Op/Ed By George Payne
“The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” —Twitter, 2012
“There has to be some form of punishment” [for women who seek abortions] — MSNBC forum, 2016
“Well, someone’s doing the raping, Don! I mean, somebody’s doing it. Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?” — responding to questions about his comments regarding Latino immigrants and rape, “CNN Tonight” , 2015
As we all know, this is merely the tip of the iceberg.
By either an accident of fate, or providential deliverance, the real estate mogul-turned celebrity candidate has decided to latch onto the skin of the Republican Party like a parasitic ringworm.
But, rather than cause a new infection, Trump has instead highlighted an infection that has already been festering within the GOP for decades.
These are the transmissible diseases of racism, white supremacy, elitism, materialism, nationalism, militarism, religious fundamentalism, patriarchy, and militarism, and they have all existed in the GOP for generations before Trump.
Our planet is getting hotter and sicker every day.
Rather than hide, or mask these illnesses from plain sight- as the GOP establishment has been trained and accustomed to do for years- the real estate billionaire, with a mirror for a moral compass, has forced these infections to bubble to the surface like ejaculating spurts of puss.
Using another metaphor from the world of medicine, Trump has also been like hydrogen peroxide to the Republican Party.
As an antiseptic, his idiotic behavior, incredible predictions, and outrageous insensitivity have actually served to kill the bacteria of racism, xenophobia, and male dominance in the GOP by destroying its cell walls.
Trump’s campaign, in all of its lewdness and imbecility, has actually worked in a similar way that the process of oxidation works: because the GOP’s oxygen atoms, i.e., it’s legit status as a party of real ideas and practical solutions, is incredibly reactive, they are forced to attract, or steal, ideas and answers from other parties.
Therefore, with fewer ideas of their own, the bacteria cells’ walls become damaged or even completely break apart.
This decay and dissolution has been going on since before Reagan, but, as is the case with hydrogen peroxide, Trump has forced all of the infection to come out all at once into the fresh daylight.
Today, it is impossible to remain neutral.
You are either for Trump, or against Trump, which is the same as saying, you are either for women’s rights or against women’s rights; or that you are either for Latinos or against them.
These are truly either/or decisions.
Trump made it that way.
His uncontrollable mouth, and impetuous tweets, have forced Republicans to make a stand.
Not surprisingly, hydrogen peroxide’s oxidation also destroys healthy skin cells.
And, regardless of his intended audience, Trump’s words have caused damage.
Every time he has demeaned a person of color, or ostracized a person from a different country, Trump has induced a certain sickness into our citizenry.
And, each time he has belittled a disabled person, or objectified women, our nation’s immune system has become weakened, just a little more.
That is exactly why hydrogen peroxide should not be used to clean wounds.
It has been found to slow the healing process, and possibly worsen an injury’s scarring by killing the healthy cells which surround a cut.
But, oddly enough, despite its negative effect on our healthy cells, our bodies’ other cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide when we metabolize food, and turn it into energy.
Perhaps one of the most important, and lasting questions from the 2016 election will be: How does a cell produce something that can destroy its own walls?