Wednesday, January 11, 2017


So... is it "Buddhist" to be apolitical? I found an interesting discussion of this troublesome question on another blog, No Zen in the West. The post included this quote from Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
Anyway, here is my own "political" thinking for the day:


Enough! There is no mandate! Republican leaders must finally admit that their “president-elect” is irremediably compromised and unfit to set foot in the Oval Office. He has proved himself to be morally deficient and ethically challenged, a congenital and compulsive liar, an arrogant bully, with an ego so fragile it bursts out in childish fits of rage at the least provocation. He has shown himself to be shallow and willfully, proudly, shamefully ignorant. He was “elected” not with a mandate, but rather by a historical minority of American voters, with the connivance of a hostile foreign power.

There is no mandate, and Republican leadership must stop acting as though there were. No ramming through Senate hearings for cabinet nominations of people no more fit and no better prepared for their posts than the man who put their names forward. No gutting of a health bill that has saved many American lives and spared millions more the agony and insecurity of living without simple health insurance. No trashing of international climate agreements to save the planet from the disastrous consequences of man-made global warming. No shredding of sensible regulations that protect the environment from exploitation and citizens from corporate rapacity.

Enough! We must call on Republicans to acknowledge the truth that is evident to the vast majority of us: there is no mandate, and their leader is flawed beyond help or remedy. He is not deserving of their support, nor of ours. Before they act upon their agenda, they should listen carefully and pay heed to the priorities and preferences of the people they are elected to serve. Their arrogance and willful blindness to the irrefutable and dangerous unfitness for office of their “president-elect” is in stark contradiction to the patriotism they so piously profess. Their obstinate tone-deafness to the wishes of the majority of Americans is reprehensible beyond words.

Enough, people! Enough!

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