Purveyor of Truth
These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Thomas Paine
With not much going on today there was lots of time to set sit and contemplate the positive things our country stands for. It was an opportunity to think about how fortunate we are to enjoy relative economic freedom and the right to choose our religious beliefs free from government interference, to have our civil liberties protected by rule of law, to live in a land that has embraced diversity and many different cultures, and to look forward to an even brighter and better future. Despite my best efforts to avoid it my thoughts kept going back to Donald J. Trump and the possibility of him as president. As a result my day eventually turned to uneasiness.
Donald J. Trump stands against many of the principles that has made America a nation that many have envied and indeed sought to come to it's shores in the hopes of starting a better life. This has been true since America's beginnings as a nation state.
As a people we have overcome many injustices, the greatest injustice being the enslavement of blacks. Since the conclusion of The War Between the States (the so called Civil War) American has been fighting the very real reality of institutional racism and the resulting lack of economic opportunity for people of color. As well, our system of justice has not served the minority community in America well. The results of both are evident yet today.
It has taken years (by far too many) and the struggles of literally thousands during the Civil Rights Movement to move our nation to a more equitable society for all. Yet there remains much that still needs to be done if we are to achieve the society Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. talked about and dreamed of.
Donald J. Trump, by his own words and actions, has caused millions of truly patriotic Americans to question whether his slogan Make America Great Again maybe isn't just code for resetting America back to the past. A past it has worked hard to break free from. His nationalism, xenophobia, divisiveness, rudeness, crudeness, lack of respect for international law, his apparent willingness to ignore the constitution, and his absolute refusal to accept responsibility for events caused partially, if not wholly, by his words and actions is certainly reason to work to make the possibility of him become president an impossibility.
In closing I refer you back to the top of the post. It is time for patriotic Americans to stand shoulder to shoulder and fight to make sure Donald J. Trump's bit for the presidency goes down I flames and becomes a pile of cold ashes.
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