– By Jaqueline Finley
I read in this morning’s news that actor Robert De Niro just “unleashed a profanity-laced tirade” against President Trump, calling him every vulgarity he could pull out of his hat. While I understand his extreme anger and frustration at the current president and his administration, such name calling in the public forum is counter-productive and reeks of adolescence. We already have adolescent behavior in the White House and that is more than enough. We, as progressive, reflective Americans, need to express our social and political beliefs and goals through clear, concise, and mature communication. We all know that emotion is part of politics, but calling President Trump the worst names possible accomplishes little except to expose the speaker as an individual who needs attention. If De Niro — and others like him who hate Trump– want to reach the masses, he’d be far more effective if he’d tone down the school yard expletives and replace his tirade with some intelligent comments that people might actually hear. Trump supporters are going to use De Niro’s rampage as “I told you so,” supporting their contention that many progressives have lowered their standards and have no respect for decorum. Fence-sitters, those who aren’t wild about Trump, but have yet to connect or re-connect with the more liberal political side, are going to find little of substance in such language and will continue to look for reasons to take politics seriously or will drop out altogether. Progressive Americans need to act dignified and have clear alternatives to the current mess in Washington. Getting down in the gutter only makes things worse.