Sunday, July 15, 2012

On being an Obama Lover

To all of those who cannot seam to disagree without being disagreeable.  Black and white or blue and gray or red and blue thinking is by its nature polarizing.  

Polarizing thinking has lead to a civil war and race riots and the  murder of a civil rights leader and even the assassination of a presidential candidate.

 "For those of you who are black and are tempted to fill with -- be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.

But we have to make an effort in the United States. We have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond, or go beyond these rather difficult times.

My favorite poem, my -- my favorite poet was Aeschylus. And he once wrote:

Even in our sleep,
pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
until, in our own despair,
against our will,
comes wisdom
through the awful grace of God.

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love, and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black."
(Robert F. Kennedy, Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered 4 April 1968, Indianapolis, IN)

Would to god, that I might be considered  more like that deity to whom I claim to worship. 

 He hung on a cross to bring an atonement to the soldiers who placed him on that cross.  

"Father forgive them for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)

Would that I could follow the advice of Rodney King. This man was beaten by a pack of policemen.  This beating lead to a race riot.  And still he ask the question. 

"Can't we all just get along."

If I were....
... then I could become both 
an Obama lover and 
a Romney lover. 

Let us all tone down the rhetoric a little and remember we are all American's who love our country though we may have different aspirations for her.

" With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations." (Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, Saturday, March 4, 1865)

Lee in a Union Uniform
I am pretty certain Lincoln was referring to both 
blue and gray widows and orphans, 
That we might also be ,
Obama lovers and 
Romney lovers.

Must we always be red and blue states 
as they were blue and grey.