The paranoia, the fog, the smoke and the mirrors combined with a lack of responsibility, lack of accountability, and the lacking of any interpretation of “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these,” “Not one of you is a believer until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself,” “Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence,” “One going to take a pointed stick to pinch a baby bird should first try it on himself to feel how it hurts,” “One who you think should be hit is none else but you. One who you think should be governed is none else but you. One who you think should be tortured is none else but you. One who you think should be enslaved is none else but you. One who you think should be killed is none else but you. A sage is ingenuous and leads his life after comprehending the parity of the killed and the killer. Therefore, neither does he cause violence to others nor does he make others do so,” “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”
That’s my observation, and let the criticisms from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and its “Suggested House Republican Retreat Agenda Items,” The Tea Party with its selective justifications and vindictive refutes upon others even though: “The Tea Party Movement is an all-inclusive American grassroots movement with the belief that everyone is created equal and deserves an equal opportunity to thrive in these United States where they may “pursue life, liberty and happiness” as stated in the Declaration of Independence and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States,” the entrenched moneyed interests on either or both sides of the aisle, and the labelers who often affix such judgments when their predispositions become challenged with more than singular quotations taken out of context, the notion that said individual’s thoughts evolved over time, or that events in history are open for interpretation and often perception and actuality are often strangers when taught or penned upon some ledger, begin.
Funny how the above diatribe is the result of an argument that using an Executive Order to give schools flexibility to use grant money to improve safety has been deemed as an assault on the 2nd Amendment and grounds for impeachment. Putting armed guards in school should be done, but allowing an individual school the right to use their own judgment to use allocated grant funds in manners which best support that school is unjust. The hypocrisy, the humanity, the inhumanity, for good golly Ms. Molly, can’t we all see the reflection from our own mirror even if we refuse to look at things from the perspective of someone else?
As for me amongst the smoke and mirrors, I am flabbergasted to learn of “the truth” in my primary field of Southern politics post Civil War. It is “a truth” that C. Vann Woodward, George Brown Tindall, Robert Woody, and other esteemed and pioneering scholars most likely never suspected in both their personal lives and professional research. That “truth” revealed through the smoke and mirrors is that The Solid South after Reconstruction was the “liberal” hotbed of the United States. That’s because the Solid South had the Democratic Party. That’s “true” even with each state having its own defacto two-party political system in that unique Democratic alliances existed in the respective states based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, religion, geography, and governing ideology. My stupidity to not understand that every state with its governor, representatives, and inhabitants being aligned to the Democratic Party and not the GOP resulted from “liberalism” or “socialism” and not a reaction to Radical Reconstruction is ignorant among some “conservative” elements.
Unfortunately, the rose colored glass remembrances of an Old South were not based upon reality, but upon imagination to help endure the harsh reality of a decaying region. The year 1893, however, saw a recognition of the current conditions as the tiny boll weevil entered the territory. Will something so miniscule intervene today? The intervention need not be voracious, but a mere particle. As Emily wrote: “Assignable – and then it was / There interposed a Fly –.”
Think about it: We had the Civil War or War Between the States which resulted in more bloodshed and American lives lost than in all our other military operations from colonial days through today combined. We entered what was termed the Great War late and emerged as a world power. Its sequel saw us overcome an attack by a foreign power on our soil, defeat NAZI Germany in Europe, and unleash the most powerful weapon created on Japan. We faced the Cold War with all of its threats whether real or perceived. We lost American lives in Korea and Vietnam and locations not “officially recorded.” We built more powerful weapons as part of an arms race. We nearly saw what may have been not World War III, but the Final War as tensions mounted and “lines” had been drawn in the waters because of events happening on the island of Cuba. We had those battles and overcame. We had battles concerning integration, Civil Rights, and practically any and everything under the Sun and still the United States remains.
Yet, today is the battle merely against us ourselves? Is there an enemy like those faced by previous generations? Perhaps, but the enemy will not be known as either a “liberal” or a “conservative” in any future history books. There are no boll weevils or even flies impeding our paths. If there is an enemy, we can find it in our own individual reflections and our own actions and inactions. As we argue for that proverbial silver lining in every cloud and scramble to find and then hide the pots of gold under each rainbow in a survival of the fittest applicability, we neglect a rule which allows the enemy within to not just survive, but to thrive. Lest we forget that rule is so simple. The rule is what many of different beliefs and ideologies have adopted in their own words and manners as the Golden Rule.