“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1.  Those words have all but held true in the political arena, as at every turn you can see overt attempts to go backwards in the name of freedom.  Whether its the redrawing of legislative districts or censoring curriculum in the classroom there is nothing new under the sun.  Decades ago in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the Citizens Council started an indoctrination campaign in southern high-schools by introducing books in the classroom that portrayed black people as thieving, cowardly, and lazy. Schools sponsored writing contests requiring students to read literature titled Take Your Choice: Separation or Mongrelization and Black Monday and rewarded the top essay on racial integrity.  That was blatant state sponsored indoctrination, all to defy the rule of law.  To compare those titles and efforts to continue integration, with books that resemble acceptance to a particular sexual orientation or teaches this country’s racial history is careless and disingenuous, but it isn’t new.  Politicking conformity and punishing dissent is out right dangerous and reckless. This book battle, is a battle not designed to win but to distract.   

Nothing is off the cuff or whimsical, yet a calculated strike.  A calculated stirring of the prejudicial pot designed to promote division in the name of freedom.  Packing the bully pulpit with sarcasm, lack of empathy and contempt for dissent, the pandering has blown into outright exploitation.  You have to look no further than the “approved” legislative districts that all but ensure the outcome before a ballot is cast, whether that ballot is in person or by mail.  Add to that the recently enacted “Election Force” tasked to pursue non-existent wide spread voter fraud,  and you can see that the intent is clear.  In this culture of team politics, the party in power is running up the score by passing legislation that does nothing for the greater good and spiking the ball after they sell the public a false bag of goods. 

As states compete with one another to disenfranchise, disengage, and repeat the failed policies of yester year the truth will continue to march on.  Victories are not absolute or given, rather they are hard fought and requires perseverance in spite of.  While the talk should be about the primary season, and what to expect heading into the fall ballot; we are extending again thoughts and prayers after another domestic terrorist attack.  So while we mourn those lost on the battlefield this Memorial Day, we should also remember those who fell not stepping foot onto a battle field but taking their seat in the classroom, taking their seat at the theater, worshiping in their spiritual house, and shopping at their local grocer.  Is this the price of the ticket? Generations and politicians come and go, but morality and truth preserves under the sun.

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