An Amer­i­can out­rage

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

I am ashamed to be called an Amer­i­can. Here are but a few rea­sons. The pol­icy of sep­a­rat­ing women and chil­dren at the bor­der and putting them in cages. Ask­ing 3-year-old chil­dren to ap­pear in court and state why they are seek­ing asy­lum. Neo-Nazis march­ing in the streets. The vi­cious lan­guage, tweets and vit­riol we hear daily. The cam­paign-style speeches that be­lit­tle the ef­forts of past pres­i­dents and war he­roes. The zero tol­er­ance for re­li­gions, im­mi­grants and the LGBTQ com­mu­nity. Tak­ing away women’s rights and fund­ing for their health. Do­ing away with health care. Tak­ing money away from Medi­care and So­cial Se­cu­rity. Re­quir­ing work to ob­tain food stamps while peo­ple toil for $8.50 an hour. The poor strug­gle while the rich ben­e­fit from tax cuts. Amer­i­cans are mur­dered daily, yet the NRA has Congress in its vise. Glob­ally, pulling out of the cli­mate change ini­tia­tive and our part­ner­ships with our al­lies while forg­ing new bonds with dic­ta­tors. Giv­ing up our stand­ing in the world by at­tack­ing our al­lies. Im­pos­ing tar­iffs on our trad­ing part­ners and start­ing trade wars. Stack­ing the Supreme Court. Al­low­ing ger­ry­man­der­ing to elim­i­nate vot­ing rights. Nepo­tism.

Thanks to Cit­i­zens United, we the peo­ple no longer con­trol our coun­try. In­stead it is run by lob­by­ists, big money cor­po­ra­tions and big money donors. Cor­rup­tion is ram­pant. Ethics are ig­nored. Si­lence on the part of Congress speaks vol­umes.

Clearly, the fate of our democ­racy is at stake. Rus­sia in­ter­fered in our elec­tions. More than two dozen peo­ple have been in­dicted, yet many peo­ple refuse to lis­ten to any­thing but the lies that come from this ad­min­is­tra­tion.

What Chris­tian val­ues do you cher­ish? Tol­er­ance and ac­cep­tance, or fear and ha­tred? What would Je­sus be say­ing if he read the above list? If you care about Amer­ica, now is the time to speak up and let your voice be heard. Every day and again in Novem­ber. DORRIE MECKES

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