A favorite movie from my youth was one called Billy Jack, the story of a half-white, half-Native American (um, Indian in those days), former Green Beret who, shall we say, has some anger management issues.
In one scene, Billy arrives in town to find some of his friends being bullied by some locals in a diner. After surveying the damage, he offers his heartfelt confession to the chief bully, Bernard, that he really, really tries to keep his temper in check. But when he sees these acts of cruelty inflicted on his friends, and I quote:
”I just go ber-serk!!!”
Then he starts some serious butt-kicking.
That’s about where I find myself now.
I’ve witnessed a lot of events in our country, and our world, in the last year and a half, facilitated by people in Washington, DC, that have strained my limits of tolerance.
I’ve seen some completely boneheaded, irreconcilably stupid, downright reckless acts committed in the name of Making America Great Again.
And I have, for the most part, held my tongue about it, mainly because I thought the people behind these actions, along with the people who support the people behind these actions, care not one little bit about what I may think.
But, when I see picture after picture of immigrant children – children! – locked up in cages like a bunch of dangerous criminals, having been separated from their parents….
When I hear the President blame Democrats for this whole debacle, when any idiot knows that Democrats are the minority party in Congress, so they essentially have no power to enact or change anything…
And when I hear the Attorney General of the United States have the gall to cite the Holy Bible to justify these cruel and barbarous acts, and the Press Secretary (among others) then defend that Scriptural perversion…
Well, now I just have to speak up, because the next stop is berserk.
This is beyond outrageous. It’s beyond shameful. It’s beyond disgraceful. It reveals a country that has given up its decency, compassion, and humanity, in exchange for fear, prejudice, and hatred.
A country that has heard all the same old lies about immigration so many times as to believe them all, without question.
A country that has revealed to the world its true attitude, in all its wretched ugliness.
I don’t know the answer to the immigration issue. Apparently, nobody does, or it would be solved by now.
But I guarantee, there is nobody – absolutely nobody – who can convince me that this is it.
And I think it’s time for us all to just go berserk.
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I loved that movie when I was a kid! It was a cult classic of sorts.
I fear that if Trump is allowed to continue along this path, even worse acts of racist vengeance will follow. These are truly troubling times.
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Very much so.
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