Clarion Call
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>>>>>> I’m a former Republican.
>>>>>> I served as (AR) Republican Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller’s Executive Asst. For Research and Speech Writing.
>>>>>> I’m a bit older now, but not old enough (apparently) to comprehend those who continue to identify with my old party.
>>>>>> Many are my family members, neighbors, business associates and seemingly normal people from all corners of the country.
>>>>>> But something’s wrong.
>>>>>> Bad wrong.
>>>>>> Their everyday lives are masked with “normal”; tending to their kids, their work, church and community service…you know, normal things normal people do.
>>>>>> When politics enters the conversation, they morph into abnormal people; saying abnormal things; believing in abnormal fictions and outrageous conspiracies.  The disconnect is alarming.
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>>>>>> When you ask them why they refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19, their answers will vary, but all will elude logic, deny science and leave you with your hair on fire.  When political dogma trumps medical certainty, no mask, no social distance and no amount of hand washing will inoculate your soul against the virulence of belligerent ignorance.
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>>>>>> When a bloody insurrection is characterized as “no big deal” or “an act of patriotism” or an act of “protected free speech”, they’ve stripped themselves of all “normal” pretense.  They’ve trespassed into a perilous world that favors autocracy over Democracy and where treason is an expected right of passage. Democracy is built on the uncomfortable truth that every political winner is matched by a corresponding political loser.
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>>>>>> Winners and losers co-exist as part of the Democratic bargain. When losing is no longer tolerable and winning becomes everything, Democracy can’t survive.  It’s fundamentals of compromise, cooperation and give and take are replaced with intransigence, intolerance and dogma.
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>>>>>> “Stop the steal” is not the mantra of a sore loser; indeed, it’s the hard-line command from an aggrieved, entitled winner.  When people believe that one person is inherently deserving of winning at all cost, that’s when democracy fails.
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>>>>>> I’m not going to predict we can survive this threat to Democracy…that it’s an aberration that will soon subside…or that it’s constituency is too small to sustain itself….
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>>>>>> No.
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>>>>>> I believe it’s a harbinger; a clarion call to action.
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>>>>>> Our time is limited and we can’t afford to waste it living someone else’s lie.
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