October 19, 2008
Ed Tubbs (San José EJ)
_An American Story about a genuine American
I need to thank General Colin Powell for putting me onto this. From Homestead, Florida to Point Hope, Alaska, from Van Buren, Maine to Imperial Beach, California, and every square inch in between, this story needs to be told — as loudly as possible.
Occasionally I ruminate on the notion that a couple gods were sitting around, and one god made a wager with the other: If you create an almost godlike being, give to him an intellect as well as the emotional capacity to feel both love and fear, he will end up destroying all of his kind as well as the planet on which he will reside.
And the other god takes up the wager, convinced that such a being will see folly and hatred for what it is, and will steer clear of the cataclysmic abyss.
Visit YouTube.com. In the “search video” box insert “McCain rallies,” or “McCain-Palin rallies,” or “Palin rallies.” You absolutely will encounter several videos that clearly show the utter visceral racial and religious hatred that typifies those attending the rallies, and the sounds of the rallies themselves. You will see a fellow holding a stuffed monkey doll, across the forehead of which is an “Obama” sticker. You will hear oral catcalls, “He’s a Muslim,” “I wouldn’t ever vote for a black,” “kill him,” and worse, supposing, of course, that such bigotry and extraordinary ignorance can somehow be ordered.
Next visit HumanEvents.com. It’s the website for the screeching far-right’s magazine of the same name. Visit the archives. There you will find an inventory of articles questioning the legitimacy of the Muslim faith, of Muslims, and any claims the religion may maintain that it is a religion of peace. By dint of logic, if the Muslim faith is not a religion of peace, by extension, the Christian one is. Concerning that, I will submit that any, even light, reading of history will conclude that, among all faiths, Christianity has been by far the most barbaric, and its political expression has resulted in more deaths of those it regards as apostate than any other. If I was inclined to think of myself as a Christian, I certainly wouldn’t tell anyone. It’s sure not something to brag about.
The United States is the most beautiful country there ever was. It is the only country where photographs of individuals of all ethnicities can find representation here, and that a person viewing such a photograph truly cannot say with any level of confidence whether the one in the picture is from here, or somewhere else. Is she from Japan, or Japan Town? Alaska, or Siberia? Mexico, or New Mexico? Lebanon, or Lebanon, Pennsylvania? Botswana, or Boston?
If the second god is to win the wager, it will have to be won here, in the United States of America, or it simply will not be won at all. And judging by what we’ve seen at the McCain-Palin rallies, there has yet to be submitted strong evidence on behalf of that second god’s bet.
Below is a photograph of an American soldier from Manahawkin, New Jersey. He was killed in Iraq on August 6, 2007. On an earlier tour, he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, and the Bronze Star. Today, a headstone in Arlington National Cemetery marks his grave. Although from the Garden State, he was an ardent Dallas Cowboys fan who also loved Disneyworld in Orlando.