When I listen to Democrats and Republicans, talk over each other and scream at each other…I wonder…for what purpose?
When everyone is talking at once…who is listening?
To, demonize, another human being and to objectify them, is all to common in our current political discourse.
Politics, should not be a team sport.
Winning, at any cost, does not make you, necessarily right, and loosing, does not make you, necessarily, wrong.
Many, egregious, changes to our understanding of right and wrong are occurring on a, seemingly, daily basis.
I, as most Americans, respected; Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley and Chet Huntley and John Chancellor and journalist, in general.
I saw Dan Rather report from Vietnam, when I was a child, and live fire was occurring next to him.
I watched Walter Cronkite weep, when he reported that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated.
I remember when the southern states of our country were, almost, exclusively Democrats.
I remember, President Ronald Reagan…staring down the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics…and they blinked!
I remember the Berlin Wall being torn down, during the presidency of George H.W. Bush.
Empathy is a vital emotion to posses…if you want to understand, someones point of view, that you disagree with. To be able to put yourself in their shoes…and see out of their eyes…and feel, in part, their pain…is is more valuable than gold.
I have listened to colleagues and friends, that I disagreed with on an issue, and before the conversation was completed…I found elements of their thoughts, that I agreed with.
An imperative to being able to discuss politics…is to, first, be well read on the subject…which each of us as citizens of our great nation, should be. To take the word of anyone…as truth….without, first investigating the veracity of their argument…is a fool’s errand.
If you watch television news, and a politician or leader is speaking, either live or on tape, you are fully qualified to judge, whether, they indeed said what you heard them say or did what you watched them do…or if it is fake news?
‘ Our political opponents are not our enemies.’ former vice president, Joe Biden
Politics, has always had a bit of theatre in it, as does church…but it is not theatre when people are hurt or terrified or mocked and belittled.
The violence that has gripped out nation is a fulfillment of scripture, ‘For they have sown the wind, and they, shall reap the whirlwind: it has no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.’ Hosea 8:7 KJV
There was a movie, in the made in 1975 called ‘The Wicker Man.’ The film focused on an island in Scotland that had a missing child and the subsequent visit of a police officer, from the mainland, in order to investigate.
As the movie progressed we learn that the inhabitants of the isle are of the Pagan faith and that they sacrifice, usually, a child, each year to ensure that their crops and fruit grow. It turn out that…this plan has failed to work and so they have gone to, Plan B, and have their hearts set on sacrificing the policeman from the mainland.
When it finally dawns on the officer that he is the guest of honor and is…thus placed in a large, Wicker Man, and then set on fire…we witness the, chilling, objectification and demonization of an innocent person…in order to mollify and hide the sins of many.
When we make each other…a Wicker Man…we have witnessed our own downfall.
Note: The Wicker Man Photos are courtesy of Google Search.