I have a Christian friend who says he's stopped going to church because so many people there have bought into the Far Right conspiracy theories that they won't listen to reason any more. This makes me sad and angry. I can certainly relate because there are people like that at my church, too. Most of the time I've managed to avoid them. It's gotten to the point that's all I can do.
Four years ago, the Democrats were crying foul when Trump defeated Clinton, especially since Clinton won the popular vote. Now the Republicans are doing the same and worse, despite the fact that Biden won the popular vote and the electoral vote. At one time Trump said he would concede if the Electoral College vote was against him, But like all the other shifts in what he says, he's gone back on that statement, too. How can people trust someone like that, who changes with the wind of his own opinion?
I've heard many Republicans who say, "The courts will decide." Well, the courts have decided, but not in their favor. Not what they wanted to hear, and so they vow to fight on, continuing to divide our country.
In my mind, sending death threats to election official and electors who are just doing their job is unconscionable. How can people justify this? It appears the Far Right has pushed the party do far Right that they believe, "Might makes Right." They've been taking lessons from Machiavelli--or Hitler and Stalin.
People talk about Russian plots to overthrow us and set up a police state. Actually, the first hints of this showed up in Portland, Oregon last summer, when unmarked Federal Agents began arresting people indescriminatly on no grounds.
I don't argue that Russia (and perhaps China) would like to see our democracy fall. And by inciting so much division and fear in our country, a lot of politicians are playing right into their hands. I see evidence of this standing on the street corners right here in remote Kalispell, Montana--flags waving for the candidate who soundly lost, using four-letter words I refuse to even print, insinuations of Chinese and Russian influences in the Democratic Party. How ironic that four years ago it was the Democrats saying that the Russians conspired to get Trump elected! It's becoming clearer all the time that they are succeeding in dividing and conquering us.
A few lonely voices, including the President-elect, are begging us to unite and stand together, even if we don't agree on everything. But somewhere along the way, certain news agencies and politicians on both sides have convinced us that we must despise the people who disagree with us. Unfortunately, some of those people are even waving the Bible in our faces. Have they really taken to heart what it says? I see too many who Talk the Talk but aren't Walking the Walk.
Once in a while, one of the Republican supporters or appointees sees the light and takes a stand for the truth. Most recent example is Attorney General Barr. One after another, these former "Yes men" have heard the word, "You're Fired!" We've seen it repeatedly for the past four years. Isn't that enough?
I know I'll lose friends over this, but I've decided it's time to stand up with these few brave, persecuted people. I pray that we won't forget what Christ told his followers, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."