The difference between defining what you don't believe and what you do believe is everything. Any jackass can say, "I don't like terrorism, I want less of it" or, "Things are bad, and I want them great again." It's far harder to find something specific and good and real that you think will work and throwing yourself behind it. Doing the former takes no risk at all, while doing the latter risks everything.
Usually, this comes down to how you phrase your beliefs to yourself in your own head. Usually, people who say "yes" to harsher gun laws are really saying "no" to gun violence. Meanwhile, someone who supports gun ownership for home defense isn't saying "yes" to guns so much as they're saying "no" to intruders in their homes, since that's what defense is.
And everything Trump says is a "no" rather than a "yes." His "yes" to a wall along the border is really just a "no" to immigration. His "yes" to using the term "radical Islamic Terrorism" is really just a "no" to the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world. (The number of whom aren't terrorists, by the way, rounds up to about 1.6 billion.) It's all fear and rejection. His entire campaign consists of the frightened ramblings of a child who has awoken in the night and timidly asked to crawl in bed with you.
That's a trap we can all fall into if we get scared enough. It's hard to look for real solutions. It's hard to want to fix rather than destroy. It's way, way easier to turn off the TV, delete the news app off your phone, and spend all day playing Pokemon Go.
J.F. Sargent is a senior editor for Cracked. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
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