While seeing the drama play out these past three and a half years, I’m reminded of the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Indy travels to Berlin to recover the Grail diary from Ilsa, who is attending a Nazi book-burning party in honor of Hitler. He’s just escaped certain death (resulting from her very personal betrayal) at the hands of Nazis. When he catches up to her in Berlin she claims not to believe in the Nazi ideology, but in a higher purpose. In response Indy says, “You stood up to be counted with the enemies of everything the Grail stands for. Who gives a damn what you believe?”
So to those who claim to love America, but apparently can’t bring yourself to love Americans who don’t look or act like you, how dare you castigate those who rise and protest the rights and lives of Americans being destroyed? How dare you claim to love the American flag that stands for an indivisible nation when you insist on decorating yourself in the treasonous Confederate flag that stood for a bloody dividing of the country and oppression of black Americans? “One nation, under God, indivisible…” Though the middle part of that phrase was only added in 1954 with little regard for the danger the amalgam of church and state entails, let’s address it. You claim to believe in God but have no interest in reflecting His character.
“With liberty and justice for all…” yet you cheer when brown children are stolen from their parents and locked in cages.
You embrace murderous cops who target people of color in their brutal attacks, crushing life out of them while hiding personal cowardice behind a badge and gun.
You installed a man into the highest office of the land, gleefully delighting in his political incorrectness even as he brashly brags about sexually assaulting women.
“Indivisible” — this autocrat has done more to divide the nation than any president in our history. He actively foments chaos, pitting Americans against each other for “higher ratings,” inviting foreign powers to interfere with our most precious freedoms, threatening the very systems meant to be a check on his unlimited power, refusing to follow scientific advice, and actively putting Americans in mortal danger by packing them into infectious mobs, all to bolster his fragile ego.
You follow this autocrat in unmasked lockstep, more interested in “triggering liberals” than ensuring those around you remain safe during the worst pandemic of the past 100 years.