Recently, President Biden escalated the inflammatory rhetoric inundating the American political landscape to a whole new level.
In prepared remarks, President Biden referred to President Trump’s voters as "MAGA Republicans," calling the America First movement "semi-fascism."
These declarations, in effect, smeared the good character of almost half the nation, while demonizing his political opponents.
Mr. President, while this writer remains a "MAGA" supporter, I am by no means a fascist or a threat to this nation.
In fact, I am a Fredrick Douglass Republican, a friend of President Trump, as well as a prayerful American Christian woman.
One who works to unite humanity as one blood, one human race.
Thus, as an American, my goal is that everyone gets to live out the American Dream, regardless of race, age, faith, or creed — and yes, that includes those still in the womb.
I want to see America return to the days when we were a nation that placed our trust in God. I pray every day that our people be safe and blessed.
Nothing about this makes this writer a threat — of any kind.
President Biden, your rhetoric is harmful and irresponsible.
It's only serving to further divide this nation, despite your now hollow promises of unity.
Of course, this is not the first time political rhetoric has been used to make the "other side" seem less than human. In our very own nation, Blacks were once viewed as "sub-human" for centuries in order to justify the travesties known as slavery and discrimination.
Because the "other" was not deemed to be a full human being, the logic went, therefore they did not possess the rights or dignity inherent to human beings.
As such, the "other" could be enslaved, beaten, brutalized, and even killed — all because they were labeled as less than a full human being made in God’s own image and likeness.
This strategy of demonization is a hallmark of authoritarian regimes, and it has precipitated some of the greatest atrocities in world history.
In Adolf Hitler’s Germany, Jews were seen as subhuman, depicted as "rats" and other vermin to be exterminated.
We all know how that ended. Six million Jews were brutally slaughtered in the Holocaust, and the world was torn apart by World War II.
In the Soviet Union, "kulaks" were dehumanized, arrested, deported, starved, and executed on a mass scale. In the Rwandan genocide, Hutus labeled the Tutsi (or Abatutsi), as "cockroaches." In America, Blacks, Asian and Native Americans were once denied human dignity because of ethnicity.
The list goes on, but most assuredly, it retains a common theme: the demonization of enemies makes them seem "subhuman," therefore providing the justification for atrocity against the other group.
History doesn’t repeat itself, the saying goes, but it often rhymes — and yet we must learn from our past mistakes so that we don’t repeat them in the present.
That’s why it is so concerning to see this dehumanizing rhetoric continue to this day.
To the far left, a living, breathing baby in the womb is not a person.
It's merely "fetus" or "clump of cells," and therefore it can be killed without repercussions.
Now, Joe Biden is extending this standard of demonization even further to include his political opponents as well. Language like this precipitates conflict, internal fracture, and if left unchecked, possibly even civil war.
When half the country is labeled as "semi-fascist," things can get drastic quickly — because in the name of opposing fascism, any sort of violence can be justified.
President Biden, I’m not a fascist, but simply an American grandmother who just wants her homes, neighborhoods, and communities to be safe for American families.
This writer, again, is not a threat, and neither are the tens of millions of other Americans who are like her.
All we want is to live, love, work and worship as we choose; in an America where people don’t demonize each other; in an America that doesn’t inject inflammatory rhetoric into our political debates; and in an America that doesn’t label any "other side" as less than human.
President Biden, I want to help to build an America that cherishes life and respects the inherent value in all people — from birth to death.
There is absolutely nothing extreme about that sentiment, nor has there ever been.
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Dr. Alveda C. King serves as Chair of the America First Policy Institute’s Center for the American Dream. She is the daughter of the late slain civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King and the niece of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as a Christian evangelist. She is founder of Speak for Life (speakforlife.org). Dr, King is also an acclaimed author, television host, and film, and music veteran. Read more of Dr. Alveda C. King' Reports — Here.
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