Photo by Z on Unsplash — an excellent example of objectification

Our Habit Of Political Objectification Will Be Our Downfall

It doesn’t matter which side we’re on. The focus should be on policy, not identities.

5 min readJan 11, 2022


I’m a liberal, but I accept the possibility that I might find agreement on some things with people who consider themselves to be conservative. I disagree with Donald Trump and his supporters on a great many things, but every once in a while, I might find I agree with them on something. I would hope that they feel the same way about liberals.

I have no fear of Donald Trump. I just disagree with him 99% of the time that he opens his mouth. There is a reason why I don’t fear Trump. I would rather fill my life with optimism than worry. If he becomes president again, still a very unlikely prospect, I will remind myself to be careful what I wish for. I will remember that people who believe they desire unassailable power as Trump does, are not very careful about what they wish for.

Here is another reason I don’t worry about people like Trump:

“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” ― Lao Tzu

I really don’t invest much time in worrying for those reasons. When I was poor, renting rooms, living alone, with no real future, I worried often. It wasn’t until I began to let go of worry as a habit that I began to prosper. I had to let go of so much to get here.

I am on the Trump campaign mailing list. I subscribed because I wanted to see what they’re doing. I wanted to see what their message is. I agree with Sun Tzu:

“Keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer.”

You know, the Republicans are not much different than the Democrats. The Democrats like to tell us that all they have to do is be better than Trump. Seriously, that’s setting the bar pretty low. The Trump campaign’s message isn’t that much different. They tell us they just need to be better than Joe Biden. That’s still a pretty low bar.