We have two dogs…a little faux Shih-tsu (long story) and a big curly Labradoodle. They used to both sleep upstairs with us. Lately, Sherman (the Shih-tsu) has taken to staying downstairs. Harvey (the Labradoodle) positions himself on the turn of the upstairs steps…halfway between us and his Brother. He likes the company of his little guy. It’s sweet to see.
They weren’t always the picture of harmony. Sherman was here first and rightly intimidated by the big rambunctious interloper that arrived one Holiday season. He struggled to “control” Harvey….to manage him and his overactive lumbering BIG presence. I’m sure it was a fearful time for him.
But over the years, they seem to have come to a draw…with neither asserting himself as the Alpha Dog….and with that issue seemingly settled, companionship was the happy conclusion.
One summer, a large tree limb fell on Harvey and broke his hind leg. He had a long, slow and painful recovery. Unfortunately, Sherman found a new weapon for the occasions wherein he wished to assert HIS ALPHA-ness….grabbing Harvey by that bad leg and tugging till it hurts.
I wince when I see it…for several reasons.
I remember Sherman’s fear as the Little Guy. But I see Harvey’s real pain too. He’s big, and someday, that pain may cause him to strike back. Only recently did I hear the story of a woman who adopted two puppies from a litter…and one awful day, they fought till one was dead and the other had to be put down because of his injuries.
A tragedy that left this woman, this animal lover…bereft.
I think a lot about that story today as I read the news. I think of the choices we have to love or to hate. Love is not easy and takes working at forever. It’s sometimes exhausting. But hate can destroy in an instant. I think about the responsibility we have to protect progress, fragile though it may be.
I would despise anyone who would encourage my dogs to be aggressive, to hurt one another in order to be the Alpha-dog. I would despise anyone who would come into my home and disrupt the camaraderie built over years of love and retraining. I don’t want to see one dog, big or little dominate the other. I don’t want fear to be an excuse for new pain. What if I “hired” a…um-m-m-m “trainer” who deliberately made things worse so I’d have to continue paying him. What if Anger and Divisiveness were a deliberate agenda?
This is how I see Obama. “A community organizer” who organizes people by keeping them angry and hating others. A community organizer who keeps getting a paycheck, who keeps advancing his own power by exploiting pain and differences. Obama wants us in boxes of fear and loathing toward others, defined by him as victims or villain…. motivated to keep HIM in power for our own payback.
All we have seen in this administration is contrived. Contrived to build Obama constituencies. There should be a special quota-area of Hell for those who exploit hate to advance themselves.
I see Obama as destroying what my generation made the cornerstone of our American experience…to advance to a color-blind society…to stay on that road and not be deterred. No one said it would always be easy…but we stayed on that road…till Obama the Community Organizer set in motion his plan to demonize, deal an unfair new hand and DIVIDE.
If Obama wants diversity…I suggest he drop the stupidity of skin hue. A Black surgeon’s son and a White lawyer’s son have very similar American experiences. The diversity lies in poverty not pale or dark. Require Wall Street to hire some kid from the Barrio, or Appalachia, or any inner city you choose…who had to work three jobs to get an education. Now that would provide REAL diversity…not this sham that is nothing but political payback to the Black caucus.
Why should a Black kid who’s Dad makes a 6 figure salary…get a quota job over a fatherless white kid from a dirt-poor rural background? Who wants to argue THAT is fair? Only a racist would excuse that.
And those racists are NOT in the Tea Party.
I want the least among us to get a hand up in every way. Let’s join together, all of us,…to invite them on the Road…push or carry them if need be. But don’t tell me that “skin hue” today in 2010 is a trump card.
That’s obscene. That’s Obama’s scam.
The Community Organizer who is hell-bent to get us trapped in our race, class, gender, ethnicity boxes….angry and hateful, snarling at each other…to keep himself employed.
Obama has set up deliberate tollbooths for “certain” unfavored people and quicker detours for favored others ONLY….to get us off that Racial Harmony road.
Brother against brother.
Dog against dog.
Do we really need that woman whose puppies destroyed each other to remind us where this could go?
It’s not Hope and Change.
It’s a template for tragedy.