Donald Trump is Evil!

Donald Trump is Evil!

My Facebook feed is full of this message today. From pastors and teachers and dear sweet friends, I hear the same refrain: Trump will destroy America. He will probably destroy the world. He is a dangerous, rude, racist, fear monger who is quite possibly the worst person on the planet.

The only break in this rhetoric comes with a simple twist:

Hillary Clinton is Evil!

My Facebook feed is full of this message, too. (My own mother is fond of this type of post.) Hillary will destroy America. She will probably destroy the world. She is a dangerous, lying, self-serving murderer who is quite possibly the worst person on the planet.

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How can these two things be true? Is this just the kind of person who runs for president? Maybe it’s a new requirement. Because if you’ve been listening to Fox News or conservative radio for the past 8 years, you know one other very simple truth:

Barack Obama is Evil!

He will (or at least he desperately wants to) destroy America. He will probably (or at least he’s been trying to) destroy the world. He is a dangerous Muslim Kenyan who hates freedom, wants your guns, and is dying to impose Sharia law on you and your NRA buddies. He is definitely the worst person on the planet.

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If you live in the USA and are at all politically engaged, chances are you believe one or more of the above caricatures. If so, I have one obvious bit of news for you…

None of them are true.

They are fictions created and fed to you by someone else with a political agenda. Biased news sources spew this stuff out all day long. Fox News, MSNBC, Rush Limbaugh, Rachel Maddow. Pick your poison. These outlets are entertainment looking for ratings, not truth. And they thrive when they bring out the worst in all of us. When we are angry, scared, hateful, suspicious. Especially when we see the Devil in our political opponents and each other.

Now, I’m not going to point the finger at anyone (although I already pointed at you, Mom. Sorry about that.) But if your Facebook feed is filled with this kind of vitriol and inflammatory rubbish…if you find yourself in online political arguments on a regular basis…if you can’t resist sharing an unflattering photo of the candidate you hope loses…might I suggest…for the good of the country and your Facebook friends…that you simply stop doing it.

I can’t prove it, but I suspect these posts are not changing a single vote. At best, they are preaching to the choir. At worst, they are encouraging even louder, uglier counter posts from those who disagree with you.

And really, is there anyone in the country who doesn’t have their mind made up already on this upcoming election? Haven’t we all had enough? In Canada, the longest election in history lasted ten weeks. In Germany, elections last six weeks. In the U.K. they last four!  But our loud opinionated game of “Who’s more Evil?” has been going on already for more than a year (not counting pre-positioning and book writing and advanced character assassination news stories), and there’s still more than three months left.

At least let’s stop the demonizing. And the relentless doom and gloom. I have millionaire friends who post as if they are one bread crust away from the poor house when the plain simple truth is…as much as they hate to admit it…they’re doing just fine. We all have so much to be thankful for. All slogans to the contrary: America is already pretty great.

Living at an Indian orphanage, I’ve been lucky to miss much of the recent noise. I didn’t watch a moment of either convention. I still don’t know who Hillary’s running mate is. I hear happy children out my window right now, and I get to work to make their lives a little bit nicer. It beats talking about Benghazi or the prospect of a Mexican border wall. At least it does for me.

What if we all posted something good about the candidate of our choice? What if we flooded Facebook with reasons to vote for our party’s champion rather than hurl more mud at his or her opponent? What if we brought some civility and kindness back to our country and shut off the voices who profit from all our anger? Crazy ideas, I know, but I’m about Trumped out. Over the Hillary. All of it. Anyone else?

To start things off, I’ve enlisted a few of my young friends here at the Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission to pose with some simple signs. These are not political statements or endorsements of any kind, just messages based on the Christian teachings they’ve grown up with. Love your neighbor as yourself. Love one another. Even: Love your enemies. As my mother often quotes: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent and praiseworthy—think about such things.”

So I say we do it. Doesn’t mean we can’t disagree. For the record, I have a $20 bet with my father that Hillary wins the election. He’s voting for Trump. That’s how Democracy works.

Now let’s just leave the Devil out of it.

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Orphans for Esther

For the record: Esther is my mother’s name.

14 Comments
  • Frances James
    Posted at 07:20h, 28 July

    ? ?? ⎝⎝⎝ ✨ ❤️ ✨ ⎠⎠⎠

  • Natalie Graham
    Posted at 08:11h, 28 July

    Thank you. I am going to post this one on my Facebook feed! I was fed up with everything last year this time already. Thank goodness I don’t have cable.

    As I remind myself and my daughter – Be Kind and Loving to Each Other. Treat Others as You Want to Be Treated. And most of all – If You Don’t Have Something Good to Say, Don’t Say Anything. Words can be as hurtful as any other weapon.

    Have a blessed day, John. Cheers from Charleston. 🙂

  • Trish Rowe Wenger
    Posted at 09:10h, 28 July

    Thank you John. I really needed to read this today.

  • Leza Carter
    Posted at 09:28h, 28 July

    Keep these posts coming, John. You-and the kids-are an inspiration in my home and around the globe to wake up and laugh, love, and live a little more. We all loved the HP pics! And we love you!

  • Joe Robinson
    Posted at 09:37h, 28 July

    This was great, until he started bashing Trump’s ideas about half way through the article. And the “I’m about Trumped out” comment soured his whole message. I’m not defending either candidate, just saying it would have been a better article if he hadn’t done it.

    • John Marshall
      Posted at 11:18h, 28 July

      Hey Joe. I hear you and I’ve made some changes. Take a look. No doubt some of my own biases were leaking through. If you notice anything that still sours you, let me know. All the best and thanks for writing in.

    • WAIMEA MAE AKA MARILYN MAE
      Posted at 11:47h, 28 July

      I AGREE. THE PERSON THAT RESPECTS ALL LIFE IN THE WOMB AND OUT IN THE WORLD, THE ONE THAT HAS AMERICAN TRUE VALUES OF OUR FOREFATHERS, THE ONE WHO LOVES THEIR FAMILY AND OUR FAMILIES, HAS AN HONEST HEART IS THE ONE I WANT FOR PRESIDENT! GOD HAS BLESSED THE USA.

  • Alison
    Posted at 09:40h, 28 July

    SO so true! It is stressful to be here and have the constant yuckiness. I am a Hillary fan and it is hard for me to understand why people that I love hate her so much! Someone told me the other day that she and Bill had ordered murders! Someone in my family who insisted she heard it from someone who is very honest! It is very disheartening.

    PS I am also pretty worried that The Donald might win.

  • Joanne Massey
    Posted at 10:01h, 28 July

    Esther, I love you, too! And you, too, John. And all the children at your mission. I, too, turn off all the political rhetoric, as it’s simply poison in small doses every day. Who needs that! I’ve made up my mind as to whom I’ll vote for. Enough said! Love your work, John.

  • Carol Taylor
    Posted at 10:09h, 28 July

    You are so spot on. If a gag order was issued against news media forbidding all talk about the candidates and elections we would have a fighting chance of making a sound decision on the candidates.

  • Rebecca Robinson
    Posted at 11:16h, 28 July

    We need to do it like the British!

    • John Marshall
      Posted at 11:53h, 28 July

      I know. wouldn’t that be amazing, Becky? I read an article about British elections and it said, “Does that mean the British are that much smarter than voters in the US?” and the answer was, No. How long does it take to get to know someone’s positions of key issues? A couple debates? A handful of interviews. The trouble in the US is…it’s HUGE money! Hillary and Trump will spend BILLIONS! And TV stations and direct mail and campaign staffs and everyone who profits off this bloated process will fight tooth and nail to keep it. In Germany, they are allowed to make ONE TV ad. ONE! And it has to be positive or the negative candidate will lose. The crazy big money involved in American politics isn’t helping any of us make up our minds. But how do we change any of that? Really, we need to change ourselves and demand campaign finance reform, stop fighting with each other, turn off the TV, listen more, talk less and find solutions together. Sounds simple but I know it’s a distant goal. Still, we gotta start some where. Great to hear from you as always.

  • Tracey Allen
    Posted at 12:07h, 29 July

    Thank you John for being a voice of reason! Something that no one seems to want to think about or address is mental illness. Trump is a pathological narcissist. Look up the description on wiki and then listen to any of his speeches. He is an mentally ill man. He’s not evil, he’s sick. He needs our love and empathy but at the same time he can not be allowed to become President because he’s ill. How to we get people to recognize mental illness as a disease not a character defect? God Bless you and your mission. Keep spreading the love!

  • Cate
    Posted at 20:20h, 01 December

    Agreed John. History & media are the cause of most world hatred. We can only hope that the candidate chosen in any country to be the face of that nation does the best they can for their people.
    The good thing about having media (positive or negative) may hopefully open people’s eyes to choices that better the human population rather than destroying any particular race or belief system.
    There are many good hearts the world over, and asking people to look for that good, I (naively perhaps) believe will rub off on the negative & bring positive outcomes, even in small ways.