The world is an odd place, full of wonder but also contradictions. I often struggle to reconcile the two elements of our environment. Musings allow me to state the obvious (which I may not have realized until now), rant, get on my soapbox, and realize the more I learn today, the less I will be wrong tomorrow.

Our Country Flunked its Moral Test

 

The good or ill of a man lies within his own will. – Epictetus
 
As I write this today, they declared Joe Biden the winner in the 2020 Presidential election.  While I am thankful that the 4 year reign of chaos of Donald Trump is ending, I cannot understand how almost half the American voters still thought enough of him to vote him another 4 years of office.   One would think separating children from their parents would outrage people against Trump.  Obviously not.  Supporting white supremacy the alt-Right groups?  No.  Lying at a rate that would make a used-car salesman blush?  Nope.  Callous treatment of women, corruption, rampant cronyism, a quarter-million of dead Americans from a virus he ignored, the list goes on and on; none of these things mattered to his supporters. 
 
Even as the Biden team prepares to take over power in a couple of months, I am concerned about effects of this type of blind obedience will do to make-up of our democracy.  When we have seen rabid zealousness take root in our country in the past, it has been divisive and destructive, leading to armed conflicts and the death of innocents.  When nationalism trumps common decency, our citizens have defended human slavery, killed native Americans by the thousands, interned Japanese-Americans and lynched black men for decades. 
 

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When Will Our Politicians Fulfill Their Oaths?
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When Will Our Politicians Fulfill Their Oaths?

As I watch the chaos that engulfs the country, the anger I feel is not about conservative versus progressive. Both of these political positions have good and bad points. No matter what the talking heads on Fox News and MSNBC think, there are no absolutes.

In our race for political dominance (and ergo the edges of the political spectrum of Left and Right), we have forgotten that consensus and compromise are the foundations of democracy. But even more critical, our politicians have forgotten how to keep their word; and by this I mean, they don’t keep their oaths of office.

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God is Dead?

I passed a bumper sticker this morning that said, "God is dead". If so, then it is the fake religious leaders like Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Franklin Graham who killed…

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Epictetus

“Avoid fraternizing with people who don’t share your values. Prolonged association with those with false ideas can only tarnish your thinking.” --Epictetus

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