Hate Begets Hate

Your alleged “Land of the Free” is being conquered as we speak.

It is being conquered by hate.

There were three mass shootings this week–two this weekend–and there is still most of Sunday to go. The Romans, Visigoths, Huns, and the others I have seen were vicious, but your domestic terrorists are giving them a run for their money.

In case you hadn’t noticed, the citizens (this means you) are losing.

Why?

  1. There is a climate of hate that not only tolerates, but promotes hate. Hate is not the absence of love, it is an powerful, active, evil force all its own.
  2. The common courtesies and mannerisms that mark a civilized culture are absent. People are comfortable saying outrageous things. Instead of intellectual discourse, people shout at one another and call each other vile names.
  3. Your media focuses primarily on the negative. Look at an alleged “news source” online. How many negative stories? How many days do negative stories stay on the website compared to positive ones?
  4. The terrorists–and potential terrorists–know that this is the way to get international fame for their name, face, and/or political manifesto. Someone who shoots a lot of innocent people is more newsworthy that someone who finds a cure for cancer.

What are you doing to defend your country? Your culture? Your ethics? Your beliefs?

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
― Edmund Burke.

 

Scriptural Reflection

Sacred writings of the various religions around the world and throughout history provide guidance for living a good and fruitful life. Many of the different writings provide similar directives; in fact, some are not only in various scriptures, but also in the common parlance. An example is the Golden Rule:

Do to others as you would have them do to you.[1]

Unfortunately, scripture is often seen as a buffet from which “believers” can pick and choose which thoughts to ignore and which thought to accept. Some use their chosen quotation to justify decidedly unchristian behavior.

I have heard many self-proclaimed Christians who are vehemently opposed to immigration, even when it is the only hope for people who are in danger of their life.

They pontificate their justification. They endorse obvious falsehoods from their political leaders. They use both scripture and politics to justify their personal bias.

I was born—and died—long before Jesus was born, so I was not in a position to be a Christian. However, your Christ was a devout Jew and read the Tanakh, the Jewish scripture, which is nearly identical to the Christian Old Testament. The Tanakh includes the Torah, the five Books of Moses (including Exodus) and the Nevi’im.

Both Christian and Hebrew scripture contain this advice:

Exodus 22: 21 “Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt. 22 “Do not take advantage of the widow or the fatherless. 23 If you do and they cry out to me, I will certainly hear their cry. 24 My anger will be aroused, and I will kill you with the sword; your wives will become widows and your children fatherless.

[1] Luke 6: 31

Lies and Damned Lies

Hitler said that if you are going to tell a lie, tell one so huge that people will believe it has to be true, because no one would expect anyone to believe such a lie.

Today, people willingly accept falsehoods that are blatant, obvious, and able to be factually proven as false with little or no effort.

I am confused.

In past conflicts in which psychological warfare was brutally applied, one of the techniques was to coerce a victim to admit to an obvious falsehood. Physical discomfort or torture was often involved.

“How many fingers am I holding up,” the captor asks as he holds up two fingers.

“Two,” the victim replies.

“No, I’m holding up three,” the captor would say and continue to badger the victim until the victim would say that three fingers were held up. Sometimes it was done to halt the torture or discomfort; in other cases, after enough torment, the victim began to believe whatever the captor said. Reality was whatever the captor said it was.

I’m amazed as to how people willingly accept falsehoods today. There’s no discomfort, no torture. Nevertheless, people are willing to accept things that they could, if they wanted to, easily determine to be lies.

Hitler could learn a thing or two if he were alive today.

 

Maybe the South Should Rise Again

Robert Todd Lincoln, President Lincoln’s son, was very concerned about the rewriting of history after the Civil War by Southerners. He charged the slain president’s two secretaries with writing the definitive and factual history of the war. It was not about state’s rights—it started as the effort to maintain the Union, but over time, Lincoln committed to eliminating slavery. Lincoln’s son wanted to make sure that people knew the truth.

If you read history and take into account the fights in Congress in the years leading up to the war, you will see that this is true. The Missouri Compromise, The Compromise of 1850, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act—all attempting to appease slaveholders—sought to avert war; unfortunately, war was inevitable.

The issue of slavery had been divisive since before the signing of the Declaration of Independence. John Adams—founding father and second president of the United States had warned that if the South formed a new nation, it would ultimately be torn apart by an extremely violent slave insurrection. The Confederacy did not last long enough to test his prediction, but it seems logical.

What if the effort to preserve the Union hadn’t been successful? If the slaves had rebelled or otherwise escaped, what would things be like today?

Perhaps all the “Whites Only” bigots would live in the Confederated States. The rest of us wouldn’t. It’s an interesting idea.

Left Out

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I’m feeling left out—maybe you should feel left out, too.

Many people are being tweeted about, given nicknames, mentioned by name at press conferences.

“Rocket Man”

“Sleepy Joe”

“Pocahontas”

“Nervous Nancy”

He never gave me a nickname but just ignored me.

How about you? If you have been ignored, then you’re a nobody too. Just admit it and accept your fate in life.

Few deserve his attention, and neither you nor I made the cut.

I guess he doesn’t like that my hands are very large.

 

Honoring the Troops

The Washington, DC extravaganza, today, is touted as “honoring the military.”

Answer me honestly–how would you feel if for a holiday, which you expected to have time to relax and spend with friends, instead you have to put on a uniform, complete with tightly buttoned coat, and stand in the sun?

In Washington, DC.

In July.

With the forecast of 90 degrees (F), although the heat index (how it feels) will be 102 degrees.

Plus strong thunderstorms forecast.

Me? I’d rather have the day off.

Truth in Advertising?

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Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

Author: Emma Lazarus

Given the current state of affairs, you need to do something about the Statue of Liberty. There are several possibilities:

  1.  Return it to France
  2. Modify the arm holding the torch and reshape it so that it is extended with the palm facing out, like a traffic cop giving the signal to STOP.
  3.  Pass it on to a country that is more immigrant friendly
  4.  At least rotate it 180 degrees so that the statue has its back turned toward the Atantic.

A little honesty, please.