More sunlight shines across the land
Hello, my friends!
I hope you’ve had a great week!
It has certainly been a great week for democracy.
As I stated might happen in my last post, the two Tennessee House legislators have been reinstated.
Not only were the two Democrats reinstated, but the Tennessean Republican Party in the House is absolutely ripping apart at the seams and tearing into each other. They also seem to think that despite an absolute firm lock in Tennessee (controlling the House, the Senate, and the Governorship) that Democrats are on the cusp of “destroying the republic and the foundation of who we are.”
The House Speaker, who led the expulsion effort in Tennessee, is alleged to not live in his district, which could lead to some serious problems.
Justice Clarence Thomas's problems are getting much worse after he failed to disclose a 2014 real estate deal with GOP megadonor, ProPublica report finds.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that bans abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy, which pretty much dooms his chance of national election.
The Republican front-runner Donald Trump is facing worse legal threats, with a wire fraud probe based on alleged fraudulent fundraising coming out and discussion about him handling and showing off a classified map emerging.
I know this post seems like I’m just completely dunking on Republicans, but that’s partly because I am.
They have absolutely shown themselves in their current MAGA-run configuration to not be entrusted with running the country again. (I don’t think I have to explain this, so I’ll save myself the time and words.)
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It’s hard not to want to be mean and dunk on the leaders listed above, but that’s not the right way to be. It’s not moral, biblical, or ethical.
And we don’t want to descend to the same depths of those on the other side. We are not going to call you terrible names or share your cell phone number, as Trump has done so many times.
The challenging thing with political discussions is trying to keep your peace, trying to exude the love that flows from your heart, toward political opponents who are in the grasp of fear, anxiety, and greed. It's quite challenging but I'm trying my best to do this.
And in that spirit, I want to share three quotes to end this post.
“Life is so hard, how can we be anything but kind?” — Jack Kornfield.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” — 1 Corinthians 13:13.
“You cannot ask the darkness to leave; you must turn on the light.” — Sogyal Rinpoche
I firmly believe we can continue to win without becoming something bad. We do not need to allow politics to darken our souls.
Love and peace,
Stan R. Mitchell
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P.S. Do not despair in these coming days. The light of dawn is emerging, and nothing can stop light (or truth).
P.P.S. If you enjoyed this post, I’ll bet you’d love the book below about President Obama.