As I drift through the early stages of the 2020 election cycle, pondering my choices for the highest office in the Land, I would like to share a few initial thoughts.
I watched an interview on CNN with Peter Buttigieg, I was impressed with his calm and thoughtful demeanor, this is a brilliant man, and a stark contrast to the quasi-literate demagogue we currently have leading the Nation.
Were I to vote for him in 2020, assuming he wins the nomination, I would certainly have expunged the last vestiges of any lingering homophobia in my heart, perhaps that is reason enough to vote for Mayor Pete.
Another, more disturbing issue I have been pondering of late is our commonly held belief in our right to behave like anarchists. I freely admit to advocating for lawless behavior on occasion, “Rise Up or Die!” ~ Chris Hedges, being one of my most frequent posts. While I still believe in activism, it must be tempered by the Rule of Law – “the restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws.”
One cannot rationalize the destruction of property, theft, or violence because of your personal belief that you hold the moral high ground, regardless of how romantic that might sound.
One should not think (even in one’s private thoughts,)
“I’m a Jew, my people have been persecuted; therefore, I have the moral integrity to choose which laws to obey or disobey.”
“I’m an environmentalist, I protect the planet; therefore, I can trample and destroy the property of others.”
“I am a Black person, I have been oppressed; therefore, I can kill any member of Law Enforcement because they have murdered my people.”
“I am a privileged White person, I am afraid and angry because my way of life is eroding and I do not know what to do about it; therefore, I can carry out domestic acts of terrorism.”
“I am a billionaire, I have the right to amass more-more than I need or could possibly use in one lifetime.”
The list is long, I could go on but you get the idea.
What is perfectly appropriate to think and act; however, is “how I can connect with other like-minded individuals and peacefully demonstrate, march, write, or speak for the ideas and Ideals that I believe.”
Sure, many things in the US are wrong, and need to change, should change, and hopefully, if we work together they will change. Now is the time to do our homework, vet our candidates for the Party and persons running to lead our Nation. Now, more than ever, it is our duty to adhere to the Rule of Law.
Thank you for your time.