An Open Letter – This recent post showed up this morning on my FB News Feed. Please take time to read it, because when I left my comments, they where deleted and I will repost my comments again, after their long commentary from two Bernie Sanders youth. Here is their post:
Jordan Ray Carrell – DO NOT JUST SCROLL PAST THIS PICTURE WITHOUT READING THIS POST FIRST. THANK YOU.
So, if you know me or my friend, Seth Quackenboss, then you know that we often get ourselves into ridiculously wacky situations, especially when we’re together. Yesterday was one of those days. We decided to drive down to Fayetteville in order to hear a certain orange politician speak. Yes, you guessed it. We went to a Donald Trump rally. Now, I am not a supporter of Mr. Trump in any way, shape, or form. I’m quite inclined to a certain berning sensation that I’ve been experiencing for some time. But that’s beside the point. The point is, we thought that we were in for a time of jokes and hilarity. And at the beginning, it was. There were a few speakers before Trump came out and they were not well organized at all. They were comical. One man, a veteran, said that he had shed blood on 7 continents. And unless I missed the great Antartica War, I highly doubt that’s true. Let it be known for the record, that I am not against veterans in any way shape or form. I just thought that particular comment was funny. Because I doubt he actually wounded someone in Antarctica. But a more plausible explanation would be that he was doing penguin research and accidentally pricked a penguin and it bled. Anyway…
One speaker also said that we needed to get rid of 911 calls and we all need to handle our problems ourselves. Well…that’s highly unlikely. I can’t imagine that people will start forgoing 911 calls when their house in burning down in order to try and extinguish the fire themselves. But, ya know, it’s a nice thought.
So those were my laughable moments. Trump was about to come out. We had our signs ready. We were going to go all out. Yelling and screaming and whatnot. Because, why else were we there if not to join the spectacle? He comes out. People go crazy. For the first twenty to thirty minutes I sat there with high expectations of hilarity. After half an hour, my feelings turned extremely grim. I was scared and upset. Let me explain.
Trump basically said the same few things the whole time. He knows exactly what will get a cheer from the crowd and he says it. He mentioned his wall several times. About five or six if I can remember correctly. At one point he said “We’re going to build a wall. And who’s going to pay for it?” And the crowd yelled, “Mexico!” and then they lost their minds. Now, we all know exactly why this is stupid. So I won’t elaborate. It was just very unsettling. He mentioned ISIS several times. About ten. But not exactly how to stop ISIS. Just comments like, “We’re gonna get ISIS,” and “ISIS is going down.” Blanket statements. He did say that for America to win again (any sort of winning, not just against ISIS) we have to go outside of the law and he isn’t afraid to do it. And that’s unsettling for several reasons. But I’m just reporting the facts.
And that was all he said on policy. Completely void of content or substance. Just statements that would get the crowd cheering. Now, let’s talk about the protesters. There were many. I think throughout the hour long rally, there were roughly 15-20 groups of protesters. Some of them were individuals and some were in groups. They popped up throughout the rally here and there. And some of them were yelling and causing a raucous but some of them were just standing there with their anti-Trump shirts or their pro-whoever else shirts. They were all removed. Peaceful or violent. One man had a shirt that said “Love is the answer,” and he was thrown out. Trump’s comment on this man was, “And love is very important but I mean, who’s making love to that guy?” And my stomach churned. A few minutes later, a woman stood up not far from where the other man was and starting protesting. She was removed. Trump’s comment was, “She was with the other guy. They’re actually a couple. A *clears throat* beautiful *gagging noises* couple.” And the crowd laughed and cheered. It was horrifying.
But out of everything I saw, the crowd was the worst part. I have never seen more hateful people in my life. Everyone was just filled with so much hatred. If a protester had a sign, even the peaceful ones, they would take the sign from them, rip it up, and throw it back at the protesters. Whenever a protester would get removed, the crowd would yell horrible things. Once, after a protester was removed, Trump said, “Where are these people coming from? Who are they?” A lady, sitting not 5 feet from me, said, “Well hopefully when you’re president, you’ll get rid of em all!” Get rid of them? Get rid of anyone who opposes Trump? It was sickening. I felt truly nauseous. And these people loved the protesters. They loved the drama and the chaos. And Trump fed upon it. It was easily one of the strangest and uncomfortable things I’ve ever witnessed. I could just hear the horrible things being spoken around me and it made my skin crawl.
Needless to say, there was very little laughter on my part. I thought this was going to be joke…and it was, but for a very different reason. I implore you, if you’re thinking about voting for Trump, reconsider. You are only promoting chaos and hatred. I witnessed it firsthand. And trust me, this is not something you want to see in person. This is not what you want to happen to our country. But I’ll leave you with this picture we took with our souvenir. This was taken just before I lost all innocence and faith in humanity. — with Seth Quackenboss.
To Jordan and Seth:
Hi, I’m Scott Prentice, I must say, I’ve never been to a Trump rally nor do I plan to go to one. I will say this also, I do plan to vote for Donald Trump and here is why:
First, I don’t care about owning or having in my possession a Trump artifact to take home and put on my wall to write Anti-Trump or Anti-American propaganda on and sit back and laugh and giggle about.
I care what about a different document. One that I went and seen personally myself in Washington DC while serving in the US Army at Ft. Belvour, VA. This document you see is protected by the greatest technology and vault ever created to protect a document. Nobody, can get to this document. In its automatically controlled environment behind several inches of UV bullet proof glass an it is automatically raised and lowered down to a concealed coffin every night and brought to the public view each day. You see, this special document is protected not only by all this great technology but by the screams and cries of many that came before me. Their cries and screams are not to protect the document, but what it says. I’m one of those who took an oath to protect these words.
The words that the great men penned not so long ago. They signed this document and gave it to us, not by their authority, but by what they seen as a higher authority of man and what they viewed as every human being’s right to exist on this planet of ours. You see, those people you where surrounded by are not full of HATE, that is Anger! There is a big difference. You see, when I and others took an oath to protect those words on that document and we see others walking on it or even taking a shit on the very essence of those words, it reminds us of those who also took an oath to protect those words.
I hear the cries and screams of young men like you, who have read and understood our Constitution and Bill of Rights and have raised their right hands and declared under oath to die to protect and keep those words for our posterity. Basically, for you and I! Yes, I hear the cries and screams of other young men who where charging forward in the freezing cold in Germany taking bullets to their bodies as they advanced towards an enemy that stood fast at removing those words from our planet.
I hear the cries and screams of men and women who were in planes, boats, great ships that took bombs from enemies who wanted to defeat us at all cost so we wouldn’t spread those words that are on that document to their countries. I hear the moans and groans of men loosing every ounce of blood in their bodies as it drips and often pours from their dead bodies on battle fields around the world, so you can sit in that arena today and post to Facebook about your disgust at people who are mad as hell for forgetting those who tried to protect this document.
I’m here to tell you Jordan and Seth, this isn’t a matter to smile about. I know you want Free education and Free Health care and maybe a free car and a free home. I wish I had those things too for free! But, instead, I’ve worked to make my life what it is. I’ve tried to go to college and failed, I’ve tried working for others and have failed. I’ve tried several businesses and have failed. But today, I sit here and can tell you. I have succeeded in my life. Through my failures I have learned a lot. I’ve been kind to my neighbors and helped them when they needed it. I’ve served my country. I continue to keep trying and have success in the small things in life and happiness that has come through the things guaranteed to me in the words of that little document that I’m so sad to see has caused such hatred by those around the world, because of men and women like me cherish it.
You see Jordan and Seth, we are “Blessed!” beyond imagination here in the United States. Our lasting freedoms and peace give us all great comfort, that is until someone tries to change those words on that document. That is when it gets hot, we get very Angry! Donald Trump has read that document and understands it and he remembers and has great respect for those who have died and lost their lives. I imagine, he might of even taken an oath to protect it also. If anything, it is his Love for this country and what it really means to “Protect” the words on that document. He, out everyone I know running for office has the audacity to challenge those who try to remove those words.
It is he, Donald Trump, as clumsy as he may sound and with the passion of his anger has rallied those of us who have not been asleep. We all were hoping You, Jordan and Seth would take the mast of our National Colors and take the Lead. It is the cries of those that I’ve mentioned that you hear in our voices and in our passions to stand with Donald Trump. It is the color of the red blood on the battle fields that paints our flag red – that your #BlackLivesMatter walk on. It is the bombs bursting in air that that bring stars and triumph to the banner of blue. It is the bandages of valor that bring purity to the white stripes of our flag. Only to leave passion in the hearts of those left to protect what is so dear. I hope you understand now this is not Hatred, but Anger! I again commit to you to you, I will stand with Donald, be it alone or with millions to protect these words and the ideals that give pause, rest and power “To the People”. To your good health and may God Bless both of you in your journey in this country as Free people to decide what is important to each of you ~ to do. ~ Scott L. Prentice 3/14/2016