Riots and Real Estate
When I write these posts every week, I try to follow the conventional wisdom that says you shouldn’t risk alienating anyone with your marketing. Stick to the topic of mortgages, they say, because no one cares about your political views and no one wants you to talk about anything other than mortgages.
However, after attending the protest in downtown Denver on Saturday afternoon, I was struck with the realization that there just might be something more important than making as much money as I can. To that end, here are my views on whether Trump is good or bad for our country.
In 1967, when I was 11 years old, my father, who emerged from the WWII battlegrounds in Europe and the Philippines as an avowed pacifist, took me to the neighboring town of Nyack, NY, to watch the race riots. My mother was appalled, but my father insisted, telling her that I would most certainly see scenes like those unfolding in suburban NY sometime later in life. He wanted me to be prepared to think about what was happening then, and what is happening now, 53 years later, with a discerning eye. And so off we went, to watch people try to kill each other.
I can tell you that to an 11-year-old boy, watching a phalanx of cops marching down the street looking to bash in the heads of those who wanted to bash in the cops’ heads, was anything but sobering. Instead, it was exciting, plain and simple. I thought of that long-ago childhood experience this past Saturday, as a crowd of hundreds came running towards me from a block away, fleeing the tear gas and the flash grenades the police had fired at them. This time it was sobering.
The result of the nationwide riots that summer was the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, more commonly known as the Fair Housing Act. Its intent was to end housing discrimination based on race, religion, or national origin. As someone who has been selling mortgages for the past 15 years, I have a great deal of experience in the real estate and real estate financing industries. The discrimination still exists. Many people who live in white neighborhoods want their neighborhoods to remain white.
I am not a Trump fan by any means, but I don’t think he is anything more than the embodiment of the will of the millions of US citizens who value money and their own privilege more than the lives of their fellow human beings. He lies constantly, but so do many of us. He cheats constantly, but so do many of us. He preys on the weak, but so do many of us. He is the lying, cheating, bully that so many of us who felt disenfranchised decided was the person who could take us to the promised land. Now, we have had a leader who has lied, and cheated, and bullied for more than three years, and that kind of behavior has grown to be acceptable in all aspects of American life. Our once great country, that had for centuries been ever-so-slowly moving towards compassion, rather than hatred, took a giant step backwards.
The purpose of this post is not to reiterate the litany of his sins. Rather, it is to ask one of two things, depending on whether you are a Trump supporter or not.
If you are a Trump supporter, do you think he has made this country better? Are you less fearful, or have you stocked up on guns and ammunition, and maybe even toilet paper? Are you better off financially, or does that somehow seem to still be reserved for the ultra-wealthy? Are you happy with the fact that you can’t really take anyone at their word anymore, or that retirement seems much farther off, or that the inscription on the Statue of Liberty means absolutely nothing to our current government?
If you are not a Trump supporter, are you planning to use your vote for president as a protest vote, or would you rather ensure that Trump is done after four years? Biden is not Bernie, but he is a heck of a lot better than Trump. Don’t waste your vote to prove a point, and allow the liar to rule over us for four more years.