The Choice

During the Children’s Message this morning, at church, Kathy Manfredi gave a lovely account of what friends, who disagree on the up-coming election, will be doing on Wednesday, November 9.  She had seen two women on television who mentioned that they disagree on the political candidates…but that on the day after the election they planned to make a pot of soup together…because that is what friends do.

It appears that this presidential election cycle has been more mean and full of the most hateful damaging accusations that I have witnessed in my fifty-nine years.

If anything has been clearly illustrated during this malignant process, it is that the divisions in our country are deeper and more sharply delineated than ever before.

To equivocate politics with religion and God’s will for humanity is a fools’ errand.

Democrats are not especially enlightened or wiser than the Republican members of the human family.  Their’s can be a liberal snootiness or, ‘ nose in the air,’ attitude toward conservatives that borders on the obscene.

Republicans do not have a special relationship with the Creator because they love, ‘ the right to bear arms,’ or believe that every word of the King James Bible means literally and exactly what it says.

Basically the question is, what kind of country do we want to live in?  Do we want to live in a United States that disrespects women?

Do we want to live in a country that disrespects African Americans and tells them that they have thus far, ‘lived in hell?’

Much of our country is Latino.  Do we want to live in a country that describes them as; rapist and murders?

Is it all right to make fun of the disabled?

Is bragging about the ability to perform sexual assault on women something that we want to chalk up to locker room talk?

The email debacle surrounding the Democratic Candidate for President is sad.  It was sloppy according to the Director of the FBI…but not criminal.

The following is from the Washington Post’s account of Air Force Col. Tom Moe speaking at an event in Ohio.  This is a paraphrase of a quote from Protestant pastor, Martin Niemoller taken from lectures that he gave after World War II.  “You might not care if Muslims should register with their government, because you’re not one.  And you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants because you’re not one.  And you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s okay to rough up black protestors, because you’re not one.  And you might not care if Donald Trump wants to suppress journalists, because you’re not one.  But think about this: If he keeps going, and he actually becomes president, he might just get around to you.  And you better hope there’s someone left to help you.”

My friends are probably fifty percent liberal and fifty percent conservative.  I have some convictions on both sides.  I am however…afraid…very afraid…of a Strongman government.

Wednesday morning…Soups On!


11 responses

  1. I think the soup idea is perfect. The rest of us are watching and wishing you all the luck.

    1. Thank you my friend. 😊

  2. Thank you for reaching out to all with an olive branch of friendship. Neither candidate is perfect, but I believe Ms. Clinton will not knowingly hurt people.
    Her life’s work has been helping people, lifting up, supporting, clearing paths for others.

    1. I agree my friend. Thank you. 😊

  3. I try to stay out of politics but honestly and truly this election cycle bothers me on every level. I will be so glad once it is over.

  4. Well said. Best wishes. Brick

    1. Thanks Brick. 👍🏽. The very best to you sir. 🌞

  5. I can only wish you for a better outcome. I am also eagerly waiting to see the outcome. Worrying times indeed! Good luck!

    1. Thank you my friend. This is a profound election with worldwide ramifications.

      1. I heard Clinton won in one small state already

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