Cleaning the stain

Oxi Clean

I attended an interfaith panel meeting last week to discuss the question “Who is my Neighbor?” The panel included a Rabbi, a Muslim Cleric, a Catholic Priest, a non-denominational Christian Pastor, a Baha’i leader, and a Pastor from an African-American Baptist Church. A pretty diverse group.

It was interesting to hear how these people described “a neighbor” as it pertained to their beliefs and faith. The common thread? We are all neighbors despite our differences, at least we should be.

As you would imagine the conversation traveled into today’s tribal mentality. The question was posed to the panel, “are any of you concerned that racist, sexist, homophobes, xenophobes and religious bigots now feel empowered to speak their minds?”. After a few moments of silence the Rabbi, a young man, said; “In order to clean a stain we first have to see the stain.” 

As hard as it is to believe I tell my kids that a Donald Trump presidency was probably the best thing that ever happened to America. Barack Obama showed us the possibilities, and Trump, well, Trump has shown us just how far we still have to go. What Trump has accomplished in two short years has made it easier for the rest of us to see all the “stains” that still blemish this great country. And it’s not just the racist, sexist, homophobes, xenophobes and religious bigots that are being exposed but also the powerful, the privileged, and the old white establishment. We all knew that the Trumps still existed hiding behind the gates of Mar-a-Lago, marching in the street wearing Nazi and Klan emblems, stockpiling weapons to assassinate democrats and journalist and now we can see them.

You see, the Donald Trump’s of the world weren’t a symptom but the disease that have held to many other Americans down for too many centuries. I can promise you, when this is all over, Donald Trump and his family will rue the day he was ever elected President. Future generations and history will view him, and Mitch McConnell, and Lindsey Graham, and Ryan Zinke, and Jim Jordan, and Scott Pruitt, and…………. as the privileged white men willing to stain this country in order to fill their bank accounts. Judgement day is here and hopefully we will all be smart enough NOT to forget the lessons we have learned from this misadventure.


About ends and beginnings blog

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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9 Responses to Cleaning the stain

  1. I agree with you that this horror show of a presidency has shown us just how far we have to go. For a long time I was able to delude myself that we had made huge progress as a country and a culture, because the majority of my personal circle are progressives themselves. This dumpster fire administration has shown me just how much work there is to do. Thus, I persist.

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  2. maryplumbago says:

    Great post

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  3. “Out! damned stain.” Hey, I’m an old man. I’ll misquote Shakespeare if I want to.😎🙏 Good to see you in the blogosphere.

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  4. Spyro says:

    This article leaves me with hope for the future. A rare feeling, at least for me, these days. Maybe people like me can help move forward with this a little, by communicating in a positive light with those around us. Thank you – Spyro

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    • There was a kid, 16 or 17, that asked the panel “What gives you hope for the future.” The Southern Baptist minister told the young man, “You do” and I agree. My kids, 26 and 29, give me hope. We will never rid ourselves of the Donald Trump’s of the world but we can marginalize their power and importance.

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