I’ve been doing some soul searching of late because much as I don’t want to, I really do dislike (deeply and truly) BO. I’d never really thought about the “respect the office of the President, if not the man” thing . . . until last year.
And when the fabulous Pat Austen (from And So It Goes In Shreveport) posted “No Seething Hatred Here” at Potluck, I waffled on and around . . . trying to figure out where I’m coming from these days. Do I hate BO? I try not to hate anyone, but geez, I’m only human. And he seems to work with concentrated effort at being rude and nasty toward American citizens like me (who oppose his policies). I have zero respect for him. Zero. And I respect the office of the presidency as he holds it, monstrously redefines and reshapes it, with all of the respect that he had for that office before he held it (that would be zero).
Then I’m watching Glenn Beck last night, and he had on Dr. Alveda King (Martin Luther King, Jr’s niece). She’s so wise and wonderful! And she made me feel small and petty. She talked about how we must hate evil actions but not the people who do them. I do know this, but I struggle with it. A lot. Dr. King also talked about something that was, I think, vitally important, whatever I feel personally: we who seek nonviolent change must conduct ourselves in a way that will reach the hearts and the minds of the rest of America.
Dr. King reminds us that her uncle and father remained peaceful, hopeful, and compassionate, even in the face of violence against them. Dogs were set on Civil Rights marchers, the police beat them with billy clubs, but the movement (under MLK) remained peaceful in the face of outrageous violence against them, and as Dr. King reminds us, if we do the same thing–remain compassionate, nonviolent, and fighting for truth–“the heart of America will begin to melt in the face of truth.” As it did then. And that is what we have to do. I can’t indulge the issue of my active dislike for BO as a man, that’s not even important. It’s just a petty human emotion that I can’t do much about. What I can control is my focus on the positives, what we are truly about (not what is attributed falsely to us by the left and the fringe media–who, let’s face it, are chomping at the bit to push us into acting violently, stooping to their own level and tactics.).
The continued growth of the Tea Party shows that we are winning people over. The lack of support for BO’s nutso ideas that will destroy our nation shows that we are winning people over. We are being attacked, though not yet physically, and we are responding without violence, holding true to our beliefs. We keep doing that, and we win. We stop rising above the frantic attempts of the left to drag us into the sordid sort of behavior they engage in, and we lose. They need us to become violent, they need us to abandon our principles, and they know that the second that we do, we have lost the battle and the war. That the reason we fell will not matter only that we did. Dr. King reminds us that we have truth on our side, compassion and love. And that with these, we cannot fail.