Be alert to demagoguery
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