Rejecting Hate Would Help Fulfill Nation’s Promise
The Roy Moore saga, President Trump’s 16 sexual misconduct accusers, claims of inappropriate behavior by Sen. Al Franken and other events have polarized our nation, adding to a divide along racial, cultural, gender and political fault lines. It appears that the plates beneath American soil are shifting into a deadly web of chaos, subject to collapse at any moment. Has the spotlight on the troubles of working-class whites given rise to the hostility we now witness? People of our nation are at war with one another, fighting over issues we thought were buried years ago. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported in February that there are 900 hate groups nationally. This rise of hate groups and nationalistic passions, especially after the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia, has weakened institutions and contributed to an abandonment of responsibility by political leaders. It helps legitimize violence, some of which is provoked by the leader of this country, and has led us down a horrific path of extremism. I wonder about the direction of our country and the leaders who are responsible for charting a course that would lead us down a path of least resistance. It seems that, in a number of ways, we have turned a blind eye on character, integrity, honesty and credibility, all of which used to mean something. It is apparent that our values have shifted from love of country to love of political parties. We have become a nation that now allows alleged child molesters, such as Roy Moore, to prosper. Multiple female accusers have come forth with clear allegations against him, one of whom says she was 14 when the improper contact supposedly occurred. Moore even admitted to asking parents if he could date their daughters, yet we allow him to aspire to one of the highest offices in the land. Some women even say they will vote for Moore even if the allegations are true. What has become of our nation? Further, in spite of all the evidence, many people in Alabama and others across the country stand by Moore’s claim of innocence. They will vote for Moore regardless of the allegations, because, some say, the new tax plan must pass. Are politicians allowed a pass because of their positions or because we view them as beyond reproach, as if they can do no wrong? It’s time for that pass to end. Much of the country has been fooled by the continual pounding of a propagandist who has introduced us to fake news. Propagandists are proponents of fake news. They are ministers of propaganda. Many Trump supporters believe him when he says the news media dispenses fake news, as if he has a monopoly on the truth. Do we give a pass to those who hold political positions or those who aspire to them? We’ve given a pass to our president, who has been accused of sexual assault by 16 women. We’ve given passes to those involved in the Russian scandal and to the gun lobby, regardless of the mass shootings we have witnessed of late. Where is the outrage among the conservative core of our nation? It is sad that many in conservative religious circles support an alleged sex-offender in Moore. I wonder if conservatives would support such people if their daughters were being abused. Are we experiencing some type of breakdown in which people will stoop so low as to turn a blind eye toward innocent victims? When will the political fearmongering and finger pointing end? How long will America have to tolerate poor leadership and a lack of accountability and responsibility from men and women who hold elected office? Where are the discussions about jobs for the poor, mental health issues, health care for all, support for veterans, support for a dwindling middle-class and so forth? Where is the America that is the land of the free and the home of the brave? There is nothing free or brave for those at the bottom, who are virtually left behind in the political hotbed our leadership has created. Let’s put down our weapons and seize fire, put a moratorium on hate, classism, racism and the divisions making us hateful, bitter and frustrated. Let’s take a break from the hate and become the America that we all know we can be and stop giving passes to political figures as it they are more deserving than others.