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  • Writer's pictureGregory N. Austin

Stop, Stop the Hate!

We have to abandon these petty divisions before it costs us one of the greatest political experiments known to mankind. Let us return to the United States of America. Let us recapture the greatness we have stood for in the past.

C’mon America—it is time to stand up for law and order. We need to enforce accountability under our U.S. Constitution.


Ex-President Donald Trump makes it clear that he has “Putin envy.” He calls Vladimir Putin a “genius” over his handling of the Ukraine invasion. That is nuts and unbecoming of a former U.S. President. He defends Putin more than our own F.B.I., our prosecutors, and our police. He treats legitimate opponents with disdain and hostility. Now he is a self-appointed enforcer, seeking “retribution.” I respectfully remind his followers that those 55 men in Philadelphia creating our U.S. Constitution, did not want kings, autocrats or dictators representing the people. Instead, to their credit, they wanted the people to control their own destiny via checks and balances via the ballot box. “Big lie” promoters need not apply.


We must believe in our court system. We cannot allow emotional mobs to determine the outcomes of disputes. Lies cannot be accepted as valid, by simply shouting down truth. Creating devils out of innocent citizens, who simply seek justice, is a no-win approach. A winning concept under our Constitution is to earn a majority through honest voting. Lying, exaggeration, puffing, or by simply being a cranky blow-hard accusing your opponents of a witch hunt will not expand your voter base. The best voter base is one created by meritorious political arguments. You need a platform that a majority can live with. Hostility toward law enforcement, and promoting groundless conspiracy theories is a political ploy, easily seen as going nowhere by most voters.


Americans all need a refresher course—we must return to the beginning—to see why our U. S Constitution has lasted over 240 years. Civics remains the answer to get us out of this hole of petty divisions and distractors. We must focus on good behavior, and knowledge of our laws.


In World War II after Germany was defeated (1945), the country was divided up by Americans, British, French and Russian zones. When the Americans took over West Germany, they were surprised at the support remaining for Nazism. (Adolf Hitler had died by suicide in 1945). Underground terrorist groups kept pressure on the populace to not accept the Americans as legitimate occupiers. So the Americans devised a plan to simply introduce the Germans to our U.S. Constitution in the class room as a full scale requirement applicable to all German citizens. The Germans listened and by 1947 the majority of German citizens were for law and order and stopped supporting Nazi factions. They accepted democratic principles. So now the U.S. needs less chaos and more unity as a nation. We have to stop killing children in their schools. We need our billionaires to pay their share of taxes. We need to hang together. We need love instead of hate so that our children stop dying by guns and suicide. It is disgraceful to see 40,000 annual deaths by guns in the U.S.


Let’s get all sides to have a day of prayer—to focus on our environment and our federal debt, instead of finding ways to divide one from another.


I was wrong (over a year ago) because I criticized an acquaintance who supported ex-President Trump, and I did it in front of a witness. I apologized because it was the right thing to do. I admit it.


One of my children was in England on business recently, riding on a train next to an Englishman. That Englishman has a condo in Florida, and he said, “the Americans are becoming peculiar—I was speaking to a fellow condo owner who was American. I simply suggested I saw something positive in the Obama Administration. Suddenly he stood up grumpily stating I didn’t know I was sitting with a “lib-tard” and walked away!"


C’mon, we have to abandon these petty divisions before it costs us one of the greatest political experiments known to mankind.


Let us return to the United States of America. Let us recapture the greatness we have stood for in the past.


Let us do it for our children and grandchildren.


Editors note: As we were preparing this essay for release, former President Donald Trump was being indicted by a Manhattan Grand Jury.



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