Tuesday, August 07, 2012

More guns, more hate

A certain member of the House of Representatives from MN believes Congress should investigate whether Huma Abedin, a top aide to Sec. of State Clinton, has ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. Since Hillary Clinton has never seemed like a woman unsophisticated and easy to dupe or overly vulnerable to outside influence, I think it's pretty easy to see what this is about.

Gabby Douglas, one of the bright spots of our Olympics, has been attacked for her "pulled back" hair and her pink outfit. By Americans. Who watch a certain news channel. Apparently this 16 year old girl is guilty of a "kind of soft anti-American feeling" because she wanted to be pretty in pink instead of red, white and blue. This soft little anti-American is black.

There was a shooting at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. These people were targeted by a Neo-Nazi crazy while in their house of worship. Six are dead.

I am haunted by wondering how much of this drip, drip, drip of hate -- this labeling some of us as "other," as dangerous, as less than us -- is corroding the psyches of those who hear it. It's disturbing to wonder how many feel it's "patriotic" to "take back this country" at gunpoint because we shouldn't retreat, we should "reload."

Perhaps it's not "you are what you eat." Maybe "you are what you listen to" is more appropriate.

My heart hurts. What's happening to my country? Who are my fellow citizens?

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