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A lot is said about resistance these days. Resistance denotes something that goes beyond political discourse and disagreements. It denotes belligerence, intractability, unwillingness to compromise, a militant demeanor willing to go outside the lines of decency and lawfulness.
Resistance is what the French and other European countries practiced during Nazi occupation, a justifiable and noble posture to take, considering that their countries were occupied by an evil and overwhelming force that could only be bitten off in small clandestine chunks in whatever covert actions they were able to mount.
Of course, we’re only speaking semantics now, and whether it’s called resistance or loyal opposition, is really not as much of a point as is the vitriol and hatred that fuels it.
When you cast your ballot against, speak against, write against or otherwise work against a candidate or a party, that is political dissent, and if so desired, could be called resistance.
But when a prominent show business personality holds up a replica of the bloody severed head of a sitting president, or a major corporate sponsored Shakespeare company perverts a four-hundred-year-old play to plot and carry out the multiple stabbing of a sitting president, that is hate.
When you wheel and deal and pull out all the political stops to achieve goals you consider beneficial to the nation, that’s politics as usual.
But when you’re willing to suspend the nation’s business and indefinitely delay programs that are desperately needed for the welfare of the country just to keep a president from having a win, that’s hate.
Hate is a many-headed monster, fickle and deceptive, just as apt to turn on its instigator.
There are many old and unturned stones that reflect badly on both major political parties in this nation, and if these numerous investigations persist, last long enough and dig deep enough, there could well be a lot of garbage slung on both sides of the aisle.
Be that as it…