Most of my Blogs are relatively light. I am not inclined to concentrate on things that make me unhappy. But the climate in this country today is just too sad to be endured silently.
We will start with a general description of my approach – as honestly as I can describe it.
I am a Democrat and have been for practically ever. Ideally, for me, that means I think everyone has a right to think whatever they feel is best – NO MATTER HOW WRONG THEY ARE!
Okay. So I’m not a Mother Theresa or a Gandhi. But what I am, I believe, is a person who is able to see how it is possible for really wonderful people to disagree with me. What I am finding, even among some of my closest friends, is a lack of that particular talent – yes – talent. It takes real discipline to look at someone and understand how they can have the same facts available as I have, and still disagree.
Obviously, it is possible! And THAT, is what makes a Democracy a Democracy. You have a right to be wrong! And no one has a right to try to stop you. But the level of hate that is being spewed around our country these days is beyond belief. It is one of the few emotions that is being sent out urgently by both sides of the arguments that separate us.
I do NOT think Donald Trump is good for this country. I don’t know for sure who is. But I know without a doubt that posting a sign that says “Republican lives don’t matter” will not make anything better.
Yes, I actually did see that!
Not only do Republican lives matter, but “Black Lives Matter.” And White Lives Matter and Mexican Lives Matter as do all the other versions of humanity. Some of us have never met a Buddhist or a Hindu but if they vote against what we believe, we are willing to write them off.
This can’t be good for anyone.
I will now ponder the possible reaction to this piece. Possibly I will loose my nerve and never publish it. Unless I can kill anger with a funny line, I don’t know what to do. I fear hate, whether personal or wide spread.
I don’t expect love from the world, or admiration. None of that good stuff. But please, before hate becomes the acceptable answer, let us think about loving our neighbor…no matter what kind of a nut case he/she may be.