Love reignbows

Oh, if I only had Scalia’s solipsistic sagacity to have come up with jiggery-pokery myself – I think I would rename this blog with it, LOL. 😀 Let me make this a short post about my gladness at the direction the country is headed, finally, after some pretty discouraging months.

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What a week! The Confederate flag being condemned and taken down at last (bigotry loses again), upholding of the ACA, and gay marriage rights, normalization of relations with the Cuban people, and mandatory time and a half for middle class people working overtime hours. This will truly be remembered as a ‘week that was’. It was all emotional and in all cases, love triumphed.  Love is emotional and therefore more compelling, freighted. And I think realogy won over ideology, the facts on the ground trumped (forgive me) everything else. That is, there is no place in modern America for the hate and separatism that the Confederate flag symbolizes, nor for discriminating against and bullying people based on who they love and how they wish to be characterized or styled, nor for keeping the poor and sick from having basic health care and being paid for hard work.  There is no more room in our hearts for punishing an entire country of people for almost six decades and forcing them to live in abject poverty simply on a principle that has failed to change minds, much less hearts.

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When all people are treated as equal, we are all more free — Barack Obama

Stronger together than we could ever be alone.  This is what both the Square and the New Deals were about.  If two presidents almost 100 years ago had the vision to provide a better life for every American, lifting all of us by raising the floor from the bottom up, then who are we to undo that progress?

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The key word is love, as our current president said.  If it is love, how can it be wrong? Not lust, lasciviousness or license but liberty and love.  Weren’t these the ideals that Christ held up for us as the ultimate example of what humankind can and should aspire to be?

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I am no religious scholar, know little of doctrine outside of my CCD Catholicism, have no ability to find the contradictions in the Bible nor am I interested in doing that.  All I have to know is what Christ told us, showed us, and instructed us and love was and is at its core, in this living divine tradition.

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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, the Ex Calibur pulled from the stone of despair by Franklin Delano Roosevelt that saved America is truer today than ever before. One thing that also strikes me as a key to his magic was the Fireside Chat, by radio, explaining things in a conversational, intimate way to the American people who had never had a president do this before, i.e. treat them as peers.  The idea that we are all in this together was the foundation of the great rise of a prosperous middle class.

And who, looking around us at the anger, hate, and fear that has gripped this country could not see the relevance today in the words of this famous speech by Ernst Janning in Judgement at Nuremberg as if directly addressing our current problems, the wrongs of which were partially righted this week by the rulers at the Court:

There was a fever over the land, a fever of disgrace, of indignity, of hunger. We had a democracy, yes, but it was torn by elements within. Above all, there was fear, fear of today, fear of tomorrow, fear of our neighbors, and fear of ourselves. Only when you understand that can you understand what Hitler meant to us, because he said to us: ‘Lift your heads! Be proud to be German! There are devils among us, communists, liberals, Jews, gypsies. Once these devils will be destroyed, your misery will be destroyed.’ It was the old, old story of the sacrificial lamb.

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This speech brings to mind Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s famous Four Freedoms speech in 1941 where he told a weary America that great things could be achieved in our lifetime, not only here in the United States, but everywhere in the world — which he saw as America’s neighborhood, filled with neighbors who needed and could help each other — Freedom of speech, Freedom to worship one’s own religion, Freedom from want, and Freedom from fear. Aren’t these what each of us should fight for too?

Rainbows have always been used to symbolize the range and diversity of life in art and society. Common sense and caring reigned Supreme this past week and we should all be the happier and the more harmonious for it.

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Happy Fourth and Happy Birthday to this inclusive, loving version of America!

Images: BB – bunnies born in our garden, now running amok and causing adorable havoc!

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13 Comments on “Love reignbows

  1. Beth, people in the grip of fear do things they would otherwise never think to do when in the grip of love.

    I came across this yesterday reading My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, think it’s quite appropriate during these times: “…a Christian must be consistent in his relationship to the life of the Son of God in him, not consistent to strict, unyielding doctrines. People pour themselves into their own doctrines, and God has to blast them out of their preconceived ideas before they can become devoted to Jesus.”

    Janning’s speech definitely speaks to our times; unfortunately, for those in the grip of fear, it will be difficult to recognize themselves. All we can do is pray God’s love will transform their hearts.

    BTW, fantastic photo of that bunny!

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    • I love that phrase “in the grip of love”. Yes!

      Love that Chambers book – I have given the pocket version as gifts over the years and how true. We have to remember to set ourselves aside! How else can the divine enter?

      I do think that fear has to be dispelled and if we can only combat it through legislation, then that is what we must do.

      Isn’t he cute? There were two and now none — they seem to have disappeared.

      Thank you Susan! We are almost always on the same wavelength. 🙂

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  2. Beth, your photographs of bunnies are incredible and darling! I was so happy about how you mentioned our latest advances in American society. We can hope we may finally be working together.

    I believe in love, freedom, giving, sharing and equality. Over his terms in office, I have been impressed with President Obama’s even keel ability to not let hatred get to him. I also was glad when there was recent disrespect among his audience while speaking, he raised his voice and was heard. The person was taken out, as I feel anyone should respect leaders while they speak. Doesn’t mean you have to agree, but respect leaders who were elected by a majority.
    Beth, you summed up some great strides in our country’s progress and I hope we are finally trying to unite and act as “one nation.” There is absolutely no sense in division in our country and our world. Peace, Robin

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    • Those two little guys are so cute. They’ve disappeared now. Our sprinklers scared them away.

      This was such an encouraging week, wasn’t it Robin? I was so happy with the things in the news for once and so it will be a truly cheerful Fourth of July.

      Anger, fear, hate, jealousy just cannot prevail. We are all so much better when we work together, feel like one people, feel connected to others everywhere. I know the day is coming when we will all realize we need each other, so why squabble?

      I hope you are having a lovely time with your mother, Robin. Can’t wait to hear about your week.

      Peace and hugs!

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  3. I don’t know how I missed this post, Beth. Email overload. :/ I hope you had a great 4th. You sound so upbeat and positive and simply glad here. 🙂 Good news is a charm, love a blessing. May we all be charmed and blessed often.x

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    • Yes, we finally have some positive developments in our politics after a long string of disappointments that made me start to lose faith in the American people. I feel better now! And that hateful Confederate flag came down yesterday, so we are making some progress (100 plus years after the Civil War to end slavery — still grappling with bigotry here).

      Your comments are a joy, no matter when they come, Anne-Marie! ❤

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