It seems pretty easy to dislike groups of folks.
The evil 1% rich folks. The poor who live off the backs of the workers.
Democrats are the anti-christ. Republicans are traitors.
It’s the blacks, whites, Muslims, Jews, Hispanics, gays, Christians, atheists, Chinese, Russians, commies, you name it.
The list goes on and on. There are books, movies, blogs and entire organizations dedicated to supporting or attacking groups.
It’s a tool. A tool by those who use it to distract us from what’s really happening and from what the agenda really is.
Most of us are quick to claim that “big gov” is evil and that there is a mindless, faceless bureaucracy that controls our country.
Sorry folks, it’s not a machine, it’s people. The IRS for example might be evil, but Lois Lerner was a criminal.
It wasn’t an evil machine that allowed the San Bernadino killers into the US. It was actual individuals who screwed up and allowed this woman in our country.
It wasn’t the Democrats who did Fast and Furious. It was specific people who planned it and executed it.
How many of us can name any of the leaders of ISIS?
Recently there have been some ugly comments addressing hatred of all .gov workers, all LE employees, and all .mil employees.
I can understand Sammy’s hatred of these three groups. The first group governed over his incarceration, the second group actually busted him, and the third group let him go during basic training for “health issues” that he had lied about during the recruitment process.
But, we need not fall for the trap. Some individuals are evil and some individuals are good.
Folks who paint entire groups of folks as evil are trying to play us. We’re a country of individuals despite the best efforts of the communitarians who want us to be a country of groups.
If we’re going to win this battle, we need to identify our enemies as individuals, not as a group. Target the ones who actually commit the evil acts. Putting a name and face on evil is the beginning to overcoming it.