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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Silence In the Face of Evil: Modern Politics

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” 
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer

In case you question D. Bonhoeffer's resolve, he was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, and set up an illegal seminary under the Nazi noses. He knew what he was talking about.

For perspective, yes, I've voted for Republicans in the past, so this isn't solely a partisan attack. However, I would never vote for the current crop running for president. They are bad news for American society. I'm sure you've seen these reasons before, but I believe in what Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, so remaining silent in the face of such societal evil is impossible.

Dealing with Donald Trump: for starters, no one deserves to inhabit the highest and most powerful office in the land who cannot stop, and in fact encourages, violence at his rallies. He has infected both the crowd and the security teams present with a heightened hatred that leads to escalating violence, both physical and psychological, that has no place in politics today (or anywhere else in a so-called civilized society). This infection is now sweeping society in a rising tide, Check out this recent news report if you are skeptical: http://6abc.com/1230847/  Society enabled this perversion to occur and dulled the response of other children and adults to the point they did not attempt to stop this abomination from taking place.

No one deserves to be president who cannot quickly and unequivocally stand up against the KKK, denouncing their rampant hatred with dispatch and finality. My great grandfather, a pastor in the mountains of West Virginia in the 1920s, when approached by the Klan outside his church who insisted he join their ranks, immediately and in front of witnesses told them to go to hell. It's that simple, Mr. Trump. To declare you don't KNOW about white supremacy speaks to a level of ignorance so profound and dangerous, you are in no way suited to hold any office. That depth of ignorance (feigned or real) might work in your business dealings, but has no place in the leadership of ALL Americans.

No one should hold presidential power who declares he will commit war crimes against families of terrorists or who will use torture far worse than waterboarding to get his own way. That is evil, pure and simple.

No one who devolves debate into a grade school name calling contest and discusses the size of his genitals on air has the common sense to be president.

I could go on, but that's enough, for now.

Oh yes, one more thing, no candidate spineless enough to say they WILL support such a dangerous, evil candidate has enough courage to hold the highest office in our land.

So ends this session of speaking out. I imagine there will be others ... SOON!

For a less visceral approach and explanation of Mr. Trump and his followers, see: http://www.vox.com/2016/3/1/11127424/trump-authoritarianism

For another powerful perspective, see: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2016/03/violence-applauded-in-todays-politics.html

An earlier challenge in the face of the politics and propaganda of hate: http://jsbrookspresents.blogspot.com/2016/01/refusing-to-remain-silent-in-face-of.html

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