Has it occurred to anyone that our causes are turning into mean and hateful religions? What used to be ’causes’ were subject to negotiation and compromise. Today it is my way or the highway. No room for compromise because the sect sees only with one eye straight ahead. Whatever happened to the days of Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neil or Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich, Presidents and House speakers who sat down after work had a brew and came to conclusions that were more concerned with America’s welfare and less about fundraising and reelection.

Today, your president is crazy or worse; my president is always right; you’re a racist or you’re a white extremist. Try not to repeat the past but to learn from it what not to be and do. Think towards a better future. Wait a minute. We are all, to some degree, products of the past. That does not mean we should be blamed for the mistakes made by generations before us. Why should we tear down statues that remind of us of past disasters? Those statues should be there to remind us not to make the same mistakes again. Whatever happened to the idea that we had a fight today but tomorrow, we forgot about it and continued to be friends. No, not today. If we disagree today, we hate forever. We turn causes into fanatical relations. Black lives matter; White supremacists. Two forms of what we call modern racism. Some will say that is the way they were born. Not true. In the famous musical, “South Pacific,” there was a song that said, “Prejudice must be carefully taught.” Why do we hand all that garbage down to our next generation? It creates hate, not love.

The only way we escape the past is by teaching our youth to go in a different direction. Have you noticed how our young people are a lot more accepting of the differences in their peers? Races mingling together, despite the dead prejudices of their forefathers. Straight and gay hanging out together as human beings. Time to stop shoving our rotten habits and hates down the throats of a generation trying to escape all that crap. Neighbors used to be neighborly. Today, folks who have lived next door to one another don’t know who their neighbors are and don’t care.

We are a nation of self-satisfying individuals and if we are not careful, we will destroy everything we’ve ever had dear. Remember what Ben Franklin said at the beginning of our American journey, “We have a Republic if we can keep it.” We will sorely miss it if we lose it.

Raymond Strait,


Rusty Strait | Senior Reporter

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