To Comfort The Afflicted
And Afflict The Comfortable

To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

New Observercast

Most Dangerous Man, Part II

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BY SHARON MARTIN

The most dangerous man in America believes in the Bible. This is not what makes him dangerous.

What makes him dangerous is his disdain for anyone who doesn’t believe the way he does.

His God is a loving God who is going to save him. If you don’t get saved from tornadoes, floods, and wildfires, either you are a sinner or God has a good reason.

He doesn’t believe in climate change. The idea that humans can destroy the world is a plot cooked up by that old socialist Al Gore. Whole neighborhoods along the coasts are losing ground to rising water. Island nations in the Pacific are disappearing.

Not our fault, he says.

Let’s drill in the Arctic, he says.

Let’s build a wall.

Wars, income inequality, and the climate change in which he doesn’t believe have ramped up migration around the world. He doesn’t want immigrants here.

Not all dangerous men are white, but this one is. He claims he isn’t a racist, but he’s worried about all the brown people asking for asylum. Criminals, he calls them.

He doesn’t agree that asking for asylum is legal, but he has no regard for facts.

Or scale. He says all politicians lie. He doesn’t see the difference between one lie and 6,000.

He believes we are a country of laws, but the president is above the law.

He believes the 44thpresident destroyed America’s standing in the world and the 45thpresident is restoring it.

There’s more irony here than I can process.

He’s afraid that noncitizens will vote.

He’s afraid that minorities and poor people will vote the wrong way, and he’s willing to change the laws to make voting harder. We are a country of laws, you know.

He’s afraid of losing status, of losing power, of everything but this cruel administration.

He’s one man, one of many. And you can bet that he and his climate-change-denying, immigrant-fearing army vote.

Sharon Martin lives in Oilton, OK and is a regular contributor to The Oklahoma Observer. Her latest book, Not A Prodigal, is available through Barnes and Noble. Her recent children’s book, Froggy Bottom Blues, can be purchased in hardcover or paperback from Doodle and Peck Publishingand in paperback from Amazon.