The times, they are a-chang­ing

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I read Ron Wood’s weekly screed and found two points with which I agree. The first is that Amer­ica is at risk. The sec­ond is that Rus­sia and China would like to see us be­come a third-world coun­try.

My fears were first re­al­ized on Novem­ber 9, 2016, when the wannabe Mafia don won the Elec­toral Col­lege. There is mount­ing ev­i­dence that POTUS 45 is in of­fice be­cause of a mas­sive Rus­sia-based dis­in­for­ma­tion strat­egy in which he was com­plicit. Even dur­ing the cam­paign, he was openly invit­ing Putin to in­ter­fere on his be­half. We now have a Rus­sian as­set in the White House, with the sup­port of a party that has for­got­ten that they are Amer­i­cans be­fore they are Repub­li­cans. If the aim of Putin is to re­duce us to third-world sta­tus, his “Mus­covite Can­di­date” is do­ing a lot to­ward that end.

Now the back­lash from Demo­cratic vot­ers has cre­ated a House that is far more rep­re­sen­ta­tive of all of the United States: younger, more fe­male and more di­verse. I’m sure Mr. Wood saw the 2018 mid-term re­sults with the same horror I felt two years be­fore. The thought that the House is now in the hands of peo­ple he’s al­ways con­sid­ered to be in­fe­rior must be un­set­tling for him. When you’ve spent your life liv­ing in a world of white male priv­i­lege, see­ing oth­ers at­tain the equal­ity guar­an­teed by our Con­sti­tu­tion prob­a­bly feels like per­se­cu­tion. Worse yet, they’re LIB­ER­ALS! Mr. Wood likes to toss that word around as if it’s an ep­i­thet. The mean­ing of lib­eral is you have an open heart and an open mind; you know, like Je­sus. Why would you want to be the op­po­site of that?

I was will­ing to let all this go unan­swered, but a cou­ple of things com­pelled me to re­spond. One is that there should be a check on a one-sided ex­pres­sion of po­lit­i­cal opin­ions. Peo­ple who are never chal­lenged on their fal­la­cies tend to as­sume si­lence is as­sent. The other was the use of the words “man­i­fest des­tiny”. His­tor­i­cally, man­i­fest des­tiny has been the ra­tio­nale for most of the cru­elest events in hu­man his­tory. Ev­ery despotic empire was ruled

by some­one who felt it was his “man­i­fest des­tiny” to con­quer the known world. In the U.S., it was used as a ra­tio­nale to ex­ter­mi­nate in­dige­nous peo­ples and spread our own hege­mony over poorer and weaker na­tions. The most ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple I can use is the Span­ish-Amer­i­can War. The yel­low press man­u­fac­tured an ex­cuse to go to war with Spain and seize from them ter­ri­to­ries that spread from the Caribbean to the Philip­pines.

Luke 4: 5-8: “And the devil, tak­ing him up into an high moun­tain, shewed unto Him all the king­doms of the world in a mo­ment of time. And the devil said unto Him, All the power will I give Thee, and the glory of them: for that is de­liv­ered unto me; and to whom­so­ever I will give it. If thou there­fore wilt wor­ship me, all will be Thine. And Je­sus an­swered and said unto him, Get thee be­hind me, Satan.”

Man­i­fest des­tiny is at odds with every­thing Chris­tian. As a min­is­ter, I would ex­pect Mr. Wood to un­der­stand that.

Bill Hesse Bella Vista

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