February 12-A, 2023

The Bridge at Oregon Inlet at Sunset 01 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore
I think all governments,
and certainly the U.S.
(The fascists are ridiculously without restraint
and gleefully racist/sexist/obscene),
needs to do more to regulate,
human rights throughout the land,
all lands.

Basic decency is not too much to ask/require.

But how we get there is beyond any plan of action
I can come up with.

The people who elect the fascists
are fascist themselves.

How do we make it uncool to be fascist
when it has become the coolest thing imaginable,
hooting and showboating
during the State of the Union address
becomes hooting and showboating
on main street
and in homerooms
in school districts nationwide.

Fascists egging on fascists,
upping the ante,
destroying the social bonds
that hold the country together
because they can.

I am ashamed of all of those
who feel no shame.

Who is going to stop the incivility?
Call it out?
Disappear it entirely?
And how are we going to instill respect
and honor for the common good?

We do it with each of us doing what we can,
when and where and how we are able,
Against all odds.
Not caring what our chances are.
And not stopping until things turn around,
and people treat people with compassion,
and generosity
from the heart
for the true good of all concerned.


Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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