The question mark is on purpose. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. Traditionally, that is a day we gather with family and friends and give thanks for our liberties. It is a day of fun, eating, drinking, and for a lot of people watching football.
But, this is also the beginning of an election cycle. We have several members of the Senate up for re-election, the entire House is up for re-election, and there is also a Presidential Election. The rhetoric that has come from the right-wing is anything but, thanksgiving worthy. No, the rhetoric is the worst we have heard in over 100 years.
There are presidential candidates who want to eliminate people’s right to choose their religion. Namely closing Mosques. They are against equal pay for equal work. They are against abortion. They are against same-sex marriages. They are against raising the minimum wage. They are against stopping climate change. They are against voting rights. They are against immigration. They are against women’s rights.
So, what are they for? They are for beating up protesters at their rallies. They are for a registration process and special ID program for Muslims. They are for gun rights to the point they won’t close a loophole that makes it easier for terrorists to purchase guns without a background check. They are for the death penalty for homosexuals. They are for forced deportation of undocumented immigrants. They are for killing abortion doctors. They are for jailing women who suffer a miscarriage.
This year has been quite horrific. The number of police violence has increased. We have another police shooting in Chicago that cannot be called anything but an execution by a police officer. He shot the victim 14 times after he was on the ground! The number of police officers being shot is down, and has been down for several years. Yet these presidential candidates want you to believe there is a “war on the police” not a “police war on citizens.”
The other day, Ted Cruz, that wonderful” Christian” candidate sent out a press release praising an endorsement he just received. That endorsement comes from anti-choice advocate Troy Newman. In case you don’t know who Troy is, he is the guy who says that abortion doctors should be killed!
We are living in a time when hate, violence, and even murder are endorsed by presidential candidates. We are living in a time when candidates play to the fears of the fringe elements of their party. We live in a time when only Muslims are terrorists, yet more Christian Terrorists have killed more U.S. citizens since 9/11.
The horrible thing about this is that our media is allowing it to happen by not calling out the candidates for their hate and endorsement of violence. These nut jobs are getting a free pass from the institution that usually protects us from such wackos. How is it that the “Fourth Estate” is so mum on these outrageous announcements?
Yes, tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. We are supposed to be happy for our freedom, liberties, and way of life. Yet, as we sit down to our tables, what are we celebrating? Will we celebrate a time when civil rights were a given, or will we celebrate the hate and violence of our time?
I hope that everyone uses tomorrow to reflect on our history, what we have been, what we are becoming, and what kind of country we want to be. I also hope that we reject this hate and violence endorsed by Republican candidates and resoundingly beat them at the polls next year. If not, we may not have Thanksgiving Day for long.
So, once again – Happy Thanksgiving?