Friday, July 29, 2016

The Sour Fruits of Hate

You cannot hate people without reason, without at some point turning into someone filled with unreasoning hate. You cannot care only for yourself, without at some point turning into someone who fears someone, somewhere is getting something you think only you deserve, and therefore being filled with greed to get what you think is yours. At some point, normal human beings will recognize these people are pathological, that something is seriously wrong with them, and begin to wonder to themselves how they ever listened to them, much less respected them. This is what is happening all over the US today.

Hopefully, out of the wreckage of the Trumpist Party, a party of loyal opposition will arise again, but first they have the truly Herculean task of cleaning out the mountain ranges of excrement that have built up ever since Nixon and Reagan took them down the dark path of dog-whistling racists. That task is hard and long, however, and cannot be underestimated. Consider how long it has been since Johnson signed the Civil Rights acts that lost Democrats the “solid south” for two generations (not the one generation he expected).

But that signature on that act is what really launched the transformation of the Democratic Party into the party of inclusion and optimism it is today. What kind of party would we have without Barak and Michelle Obama, and without the transformed southerner Bill Clinton and his once-Goldwater girl wife Hillary Clinton. They show us the real value of inclusion and transformation. They show us we can hope for change, and change ourselves and our party and our country. The real America is the one that believes in new beginnings, in transformation, in hope and in working together.

That is why Newt's former press secretary weeps, because he knows in his heart what his head has long denied, that the Republican Party has gone far off the rails, far away from the American tradition, and has veered deeply into a dead-end tunnel filled with danger and darkness." 

... "The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to a close. In its place, we are entering a period of consequences." - Winston Churchill, The Gathering Storm

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