The Devil made me do it


“Instead they want to blame President Donald J. Trump for everything. Really, this boils down to evil in people’s hearts. Satan is behind it all. He wants division, he wants unrest, he wants violence and hatred. He’s the enemy of peace and unity.

I denounce bigotry and racism of every form, be it black, white or any other. My prayer is that our nation will come together. We are stronger together, and our answers lie in turning to God.” – Rev. Franklin Graham

The Devil, Satan, Lucifer or as Mick Jagger described, “a man of wealth and taste” sure gets blamed for a lot of shit us dumb ass humans get ourselves into. The righteous good Reverend Franklin Graham decided that what happened in Charlottesville over the weekend was because of the actions of the city’s leadership and that wild and crazy guy, the old Prince of Darkness himself. Somehow, someway Beelzebub crept into the hearts of the Alt-Right, white nationalist, neo-Nazis and the K.K.K. Saturday, good, clean-cut guys who are “typically” God-fearing, white, American patriots. Yup, a pretty convenient excuse or as the late, great Flip Wilson used to say, “The Devil made me do it”.

Some of you may be unfamiliar with these hate groups so I thought I would share with you how the Southern Poverty Law Center defines them;

The Alternative Right, commonly known as the Alt-Right, is a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that “white identity” is under attack by multicultural forces using “political correctness” and “social justice” to undermine white people and “their” civilization. Characterized by heavy use of social media and online memes, Alt-Righters eschew “establishment” conservatism, skew young, and embrace white ethno-nationalism as a fundamental value.

White nationalist groups espouse white supremacist or white separatist ideologies, often focusing on the alleged inferiority of nonwhites. Groups listed in a variety of other categories – Ku Klux Klan, neo-Confederate, neo-Nazi, racist skinhead, and Christian Identity – could also be fairly described as white nationalist.

Neo-Nazi groups share a hatred for Jews and a love for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. While they also hate other minorities, gays and lesbians and even sometimes Christians, they perceive “the Jew” as their cardinal enemy.

The Ku Klux Klan (K.K.K.), with its long history of violence, is the most infamous — and oldest — of American hate groups. Although black Americans have typically been the Klan’s primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics.

Graham’s statement was eerily familiar, sans the Devil, to Trumps about the violence in Charlottesville blaming “many sides”. Why? Because both Trump and Graham both know that within these four groups there are supporters, endorsers, and contributors good white Christians led astray by the boogieman.

It would be very easy for me to spend the next 200 words picking apart what Trump said and didn’t say about what happened in Charlottesville. But for me the most telling sign about his personality is why it took him 48 hours to speak, with words, from his mouth and not from his thumbs. I think the problem Donald has is conveying compassion and empathy. As former George W. Bush White House speechwriter Peter Wehner noted in an interview; “He’s missing an empathy gene. It’s just not natural to him. When people who don’t have empathy try to fake it, it doesn’t come across very well.”

For me, one of the most enduring qualities of President Obama was his compassion and empathy. It was real, it wasn’t contrived or strained. When he hurt he showed it, he showed it to all of us. I could relate to President Obama, as a son, a husband, a father, and as a human being. Trump hasn’t demonstrated any qualities of compassion or empathy, the best qualities of a human. His public persona is about being tough, a winner, John Wayne, “Fire and Fury”, “Locked and Loaded” and when you read the comments and tweets from his supporters that is what they want from “their” President too.

Ladies and gentlemen we have two beauts in Trump and Graham leading and speaking on behalf of millions of American’s. Both of these men know which side their bread is buttered on, the Alt-Right, white nationalist, neo-Nazis and K.K.K. side. Certainly not the Democratic, liberal, fake news side. Hell Trump just re-tweeted something from Jack Posobiec, a known alt-right leader, who is pro-Donald Trump, and who was involved in the Pizzagate conspiracy theory. I guess he is hoping the Alt-Right will view it as a little peace-offering after the Fake News folks “forced” him to say all those bad things yesterday. The Devil made me do it……….please.

“Just as every cop is a criminal, And all the sinners saints, As heads is tails, Just call me Lucifer, Cause I’m in need of some restraint, So if you meet me, Have some courtesy, Have some sympathy, and some taste, Use all your well-learned politesse, Or I’ll lay your soul to waste, Pleased to meet you, Hope you guessed my name, But what’s puzzling you, Is the nature of my game” – Sympathy For The Devil




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I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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14 Responses to The Devil made me do it

  1. mwdunham says:

    He only needs to denounce his own bigotry. Talk about speck and log!

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  2. Can I “like” this post more than once??

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  3. mwdunham says:

    Also, I would love, love, love to see a comparison of conservative values with the values of the hate groups. A check list spreadsheet sort of thing. And for giggles add in BLM, NAACP and SLPC. I would also like for good ole Frank to speak out about the racial gerrymandering going on in NC and how Repub. led NCGA purposefully kicked the can down the road long enough to where we won’t have special elections this year. AND they rehired and paid the same mapmaker as before!! AAND NC passed the Historic Artifact and Patriotism Act in 2015 to prohibit the removal of Confederate monuments. Did the devil pass that legislature?

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    • Here in South Carolina we are having our own “Confederate” issues and sadly they are picking up steam. I would be willing to “donate” our state (and build a wall around it) so all the Confederate flag waving nuts can live in one place in peace. I’ll move, happy too, if they will all come here and promise never to leave. Hell the the first shots of the Civil War started here at Fort Sumter what better spot for them?

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  4. The devil and the Lord are given far too much credit for influencing the lives of mankind. It’s time men and women step up to the plate and blame or credit themselves for the world in which they live. When you write about Graham or any other religionists, my soul wants to scream out with you. Thanks. I am a product of that fundamentalist scenario and still carry baggage from their theology. But, I’m getting better.

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  5. Nan says:

    tRump cannot display compassion and sympathy because his whole world revolves around himself and how HE is affected by events. If it doesn’t disturb him, he’s insensate to how others are affected. I feel certain the ONLY reason he even mentioned the recent event is due to the urging of those around him … possibly his daughter, who does seem to have inherited at least a small portion of sympathy for those less fortunate.

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    • Possibly, maybe, but not likely. She is a child of privileged like her brothers and they both certainly act like dick heads. She may have developed a “softer” public persona and I hate to sound cynical but I don’t put much stock in her “goodwill” efforts. Apple, tree.

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  6. Patty says:

    I would like to have all those extreme right white creatures tested on their DNA: I think they all would get a heart-attack as soon as they discover, each and every one of us (so ‘they’ too) has ‘non-white’ DNA in our system.

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