In a world now fraught with daily
horrors, The Republican National Convention has concluded without
major incident, a wonderful testament to the coterie of services
providing security in Cleveland, yet Mr. Trump’s acceptance speech,
giving voice to his supporters, has in some quarters been
characterized as dark and angry.
Interestingly, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, speaking at
The City Club of Cleveland in 2015 stated that his grandfather had
compared anger to electricity: both are powerful forces that if
channeled appropriately can be used constructively for the good of
humanity, but both can be destructive if not properly controlled.
That the American populace is rightfully angry with many of the
elected public servants is now well recognized and much of the
justifiable anger centers around the Iraq War.
It is sobering to reflect upon the fact that in another time,
Winston Churchill, most strenuously believed that WWII could have
been avoided and afterwards wrote in his own inimitable style in the
preface to his work The Gathering Storm as follows: ‘One day
President Roosevelt told me that he was asking publicly for
suggestions about what the war should be called. I said at once “The
Unnecessary War.” There never was a war more easy to stop than that
which has just wrecked what was left of the world from the previous
Mr. Trump’s supporters have harnessed their anger by voting
for a candidate in the Republican primary outside of the political
system, yet the U.S., with a form of government which provides for
the orderly transition of leadership, has left his supporters with a
full nineteen months between the announcement of his candidacy and
Inauguration day. This is a significant amount of time for anger to
simmer, yet there is constructive action which can be taken while we
await the general election.
Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders (who has not received his
party’s nomination) have called attention to the urgent need to
rebuild U.S. infrastructure, therefore, I urge Mr. Trump to do the
Mr. Trump, please call upon all Americans, whether or not they
support you, to consider educating themselves to some degree in
matters of construction, even if at a level of basic home repair. We
will need capable individuals to fill jobs rebuilding roads,
bridges, buildings and up-grading utilities et cetera, all of which
are jobs which must be performed on sight. People can begin to
educate themselves at little or no expense, by volunteering for
Habitat for Humanity, by reading or watching tutorials via the
internet, through library facilities or through classes given in
local communities. In my community, a not-for-profit, the Home
Repair Resource Center, offers workshops for general home
Such self-education will allow the American people to productively
and appropriately harness their anger for a positive purpose.
Moreover, as Inauguration Day conveniently occurs on Friday January
20, 2017, the American people can have the weekend to celebrate the
election of the winner, whoever that may be, and on Monday, January
23, 2017 we can immediately commence (i.e., “hit the ground
running”) rebuilding our infrastructure which will also be symbolic
of rebuilding our nation as a whole.
While not everyone may have the talent or inclination for building,
maintenance and repair, I believe that working with one’s own hands
is sometimes looked upon rather dismissively, yet our virtual world
is entirely supported by the real world. From satellites in the far
flung reaches of outer space to cable buried beneath the sea, every
magical element of our virtual world, every hologram, every voice
carried around the world, does so through the physical objects
created by real people in the real world.
Rebuilding relationships is crucial as well, and while many of Mr.
Trump’s supporters approve of his tone, saying that they are tired
of polite politicians who don’t keep their promises, I have
encountered supporters who admire his policies, yet none-the-less
find some of his rhetoric insulting.
Although many people may as children have learned the refrain
“sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt
me,” in fact the very etymology of the word “insult” reveals why
words are perceived as painful. In the English language, both the
word “insult” and “assault” are derived from the Latin word “salire”
meaning to “jump,” thus people who are insulted may feel jumped
upon. While it can be helpful psychologically to those on the
receiving end of an insult to grow a “thicker skin” those on the
delivering end may wish to consider that people who feel jumped upon
are less likely to be receptive to a message, no matter how
beneficial that message may be.
Now that Mr. Trump has won his party’s nomination, to win over
skeptical voters in the general election, as the saying goes, Mr.
Trump may need to “mend some fences” but Mr. Trump is after all a
builder, so it is hoped that mending fences will come naturally to