By Alina Hunter-Grah, Chattanooga, Tenn. —
Here is my point simply: I am tired of people who do not want to discuss any topic surrounding Trump.
Here’s why: We have to talk about Trump. I mean this in more ways than one.
The first, most literal meaning is that there is almost NO way to avoid uttering Trump’s name for four years when he becomes the president. He will be in the newspapers everyday. He will be making decisions that will effect everyone who lives in the United States’ lives. It’s as difficult as avoiding speaking about your parents when you were 10. So the idea that people just won’t talk about him is impractical and it annoys me greatly.
The second meaning, and the one that I mean more, is that we have to discuss as a nation what just happened. I don’t necessarily mean this in the same way as someone who disagrees strongly with the policies he wants to enact.
Whether you support Trump or not, I believe it’s very widely agreed that Trump is a candidate who was very, very far right. So, looking at this from a political science perspective, it’s important to know how we moved from the Obama Administration to the new Trump Administration. I believe this is because there is a very large group of people who also feel as though their needs are being looked over.
I’m not saying that anyone’s feelings are more important than others, but in order to form a ‘more perfect union,’ we must listen to everyone. I understand if you wish to exclude some of the people who only hurl insults instead of well-formed arguments — I certainly do. But I believe the most important thing we can do, apart from reading the news, is listen to those who have a thought-out opinion. This goes for both sides.
So, if we want to make progress as a nation, we need to seriously sit down and at least listen to what the other person is saying so that we can change our own approach and hopefully help the other person see things through our own unique lenses.
In order to do this, Trump will need to be part of the conversation and those involved with the conversation will need to learn to discuss hard issues without anger. Once we can do this, then we will move forward.