August 8, 2019-
A few days ago, in the wake of last weekend’s shootings, a minor pundit posed the idea that the eighth day of August was being anticipated, by alt-right adherents, as a day to call attention to their views, it being 8/8, or “Double H”-the extended premise, in turn, being “Heil Hitler”. I find that premise ludicrous, but worthy of being countered.
Thus far today, there has been a report of the stabbing of four people, in Santa Ana and an apparent gas leak-explosion in Tampa, neither of which is being in any way tied to right wing extremists. Political radicals, with mad agendas are, however, an ongoing security threat-whether of the Right,or the Left. In addition, COINTELPRO* (Counter Intelligence Program), a Federal government operation that operated, full tilt, from the late 1920’s until at least 1985, is still being linked to Antifa (“Anti-Fascism”) and to certain Alt-Right organizations that have caused widespread death and injury.
With all that, the vast majority of people in this country are “sick and tired of being sick and tired”. We get up each day, dress up and show up, for what is, by and large, a day to day process of fulfilling our responsibilities to family, friends, employers and community. Whether we work for wages or as volunteers, we go about our days with integrity and a modicum of self-discipline. None of this makes us saints, but it does, on average, make society better, little by little.
Hate, for most of us, is something we need like another orifice. No matter who the hatemonger is-and I have seen instigators both of the Far Right and Far Left, he/she is doing little to bring about the world that is said to be desired. While, again, I do not claim to sit on the moral High Horse, I have done far more that is positive by showing love and respect, even to my critics and opponents. Mom said, throughout our childhoods, “You get more with honey than with salt.”
8/8 is not a day for hate-nor is any other day.