The Color of Dishonor

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It used to be easy to tell the bad guys from the good guys. It used to be easy to listen and decide what was right and true, and what was false and meant to deceive. It used to be easy to believe in those elected to lead and to set examples of what was right and good and decent.

THE COLOR OF DISHONOR

By Al Garcia

It used to be easy to tell the bad guys from the good guys.  It used to be easy to listen and decide what was right and true, and what was false and meant to deceive.  It used to be easy to believe in those elected to lead and to set examples of what was right and good and decent. 

Time has changed the spectrum and lowered the bar.  The worst of human instinct has replaced the best of human endeavor.  The ugliness of jaundiced thoughts and deeds have replaced the rousing notions and emotions that helped to mold and shape a nation.  And cowardice, fear and weakness have replaced the courage and audacity that once defined and explained the character and integrity that was the American political arena.

Over the last almost five years I have found that the color of dishonor is hidden beneath the flawed and blemished character of those that have covered too well their bigotry and deceit.  Most are using the red, white and blue to conceal the unsightliness of their hate, while espousing Christian virtues to mute and even silence the vulgar thoughts, words and deeds that emanate from deep within their empty and soulless breasts. 

I have found myself confronted by infected family, friends, neighbors and even scarred and patriotic veterans who served and fought in wars.  How can they not see or feel the dishonor of their ways?  How can they not hear the rhetoric and the hate spewing from those that speak words that divide and separate one from the other, so blatantly and openly? 

It saddens me to see our beautiful flag used to camouflage the blasphemous actions and words that offend and betray the heroes and patriots, and everyday Americans who still believe in the sanctity of our democracy – including our Constitution and each and every institution that has made and helped maintain this great nation for over 200 years. 

The color of dishonor is not the red, white and blue flag being used to cloak the hatred, bigotry and racism, but rather, the red caps of cowardice that have replaced the white sheets of shame once used to help conquer and foil our humanity.


Submitted: June 01, 2021

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