“Hundreds of thousands were there for country yet most importantly me. I was moved by their commitment to the Reich, the vibration of their love for me. The thousand paraded before me taking their place in front of the masses holding high the symbol of our nation, the emblem of the future world, the mark of the master race. I was so moved, so overwhelmed by the rightful sense of power that I removed my cap in gratitude. The three of us paraded from the symbolic back to the future front – for the Fatherland. In my rightful place I turned to speak, I was moved to the core with a sense of righteous power. Just before I spoke, this sacred place resounded with the call to duty, in recognition of my power it rang out over-and-over again - Heil, Heil, Heil! Ah, this is my destiny.” From my memoirs – Adolf Hitler.
Perhaps the lowest point in human history lies in the shadows of Nazism, it was most certainly one of the most devastating and life-ending periods of recorded history. It was the 10th of September 1938 when Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Albert Speer, paraded from the back of “Hitler Stadium” in Nuremburg to the front where Hitler addressed the masses. His message then was the same as the current message of power, arrogance, superiority and radical religion. A message embraced by people blinded by politic and coupled with an irrational sense of privileged ‘salvation’, people mislead by twisted truth. Sound familiar – it is, we are living in that embrace still today. Little has changed – race pushes away race, politics are pushed off-course by anger, religions praise God yet still condemn their “brothers”, and countries slaughter their own in the name of power and peace.
The anger of politics and religion can be found everywhere – even in our precious LaGrange. The race for sheriff was but one of the examples of embracing anger. The rejection of constitutional rights are obvious in the position of many related to who one loves. Most surprisingly are the rants of those who propose to be examples of Christ. Christ loved life, all life – and left us with this clear message – “what you do to the least of my brothers you do to me.” Seems pulpits and papers are exempt from that direction, exempt from that moral obligation. This anger stretches from our little city of LaGrange, throughout Troup County – throughout the States and ends its journey firmly entrenched in the Halls of Congress.
President Barack Obama will soon debate with Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. I hope both will stand in the light of truth, present intelligent achievable plans-of-action - plans that will bring this nation out of the dismal arms of anger, arrogance, and the biased repulsion of others unlike self. Neither president nor Congress alone will resolve the issues facing this nation – the resolve lies in the arms of “we the people.” I am most certainly a “progressive” – I refuse to accept the empty embrace of war, isolation by privilege, or the continuation of an ‘entitlement’ mentality. Progressives support education, financial responsibility, cooperation, and earned-opportunity for all.
What do these words mean to you – “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”? These hallow words tell us that the key word is what is found first - “we.” Privilege, sole-salvation, class and race are the concepts that destroy the meaning of “we”. Doesn’t it remain puzzling as to why in the year 2012 we find it so difficult to understand and embrace these self-evident truths?