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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Sunday, October 2, 2022


What Decades Of Festering, Metastasizing Hate Hath Wrought



It’s a very bad time in America with the election of the Orange Menace. I don’t think even the celebrated American poet, Walt Whitman, could find anything electric to sing about in the present national body. I’ll refrain from diminishing the opening sentence of Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities.

I’m not sure that any of the T-rump administrative actions can ever be undone as he and his chosen strumpets pursue a scorched earth policy of eliminating any vestige of President Obama’s eight years in office –much like the pharaohs of Egypt who removed the names of their predecessors from public monuments.

In fact, the GOP leadership is going back in their time machine of insanity to dig up the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Johnson in order to vandalize Social Security and Medicare.

Should there be a strong reversal of the majority numbers in Congress in the 2018 mid-terms the damage will already be done. Ravenous locusts leave little behind as they swarm through the environment.

The Supreme Court will be a casualty with at least a seven-vote inhumane majority. Justice Ginsberg and either of the two oldest men who hold progressive views can’t hold on long, even to the mid-term, and the lower federal courts have from 92 to 113 vacancies that will be filled very quickly with Trump-ets enjoying lifetime appointments.

I have never underestimated the hatred many people have in this country – as demonstrated clearly in the November election – for minorities of any orientation, color, origin, gender, or religion. How could anyone not be convinced of this after seeing the pure hatred directed at Obama by voters and encouraged by elected GOP incumbents? Just remember the loathsome demonstrations and slogans directed at gay people advocating for marriage equality and the overturning of DADT, California’s Proposition 8 and DOMA.

The hatred didn’t go away; it went deep into the minds and bodies of our enemies who turned out to be family, “friends,” neighbors, and co-workers – a civil war not with geographical boundaries of countries traceable on paper but with internal psychological boundaries inaccessible to observation.

That hatred has been festering and metastasizing for decades and has burst like a radioactive dirty bomb, infecting and killing the body politic.

James Nimmo lives in Oklahoma City and is a frequent contributor to The Oklahoma Observer

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