If it walks like a duck, and if it quacks like a duck…then it’s time to make some decisions about whether you really like listening to ducks.
If you have ever had the pleasure of spending time on a farm or ranch you know what a cow pasture looks and smells like. If you have ever walked through a cow pasture you have ample evidence that it is a home for cows. And, if you are like the majority of us, you avoid stepping in the ample piles of evidence.
Look around, my friends. The evidence is piling up. Take a deep breath. That pungent aroma is the smell of fresh, still steaming Fascism. You recognize the evidence of cows in a cow pasture. Recognize the evidence of Fascism. Once you step in it, the smell cannot be removed.
We live in an age when values have changed, and continue to change. It is now acceptable to display boorish and uncivil behavior in public and even get applause for it. Today it is acceptable for public figures and nationally recognized political candidates to spew vindictive and racist remarks without fear of backlash.
I, for one, am tired of the hatred, the bitterness and repulsive rhetoric. I am reminded of the early days of Nazi Germany when Adolf Hitler used the same bombastic invective and appeal to fear to inflame his listeners.
We are better than that. When candidates for the highest office in the United States base their campaigns on fear, on hatred, on racism, on indiscriminate destruction of entire populations, it is time to speak out.
I do not want a President who unabashedly flaunts immoral actions and behavior to appeal to the lowest common denominator. I do not want a leader who uses xenophobia and racial prejudices to appeal to the uneducated.
I may be in a distinct minority, but I remember a time when when such a person would be held up for ridicule and laughed off the stage. That such a clown is now taken seriously is a true indictment of the depths to which our nation has fallen.
If we elect such a man to lead our nation we deserve whatever befalls us.
It’s not enough to deplore the culture of crime, violence and entitlement we have created. If we truly desire a better and more just society we need to be serious about addressing the root of the problem.
If we are dismayed by the increasing amount of anarchy and crime we need to look beyond these symptoms. The real issue that needs to be tackled is poverty.
Allowing children to die from hunger is child abuse. It’s murder, pure and simple.
Let’s not kid ourselves. There’s enough food for everyone in the world. Yet our greed, over-consumption, and wastefulness condemns thousands of children to slowly suffer and die every day from hunger and malnutrition.
The murder of millions of children is still murder. Make no mistake. It’s child abuse on a global scale, and it is still a crime.
Don’t bother trying on the glove. It fits us all.