...there was that.
I have never really trusted our government. Perhaps it is because as a young teenager I saw State police and the National Guard beat children and pregnant women. My Jr. High was purposefully bombed with tear gas. Lawful public protest was thwarted with violence.
And I saw the attempts at democratic reform, at war protests, concern for use of public and private "space" denigrated... demeaned. Called degenerate. And worse.
I have never expected politicians to be perfect or honorable. I remember when someone recoiled in horror when I shrugged my shoulders with regard to Tricky Dick's breaking and entering, to Mr. Clinton's sexual predation of women. I had said, 'I expect as much of politicians.'
--which is really, really sad.
So, I object when someone says I am an idealist and not a pragmatist when it comes to our political cesspool. I object when someone says I am in a political minority, I had my chance and have lost the popular vote and to just shut up and get on board to defeat Trump.
--because Trump is really, really bad.
Yes. He is really, really bad. I agree.
And yes, really, really dangerous, too.
Just as dangerous as a political party and therefor its candidate that purposefully works against the democratic process it is supposed to support. Thank you, Wikileaks....
AMONG THE NEARLY 20,000 internal emails from the Democratic National Committee, released Friday by Wikileaks and presumably provided by the hacker “Guccifer 2.0,” is a May 2016 message from DNC CFO Brad Marshall. In it, he suggested that the party should “get someone to ask” Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders about his religious beliefs.
To: MirandaL@dnc.org, PaustenbachM@dnc.org, DaceyA@dnc.org
Date: 2016-05-05 03:31
Subject: No shit
It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief. Does he believe in a God. He had skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and an atheist.
Ahhhhh..... Tricky Dick is alive and well. And this time, his spirit has evolved --not just to undermine "The Other Candidate" of a different "party" --but for a "party" to eat its own young. Literally.
And everyone is in such a panic to defeat the Monster Cheeto-Man, there is not a word of outrage....
--and if one does voice outrage, the specter of fear which everyone is denouncing in the Republican forum, begins to take form and dance.... Vote for "Her" or we all die....
Yes. The fear is valid. The fear is real.
But where is the outrage? Where?
Reacting against or in an opposing fear does nothing. Except feed the hysteria and fear which has gripped us all. Why can folks see the fear gripping the Republicans, but not see the manipulation of a system to incite an even greater fear in the Democratic base?
I am not joining the band wagon. "She" will not save this nation from its own mistakes. Not when the "party" which is pushing her is as twisted in on itself as the next. Not in an era which creates boundaries to prevent a majority vote from meaning anything. Not in a time when hyperventilation about the Supreme Court nominees takes front seat to an election.
Not in a time when the poor keep getting poorer and the wealthiest keep getting more wealth.
Not in a time when the planet itself is threatened.
Not in a time when its okay to dismiss or even eat the young.
Not in a time when the employment of intellect is seen as treasonous.
Not in a time when education and health care are provided only to the rich.
Not in a time when the Electoral College will elect--not the popular vote of the people.
How is it okay to live under the dictatorship of a political party that squashes other voices and even dissent and pretends to adopt a "platform" which everyone knows can be ignored?
How is any of it okay?
Fear makes for deadly politics.
And we all know it was decided eight years ago that She would be given the nomination this year. No matter what.
Because, that's politics.
And I expect that of politicians.
At prayer this morning (Matthew 27:11-23)
Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
Jesus said, “You say so.” But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer.
Then Pilate said to him, “Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?” But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed.
Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over.
While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him.”
Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.”
Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”
All of them said, “Let him be crucified!”
Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?”
But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”
Hmmmmm.... yep. The Gospel observation of power and force. The Gospel observation of party politicking. The Gospel observation of majority rule when it is manipulated and driven by fear.
We will always choose death (fear, power).
We always have.
And love will always win.
And I refuse to be afraid.
But, perhaps in the face of such things, it is better to follow Christ's example, and not utter another word... because the arguments and questions are all a set up. A conundrum of falsehood.
--despite the outrage.