Intolerance is alive and well……

So here’s what I’m thinking……….

I remember the day it happened. I was in middle school……the teachers rounded us all up and told us what had happened. My mother came and picked my sister and I up from school……we drove home in a hushed silence……President John F. Kennedy had been murdered…..on a perfectly, normal school day… could this be????? I was just young enough to not fully understand the nuances of political games, but old enough to realize the gravity of what had happened. The entire country was in mourning and shock. Our small town in middle Kansas was hushed with sadness… I remember sitting in our living room, in front of our black and white tv, watching the funeral with the sound turned very, very low. You see, my father was a WW 2 veteran – and the sound of taps being played was something he could not tolerate – and so in our house, they were muted…..Thus began my lifetime fascination with politics……..

How is it that seemingly good, decent people get elected, then seem to turn into someone else entirely?? How is that a country full of mostly decent, tolerant people, turn into screaming, hate mongering fools, as soon as someone says/does something they don’t agree/approve of?? I just don’t get it. There are numerous illustrations on either side, to be sure. But this year, more than any other, seems to bother me the most. The total and complete intolerance of differing viewpoints has reached a fever pitch…with people being called liars, stupid, dumb black women, etc, all because they support a conservative point of view…….Where is the so-called “tolerance” on the left? – the party supposedly for the common man? Where is the tolerance for a fully formed, viable child in the womb, who can be torn into pieces in the womb and murdered one day – all viewed as a “right” of the woman” and perfectly ok; yet can be birthed, and “murdered” – against the law – the next? Does this really make sense to anyone? And why can’t black man, or yellow or white or brown man for that matter, have the freedom to choose who they want to support, and feel free to express that, without being called names by ANYONE? And why, if a person so chooses, cannot they belong to a conservative church/religion without being called “uneducated”, “illiterate”, “stupid”, or “unenlightened”????? If one side thinks they have the market on enlightenment – they are most assuredly wrong. Sadly, the list goes on and on……

Yes, politics fascinate me. We live in the most amazing country in the world. A country that people left their oppressive homeland to start, where they shed blood to secure. Where men, and the women who stood beside them, worked to construct a constitution that would be fair and equal to all men……where all had the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, where hard work, honesty, fairness – could take them as far as they wanted to go.

That country is still here…tho now it is buried underneath the weight of a government out of control, run by people who have lost sight of what it is they were elected to do – regardless of party.

We, who are fortunate enough to call this great land home, have a duty, a right, and a moral obligation to do our part. Many have fought and died. Many have fought and been maimed for life. Many have missed births, holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, etc., while they served this country and her people. Do not squander your rights. The very least you can do is to educate yourself, and then prayerfully consider the path you desire for your country – we CAN take it back, it can be the light to a world full of darkness…..if we will go back to our roots and remember WHO and What this country was founded on….

In the meantime, hold your loved ones close and never let go…….

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