Our Nation and Our World Are in Danger

I wrote the following on Jay Bookman’s blog on August 16, 2017: (Link:http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/08/16/opinion-trump-owns-what-is-coming-next/

“I’m going to break my silence this one time in spite of my health difficulties, but I humbly ask that no one respond to my comments in a personal way to me. However, please feel free to discuss my ideas, without personal attacks or praise toward me. Our precious republic is in jeopardy, so I must speak. My life has been about education, and I cannot fail to say this:

(1) I grew up in the Jim Crow South where many liberals, on this blog, did not grow up and, as a result, they may not perceive, in the depth that experience brings, my following thoughts, expressed. Moreover, many conservatives, on this blog, who did grow up in the Jim Crow South, as I did, may not yet have spiritually transcended the mindset of Jim Crow’s injustice, as reflected in the content of some of the posts entered on this blog.

Jim Crow was sustained in that horribly inhumane South through VIOLENCE going back for generations, and I mean violence toward black AND white people who supported black people as equal human beings. Most white people seemed, to me, in that time and place, to be cowardly because they would not break the social norms of condoning Jim Crow segregation and white supremacy by speaking up for the human rights of all people. However, many of these white, silent Southerners would not speak up for human rights for black people, consciously or subconsciously, because of their fear that breaking long-held social norms could lead to their being killed. I am not exaggerating.

(2) Now, that fear, anger, hatred, and white supremacy have spread, like slavery might have spread in our nation without the Civil War’s end result, and like a cancer spreading throughout our beloved nation. That is how Donald Trump got elected. Violence is at the heart of the success of that mindset/consciousness.

(3) Violence shown in return to the violence demonstrated by racists (and sexists) to people of color (and to women) will never solve this horrible problem. This problem represents the worst of the “devils” in our collective natures, based on hate, fear, and anger. As the American prophet Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tried to show us and tell us, only love can overcome hate and bring us, all, up to reach the “better angels,” in our natures, spiritually.

(4) The corruption, materialism, and greed in America today are the direct result of the worldly economic vision of Alexander Hamilton. The democratic vision of Thomas Jefferson for America and this world still stands in counterposition to that of Alexander Hamilton. Thank God for Jefferson’s vision, which would not be bent by Hamilton’s equal brilliance in understanding or we would not, in America today, even have the opportunity to reach our “better angels.” Jefferson’s vision, imo, represents the everlasting soul of America more than its power, and I believe Jefferson, himself, realized that when he lived. That is why he battled the vision of Hamilton’s economic and worldly power so that that Hamilton’s vision would not dominate what America would become. The words on Jefferson’s tombstone, which he wrote and specified that ‘not one word more be added,’ proclaims his thoughts for what is valuable for America for all eras. (If the reader would like to understand the mind and spirit of Thomas Jefferson in depth more than in a shallow, bumper-sticker, stereotypical way, I suggest taking the time to read the scholarly book of Thomas Jefferson, just published, by Rice University Jefferson scholar, Dr. John B. Boles. Dr. Boles, with cool-headed analysis, gives Jefferson’s assets and flaws. Read about what I have explained regarding Jefferson’s vision versus Hamilton’s vision for our great nation, which is still being played out, on pages 224 – 228 of that book, entitled, “Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty.”) Some of you may be surprised to learn that it was President Franklin Roosevelt who, ironically (considering his many federal programs to aid Americans), was the driving force in creating the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

It is PAST TIME for the democratic ideals of Thomas Jefferson for America to assert more authority in the world than the power ideals of Alexander Hamilton, though there remains a place for Hamilton’s economic ideas regarding Capitalism to serve one’s self and the world’s economy, as long as the soul of America, as expressed by Thomas Jefferson, continues to exert the moral authority for America for the world to a greater degree than the power authority envisioned by Hamilton for America. That cannot happen with authentic passion unless Americans understand both Founding Fathers, as they were, in full.

(5) In my humble opinion, Donald Trump is a danger to this nation’s survival, and to all of the people of this nation and of this world. I believe that he is a victim of his Nazi-leaning upbringing by his father, as well as a victim of mental illness. We cannot allow this sick man to destroy our nation, not only for Americans, but to destroy what our nation represents to people throughout the planet as a beacon of light for peace, love, and communion for working through our common problems with reason and compassion.”

Also please watch this video from Jay Bookman’s blog post of yesterday, to see what happened in Charlottesville, VA, in graphic and frightening detail: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/08/15/opinion-trump-imagines-very-fine-nazis-white-supremacists/

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2 Responses to Our Nation and Our World Are in Danger

  1. dbm1fromjaybookmansblog says:

    Thank you for your post, Mary Elizabeth.
    Violence is indeed a very serious threat. What made the Jim Crow violence so powerful and destructive is that the local and state governments did not deal with it as they should have, but instead condoned it. Government’s proper function is to deal with all forms of physical aggression, especially violence, and it is very important that it do so properly and effectively.
    I must offer a different take concerning your point 4.
    Corruption is due to mixed-economy statism, which causes pressure-group warfare and forces business to seek cozy relationships with government officials to limit the damage it does. Once this process gets going, some people will use it aggressively rather than defensively, and many people may not understand how to draw the line between the two. As government interference becomes more complicated and pervasive, it becomes more and more difficult to see where the line is.
    Materialism and a desire for wealth are not necessarily bad things. They are natural and healthy as long as they do not lead to neglect of other parts of life. Laissez-faire capitalism channels them into economic productivity, so that they benefit the rest of us, even when they get out of hand in an individual’s life. Mixed-economy statism offers opportunities to use government force to gain wealth, which is destructive. The altruist morality, by preaching that self-interest is bad, can confuse some people into thinking that bad things are in their self-interest, which is one reason materialism and a desire for wealth can get out of hand for some people.
    We need better ideas, not just in politics but all the way down to ontology, epistemology, and the foundations of ethics. The ideas we really need to set things right are those of Ayn Rand.

    • Thank you for your comments. We disagree in degree. I have edited my entry above which will clarify my thinking with more precision. I hope you will reread especially #4, above, since the edited refinement of my thoughts has now been entered.

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