Enemies or the Opposition?

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.
Winston Churchill

Hillary Clinton jokingly referred to Republicans as enemies while Joe Biden said Republicans were not enemies but the opposition in Congress.

I believe that the leading Republican presidential candidates, who appeal to America’s darkest fears, would lead the nation into accelerated decline and would revive the vilest aspects of America’s history and shadow side. And indifferent Democrats may let that happen.

Author and psychologist Rollo May defined a pseudoinnocent as a naive person who has blinders on and who does not see real dangers. Pseudoinnocents cling to childhood assumptions about the nature of the world. They do not want to acknowledge power or aggression much less use their innate power and aggression. How many indifferent Americans are pseudoinnocent and cannot see the dangers that threaten their way of life or the life they aspire to?

Author of The Denial of Death, cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker wrote: “If everyone lives the same lies about the same things, there is no one to call them liars. They establish their own sanity and call themselves normal.” I often think of Fox News, conservative talk radio and the extremists of the Republican Party when I read this quote.

The most extreme of the Republicans live in their own illusionary and shadow-filled Plato’s Cave and convince themselves of the normality of their regressive visions and black/white and either/or world. The cave-dwellers collude together to fleece the naive people who follow them. And many pseudoinnocent Republican voters seem happy to get hustled over and over again by the same false promises.

Many pseudoinnocent Democrats believe if they could get those who yearn for a return to the past to understand their vision for the future, those people would change. This was, I believe, a problem of President Obama’s: He didn’t seem to understand how serious and base his enemies in Congress and in the Republican Party were. I don’t mean people who disagreed with him on philosophy or policy. I mean those who wanted to harm him personally. He lacked the ruthless streak a leader needs to deal with those who hated him and wanted to destroy his presidency.

Early in Obama’s presidency, I wrote to Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: “What are you people doing? You make nice with people who want to kill you!” How did that approach work out for America with immigration, climate change and income inequality and so many other issues?

Republican and Democratic voters need to awaken and see reality as it is. Villains and injustice exist. They do not respond to argument and common sense; they respond only to power. We live surrounded by them in, perhaps, more insidious ways than ever before. Naïve and indifferent people, who make up a significant percentage of the adult population in America, allow the scoundrels to have their way.

We need to make wise moral judgments. It is wrong and irresponsible not to. We need to judge our politicians and hold them accountable with our votes.

Serious about her enemies or not, Hillary Clinton has battled the dark side of the Republican Party for decades with strength and resolve. She has gained wisdom and insight.

Americans need a battle-scarred warrior to lead them in today’s dark world.

2 thoughts on “Enemies or the Opposition?

  1. Do you write letters to the editor in your area or Op Ed’s?  I write LTE’s regularly, but only one local paper publishes nearly all I submit.  I run into people all the time that read my stuff.  I have heard it’s one of the most read sections of any newspaper.  I had never heard the word pseudoinnocent before, andd found that fascinating.  I just consider these people as brainwashed by our media that is anything but liberal, despite what some republicans would have us believe.  Real news that is factual is now called liberal media which just makes me nuts.  Keep them coming.  Judy From: Tom’s Thoughts To: spiritwalker63@sbcglobal.net Sent: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 9:34 AM Subject: [New post] Enemies or the Opposition? #yiv6909900873 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv6909900873 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv6909900873 a.yiv6909900873primaryactionlink:link, #yiv6909900873 a.yiv6909900873primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv6909900873 a.yiv6909900873primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv6909900873 a.yiv6909900873primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv6909900873 WordPress.com | Tom Heuerman posted: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Winston ChurchillHillary Clinton jokingly referred to Republicans as enemies while Joe Biden said Republicans were not enemies but the opposition in Congress.I” | |

    • Thanks Judy. Throughout 2008, I wrote two 600-word commentaries a month about Obama’s campaign (26 in total). They were published in the Fargo Forum. We lived in Moorhead, MN (across the Red River) during that time. Since returning to Minneapolis in 2009, I’ve written many commentaries that were published in the Twin City Daily Planet (an online newspaper) and occasional commentaries published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Nowadays when I feel the urge to write, I use this blog.

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