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Yesterday I watched a deeply disturbing video. It showed an amazing effort by an eagle to capture a mountain goat, a creature many times the predator’s own size.
I realized I was simply watching animals do what they do naturally. We see an eagle determined to hold on to its prey as both of them tumble down a mountain. The eagle tries to overpower the goat and carry it away. It’s unclear whether they are tumbling down the mountain because the goat is trying to break free, or whether the eagle is trying to kill it. At the end, the goat lands atop the eagle, which finally releases the goat and flies off. The goat lives to see another day.
As I contemplated this video, another one came to mind. Many years ago, Jane Goodall discovered that her beloved chimpanzees, which she thought lived together in a civilized way, were capable of cruelty and cannibalism. The following video illustrates this behavior:
Unlike the eagle who pursues the goat for sustenance, the chimpanzees stalk, attack, and even eat their own species. They choose to attack another group to exert power and dominance; any other motives they may have are unclear. But again, they are not limited by human mores of civilization. They act, from all appearances, to demonstrate they can eliminate those who get in their way. Although some of those in the group that is attacked may try to defend themselves, they mostly run for their lives. I then realized that this animalistic behavior was not that far removed from watching today’s political scene.
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We are living in a time when these types of behavior serve as metaphors for the state of our country. There are no rules that limit the actions of an enemy when that enemy has created its own standards for acceptable laws, values, and behavior. Violence is just another tactic. Denigration of the other side is not only tolerable but expected. Destroying reputations is just part of the plan.
Eliminate without question anyone or any organization that may get in your way. We are watching a concentrated and determined effort to take down this country. Unlike the eagle in the video, it has nothing to do with survival; it has everything to do with gaining overwhelming supremacy.
But the signs are there that conservatives are fighting back. We are persisting. We are moving forward. Step-by-step we are finding the weaknesses and evils of the other side, and we are pointing them out for the world to hear and we are acting to stop them.
Our willingness to act may, in fact, be a matter of life or death.Published in