February 21-B, 2023

Crabtree Falls 02 05/21/2013 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Little Switzerland, North Carolina
Fascist-Republicans are desperate
for fast solutions
that do not exist.

They want to believe that walls,
and guns,
and getting everyone to be just like they are
will make them safe.

They are fanatically insecure,
afraid of every future
that is not exactly like
the past which was 1950 wonderful
to their way of thinking.

To their way of thinking,
it all started with Social Security,
welfare and entitlement programs,
and they have been spoon fed 
by the Fascist-Republican leadership
to not dare ask
how farm subsidies,
corporate bailouts,
and incentives
are different from
welfare and entitlement programs.

Let's start calling tax-cuts socialism,
farm subsidies welfare,
and corporate bailouts entitlement programs.

The Fascist-Repubilican Machine
has long been equating infrastructure, health,
child-care, housing, the WPA/New Deal
expenditures and programs
as socialism and support
for the enemies of democracy,
when opposing such expenditures and programs
is the real enemy of democracy.

Deflecting the light from their work
to destroy democracy
and creating false enemies of the people
to blame for all of the ails and fears of the people
is the art and shame of the Fascist-Republican Machine,
and it has created a terrified foundation
of followers who are fundamentally insecure
and certain they are in constant danger.

The Fascist-Republican leadership
hoses down their base
with daily reminders
of all they have to fear
("They will take away your guns
and your stoves!"),
and keeps the beat going to the tune
of making everyone The Enemy but themselves
in an "Only WE can save you!" kind of way.

The steady repetition of that theme
has created a large swath of the population
of the world
that is "a nervous wreck"
and on the verge of "a complete emotional breakdown,"
from having to be on guard and at the ready
to fight for their lives on every front,
so we have the Mississippi legislature 
banning Sesame Street,
and efforts to ban books across the country
because they pose threats to the existence
of all things good.

Keeping the people boiling
keeps them from thinking,
from connecting the dots,
from adding 2+2 and getting 4,
from seeing what's what
and what is going on,
and asking the questions
that beg to be asked,
and saying the truth 
that cries out to be said.

And how this all plays out
remains to be seen.

In the meantime, the rest of us
have to keep doing what needs to be done,
saying what needs to be said,
asking what needs to be asked,
and understanding that we are dealing 
with fear and hatred which has no rational/logical base,
and that (In the phrase from the 60's)
"Reason cannot uproot what reason did not plant."


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.

2 thoughts on “February 21-B, 2023

  1. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We are living in crazy times indeed! Your email every day helps me keep balanced on my beam of life! (Or at least I keep trying to get back up when I fall off!)

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