REBLOG: Who Have We Become?

Human vs Neanderthal

jilldennison

Jun 20

In ordinary times, you would likely never have known the name Adam Kinzinger unless you happen to be from his home state of Illinois.  But, today I think it’s safe to say that at least 85% of the adults in the U.S. know who Adam Kinzinger is.  In case you’re one of the 15% who don’t know, a brief summary …

Adam Kinzinger is a Republican legislator who has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2011.  Kinzinger became known for his vocal opposition to Trump’s claims of voter fraud and attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Kinzinger was one of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection in his second impeachment, and one of only two Republicans to vote to create a select committee to investigate the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, to which he was subsequently appointed.  Due to the open hostility from members of his party, Mr. Kinzinger announced last October that he will not run for re-election in November.  In 2006, Kinzinger was named the Wisconsin Red Cross “Hero of the Year” for wrestling a knife-wielding man to the ground and disarming him after the man had cut the throat of a woman on a street in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Adam has a wife, Sofia, and one son, Christian.

A few days ago, Mr. Kinzinger’s wife, Sofia, received this letter …

I found breathing impossible as tears welled in my eyes when I read that … I could feel the evil, the hate emanating from those words.  For the rest of the evening, I felt on the brink of crying, felt that if I let it start, I would never be able to stop.  There are many people — politicians and religious leaders — whom I despise, whose faces I would spit in given half a chance, but never in my wildest thoughts would I even consider threatening violence against them or their families.  This, my friends, is the difference between a human being and a gun-toting neanderthal.

THIS, my friends, is who we are becoming.  The political divisions in this nation are leading to murder, to corruption, to destruction, and to widespread violence that I believe is inevitable in the coming months.  We the People have allowed politicians, have allowed our own greed, have allowed our sense of entitlement to bring us to this place.  We have forgotten our humanity and somewhere along the way have lost our sense of compassion, of empathy, of caring for others.

When we value our guns more than our children, when we pretend to believe the lies our politicians tell us, even though we know better, and when we believe that somehow one person is better than another because of skin colour, religion, gender affiliation, or any other criteria, then we are contributing to the kind of behaviour that cause this maniac to send this letter to Sofia Kinzinger, contributing to the likes of the teen who went into a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, aiming to murder Black people just because their skin was darker than his.

I hope law enforcement officials are able to track down the writer of that letter and that they will have the guts to prosecute and imprison him, for he does not deserve the privilege of walking on the same streets as the rest of us.  However, it’s more likely they won’t find him, if they even look, and that eventually he may carry out his threat.  And worse yet, he is only one of many such creatures who believe that violence is the solution to their problems.

This nation is rapidly losing its humanity, is becoming a violent banana republic overrun by people who care only for their own fortunes and to hell with those of us who cross them in caring for the greater good. This letter-writer has convinced me that, while I know there ARE good people in this country, there is no longer a collective good, no longer a majority of people working toward a greater good. R.I.P. former United States.

Thanks for this post, Jill!

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29 thoughts on “REBLOG: Who Have We Become?

  1. I’m saddened, disgusted, and embarrassed by our country’s behavior. Nearly 25 years in education trying to foster open-minded thinking, collaboration, understanding, empathy (all the things we hope would be taught at home), logic, cooperation, collaboration,…the list could go on…we are own worst enemies. We will fall. I’m trying to live with a diagnosis of stage 4 cancer. And hate is the worst cancer in our country. 😢🙏🏻💛

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    1. Thank you, first of all for being an educator, that takes guts! And now facing the hardship of cancer, I can relate and wish only the best for you and quick recovery.❤️🤗

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    2. Thank you so much. That’s so kind. I believe you did many years of service and you h understand my position now all too well. I appreciate your encouragement so much. ❤️🤗🥰

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  2. I’m reluctant to point it out, but what makes you so sure that this was written by a man? What’s worse is …… what make’s ME so sure that it was written by a man? It’s a sad inditement on my own gender that I simply cannot imagine a woman being so cowardly as threatening a child with violence. I doubt that this pathetic little wimp could muster the bravery to stand face to face with any member of the family he threatens.
    That said, I’m not sure that we are looking at pure evil here. I think we are more likely looking at utter stupidity. And it seems to be all the utterly stupid people are the ones who so desperately want guns. Guns and stupidity are a notoriously bad mix.

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    1. I wish I had one.
      Is it rude to suggest that education might be helpful? My experience is that American education produces highly articulate and knowledgeable individuals, but that such knowledge tends to be very much American flavoured. Perhaps giving children the hint that America and ‘the American way of life’ is not the only alternative. Perhaps encouraging an impartial exploration of other cultures and experiences rather than being concerned about whether children can recite the national anthem and name all of the states individually. Perhaps permitting the idea to foster that burning the flag might not be such a bad idea now and again.
      I have travelled quite a bit over the years and my (very general) observation is that Americans make wonderful hosts but dreadful tourists. I put this down to the fact that most genuinely believe that America is the greatest nation on the planet and are proud to show this to visitors. But when travelling elsewhere they note that every other place is inferior based on the fact that it is not America. I think this deep sense of national pride can lead to something of a siege mentality, and a fear of change.
      But, in truth, what would I know?

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    2. I pondered the likely gender of the letter-writer, and concluded that it had to be a man, for the very reasons you pointed out. That, and the fact that the sort of person who suggests violence to resolve differences is 95% of the time a white male.

      You are right about the stupidity, for sure, but I also sensed great evil in that person. Either way … he and those who think like him are a danger to the continuation of a relatively peaceful society.

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    3. I’m afraid I use the word “men” emphatically when conversing with my granddaughters but I love men in general and it’s only the dangerous boyish adventures such as two grandsons riding motorcycles that causes it. My bad?

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