Another shooting has taken place, this time at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. I don't see any solution to these ever-increasing acts of violence, but I know I'm fed up. Not that being "fed up" means a lot, because the killing will go on. Everyone thinks they have answers, but we never see anything being done. I have no idea what CAN be done. This sort of thing makes me long for the fifties. I want to go back!
Even as I type those words, though, I realize the fifties weren't perfect. There was the cold war, the Korean conflict, and I'm sure many other situations equal to problems we face today. The difference is, I was a kid then. Kids let adults do the worrying, and my parents didn't seem to worry about much in the political realm. They claimed to be Republicans, but never voted until they were in their 70's. I don't remember them talking much about any candidates, and when they did, they never gave a reason why the Republican candidate was better... he just WAS, that's all. They enjoyed making fun of Margaret Truman's singing when Harry was in office. No big deal.
I'm always puzzled at why anyone would choose to hate Jews. I've pondered this before, and find no answer. Jesus was a Jew. Over half the Christian Bible is from and about the Jews. Jewish people have always taken up the causes of the downtrodden and mistreated. With a Google search, I found an article from 2015, "Why do people hate Jews and Judaism?".
"True, reasons for anti-Semitism have often been offered. Their obvious error invariably was the inherent contradiction of their explanations. Jews were despised because they were too liberal — and also because they were too conservative. They were too cheap and of course they were also too spendthrift; too passive and too pushy; too charitable and too selfish; too religious and too secular."
Adolph Hitler didn't like the Jews because they had a conscience. “Conscience is a Jewish invention like circumcision. My task is to free men from the dirty and degrading ideas of conscience and morality.”
Surrounding all this slaughter we have politicians on television accusing their opponents of all sorts of vile things that have little to do with their qualifications for the job, and can any of the accusations be proven? I have no idea! I've heard the wind blow before, and it's a foul wind that blows in the current political climate.
Yesterday evening for about two hours, I fled the present by choosing to watch a 1937 movie I'd recorded on Turner Classics: Captains Courageous. Ah, the simple flicks of the 30's and 40's, when the ending was always happy in spite of the sad events that might have happened throughout the movie. Things always turned out all right in the end, just like in the old fairy tales I loved as a child. You can call them corny, but they sure take my mind off the ever-increasing violence in our country.