Wow, a lot can happen in a week! I would say that if you blinked you would have missed it but with the news cycle being what it is you’d have probably caught it sometime or another. It would have been repeated over and over again like watching the implosion of a building on an endless loop. I don’t watch the TV news anymore but spend my morning pouring over various on-line news outlets. I tried watching Fox News but with Fox news being false or mostly false nearly 60% of their reporting I am more inclined to try and get a “balance” of the same story from different sources. On the opposite side MSNBC is wrong about 40% of the time. So, if you are doing the math Fox is right or almost right 40% of the time and MSNBC is right or almost right 60% of the time. But that is neither here nor there. I report, you decide.
Listing to the Trump supporters (of which there are many) reminds me of far right wing radio shouters who answer to nobody for the vitriol that comes from their mouths. We all know that the main stream media is not left wing but extreme or near extreme right wing with their millions of listeners. So with Trump on his inexplicable ascendency many of those listeners can come out of the shadows with the blessing of Mr. Trump and talk about surrounding this country with a wall, south and north to keep “them” out (presently the flavor of the month is Muslims, but before them it was the “Communist” Jew and before that it was Asians and before that…). With his tacit blessing, they protest at Mosques armed to the teeth. And the “3% ers” proclaim “We will interfere with every move they (Muslims) make towards taking over our country.” These attitudes are borne from fear and ignorance, plain and simple. People who are “different” from us are to be feared. People who worship in a different way are to be feared, a president with the middle name “Hussein” is to be feared. (By the way, will the wall extend around Alaska and Hawaii? And will it be “beautiful?” Just a thought.)
I was heartened when I read and heard the story of Justin Trudeau showing up at the Toronto airport to welcome Syrian refugees. “Welcome Home” he said as he greeted them. He also said, “We get to show the world how to open our hearts.” What a great response to hear from a head of state after their harrowing journey. He has pledged to settle 25,000 of them. Yeah it will cost money, but money well spent.
“Whoever has two cloaks
should share with the person who has none.
And whoever has food should do likewise.” (Lu 3:10-18)
That’s the real reason for the season. People in this country say, we should feed the homeless first or get our vets off the streets before taking in more mouths to feed. Why can’t we do both? What are these complainers doing? Posting stuff on face book. What are they doing practically? Probably nothing because complaining from their arm chair and shaking their fists is easier than actually getting up and doing something positive. So, yes, it will cost money to bring refugees who don’t look or pray like us into the U.S. but why can’t we do both? And if we turn refugees into productive citizens it would definitely be money well spent.
The second week in Advent started out angrily with talk of exclusion coming from a man who’s ego is only outshone by his ignorance of history and of the Constitution. And his followers fawn on his every word because why check history or the law, Donald Trump speaks for me…and he is right. As Han Solo said to Chewy “I have a bad feeling about this…” Moving into this third week in Advent with it’s call to share, this sharing may or may not echo in people’s hearts but I hope it does. Time will tell of course. Maybe this present presidential contender/pet rock will give way to the next fad and hopefully that fad will be sanity and dare we think it?…compassion.
and so it goes...