Never judge a book by its cover. A common idiom saying for some. Yet for others in this country of 323 million people where friends and family are politically pitted against each, where internecine battles amongst its leader’s aides are rampant, where according to the latest report from the Anti-Defamation League “Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States increased nearly 60% from 2016 to 2017, the largest one year increase since the organization began tracking the information nearly four decades ago,” where attacks on the LGBQ community continues on its upward flight, and where this year alone there have already been 19 incidents in which a gun has been discharged on school campuses in the USA resulting in many young lives being murdered.
The USA is no longer the Home of the Brave.
“Oh False One, You Have Deceived Me!”
It is a quagmire of confusion, of hate, of utter senseless undoing, where there is no direction from the top of the dung heap other than the incessant and vile negativism from an individual who is more fitting to play the role of Ruth in the Pirates of Penzance than lead a proud and great nation.
It is a country where today in a restaurant one is now hesitant, for fear of being assaulted, to outwardly express with vigour one’s view on politics, or religion, or guns!
It is a country where their leader is seen as insignificant in terms of having a meaningful relationship with other democratic societies.
It is a country where their leader’s primary craving is to demean and threaten individuals, to make a mockery of anyone expressing a negative comment against him.
It is a country where their leader believes international trade wars are good for his nation.
It is a country not just sadly in a state of chaos and bewilderment, but beholds a withering authoritarian who is unable to show respect or empathy.
As Confucius aptly put it, “Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?”