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Hate Is a Formidable Force

July 28, 2011

John Edwards, former vice-presidential candidate and philanderer, once said that we are two Americas. He was referring to the wealthy one and the disadvantaged one. But, no matter how you slice it, we’re a divided country. Our Pledge of Allegiance claims that we are ONE nation, that we’re INDIVISIBLE, and that there is LIBERTY and JUSTICE FOR ALL. That all sounds good in theory and these are attributes we should all strive for, but it’s just not realistic. Any time you group a bunch of humans together, there is one human emotion so powerful that it rises to the surface and smothers all others… HATE. I have to hand it to the republicans. They are united so solidly in their hate that they have managed to divide America like it hasn’t been since the Civil War. They hate everyone who is non-white, non-christian, non-wealthy, and non-republican. Their hate has so poisoned our nation that we are on the brink of social and economic collapse. They are so blinded by their hate and rage that they can’t see how wrong they really are.

We who love the America we had, love the President we have and want him to succeed, and have empathy for those among us who don’t fit the republican mold seem to be fighting a losing battle. Two years into Obama’s first term, Sarah Palin posed the question, “So how’s that hopey-changey thing workin’ out for ya’?” The answer is that it could have been great if you and your extremist cohorts had gotten behind Mr. Obama for the good of the country, instead of torpedoeing everything he tried to do. It makes one wonder which human emotion is stronger – love or hate. Hate seems to have the advantage.

It’s a damn shame that Barack Obama became president when he did. The timing couldn’t have been worse. He inherited the worst economy and highest unemployment rate in 80 years, two unfunded wars, and an $11.5-trillion national debt. The devious republicans act like that’s all his fault. He filled us with hope and we believed that he could repair the damage done during eight years of republican rule. He probably could have, but the “party of no” threw every possible obstacle in front of him, and they’re still doing it. Hate is a force not easily overcome. It would take a man of goodness and virtue to defeat it – a man like, well, Barack Obama. Alas, the right-wing hate is so insidious that maybe no one person can do the job. It will take all of us who aspire to build up America to defeat those who only want to tear it down.

I often wonder if Obama is sorry he ever ran for president. He wanted to bring people together but the republicans would have none of that. He could have gone down in history as one of the great presidents. Republicans have already re-written the history textbooks for Texas classrooms to eliminate any mention of the contributions by Democrats, so you can count on them doing the same to President Obama. They will turn things around so that their failures are attributed to Mr. Obama. No good can come from an agenda based on hate so, as long as there are hateful people in positions of power, there can be no positive outcomes. We used to chant “Yes, we can!” But now we’re thinking that “Maybe we can’t.” We must keep trying, though. Good is supposed to overcome evil and love is supposed to triumph over hate.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 29, 2011 12:19 AM

    I know all too well about these people. I don’t understand them though.

  2. Chuck permalink
    August 2, 2011 8:12 PM

    Hopefully Obama is remembering Phillippians 4:13. It’s true! Keep the faith!

    • August 3, 2011 8:57 AM

      For those of you who don’t have a Bible, Chuck is referring to a verse that reads: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

      This made me think of Matthew 4:1-11 when Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. Yes, Jesus overcame, but he was the son of God and he was only dealing with the Prince of Darkness himself. Obama is up against Satan and ALL of his demons, and Obama is only one man. Let’s all pray that Christ gives him a buttload of strength. He’ll need it.

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