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For several reasons I haven’t posted a blog in a while, two of the primary ones being that I had shoulder replacement surgery three weeks ago and then contracted Covid.

I have recovered from the latter and am making a marvelous recovery from the former. That said, I have had time to do a lot of thinking, which is actually the third reason I haven’t written lately.

Thinking is a necessary discipline these days, but, given the political craziness of the moment, I have come to see just how dangerous it can be to your mental health.

Reading about a man in jail charged with killing his wife getting enough votes in a Republican primary to qualify to run for a seat on his Clinton, Indiana township board almost blew my mind.

But I confess that at this point I don’t understand anything about today’s Republican Party. It’s as if every Republican politician in the news has been drinking real crazy water. 

Their oath of office is a pledge to work for liberty and justice for all, to ensure that everyone is treated equally and fairly under the law, but I am at a total loss as to how anyone can believe that the rhetoric, message, and actions coming from Republican politicians uphold that pledge. 

It seems to me that just the opposite is the case, that they are determined to undermine any hope for our nation’s future.

And now it seems the Supreme Court is poised to further destroy its own credibility in the eyes of the American people by making a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade that reflects their politics more than their judicial acumen. 

Most puzzling (and disturbing) are rank ‘n file Republican voters who continue to support people who are willing to say and do anything to get their votes. No wonder Republicans have all but forgotten what an oath of office actually means. They pay no consequences for their betrayal.

But here’s the fundamental question: To what end does any sensible Republican believe all of this is headed? Is their thinking so twisted that they believe destroying our democracy will affect only Democrats?

So egregious is their disregard for the welfare of the nation that I am tempted to hate everything about Republicans, their words, their actions, their disregard for common decency, and their apparent disdain for the fragility of our democratic institutions. 

While I would argue that those feelings are a natural reaction to today’s Republicans, I know it would also say as much about me as them if I gave in to them. Hating Republicans would make me just like them because hate is what their words and actions express day in and day out. It is what is poisoning our politics.  

Fortunately, during my time of recuperation and recovery I heard the awe-inspiring speech given by Michigan state Senator Mallory McMorrow that she ended by saying, “We will not let hate win.”

That was exactly what I needed to hear. Instead of hating, I heard the call not to let hate win, a holy calling, if you will.

Describing herself as a “white, married, suburban, Christian mother,” she was calling out her Senate colleague, Republican Lana Theis, who used Mallory as a foil in a fundraising letter, accusing her of “grooming and sexualizing children” for standing up against Theis and others like her for trying to marginalize the LGBTQ community.

Instead of hating her Republican opponent, Mallory chose to fight the hate she represented.

We will not let hate win. A simple, powerful message that spoke to me and millions of others who saw the video clip that went viral. 

It touched us because it makes perfect sense. It is something everyone can do instead of becoming part of the problem. 

The word hate means to possess a “passionate dislike” for something or someone, but here’s the thing. Hate has the power to possess the person who possesses it.

When that happens (1) it makes the speck in someone else’s eye look bigger while blinding you even more to the plank in your own; (2) it darkens your heart and soul to truth and to reasonableness; and (3) it skews how you see the real world.

Hate, it turns out, is a disease of the soul, curable only from the inside out, but sadly often does immense damage before healing can happen.

That is why it has to be resisted, stopped, exposed for the evil it is.

Joining Mallory McMorrow in refusing to let hate win is to unite in standing against a force that not only is trying tear us apart, but has the potential of destroying us as a society.

Amazingly, though, we are seeing the most unlikely of people coming together in the fight against hate. Not only is Mallory McMorrow in it, so are conservative Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger.

It is in fact bringing together liberals and conservatives, Democrats, independents, and disillusioned Republicans, anyone and everyone who tells the truth, believes the truth, demands the truth, and tries to live by the truth.

And I believe we will win, not solely because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the only thing we can do to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, so help us God.