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Perhaps the reason our president retweeted John Bolton’s tweet from September 10, 2019, is to show not only himself and Bolton but his twitter base, aka the American people, how far we’ve come in such a short time. How we met evil and quickly disposed of it. How does one kill a snake? Step on its head. That’s what he and Bolton did.
We are so far past WaPo’s November 7 headline “Bolton willing to defy WH and testify…” Hmm. The Post does love to stir up its readership even as it shrinks daily.
But the retweet was like catnip to the Trump-haters and particularly the ones with the shiny hats.
People will always disagree but too many on the Left now see disagreements as justification to hate and fear the other side. Not good.
For those tweeters who have speculated upon Trump’s November 9 tweet: Perhaps our president is convinced that we have obliterated the threat of 9-11 to our home soil. For the time being.
Sure, Bolton and Trump have differences. All independent thinkers do. All Americans do. But look at what their cooperation triggered. The downfall of one of the most deadly and heinous threats to our world and democracy. If Bolton maintains his objectivity through all this impeachment nonsense, his name will be written in history along with our president’s as the duo who defeated terrorism. Let’s hope that promise of a $2 million book deal doesn’t cloud Bolton’s judgment.
Perhaps the tide is turning upon the American hate-mongers who call themselves anti-Trumpers. Boomers remember the 60s song … “For everything, there is a season … a time to every purpose under heaven … a time for hate, a time for peace …” Come on, sing along. You know the words. For Gen Xers who don’t know it, this is a good one, guys.
When CNN is willing to broadcast an interview of a black fan at the Tigers-Bama game in which he feels our president is being harassed and not spike his opinion, when close to 102,000 fans in the sold-out stadium cheer for our president and first lady… perhaps the tide of political polarization is turning.
An interview AllSides did recently with author Tyler Storlie to advance his new book “Two Tribes” gives a very simplistic, childlike view from which many of us can learn. God knows our kids need help in this direction. What they hear on a daily basis makes an adult’s mind numb! There are other books out there, too, like Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches” and “The Pushcart War” that also address escalating conflict and how to resolve it. They are also quick reads for adults with misplaced anger issues.
In this complex world we live in, in the same manner we first teach children basic math and the alphabet so they can later learn calculus and read Shakespeare, we must provide an understanding of convoluted concepts like political polarization, groupthink, and geopolitical conflict. A way to wade through all the misdirection tossed at them. Binary thinking like choosing between capitalism or socialism is dangerous, especially to a republic that only maintains its solid foundation from generation to generation.
“The good news is that we can learn to get past these initial instincts and even build bridges with those who might first appear to be enemies,” Storlie tells us. Well, that’s where Storlie and I disagree. There are true enemies out there. Those who mean us harm. It isn’t until we defeat them that we may wish to befriend them. But not before.
Americans — the free thinkers we are — are wise to understand WHY people disagree and how to resolve conflicts. A “globalism” viewpoint where adherents forsake their love of country in their quest for understanding is not the answer. Be best to seek and find a place where our unique culture and our homeland fits into a better world, right? If a population is too slow to learn these concepts and what to do about them, then history could repeat itself.
The tide has turned on the imminent threat of Al-Qaeda foreign terrorist organizations FTOs, but Trump is not one to rest upon his laurels. It’s on to the next challenge … the FTOs in Mexico who have invaded our cities and our homegrown ones.
Let’s remember Trump’s tweet on Inauguration Day 2017: “It all begins today! The movement continues — the work begins …”
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