why aren’t you a fan of Putin after all you’re a Democratic socialist, aren’t you?

          • EABeem

            B.S. Putin doesn’t love his country, he loves power. He’s an autocratic strongman just as Trump would try to be. Trump represents all the worst in the American character. And the reason many of his supporters are called “racist, bigot, homophobe, Islamophobe, xenophobe, misogynist, fear monger, ignorant Neanderthal” is because they are. The best I can say about someone who would vote for a bloated plutocrat like Trump is that they are uninformed. The categories above cover the rest. No real conservative, Christian or Republican would vote for him.

          • Charles Martel

            Good try. You know what gives me more pleasure than mocking you vacuous Leftists? Nothing.

          • reallly??

            the joke is gong to be on you ….PREISIDENT TRUMP try it on for size ….

          • truther

            And yet no sane person would want to emigrate to Russia, precisely because it’s always been ruled by people like Putin. So if Putin’s such a great leader, why is his country so deplorable?

          • Charles Martel

            Russia is deplorable but not because of the people just like here. Putin is a thug and the ultimate re-distributionist of wealth worth @$40b. He makes the Clintons look like amateurs. Yet, many Leftists are moving our country to resemble an oligarchy with NerO as the pied piper.

          • Aliyah33

            Charles, you’ve made a lot of good points and I think some just don’t want to “hear” them. Further, few will take the time to research what you’ve written. I agree with you, Hillary is out for herself and there’s no empathetic bone in her body; she’s addicted to money and the power it gives her as evidenced by her history of actions including the Clinton Foundation “charity”. Putin is former KGB, and many don’t realize we also have the equivalent former CIA people at top levels of government (George H. W. Bush, for instance). Is it no wonder we are nations ruled by psychopaths? There’s good mixed in, too, or we wouldn’t have a chance. I also agree Russia and it’s people are not deplorable. Putin’s Russia at least pushes for non-GMO foods and marketing organic foods, because they’ve found a niche. (38 countries ban GMOs; but not the U.S. because it prefers to support corporations and not the people). BRICs countries are buying gold, vs. our U.S. petro-based dollar which will fail. Smart moves. The U.S. also created ISIS because the goal is to topple several middle-eastern countries for resources. Russia allied with Syria’s Assad to air-strike ISIS groups the Obama-led State Department said it was unable to incapacitate – the U.S. isn’t unable, it’s profitable for a select group. Marine Le Pen of France states Hillary Clinton will start a new war, if elected. I believe Le Pen is correct.

          • Charles Martel

            Great post. Fyi, a friend and associate of mine, Jim Simpson of the Center for Security Policy, has written a monograph entitled “The Red-Green Axis”. Of particular interest on the refuge resettlement crisis, was the National Council of Churches infiltration by the KGB back in the 70s. It’s why the NCC promotes Marxist Liberation Theology. The pdf is available for download. It’s too bad we Trump supporters are so “uninformed” according to the gay couple.

          • Aliyah33

            Thank you, Charles. I found the pdf and also an article by Jim Simpson summarizing the same, “The Lucrative Refugee Resettlement Racket”. This dovetails with Dr. Bill Warner’s Youtube presentation linked below, “Why We Are Afraid, A 1400 Year Secret”. I’ve also linked Angelina Jolies’ presentation recorded by BBC, “Refugee System Breaking Down”.

            No surprise to me to find out some of those involved in and as VOLAGs in the refugee resettlement racket: Clinton, George Soros, Vanguard Corp. (its subsidiary business produced Naled aka Dibrom being sprayed to “combat” Zika; FL Gov’s wife has stock in same), etc.

            There’s money to be made out of chaos, the oldest fortune-making plan conceived by humans. Once more people realize this and Hillary Clinton’s part in the circle, we’ll see a turn towards positive changes. Those in charge just want us all haggling over insults like “basket of deplorables” and “unredeemable” and splitting us (divide and conquer), instead of educating us to see the real issues.

          • reallly??

            PDF produced by who?? You may not be as smart as you think…. just more gullible and more susceptible to propaganda….who is “the center for security policy” and who funds them??

          • Charles Martel

            Again, name calling and the accusation of association with the Koch Brothers is all you got.

          • reallly??

            where are TRUMPS TAX FORMS…???and why is he withholding them??? what foreign relations will they reveal??

          • Aliyah33

            Did you even read what I’d written? “Before being accused, I’m not a Trump supporter.” Try yelling at someone else re Trump. If you’d try to comprehend my points, you’d understand that there are many better and more capable leaders, yet most continue to get caught up in dichotomous thinking such as is glaringly obvious here.

          • reallly??

            You haven;t been paying attention: the pied pipers TRIUMP with his magical flute …lulling you into nirvana …..leading you willingly right over the cliff..

          • reallly??

            because TRUMP ,and thus his followers, are the ones having a love fest with the COMMUNIST?? the COMMUNIST FGHTING FOR the dictator ,not for freedom, in SYRIA …. PUTIN who favorability is 82% because if you don’t say you like him you are dead BECAUASE he is a dictator living the life of opulance OFF of the Russian peasants ….AND dare I go on to say…. ANNNDDDD … TRUMP had as his most recent campaign chair… The guy who got that OTHER UKRAIAN DICTATOR into Office??? YOU guys who say you love freedom above all else should be all over TRUMP for his love fest for PUTIN ….instead NADA!!
            I guanantee that If you elect TRUMP he will have a casino In RUSSIAN paid for by the RUSSIAN people with Him and PUTIN sharing the Largess!! You were warned . TRUMP CARES ABOUT TRUMP ONLY This campaign is nothing more then a business deal for him ….paid for by his contributor—-The US media and the RNC. PUTIN tapped Clinton email to get TRUMP into office …Think about it

          • Aliyah33

            A suggestion re critical thinking skills, there’s an excellent YouTube video interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Rubin Report).

  • Charles Martel

    EA Beem for years and now this guy. The Left uses the tactic of trying to “own” and control the language such as changing global warming to climate change thinking they will convince the world of their superior intellect. It doesn’t work. Without facts, they resort to innuendos such as racist, bigot, homophobe, Islamophobe, xenophobe, misogynist, fear monger, ignorant neanderthal, etc.. Time for a new approach boys.

  • Aliyah33

    Steve, say it isn’t so! From what you’ve written, you believe Hillary had a slip of the tongue and disengaged brain – perhaps because of suffering from pneumonia? And then you joke with The Beem about waking “the deplorables”. Most of the time, juxtaposed with Beem, you’re the voice of reason, what happened? Trotted over to the Dark Side…hopefully momentarily. Before being accused, I’m not a Trump supporter. We need to see some truth. I’m thinking many don’t know, don’t recall Hillary voted for war in Iraq (namely Beem). Hillary also didn’t support gay marriage. Have you looked into the Clinton Foundation (pay-for-play, $100 billion given to the “charity” and only $2 billion reported), Hillary’s deal with Uranium One (Russia) while Secretary of State? Hillary says Putin is without a soul. (Putin’s response: perhaps soulless, but at least I have a brain.) I’m thinking you also don’t have a medical background, but many others do, and Hillary’s health is concerning. Please take a look at the following video interview with Dr. Ted Noel in the link. And please, come back from the Dark Side.

    • Charles Martel

      Why bother with the facts for Steve and Edgar? Kinda sounds like a gay couple, doesn’t it? Oops, did I make a slanderous homophobic snide remark which is the M.O. of these sweehearts?

      • Aliyah33

        I know, right? Steve is usually even-keeled. (I just wrote you a response below). I learn a lot by reading others’ comments – there are several posters who appear spot-on. So, follow their lead, don’t give up. 🙂

  • Kevin McCarthy

    Steve, some times people “act” deplorably because they are, in fact, deplorable. While I sympathize with your ideal of redemption, the simple fact is that some folks are so absolutely convinced of their own moral and ethnic superiority that the idea of redemption doesn’t begin to penetrate their consciousness.

    Thus, Trump insults Mexicans, blacks, Muslims, women and the disabled – he gets cheered. His denigration of large swaths of voters is now so common it’s become more newsworthy when he doesn’t say something obnoxious and demeaning. It’s notable how white people are outraged by Hillary’s statement, but their outrage is non-existent when non-whites are insulted by Trump. He has cornered the white supremacist/nationalist vote; he tweets and retweets white supremacist memes without apology. He’s so startlingly incompetent and dishonest that the only explanation I can see for why he’s even still in the race is because he has given voice to those deplorables.

    • Aliyah33

      “…so startlingly incompetent and dishonest…” Wouldn’t this apply to Hillary as well?

      • Kevin McCarthy

        No.

        • Aliyah33

          Let’s look at just one very simple example. Hillary Clinton told a story, with a smiling face, how she arrived in Bosnia under sniper fire.

          “I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”

          –Hillary Clinton, speech at George Washington University, March 17, 2008

          Did Hillary lie about this?

          • Kevin McCarthy

            Yes. So what?

          • Aliyah33

            Then it certainly fits the meaning of “dishonest”. And since you’ve asked “so what?” Hillary’s lie(s) is (are) also a slap in the face to all the military members put into harms way, to those who died under fire, to all those who’ve been maimed and harmed, and to all the families who’ve lost loved ones serving this country in any and all capacities – including those who died in Benghazi. Hillary Clinton is not fit to be a leader, nor Commander in Chief.

          • Kevin McCarthy

            So you’re that superficial… go for it. You’re entitled to masturbate to your heart’s content.

            Our world, i. e., the one we actually live in, recognizes that governance is hard. It requires knowledge, wisdom, history and judgment… and since it’s become an issue, temperament. Our world also requires a sense of perspective, reality, and compassion. As a nation, we are not perfect, but our struggles to be better are so much better left in the hands of Clinton than Trump.

          • Aliyah33

            Because you found yourself caught in a logical circumstance of reasoning, it appears this has angered you and quite possibly because it challenges delusional thinking. Corruption is corruption, fraud is fraud, and lies are lies wherever and whomever it may come from (in this I mean either party). It’s really that simple. I agree with you on the point our nation’s not perfect, but one of our best fundamental freedoms is that of free speech. We have many capable leaders in this country, but Hillary isn’t one of them as evidenced by her history of actions.

          • Kevin McCarthy

            Yeah, so…. Aside from telling me how superior you are, do you have a recommendation?

          • Aliyah33

            Haha! Yes, since you’re actually asking me to “speak” on your level of understanding, go on then, have your Hillary H…d-On. Perhaps someday you’ll stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

          • Kevin McCarthy

            Since reading comprehension appears not to be your strong suit, I should probably emphasize that the attempted equivalence of Clinton’s “lies” and the daily outpouring of hogwash, nonsense, bulldroppings and lies from her primary opponent is ludicrous.

          • Charles Martel

            Fyi, McCarthy is the third “tool” in the trilogy of Beem-Woods-McCarthy who never tires of sharing his “wisdom”.

      • jack bauer

        A…33,
        You are a master of the rhetorical question.

        • Aliyah33

          Perhaps for Kevin it did sound like the “Are you still beating your wife?”…

  • Charles Martel

    Just got my copy of Ann Coulter’s “In Trump We Trust”. Terrific read!

  • Jason Coombs

    To deny you say? Ok, please deny the acts, comments and demands of then President Carter by the First Lady of Arkansas and her husband during Carters efforts to relocate Cuban Refugees to Arkansas. Sounds very much like the other candidate in this debacle if a horse race.

    • Aliyah33

      Yes… and quoting spot-on Chew H. Bird: it’s a race to the bottom of the outhouse.

  • EABeem

    We now have a presidential candidate who has twice suggested assassination if his opponent is elected. If that doesn’t disqualify this truly awful man then America has become ungovernable and has no future as a civilized country. People get upset because Clinton called half Trump’s supporters “deplorables,” but it is absolutely true. Nasty, nasty people.

    • jack bauer

      “Suggested assassination…”
      Wow, EABeem needs a medical attention immediately.

      • EABeem

        You known damn well Trump has twice suggested that assassination might be an option if Clinton is elected. See above. Get an adult to explain it to you if you really don ‘t understand.

        • jack bauer

          More arrogance from Beem.
          Allah Akbar.

        • jack bauer

          Beem,
          Re: disarming. Might you accept an invitation to walk through the President’s hometown at night unarmed, of course.
          Have a nice walk!

          • EABeem

            No one said anything about disarming except Trump.

  • jack bauer

    So, Mr. Woods, the “lense” you use to see Mr. Donald Trump requires you to show him disrespect by purposely misspelling his name?
    That tells me all I want to know about your opinions.

    • Stevoe

      REALLY – you just went there???

      Are you suggesting that these “names” are on their Birth Certificates?:

      -Lyin’ Ted Cruz
      -Little Marco Rubio
      -Low-Energy Jeb Bush
      -Crazy Bernie Sanders
      -Goofy Elizabeth Warren
      -Pocahontas (Elizabeth Warren)
      -Crooked Hillary Clinton

      Trump is a presidential candidate and his constant barrage of personal insults and destructive comments have torn at the very fabric of our democracy.

      I am a columnist that used his original family name (Drumpf.)

      My lens is clear.

      • EABeem

        Herr Drumpf the Fair-Haired Fuhrer.

      • jack bauer

        Woods,
        I see you have company (see comment from Beem below).
        Btw, re: my original comment to you and your lengthy reply:
        Pointing to bad behavior as a justification for your behavior is not acceptable. Where did you go to school?