A Brief One from Doug Draper
Posted June 16th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
There are the epic scenes in the movie Gone With The Wind where the looters race up and down streets, smashing store windows as Atlanta is burned to the ground during the American Civil War.
In one of the scenes, Rhett Butler turns Scarlett’s attention to the exodus of southern arm troops and says to her in so many words that they’ve got to leave too because with the departure of those troops, go the last shred of civility.
That scene came to mind recently when I turned on one of the cable news channels and there they were, comparing the lunatic rants of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump against the measured intelligence of the current president, Barack Obama, as they both, in their very different ways, addressed the recent mass shooting of members of the LGBT community at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
It struck home when one of the cable channel commentators used the comparison to remind viewers that Obama will be moving out of the White House Office in a matter of months and heaven help America and the rest of the world if Trump moves in.
Around the same time, a Niagara At Large readers sent me a note along with an image of Obama with words burned in it that seem appropriate and that I wish to share with you now.
“I haven’t always liked what he did, but I have always been amazed at the almost frightening intelligence, maturity, and self-control of this man,” said the reader of the image.“I wonder how the same country that twice voted for Barak Obama as President can possibly think of descending to the likes of a Donald Trump. Farce? Or tragedy?”
What is your view?
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