Be alert to dem­a­goguery

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Dur­ing the last week, it has been re­ported that the pres­i­dent of the U.S. said: “abor­tion is mur­der.” In 2007 Pence voted against peo­ple based on sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion an gover­nor of In­di­ana, as re­ported by Will Drabold for Time mag­a­zine. Pence said: “The law wages war on freedom and re­li­gion in the work­place.” (Mike Pence is vice pres­i­dent of the United States)

The harsh­ness of these pro­nounce­ments al­lows for no de­bate on these so­cial is­sues; they al­low for no bal­ance or equi­lib­rium to ex­ist in hu­man so­ci­eties. They are dem­a­goguery state­ments and have no place in a demo­cratic sys­tem of govern­ment.

One is re­minded of a ques­tion asked by No­bel Lau­re­ate George Se­feris in 1945 at the end of World War II, when peo­ple sac­ri­ficed so much to de­feat Nazi fas­cism: “What should an in­tel­lec­tual do in face of the re­li­gious fa­nati­cisms un­leashed by the po­lit­i­cal or­tho­dox­ies of the time?”

To save freedom, jus­tice and hu­man dig­nity, part of the an­swer to Se­feris’ ques­tion must be that we must em­pha­size the “We” (the com­mu­nal mind) and not the “I” (a politi­cian’s opin­ion).

– Alex Vavoulis, Fresno

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