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WoW: This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving…

I give thanks for my heritage and my ancestors, for those hearty, strong souls who came before me whose genes run through my blood. I thank them for enduring through hardships, sadness and loss. I thank them for getting back up after failure and adversity, failure and pain. I thank them for looking beyond their insecurities and being willing to grow, discover, learn and stretch beyond their fears to look for solutions.

I thank them for loving and in spite of losing, daring to love again. I thank them for their courage to stand firm in the face of adversity and for never compromising their values. I give thanks for their ability to laugh things off, to forgive and accept situations beyond their control and for persevering with renewed energy with the lessons learned.

I thank them from the bottom of my heart for giving me hope for a brighter tomorrow.

A House Called Tomorrow

By Alberto Ríos

You are not fifteen, or twelve, or seventeen—

You are a hundred wild centuries

And fifteen, bringing with you

In every breath and in every step

Everyone who has come before you,

All the you that you have been,

The mothers of your mother,

The fathers of your father.

If someone in your family tree was trouble,

A hundred were not:

The bad do not win—not finally,

No matter how loud they are.

We simply would not be here

If that were so.

You are made, fundamentally, from the good.

With this knowledge, you never march alone.

You are the breaking news of the century.

You are the good who has come forward

Through it all, even if so many days

Feel otherwise. But think:

When you as a child learned to speak,

It’s not that you didn’t know words—

It’s that, from the centuries, you knew so many,

And it’s hard to choose the words that will be your own.

From those centuries, we human beings bring with us

The simple solutions and songs,

The river bridges and star charts and song harmonies

All in service to a simple idea:

That we can make a house called tomorrow.

What we bring, finally, into the new day, every day,

Is ourselves. And that’s all we need

To start. That’s everything we require to keep going.

Look back only for as long as you must,

Then go forward into the history you will make.

Be good, then better. Write books. Cure disease.

Make us proud. Make yourself proud.

And those who came before you?

When you hear thunder, Hear it as their applause.

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WoW: My Last One!!

My Last WoW… On The Election!!!

The election is over. I’m done with it. But before I return to my regular WoW entries, I want to do a final factual accounting of the process.

Trump lost and Biden won. That is clear to any rational human being throughout the world.

Biden won the popular vote by over 5 million, but the Democrats lost some of their House members and did not win the number of seats necessary to control the Senate, unless they win both Georgia seats in the Jan. run-off.

After the last four years of the most irresponsible, morally deplorable administration in modern history, Trump received a full 10 million more votes in 2020 than he did in 2016, and by and large, his demographics didn’t change.

These results indicate that an unprecedented 73 million American citizens said,

“Yeah, I think another 4 years of racism, conspiracies, corruption, brutish bullying, incompetent leadership that shows no empathy for human life, favors fiction over facts, and completely disregards the truth… is a good idea.”

And that’s not just my interpretation of the facts, that’s the truth based on results.

Why, why why??????

What in the world would lead 73 million people, most of whom are decent human beings, vote to support this?

“I don’t believe that the big men, the politicians and the capitalists alone are guilty of the war. Oh, no, the little man is just as keen, otherwise the people of the world would have risen in revolt long ago.”

~ Anne Frank

You can fool all of the people some of the time:

I think we were all fooled some of the time. Hooked on sound bites, we were primed into a sense of urgency as we tuned into another night of high octane feed. Information was delivered with the intensity of a three-alarm fire. Trump and the media, especially TV, were made for each other. Media thrives on controversy and spectacle and Trump provided it several times a day. Trump needs and thrives on attention and they gave him lots of it. The media needs and thrives on deviancy and Trump provided ample quantities.

We were “had”. We got “taken”. We got caught up in the drama. We were fooled by Trump. Even if you didn’t watch TV, you were likely on social media or read the print news. If you managed to avoid these, no conversation was complete without mentioning his name.

Although we must remain ever vigilant of people like Trump, and although we must take a stand for all that is good and right about this country, we must also be aware our constant attention fed the media. The monster ate it up and we kept him alive.

Some of the following analysis is more complicated than I present here, but as a summary it will suffice.

You can fool some of the people all of the time:

This is the majority of Trump’s base. They have little knowledge of history, lack an understanding of the ways of the world and they are just plain scared. Most are not bad people. At heart, they are good people, but they are scared people. Their anger is only there to cover up the vulnerability of their fear. They’re afraid they’ll lose all they have ever known; afraid someone will overtake their White race or try to take away their jobs, their guns or their God. They are terrified of change and their insecurity has them desperately seek survival as they lash out with a self-protective vengeance. The Trump conspiracies give them a false sense of security. They grasp on to his lies like a lifeline. The anger makes them feel powerful,

Gullible people have been a segment of society since the beginning of time. They are blind followers who feel they are losing at the game of life and think they are powerless to change it. Lost in a confusing world, they find security in the arms of a dominant authority figure and they hand over their allegiance to be used in any way the authority sees fit, often to his/her own advantage. Their need for safety and security makes these people highly susceptible to manipulation and control.

They are victims who willingly (and often unknowingly) abandon their tentative hold on their own values (which they think never worked for them anyway) and follow the leadership of the one who presents an alternate realty, one that feeds their rage at the privileged who are “winning” yet, promises a better tomorrow for them. They enter an alternate universe where all that matters is what serves the dictator, the ruler, the dominant authority. It is completely void of truth and facts as is evidenced in figures like Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao Tse Dong, Kim Jong-il and cult leaders like David Koresh and Jim Jones.

People need to feel safe and they will do whatever they need to in order to survive. Once they have placed their survival in the authority figure, facts and truth don’t matter anymore, and reasoning does not work with them.

Love them, care about them, but let go of trying to change them. Gullible people will always be a part of society and cult leaders like Trump will continue to use and abuse them for their own selfish benefit.

This is the group of people you can fool all of the time. As Trump said himself,

“I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?”

Prices and Payoffs: With every choice we make in life, there are Prices and Payoffs. The following are among the 73 million who supported Trump. Fortunately, they did not prevail, but their choice cast a big blow to the moral core of our great country. They chose their issue at the expense of equality, justice, truth and the common good…and that’s a big price to pay.

To vote for Trump, they all had to compromise something – the opportunity to help the nation heal, their personal growth, possibilities for improvement, the tenets of their faith and most especially, their values….

The Racists: These are the White Supremacists and the neo-Nazis. They are hard core racists and proud of it. They are everywhere. They feel it is more important to hate and be superior to others than to experience the glory and benefits of love and acceptance.

The soft core racists are those who are unconsciously racist, but won’t admit it and are unwilling to look. They think the race issue is overblown and that we should just “all move on”. It is more important for them to remain in self-protective denial than to search their souls and own up to the role their denial plays in perpetuating racism.

The Poorly Educated and Uninformed: These are people who have little knowledge of history and how despots like Mussolini and Hitler came into power. They have no desire to learn about the scientific method or understand the social sciences or listen to medical experts, or face the reality of climate change and how we are destroying our Planet Earth. Instead, they choose ignorance over informed decisions based on truth that will benefit all humanity (most especially themselves).

The Mixed-Up Patriot: These are flag-waving xenophobes who have an aversion to and a fear of foreigners or anything foreign. They think loving your country means America is all that matters. America First is more important than a healthy planet capable of sustaining life for future generations (including their own). It’s more important to wave the flag and think America can do no wrong as the shining city on the hill, than to do an honest moral self-inventory of the state of our systems and how they affect our citizenry – which will do nothing but strengthen us.

The Jobless: This group is a sub-set of Mixed-Up Patriot. These are people who think foreigners are taking their jobs. In reality, they are being replaced by job outsourcing, artificial intelligence and other technologies. They blast the Mexicans when in reality, they won’t do the work that Mexicans and other immigrants are more than willing to do just to live here. It is more important for them to blame foreigners and remain jobless than to support a party that advocates free job training and social services for those in need from which they can benefit!

The Mixed-Up Anti-Socialist: These are people who think anything that supports security for people within our social system is hard core Marxist Socialism! They believed the rhetoric thrown at them by Trump that Biden is a “Socialist”, Democrats are “Socialists”, and our country is on a slippery slope to socialism. None of which is true. As a country, we are not even close to socialism. Most of these people have no idea what the difference is between socialism, liberalism, humanism, capitalism or communism. It is more important for them to fight against an ideology they don’t even understand than to entertain possibilities that can be beneficial for the well-being of all our citizens including them.

The Single-Issue Voters: Like the others, these are people for whom it is more important to be right than it is to have a country that works for everyone.

They are:

The Evangelical Christians and Religious Right who think they have the right to tell women what they can and cannot do with their own bodies and a right to decide a person’s sexual identity as well as who they can love and marry. Someone sent me literature claiming Biden would kill babies! That kind of rhetoric is so wrong (on many levels), but their self- righteousness is more important than it is to follow basic biblical teachings and the true Christian Jesus who taught Love thy neighbor… Do unto others… etc.

The Gun Owners: These folks believe everyone has a right to own and use any kind of gun they want, even though weapons designed for war have been the favored choice for most every mass murderer. They would rather own and openly wield an AR-15 than save the lives of our precious children, like the 20 innocent little angels massacred in their classroom along with their teachers in Newtown, Conn.

The Staunch Republican: These are people who has voted the Republican ticket their whole life and fervently believes in the Republican platform no matter what. They are completely willing to overlook the reality that Trump has hijacked the Party and is morally destroying it from within. Supporting the Republican Party under Trump was contributing to its demise.

But, it was more important for them to vote Republican than to save the integrity of their Party.

Money and Wealth: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Trump promised his plans would bring prosperity to the long over-looked working class. What he ended up doing is what every Republican president has done since Reagan – delivered wealth for the already rich at the expense of the poor. His 2017 sizable tax cuts went to the corporations who, in turn, agreed to provide new job opportunities as well as increased salaries for their employees.

Neither happened.

The money saved in taxes was fed back into the companies for yet again, increased profit. He threw a few minor tax morsels to the middle class to keep them quiet and now, his total lack of leadership with the pandemic has inflated the wealth of billionaires as main-street America reels under a Depression-level crisis. Massive salaries and bonuses go to the well-positioned privileged CEOs and senior executives, while the true “essential workers” scrape by.

The payoff for financial excess is obvious. The price is a diminishing middle class and an ever increasing economic disparity. Historically (there’s the understanding of history again!!) the only thing that has cured income inequality is catastrophe. Revolutions, massive wars and collapsed states are what reliably reduce economic disparity. For these people, money and greed has been more important than a fair and just society in which all can profit and feel secure.

My Conclusion:

You can’t fool all of the people all of the time

I believe the vast majority of the 250 million who voted are among all of the people (regardless of their issues), you can’t fool all of the timeI believe they are reasonable people underneath their vote and like many of the Republican Senators, they will change their minds when Trump’s presence is out of the White House.

The results of Biden winning by more than 5 million votes in the highest voter turnout in our history, does not give me cause for great joy and elation, nor does the support for Trump leave me in utter despair.

I am confronted, rather, by a sobering reality. I have come to realize we are a more nescient democracy than I formally believed. Our spiritual consciousness and ability for rational, deductive thinking as a whole is undeveloped. We are, in fact, an adolescent country in the midst of a social experiment. It is messy, it is extreme at times and can be very ugly.

I am also very aware from the work I have done with countless thousands of people, from all walks of life around the world, regardless of race, religion, age, ethnicity or sexual orientation, that beneath the anger, hurt, pain and fear, lies the most fundamental core human need—to love be loved. Love is always there, but fear can drag us away and we can easily lose touch with it. If we are to survive as a human race, and I believe we will, we must find ways to connect and build on our similarities.

If we can all stop for one minute and agree to the TRUTH that we all love our country, that we all want to be free, and we all want acceptance, respect and yes, love, then we can find a way forward. Let’s start there.

The flag of the United States of America belongs to ALL of us. Let’s all of us give in a little and be willing to shift our framework of thinking away from believing that winning means someone has to lose.

Let’s open up to an entirely new possibility and be willing to find a way for all of us to win. Let’s reach out to one another and find a way for our country to work for the well-being of every decent human being…

“We’re all alive, but we don’t know why or what for; we’re all searching for happiness; we’re all leading lives that are different and yet the same.

In spite of everything, I still believe that people are good at heart”

~Anne Frank

Yes, Anne… almost everyone. With many thanks to so many of you who have shared your opinions and articles during these past challenging months leading up to the election.. I listen to every single one and from time to time, you will likely see your influence in my writing. We are all in this together. I appreciate your participation.

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President Trump, Haven’t You Put America Through Enough?

NOVEMBER 7, 2020 / JOHN PAVLOVITZ

President Trump,

I wonder how much pain you’re willing to cause America.

Apparently, more than you already have.

It isn’t enough that you have spent every waking moment of the past four years manufacturing urgency for this nation, that you have continually appealed to the very worst nature of your followers; weaponizing them against their neighbors, friends, family members, and strangers.

It isn’t enough that you have perpetually trafficked in lies, when the truth would have been much simpler and much less fraught with suffering and sickness; that you were almost habitually allergic to honesty, even when honesty would have greatly benefited you.

It isn’t enough that you have steadily stoked the fires of racism, that you have courted wild conspiracy, that you’ve never once taken the path of maturity, compassion, and sober judgment in stewarding this nation.

It isn’t enough that you have been so guilty of presidential malpractice, that you have inexplicably made a public health crisis a partisan event, allowing a quarter of a million Americans to die, many of them needlessly—one that you are currently simply ignoring.

And now, after all that, you’ve chosen to do something far worse as your swan song: to go to war with the very bedrock of this nation: a free and fair election by the people—simply because you cannot live with what they are telling you.

You are indicting a process that you spent months poisoning and polluting and sabotaging, when even those unprecedented efforts to create chaos and silence voters would not deter a record number of Americans from telling you that you are not worthy to lead them.

You are revealing your character in these moments.

A decent man would honor the unequivocal and clear will of the people.
A decent man would concede with dignity immediately in order to allow calm to prevail.
A decent man would agree to a peaceful transfer of power, as every previous outgoing president has done.

A decent man would look at a nation ravaged by a pandemic, devastated by job loss, and exhausted from internal strife—and decide to end his tenure here by finally, for the first time, doing something selfless.

But you are not a decent man by any measurement, and that is simply not your way. You are incapable of the elemental goodness that even the most malevolent people are eventually able to tap into when called upon by moments of gravity and consequence.

I should have known it would end this way.

This is who you have always been: a man lacking a single noble instinct or humane impulse; a completely parasitic presence who only takes from things it attaches itself to, leaving them less healthy and less viable than before.

Your ornamental America First rhetoric is burning up in the presence of your caustic conduct right now.

You have never loved this nation or cared for its people, because if you had and if you did, you would be an adult man and a true leader, and admit defeat and allow this nation to begin to heal and recover. Instead you incite violence and stir your unhinged base and speak reckless, incendiary lies that will only serve to injure more people and try and avoid your eventual departure.

And make no mistake, that departure is imminent.
You are leaving.

The American people have made that clear.
Every president before you has honored that.
And whether you like or not, you will, too.

It’s just really sad that you couldn’t take this moment and finally become a better version of yourself; that instead of being a source of stability and strength for this disaster-battered nation, that you would make your final days here ones marked by unnecessary suffering and manufactured sorrow; that in one more traitorous, belligerent salvo, you will assail the very heart of democracy in order to defend your brittle, fragile ego.

History is recording the truth: that you will have caused more injury to America and its people than any of the men who have served the office you hold and will shortly be removed from. You will have even done more destruction to our sovereignty and safety than any imagined foreign threat. That, you cannot spin or gaslight or lie your way out of.

Joe Biden is going to be our next president.

You will soon be leaving, Mr. President.

And sadly, it looks as though you will leave the way you have led and the way you have lived your entire life: disgracefully.

It’s simply a national tragedy that all the previous damage you’ve done and all the wounds you have inflicted on America and its people were not enough for you.

John Pavlovitz is a writer, pastor, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years, his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities.

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Who in God’s Name Are We?

By Frank Bruni

It’s always assumed that those of us who felt certain of Hillary Clinton’s victory in 2016 were putting too much trust in polls.

I was putting too much trust in Americans.

I’d seen us err. I’d watched us stray. Still I didn’t think enough of us would indulge a would-be leader as proudly hateful, patently fraudulent and flamboyantly dishonest as Donald Trump.

We had episodes of ugliness, but this? No way. We were better than Trump.

Except, it turned out, we weren’t.

Never mind the Russians gave him a boost. Or that he lost the popular vote. Some 46 percent of the Americans who cast ballots for president in 2016 picked him, and as he moved into the White House and proceeded to soil it, most of those Americans stood by him solidly enough that Republicans in Congress didn’t dare to cross him and in fact, went to great, conscience-immolating lengths to prop him up. These lawmakers weren’t swooning for a demagogue. They were reading the populace

And it was a populace I didn’t recognize, or at least didn’t want to.

What has Trump’s presidency taken from us? I’m reasonably sure many Americans feel the same loss I do, and I’m struggling to assign just one word to it.

Innocence? Optimism? Faith? Go to the place on the Venn diagram where those states of mind overlap. That’s the piece of me now missing when I look at this beloved country of mine.

Trump snuffed out my confidence, flickering but real, that we could go only so low and forgive only so much. With him we went lower—or at least a damningly large percentage of us did. In him, we forgave florid cruelty, overt racism, rampant corruption, exultant indecency, the coddling of murderous despots, the alienation of true friends, the alienation of truth itself, the disparagement of invaluable institutions, the degradation of essential democratic traditions.

He played Russian roulette with Americans’ lives. He played Russian roulette with his own aides’ lives. In a sane and civil country, the kind I long thought I lived in, his favorability ratings would have fallen to negative integers, a mathematical impossibility, but a moral imperative. In this one, they never changed all that much.

Polls from mid-October showed about 44 percent of voters approved of Trump’s job performance—and this was after he concealed aspects of his coronavirus infection from the public, shrugged off the larger meaning of it, established the White House as its own super-spreader environment, and cavalierly marched on.

Forty-four percent. Who in God’s name are we?

I’m not forgetting pre-Trump American history. I’m not erasing hundreds of years of slavery, the internment of Japanese Americans, the many kinds of discrimination that have flourished in my own lifetime, all the elections in which we Americans made stupid choices and all the presidents who did “un-American” things. We’re a grossly imperfect country, our behavior at frequent odds with our ideals.

But for every abomination, I could name a moment of grace. For many of our sins, stabs at atonement. We demonstrated a yearning to correct our mistakes and, I think, a tropism toward goodness. On balance we were open, generous. When I traveled abroad, people from other countries routinely complimented Americans for that. They experienced us as arrogant, but also as special.

Now they just pity us.

How much of this can we pin on Trump? Not as much as we try to. And oh, how we’ve tried. This obsession of the news media and his detractors, with every last eccentricity and inanity, isn’t just about keeping a complete record, I’ve come to realize. It’s also a deflection, an evasion: If he gets the whole of the stage, then Americans’ complicity and collaboration are shoved into the wings.

And the freakier we make him out to be, the less emblematic he is. The more he becomes a random, isolated event. We emphasized what a vanquishable opponent Hillary Clinton was because that diminished the significance of the vanquishing and the vanquisher. We spoke of a perfect storm of circumstances that led to his election as a way of disowning the weather.

We cheered on Robert Mueller’s investigation not just because it might hold Trump and his wretched accomplices to account, but also because it might explain him away, proving he reached the White House by cheating and not because he was what nearly half of the country decided they wanted.

We tried to make him a one-and-done one-off. But deep into his presidency, when his execrable character had been fully exposed, his Fox News cheerleaders continued to draw huge audiences for their sycophantic panegyrics.

Trump himself continued to attract big crowds to his rallies, like the one in Greenville, N.C. in July 2019, when he pressed his attack on four Democratic congresswomen of color, including Representative Ilhan Omar, who immigrated from Somalia. Egged on by him, his audience chanted: “Send her back! Send her back!” He stopped speaking to give those words room, and he soaked them in.

Or what about the recent rally in Muskegon, Mich. where he freshly assailed the state’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, despite the fact his obsessive denunciations of her had possibly been a factor in an alleged plot by 14 men to kidnap her?

“Lock her up!” many of the attendees bellowed, to Trump’s obvious amusement.

Again, how has his approval rating not fallen to negative integers?

I’m not saying support for him is spun entirely of malice or bias. Keen economic anxiety and profound political estrangement are why many voters turned to him, as my Times colleague Farah Stockman explained especially well in a recent editorial that was set in America’s disheartened heartland. “Even false hope,” she noted, “is a form of hope, perhaps the most ubiquitous kind.”

The headline on the article was “Why They Loved Him.” But why haven’t more of them stopped loving him? And how did so many Americans beyond that group fall so hard for him, thrilling to his recklessness, applauding his divisiveness, indulging his unscrupulousness? He tapped into more cynicism and nihilism than this land of boundless tomorrows was supposed to contain.

He tapped into more conspiratorialism, too. And I do mean “tapped.” Trump didn’t draw out anything that wasn’t already there, burbling beneath the surface. He didn’t sire white supremacists. He didn’t script the dark fantasies of QAnon. He didn’t create all the Americans who rebelled against protective masks and mocked those who wore them, a selfish mind-set that helps explain our tragic lot. It just flourished under him.

And it will almost certainly survive him. The foul spirit of these past five years—I’m including his hateful campaign—has been both pervasive and strangely proud. That’s what makes it different. That’s what makes it so chilling.

I could be overreacting. Maybe, just ahead, there will be moments of grace, enough of them to redeem us. Maybe I’ll look up on or after Nov. 3 and see that Biden has won North Carolina, has won Michigan, has won every closely contested state and the presidency in a landslide. Maybe I’ll have to eat my words.

Please, my fellow Americans, feed me my words. I’d relish that meal.

Frank Bruni is a journalist for The New York Times

Thank you to my good friend, Emilie Herr for bringing this article to my attention

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To Whom It May Concern,

If you support Trump and his co-conspirators, I want to be very clear about something.

It’s not that I just disagree with you. If it was, I would not have spent these past many weeks speaking out as passionately as I have.

It’s that I believe your fundamental connection with morality is deeply, profoundly and egregiously flawed. Your ability to ignore the kinds of things I can no longer excuse or make peace with or overlook, require me to speak up because to not do so would be a denial of who I am and what matters to me—the values I have spent a lifetime forming and for which I stand.

You begin your defense by saying, “I know Trump is crass and pushy and sometimes says things he shouldn’t, but…” and you go on to cite how we need tough and strong, and he is keeping us safe, the trade policies, the economy, and other things you think he has accomplished. These issues are definitely subject to debate, and are discussions we can constructively have.

However, my disdain for your choice to support him and his cohorts has nothing to do with issues or politics. No, my reaction runs far deeper into the marrow of who we each are.

To quote John Pavlovitz (whom I paraphrase throughout):

“At this point, with the past four years as a resume, your alignment with this president and his Republican cohorts, means we are fundamentally disconnected on what is morally acceptable—and I’ve simply seen too much and heard too much to explain that away or rationalize your intentions or give you the benefit of doubt any longer.

Your reaffirmation of him tells me everything I need to know about you and your disregard for the lives of other human beings, about your views about people of color, about your opinion of women, about your attitude toward Science, about the faith you so loudly profess, about your commitment to win/win solutions, and about your elemental disrespect for bedrock truth.

I can now see how pliable your morality is, the kinds of compromises you are willing to make, the ever-descending bottom you’re falling into, in order to feel victorious in a war you don’t even know why you’re fighting.

That’s why I want you to understand this isn’t just a schism on one issue or a single piece of legislation, as those things would be manageable. This isn’t a matter of politics or preference. This is a pervasive, sprawling, saturating separation about the way we see the world and what we value and how we want to move through this life.”

I cannot accept how your choice:

  • devalues black lives
  • accepts lies after lies, after lies, after lies
  • ignores hard-core provable facts
  • defies the reality of the pandemic and disregards the death of 233,000 Americans
  • ignores the value of life, perpetuating the escalating deaths by falsely diminishing its danger
  • is hostile toward immigrants and their innocent, frightened children
  • manipulates the gullible by using fear, threats and conspiracies to intimidate and control people
  • incites mob violence (Charleston and militia armed with AR-15s) and revels in hateful, hostile chants “Lock her up” and “Fire Fauci”
  • attempts to disenfranchise people by actively suppressing their voting rights
  • undermines the basic tenets of our democracy

Our relationship matters to me, but your choice to prioritize money, power and issues over the fundamental human values of truth, honesty, caring and respect for the health and well-being of others regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity or age, shows me how morally incompatible we are.

It doesn’t mean I don’t respect you as a human being or can’t even love you, but it does mean my belief in your moral character has been shattered. I do not trust you and I do not respect you for making a choice that:

  • uses cruelty and brutality to hurt people, while showing not a single sign of empathy
  • undermines the basic fundamentals of justice for all
  • holds the dignity of the office of the Presidency with utter disrespect
  • divides and conquers, thus creating severe disconnection
  • denies the humanity and equality of other human beings
  • embraces a movement built on the worst parts of who we are

You are so much bigger than this, which is why your choice strikes at the very core of my being and leaves a hole in my heart. I ache for you and others like you who can purposefully and so callously choose to discard the moral values that support a world that works for everyone.

P.S. If you find yourself disagreeing with my claim that you are supporting all of the above…

add denial and refusing to take responsibility to the list.

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