American voters have sunken to a new low. They seem to eat whatever they’re fed with no ability to discern or discriminate good from bad or fact from fiction. They’ve become the victims of propaganda sites run by both parties and both candidates who have been working in overdrive trying to sully each others chances of success. There was a day when the quality of candidates was exponentially higher than now. Well, no man is an island, just as John Donne said in 1624. Sadly, there are many who believe ill-gotten gain is still gain. Our willingness to believe and propagate the drivel out there today damages our credibility, and demonstrates our desire to spread what we want to be true, over what we know to be true. Before you know it we are all just about winning, instead of winning with ethical values and ideas. Hey, lets talk about voting our conscience.
- *No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
- John Donne, Meditation XVII
English clergyman & poet (1572 – 1631)
When voting for Hitler, the German people were making a statement of conscience. Of course, they had no idea that he would eventually kill over 7 million Jewish people. Jews controlled lots of money and jobs and Hitler told the people that they had a right to that money, and that the Jews were just rich swindlers! Their conscience seemed to say it was permissible to take this money from the Jews/rich people. I’m sure they thought of it as repatriating their own money to themselves. He promised to make a great world for them. That’s where it was to stop. All they had to do was vote for him and he would make it right. After the war, the German people’s shame was overwhelming because they freely elected Hitler! Hitler was not the problem, he was a symptom of the German people’s envy. I wonder if their shame would have been so overwhelming if Hitler had won the war? Conscience is a reflection of peoples personal morals and ethics.
I personally get most people’s angst. I understand democrats who can’t stand to see people suffer from lack, and want to do something for them. I understand republicans who think that people should not be comfortable in poverty because that discomfort is motivation to fight on to success. I understand Never Trumpers who cannot abide the false propaganda about Senator Cruz having affairs, that Donald Trump used to take Cruz down in the primary. I understand those who support Donald Trump because he says things that sound like he is as fed up with Washington as most of us are. I personally understand the Cruz only people, who felt he was the only one smart enough to do the job. I even understand those that will vote for Hillary because of her sex. I believe that the answers won’t be found in any one of these single positions, yet we use these to divide ourselves.
What I don’t get is how we have become this divided. I have been unfriended by long time friends who I’ve known for over 40 years. I am a blogger. I write about politics. Perhaps I should start a recipe blog so I don’t offend anyone. I happened to be writing about the email scandal haunting Hillary yesterday when a “friend” decided it was time to part with me because I wasn’t conservative enough, and she thought I was a “deplorable Trump supporter.” This was all predicated on the content of my writing. I must have become deplorable for stating negative facts and opinions about Hillary. I guess I’m judged on whether my writing is not negative enough about Trump! I told her that I did not need her pressure to vote according to her conscience, and that if she couldn’t refrain from that she should just go away. What have we done to ourselves? Conservatives have chided the democrats for talking tolerance but being unable to produce it. We should stop chiding the democrats. We are pathetic at tolerance ourselves; just look around.
You may think you don’t need anyone, but no man is an island. If you think we don’t need each other, you are delusional. When slavery was legal in the south, potential underground railroad “passengers” did not go to the assigned location to meet up and refuse to “board” because there was a Trump sign in the front yard. Whether you voted Trump or for a third party candidate, now we really need each other, and we should stop the nonsense. While Ted Cruz was all that for me, Donald Trump was elected president. Now we will go through several years of shame and recriminations and then the division starts again. Conservatives don’t lose to opponents, we beat ourselves. The bell tolls for thee, because if one loses, we all lose.