A blog about books and writing has no business discussing politics or religion. I remind myself of that a lot—stay away from divisive subject matters. Advice given, even to one’s self, can be (and often is) completely ignored. So it shall be again.
George W. Bush made an appeal for unity as part of a pitch to get people to give to some charities supporting various aspects related to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. He closed with: “Finally, let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat. In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants, we are human beings, equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together, and we are determined to rise.”
In his first election for President, I voted for George, in the second I didn’t. He wasn’t my favorite Prez and on occasion I’m sure I said some harsh things about his abilities. But this appeal for unity seemed mild and appropriate for an ex-President. I gave him a thumbs up and thought even though he had serious issues as President, all in all, he has been a good ex-President. Soon after his appeal, there was some controversy about his comments which seemed out-of-place considering what he said.
My first impression had been positive, but It occurred to me that what he said was not true. First, “our differences are small.” On what basis would we say our differences are small? We all breath air? We eat and sleep? Okay, there are some things that most of us have in common. But how about what we think, or what we feel? We have huge differences on many, many topics. While some differences might be small, a bunch are colossal. And the differences are growing. We are not headed toward a Kumbaya moment.
“we are not partisan combatants”. I wonder if even George believes that? Combative seems to be a desired trait for all sorts of people, from TV talking heads, to Senators, to Presidents. In-your-face attitudes even show up with religious leaders. Kind, gentle, forgiving might be a good thing for grandma, but the rest of us seem ready to fight. Bring it on asshole!
“we are human beings”. Okay, I will give George that one.
“equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God”. In the sight of God is the problem here; who can speak for God (definitely not me; and maybe not George). So, if we turn to the people who claim to speak for God, is this true? Of course not. Almost all of those God spokespersons only find true equality with their fellow travelers; not the strangers standing on the edge. Yes, my people are all equal (with the exception of the leadership people, such as myself), but all of the others are infidels or something like that.
And finally, “we rise or fall together.” What a farce. The inequality in our American society is enormous. The impacts of this pandemic are not equally spread amongst the classes. Ask the people working in restaurants, ask the nurses, ask the garbage collectors, ask the grocery store workers, ask the factory workers.
I’m sure George believed what he said, but that does not make it true.
If from my comments, you think I have solutions to these issues—you are wrong. Just like everyone else, all I can do is spout off. But there does need to be solutions and soon. Maybe the country needs a grandma to run the show.
Audiobook sales for Dog Gone Lies and Sky High Stakes are going well. Thank you very much. This is new ground for me and had no idea how it would start. Got a couple of ads running and there has been a good kick-off for these audiobooks. Four Corners War should be available in about a month or so.