A Moral Stain

Yes, no postings in a while – I have been immersed for many months in the universe of Shakespeare, and will finish the entire canon sometime this afternoon or tomorrow morning. And how can one keep up with the sheer horror of our politics.

But a simple observation and message: In my young and then adult life, in memory, there are only two presidents I really respect as decent ethical, political, and moral leaders, Carter and Obama. I thought the policies of Reagan, Bush I and II, and Clinton despicable, and believe they have led us, in part, to our current slow-motion cataclysm.

But that disagreement was about politics. Opponents could scream at one another about the injustice of Reagan’s tax cuts and budget slashing, about Clinton’s welfare reform and its cruel effects, about the morality of torture under Bush II, which I had hoped would have been a nadir in our country’s history. Indeed, torture transcends politics for me – it’s a deal-breaker, and I believe Bush and Co. deserved prison for it.

But these were issues over policy. They cast people in a bad bad light, but were grounds for public argument and policy discussion. Giving aid and comfort to racists who march in torch-light parades posing as Nazi’s or sheetless KKK is taboo. The president’s racism, clearly expressed in the wake of Charlottesville and in his own words and actions, is a form of pollution, a moral stain that taints himself and any who voted for him or continue to support him.

That is why I cannot and will not abide in any relationship with any who have anything to do with him at the ballot box. For a moral stain is also a form of contagion, infecting with its venom all who seek to touch it, be it at a rally or on a ballot. Support in any form gives the green light to the shredding of a taboo – Nazism – that seeks to choke the garden of democracy with the invasive weeds of the false premise of white superiority.

This is not a presidency. This is a moral stain.


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