I listened as they called my President a Muslim

I listened as they called my President a Muslim (as if it were a bad thing). I listened as they called him a monkey. I listened as they said he wasn’t born here. I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could. I saw the pictures of him as Hitler. I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn. I watched as they did just that. I listened and I watched and I paid attention. Now, I’m being called on to be tolerant. To move forward. To “Get over it.” To accept this…

I will not. I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be, as quickly as possible. I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country. I will vote. I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice. Do not call for my tolerance. I’ve tolerated all I can. Now it’s their turn to tolerate ridicule. Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day forward is now Trump’s fault just as much as they thought it was Obama’s. I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely unwilling to give.

They will find no shelter here.

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    1. Thank you. I actually copied this from another source. I wasn’t able to find the original until just now (I’ve updated my post accordingly). Thanks so much.

  1. So…this title and first line don’t sit well with me. It’s not an insult to be called a Muslim. It’s not true, but it’s not like being called a monkey or Hitler right? Please tell me it’s not, because I have to explain to children why it’s so horrible that people would think he’s a Muslim. They called him a lot of things, like a liberal, but that didn’t make this list because we don’t view being labeled a “liberal” as insulting. This line seems to validate the right’s accusation that being a Muslim is a horrible terrifying thing to be. We should be better than that.

    1. The first line actually includes, “… as if it were a bad thing,” at the end. I do apologize, I truncated it so it would fit. I honestly don’t know what’s wrong with being a Muslim, which is why I personally find it ridiculous that someone would think it a derogatory thing to call someone. I also have a daughter and have struggled trying to explain to her, in terms she would understand, what exactly is going on in our country. This is a difficult time in which we all live.

      1. Thank you. This explains it all exactly. Nothing wrong at all with being a Muslim – I do hear so much hate right now. Please know that we can rise above that!!! We, as Liberals, can be who we are and like you said – hear it – point it out and rise above. I did not say ignore, for the reason that you state, it’s not right at all. President Obama always rose above it all, carried on and still fought the fight. We will too. We will. E watching!!!! Thank you for your eloquent post. Clears the air a lot.

      2. There IS nothing wrong with being a Muslim, yet the alt right has made it a derogatory term. Reassure your daughter that the majority of Americans are not threatened by anyone’s religion and that I would do anything in my power to protect her. I pray the need never arises.

    2. Your so very right. This is another reason we need to resist. Trump has not created the movement to hate and fear Muslims, however he has made it seem a fact of life that Americans do. WE MUST CHANGE THIS ! Ilived in a predomatly Muslim nation and not only have I never found a premise to hate them, quite the opposite, I fell in love with the Turkish people. I met many from other countries and have only respect for ALL humans.

  2. Hi – that’s a fantastic, thoughtful piece of writing, isn’t it? You seem to have modified it here from the ORIGINAL, which was written during the first week after the election by JEREMY MITCHELL. He has a great Facebook page (he’s the Jeremy Mitchell who works at Georgia Pacific) and lots more inspiring and interesting material, as well as a lively and growing group of friends – you should definitely check it out!

    1. Thank you so much! I’ve been trying to find the original (I copied this word-for-word from another source that didn’t list the author). I’ve updated my post to show the author and link back to him. Thank you again 🙂

  3. My heart sinks every time I hear “president elect Trump” the fact that he and his administration is going to go out into the world and represent us. What the hell happened here?!!! Where was voters common sense?

    1. But you didn’t get over it, Heather. The GOP leadership devoted their energies to destroying the President, and the rank and file? A Florida preacher lynches the President in effigy in front of his church. Dissident sheriffs march in front of the White House, with some shouting “Kill the ni663r.” Orly Taitz files 238 — at last count — legal actions challenging his right to serve. We’re talking personal, not program — the 60+ votes to repeal the ACA. As to your tired cliche, ‘piss in your panties.’

  4. Those of us who opposed Obama were also told to get over it and be tolerant. Now we are also to sit back and watch as those opposing the elected are rioting and destroying properties. It is our rights as Americans to question government and those in office. Should religion have been brought up? No but then never has a president turned their back on as many people as this current has. Will trump be great? We can only wait and see so putting on big girl panties and dealing is the best thing to do.

    1. Comments like this drive me nuts. Heather, how did this president turn his back on you? By finally passing a health-care bill that keep insurance companies from not insuring people who have “pre-existing conditions”? By working to get the country out of the recession he was gifted with? (Check job growth on that one.) By doing his best to clean up the environment? All while being stonewalled at every turn by people who just wanted him to fail and didn’t give a damn about the citizens of this country. Barack Obama has represented our country, and therefore us, in a way that we can all be proud of. He has brought not one ounce of shame to the United States in eight years. I’ll admit I’m sorry he didn’t close Gitmo and a few other things, but he is as fine a president as we will see in our lifetime. And what’s coming in has already claimed racism, sexual assault, and overall bigotry as perfectly fine behaviors; I dread the next four years. You should, too, because you’re gonna learn you voted for a con man. And you got one.

      1. I actually agree with everything Therese says here about Barrack Obama. Unfortunately Barrack was not running or else I would have voted for him a third time. I do not expect Hillary Clinton to be another Barrack Obama or even another Bill Clinton for that matter.

  5. As an African American, it has been painful beyond words to watch and listen to the insults that have been hurled at this country’s first Afrcican American President. Disagreeing with his policies is an acceptable if not expected part of living in a free society but the personal attacks targeted at him and Michelle have been bigoted, racist and ignorant. But, as a Christain, a lover of and follower of Jesus Christ and as an Ametican, I will not fight fire with fire. That would only serve to bring me down to their level and everybody gets burned. What possible good would that produce? Christians are called to PRAY for our enemies and yes our President. The more intelligent, moral and mature thing to do as an American, Christain or not, would be to come together for the greater good. Hate is too big a burden to bear!

  6. For those questioning why being called a “Muslim” was a bad thing. For most of us, it would not be an insult. However, those who called the President a Muslim did so in an attempt to claim that he was shielding terrorists. When he called on us not to make snap judgements, to get all the facts before assigning blame, those on the far right tried to make it sound as though he was giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

  7. Excellent response to the liberal-bashing for the last 8 years, despite Obama’s record. So glad you had the guts to call the haters on their “now it’s time for us all to unite” nonsense. Like that’s going to happen. The Orange One will never represent me. Never.

  8. Perfect way to begin the Monday. One of the best writings I’ve seen come forth in these mad times in our country.

  9. Hit that nail right on the top. I am so tired of the way our elected officials have acted for the last 4 years. President Obama was blamed for everything that was a result of the second President Bush’s term. Then I felt that everything President Obama was blamed for was because of his race. Now I feel that we have a “Hitler” like figure, who did not even win the actual votes of a majority. Now we have to put up with 4 more years of bu**s*it, and nothing being done to help this country, or our world. I fear that there will be nothing but a wasted planet for my great grandchildren.

  10. The name calling was disrespectful, but I do not remember violent protests and destroying of private and public property occurring when Obama was elected, even though many people still do not think he is actually an American citizen due to his refusal to produce a birth certificate in a timely manner. I am not crazy about Trump either, but the pubic is still demanding he show a tax return. I am tired of the bias and name calling from both sides.

    1. Thank you for your comment. However, I do remember violent protests, effigies of Obama being burned and “lynched”, the N word written over his head, the calls for him to return to Kenya. I do not however recall any other president being pressured to show a birth certificate the way Obama was. I feel he was treated unfairly.

      I also feel that the protests against Trump that are going on right now are an exercise in freedom of speech. Vandalism, however, is not. That is the distinction that I feel the media is not making.

      1. the Republican congress on the night before President Obama inauguration in a secret meeting( not the whole congress but the very top) and decided to do anything and everything to disrupt his Presidency. As you know they seceded in that and more, from the propaganda to the stalling and no shows has congress. Well for the next four years or till he gets impeached and jailed Trump is NOT MY PRESIDENT NOT NOW, NOT EVER ! And I am going to do the same things that ever Republican friend or family did the whole time My President was serving. Everytime anything goes wrong ,his fault not his fault I’m screaming and pointing it out that it’s Trumps fault and then start calling him names. Turn about is fair, and if they don’t like it, tough shit.

  11. I’m sorry this was edited. The “them” part.
    There was no need for that! I’m angrier now that someone did that. No apologies.

    1. I don’t quite follow. What was there no need for? This was updated recently to match exactly what the author originally wrote.

  12. MASS discord and rioting and even death, ambulance was not allowed through and patient died due to the extra time, hmm, I don’t remember that going on when President Obama was elected! Just saying Lots of hate coming from the Left.

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