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God, politics and the new 21st century ark

Larry French, Community Voices • Oct 7, 2018 at 8:00 AM

“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” — George Orwell

Sometime between 6,000 and 4.54 billion years ago, depending upon one’s belief in the theory of creation, or the less plausible scientific thought to explain such a phenomena, it supposedly rained for 40 days and 40 nights and flooded the entire surface of the Earth.

And, now, with less than 40 days and 40 nights remaining until the November general election, the deluge has resumed, only this time in the form of campaign attack ads, complete with their dramatic music, brilliant colors, hail, wind and yes, even thunder and lightning, which I’m sure impresses our Creator.

In fact, Noah’s encounter with the elements was probably mild when compared to this rain of deception Democrats and Republicans alike are engaged in as they drench the citizens of this state with one accusation after another about their opponents’ positions on everything from A-to-Z — and everything in-between — all for the sake of a few votes.

And, to make matters worse, we’re now inundated with nationwide accusations and smear campaigns, something the likes of which I’ve never witnessed or believed could ever happen in this country.

The presumption of innocence has been trashed. No longer are people considered innocent until proven guilty.

In addition, if you disagree with someone’s opinion, you’re automatically called a racist, a homophobe, a xenophobe or worse. You’re shouted down and threatened. It won’t be long before you’re stoned to death for even having an opinion. This is what it’s all come down to.

From Maxine “Impeach Trump” Waters, to Chuck “The sooner the better” Schumer, politicians continue to make asses (biblical term) of themselves. One can only presume these two Democrats would consider impeaching God if they thought it was in their best interest.

Yes, politicians and individuals do make their own choices according to their own free will; but something tells me they will eventually reap what they sowed, too.

And, because God has the final word, good luck with the lame excuses because I’m not certain He has a sense of humor anymore.

Perhaps, or because of the aforementioned is why I’ve temporarily taken leave of my faculties and subscribed to the deist approach, especially where God and the insanity of politics is concerned. While I believe God did create the universe — regardless of how long it took — I have my doubts about the Almighty even wanting to control this political muckraking, of which I am absolutely certain, includes Tennessee.

So, as we prepare ourselves for Tennessee’s general election, a subtle reminder of the late Ambrose Bierce’s definition of vote. (n.) “The instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.”

Furthermore, gentle readers, before you go and “make fools of yourselves and a wreck of your state,” make certain your decisions on Nov. 6 are wise and prudent. Will it be Marsha Blackburn, Bill Lee and Phil Roe, or will it be Phil Bredesen, Karl Dean and Marty Olsen? Do you want to continue to Make America Great Again, or do you want to choose the alternative?

That’s your decision, not mine. Perhaps, a little soul-searching is in order.

Meanwhile, Democrats, Republicans without backbones and unenlightened citizens alike are boarding Noah’s new 21st century ark with a different breed of two-legged animals: liars, resistors, hate-mongers, back-stabbers, anonymous writers, fake news reporters, leakers, paid protesters, con-artists and shameless smear tacticians as the rain of deception and malice continues its monsoonal attack.

“Even you, Brutus?”

Oh, for those days of yesteryear, when it simply rained cats and dogs instead of jackasses and elephants.

While “I’m not applying for the job,” I am Larry French, and I approve this message.

Larry French lives in Butler. He is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the Society of Professional Journalists and teaches composition and literature at East Tennessee State University. You may reach him at [email protected]

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