Trump the Uniter

I wrote a new post over at Medium today, Trump the Uniter. It’s about how President Trump, in his constant desire to divide and fight, is actually uniting Americans. I wrote:

With his fighting and his never-ending perpetuation of an ‘us versus them’ narrative, Trump is actually uniting us. He’s uniting us in a growing national movement toward civility and helping each other. He has sparked a backlash against his boorish behavior, and he’s actually helping to plant the seeds for a kinder, gentler America in the post-Trump years. We’re at the dawn of a new era of civility that will have very positive political implications.

I hope you’ll read the entire post. Check it out here.

Trump, No LGBT Champion

I hope you’ll check out this story today over at The Daily BeastTrump’s Gay Backers No Longer See Him as the Great Straight Hope. During last year’s campaign, President Trump promised to be a champion and good president for LGBT Americans, but the reality has been the opposite.

The reporter called me for comment, but I should note that the headline implies that everyone quoted in the article was a Trump supporter in the election. I was not. I publicly supported Hillary Clinton last year.

Here’s what I said.

“Trump’s supporters like to say, ‘It’s not what he says, it’s what he does that matters.’ That’s definitely the case when it comes to issues affecting LGBT Americans,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, who started the now-defunct conservative gay rights group GOProud along with Barron. “I never thought that Donald Trump was an anti-gay homophobe. I certainly didn’t think that when I met him back in 2011. But we’ve all learned a lot about who he really is since then. With his political pandering and posturing to endear himself to the intolerant wing of the GOP over the last few years, it doesn’t surprise me that this administration will go down as the most anti-LGBT in history.”

Read the entire piece here.

 

 

Live from the Hive – Trump the Uniter

I did another one of my Live from the Hive discussions on Periscope today. It is just rambling talk about my bees, the garden, and current events.

I’m very worried about country under the leadership of President Trump, but I think that there is a positive and optimistic way to look at it. Trump is uniting the country. He’s causing a new unity, one that he’s not a part of, but he is uniting us!

The developing unity is what I hope to be a fundamental cultural shift away from the culture of confrontation and fighting, toward a new culture of civility and helping each other.

Check out what I had to say about it. –

NOTE: The connection cut out a couple of times. First, when I was showing the bees. Then again, when I started talking about President Trump’s reported desire to dramatically increase our nuclear arsenal. Also, yes, I know that I really need a haircut!!!! 🙂

Guns, the New Cigarettes

With all the talk about guns and proposed public policy solutions aimed at reducing the numbers of gun-related deaths in America, I decided to write a short piece about what I think we can do help our culture evolve away from a culture that romanticizes the gun lifestyle and shooting. Let’s make guns the new cigarettes!

Read what I wrote over at HuffPost.

Let’s Make Guns the New Cigarettes 

 

There’s no simple solution to that complicated issue, but there are many things we can do over time to help the situation, and education should play a big part. Thanks for checking it out.

Wickliffe Mounds Historic Site

I spent some time this afternoon at the Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site in western Kentucky. It’s a very cool place that, about a thousand years ago, was a Mississippian village. The Mississippian people were the ancestors of the well known native tribes, such as Cherokee, Chickasaw, Creek, Seminole, etc…that would populate the southeastern United States many years later.

You should check it out if you are ever near the Wickliffe Mounds. I made this short video there.

 

Live from the Hive – Bee Waterer

I was live on Periscope earlier today talking about my bees and the waterer I made for them. I also took a tour around my vegetable garden and plugged my book at the end….all while in my bathing suit! (It’s a hot day and I was cleaning the swimming pool when I decided to make the video.)

I’ve put the video on YouTube to make it easier to view here. Check it out!

Time for Peace in Politics

I wrote a personal essay a few months ago about the toxicity of the confrontation-style of politics in America today, and the need for balance in our lives and positivity in our civic engagement. I wrote then about the negative consequences of being consumed by the political fight. I’ve been thinking a lot about that topic again today, in the wake of the shooting in Alexandria, Virginia.

The Virginia assailant appears to have been an extreme case of someone who was totally emotionally consumed by the political fighting. He was so wrapped up in it that he slipped the bounds of reality into a clear state of insanity. While his is an extreme case, his story holds a lesson for us all.

It’s time to end the nasty “us versus them” confrontation-style political engagement that has become the norm in our country. It’s not good for our country, and it’s not good for us as individuals. Let’s focus our efforts on positive forms civic engagement to make our communities and country better. Let’s come together and help each other and help our country.

We are all Americans.

I’m not going to go on and on here, but I hope you’ll check out the links below to pieces I’ve written in the last few months on this subject.

Striking a Positive Balance: Political Self-Help in the Age of Trump The Daily Beast   (A similar draft is also posted on Medium with photos…including one of President Trump and me.)

It’s Time for More Positive Civic Engagement HuffPost

Thanks for reading. Be kind to each other.