Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Make America Great Again: With Fear???

In the 60’s :

When I was a kid living in Germany we were within a hundred miles of the  Fulda Gap, where a few Russian Armored Divisions were constantly poised to attack.

We played baseball in the backyard.

At one point Russian ships were steaming to Cuba to install Nuclear Warheads aimed at America.

We went to the movies.

Image may contain: textOur enemies (Russia and China) had thousands of nuclear missiles aimed at us (still do), and armies as large as ours (still do). We had drills (similar to tornado and fire drills) where we crawled under our desk or tables and assumed a kneeling 'fetal' position with our hands behind or heads.

Throughout the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today we have had thousands of troops, and their families, within 50 miles of the Korean border where one of the worlds largest army is poised to swarm over the border.

Those families go to church and have picnics.

Today, the Republicants and Donald Trump would have you:

Fear immigrant children at our southern borders,

Fear immigrants seeking the American dream

Fear refugee families at the Statue of Liberty,

Close our borders and cower in the closet.

The fear is manufactured, that's my point, and the anger is pompous.
The Fulda Gap, Cuban Missile Crisis, American families along the Korean DMZ, and Nuclear Arsenals, those were things to worry about, not a bunch of extremest wackos with no air force, missile program, or substantial army. A group that numbers less than 20,000 troops and a minuscule number of sympathizers world wide.
Can they do harm, yes, but so far, in America, homegrown right-wing wackos have killed more than any jihadist, more people have died from dog bites since 9/11. Not to mention gangs, domestic violence, and the flu.
So if we're still the 'home of the brave' where do idiots get off 'ramping up' the hate and fear, just like after 9/11 where we sent troops to Iraq (which had nothing to do with 911) to die over there so they wouldn't die over hear. Remember after 9/11 Bush said we needed to stock-up on sheets of plastic and duck tape to be prepared for that 'mushroom cloud'.




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