If it Slithers

Written by BG Howard

January 24, 2024

There have been occasions when I’ve expressed my opinion with the understanding that it’s an opinion platform.  Having come under fire from some followers regarding specific subjects, I once, essentially resolved it better to simply avoid expressions of certain concerns altogether.  In short, a sincere effort had been made to avoid such topics as deeply spiritual or political ones and I, to this point, have done very well.

However, I’m left with little option except to “go there” due to a past comment made by a particular politician, who shall remain nameless for the sake of circumventing any potentially divisive outcome.  The matter at hand does, unfortunately, by-pass politics and cuts to the core of a deeply spiritual/personal issue. 

The query as was reported by others present, “Why do we have all these people from sh–hole countries come here anyway?” was a direct reference to less fortunate nations like Africa and Haiti.  This remark , at the time it occurred, sent shockwaves throughout major media outlets and consumed reports of “Breaking News” for more than three days.  There have since been comments, however, refuting details of what was actually said.

Some disagree with opinions that don’t line up with their way of thinking for partisan or racially motivated reasons.  But when are we, as a country, going to put aside the political, bigotry-driven rhetoric and get back to the basics of simply choosing right over wrong?  Politicians should stop wasting tax-payer dollars bickering about what may or may not have been said and stick to the business of running the country.

The late Abraham Lincoln illustrated the fact a person can move to any other country in the world and be, at best, a visitor regardless of their length of stay.  Only to the United States can a person relocate and, after meeting the requirements of citizenship, become a genuine American.

America was built on the sacrifices of a litany of different cultures beginning with the Indians, who were the original inhabitants.  Every race of people from Africans; who didn’t exactly arrive on the shores of America aboard a cruise ship, to the Polish, Chinese, Irish, etc. has endured hardships perpetuated by what seems to be an inherent evil forged by those who claim they are “true Americans.”

Advancements in science, medicine, enterprise and all walks of society have emerged from the diverse inhabitants comprising the United States’ population.  Specific to the reference supposedly made about African nations as “sh–hole” countries, research shows more than 41% of Africans in the US have bachelor’s degrees versus 28% of the so-called true American population.  Sixty-one percent of Nigerians in the U.S. are college educated and have a median household income well above that of many Americans. 

Democrats sit around pointing fingers while republicans play the “shelter” game which continues to further divide the country.  Instead, every US citizen should be encouraged to explore boundaries and surpass the barriers hindering the country’s growth as one unified race of people.  The senseless rhetoric that spawns hatred and division simply shouldn’t be tolerated; especially from the people who are supposed to be leading the effort to bring the population together. 

I’m reminded of a story about a frog on the bank of a creek trying to figure out how to cross.  He was suddenly startled when a snake slithered up behind him which compelled the frog to jump atop a log.  The snake solicited the frog’s trust and assured he’d be willing to carry the unsuspecting toad to the opposite side of the creek by allowing him a ride on his back.

They eventually came to an agreement and the frog saddled the snake for a taxi ride across the rising water.  Upon reaching the other side, the frog extended thanks to his reptilian transporter only to have the snake strike him, filling his tiny body with poisonous venom.  As the frog lay on the edge of death, he asserted, “But I thought we’d become friends.  Why would you do such a thing?”  The snake slithered up beside the dying amphibian and replied, “Regardless of what I said, you’ve known all along that I am a snake.”

The matter extends beyond party and should be about a genuine interest to truly make America great again.  There should be as much opportunity allowed every person who comes to the US as opposed to restricting immigrants from any country; if that was actually the comment in question.

Jesus cautions in Matthew 12:34, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.”  When evil resides in the heart; democratic or republican, it will eventually be exposed in perverse speech; language contrary to the truth of God and also to love.  James 3:8 declares that “no man can tame the tongue.  It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.”  Not surprisingly, this appears to be the unfortunate plight of all mankind.  I could be wrong but it’s just something to consider.

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