I’ve received a small amount of backlash in the last couple of weeks and, considering I haven’t really written a hard hitting editorial in the last little bit, like me, you may find this confusing.
It seems my bland non-opinion off-handed comments of President Trump have angered some of his supporters. Enough so that I received an anonymous ‘personal’ letter in the mail which was not intended for publishing.
While I’ll be respectful and won’t share the details of the letter, I was essentially called a left wing, anti-Trump, Obama supporter who just won’t give the guy a chance.
I have to admit, this made me outright laugh. Not because I was mocking the letter – everyone is entitled to their opinion after all – but because it couldn’t be further from the truth.
In my years as editor here at the Star and Times I have written my fair share of political editorials. Some of them have supported decisions made by the Liberal, NDP and PC parties, while others have questioned them. And, for the most part I try to see both sides of the issues that I bring forward in my writing. At no time have I ever declared my allegiance to any particular party.
Even when provincial election time came and I received calls from the local candidates themselves asking if I had their support, I would not even tell them where my vote would lie. I find remaining as neutral as possible very important in my job and sometimes my profession entangles far too closely with my personal life.
And, that’s the point I’m trying to make. My editorials, considered opinions, are not about me telling you what to believe. They are me telling you, our readers, about how I perceive a situation, event or even a political figure.
If you want my honest opinion, I don’t necessarily hate Trump. I don’t agree with everything he is doing, how much of it is affecting our country and even how he’s gone about some of the policies he’s made that I do agree with. Like in Manitoba, I believe the residents of the USA felt they needed change and voted in the person that represented that for them and that they should be given fair opportunity to make change for the better.
I also see that, just like here in Manitoba, change does not come easily and drastic measures have to be made for that to happen. The difficult thing about this kind of change is it’s not comfortable, it’s not familiar, and not everyone will agree with the choices and methods, making people second guess the decisions they made that brought it on. When this happens, backlash occurs just like Premier Pallister faces daily. Even if you support the party and their general direction, it’s a hard pill to swallow when that change negatively affects the industry you work in or even a cause that you are passionate about.
When it comes right down to it, we all have different levels of like or dislike when it comes to Donald Trump. He has a way of creating strong opinions in people. So, is it fair to get upset and judge people when you think their opinion is different from yours? In my opinion, the answer to that is no. DGB