By Joe Darby
I will just never understand:
Why, with a population of 330 million, the best we could do for presidential candidates in the last two elections were Trump, Clinton and Biden. In 1776 we had a population of about 2.5 million, mostly hugging the Atlantic coast. That generation produced Washinton, Adams, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison and many others who, as to ability, integrity and honesty, are light years ahead of any elected official in our big country today. Can’t figure it out.
Why most liberals are okay with taking the life of an unborn baby but not the life of a person who has murdered or raped. Can’t figure it out.
Why many on the left consider that Muslims should be a protected group, along with women, minorities and gays, and shout down anyone who criticizes Muslims as being Islamophobic. It’s hard to understand the left’s sympathy because of the way Islam oppresses women and supports an extremely harsh criminal code. If Israel had the same values as many Islamic states, liberals would condemn that country in a moment. But Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, a nation that has been fighting for its very survival since its founding more than 70 years ago, is considered the bad guy. Can’t figure it out.
Why we have become so intolerant and violent. If a person disagrees with us, we deem them evil, narrow minded and ignorant. Violence has become endemic. Mass shootings occur almost every day and road rage murders have increased alarmingly. Now, to many, if a driver cuts them off in traffic, they feel justified in shooting them to death. Can’t figure it out.
Why so many Republicans still think Trump is a good guy. This fact saddens and scares me. After the Trump mob attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, I changed my registration from Republican to Independent. No, I couldn’t, and didn’t want to, go with the Democrats. If Trump’s followers would just listen to many who were on his staff and to the conservative judges who ruled that the election was really not stolen, they might see things a little more reasonably. Trump poses the most dangerous single individual threat to the integrity of the US since Aaron Burr tried to break off a huge chunk of the southwestern US in the early 1800s. I have no doubt that if Trump were elected again, he would attempt to become a dictator. Yet he’s still a hero to many. Can’t figure it out.
Why our culture has become so coarse. Hollywood is decadent, promotes violence, extreme liberal values and blatant sexuality. Now, I am not a prude, by any means. But the tenor of much so-called entertainment today is just vulgar. Sort of reminds me of the entertainment and nightlife that was popular in the German Weimar Republic after World War I. I’m referencing the movie “Cabaret” here. Decadence, violence in the streets, hateful politics. Sound familiar? Remember what became of the Weimer Republic. It morphed into Nazi Germany.
Finally on another topic. But this message is grim also. Remember the mama dove I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, the one that built her nest on top of my ladder on the back porch? Well, her babies hatched but died and, apparently being very new at this, she’s still sitting on their little carcasses.