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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A Conscientious Fan’s Dilemma

A few days ago, this popped up on my news feed:

This is an issue for me. I’m a diehard Cubs fan, but I’m also adamantly opposed to destructive and polarizing policies of this current Trump administration. So how do I reconcile these now diametrically opposed beliefs? I love my Cubs, but also I despise Donald Trump as he lies and divides this country, tearing it down piece by piece.

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Food for Thought…

With all the chaos in our country’s politics, I am constantly reminded of a quote from Adolf Hitler,  “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough,…

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Act like an American?
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Act like an American?

Recently I read a post that stated we all needed to “act” like Americans.  The post insinuated if you didn’t stand for the national anthem; if you burned a flag or opposed Confederate monuments, you weren’t “acting” like an American.

I thought about that for a minute.

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