flowing through his veins. Animosity being defined as: “A feeling of
ill will that tends to display itself in actions.” Read that
definition again and look past the color of Barack Obama’s skin, the
political plaque he wears, or the title he bears, and analyze the
mannerisms on display of America’s leader.
I’m a study of human nature, body language, thought and speech. I
don’t claim to be a psychologist by any means, but I do have an
uncanny ability to size someone up in short order and am usually spot
Politics in America is no longer one of sportsmanship in the arena of
ideas; it’s become a blood sport, a cage match in which no holds are
barred and rules don’t apply.
So why are Tea Partiers called kooks or Christians ridiculed for what
A congressman from Florida recently said Tea Party Republicans are
just like the KKK and his campaign sent out emails of a burning cross
with the words Tea Party splashed upon the burning symbol. Why?
It’s because animosity flows through his veins as well. It’s human
nature to be defensive when confronted with something. We have a
choice to be humble and admit our mistake or we can be defensive and
deflect all wrongdoing off of us onto something else, or lie. It’s
called “deflection” and politicians use it all the time.
It’s unconscionable to think Hitler could convince so many people that
the Jews were an inferior race and should be extinguished, but he did.
He used deflection as a means to divert the light of truth away from
his motives to conjure a lie and kept reiterating it till many
Human nature hasn’t changed and deflection is still being used today.
The Democratic Party has a motive as do Republicans. Those who live in
Washington D.C. live a different lifestyle than most in America. The
money flows from the pockets of hard-working Americans to bureaucrats
and politicians who don’t. It would be a hard sell to say our leaders
in DC are smarter than us and deserve all those perks that normal
people may never get.
In the end, both Democrats and Republicans like the system just the
way it is. They don’t want to change the system because they’re
spending money that’s not theirs. They have access to money they could
never have access to otherwise. Some might say it’s comparable to
lifestyles of kings, and that’s not far-fetched. Many feel there’s no
distinction between the two, so why would a Democrat or Republican
want to change the system?
If you take prayer out of schools, represent immoral behavior as
normal, or remove God from everything, sooner or later people will
believe such symbols of morality are irrelevant and those behind such
actions have won a destructive victory they relish.
So when a politician starts belittling their fellow citizens,
Christians, Tea Partiers, or the like, they’re using deflection to
mask animosity flowing through their veins.
Distribute this piece to everyone you know who wonders why we’re here.
When someone bashes their fellow citizens there’s something wrong with
that. Watch and listen to those who use such deflection to spout
villainous slander towards fellow human beings they disagree with.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve voted a certain way your entire life. What
matters is the belief or feelings of those who represent us in
government. Some politicians will say what they believe, and they may
be ridiculed for it. Others can’t possibly say what they truly believe
because they won’t win elections so they resort to the art of
deflection to spread lies or distortion of the facts to gain what they
My advice would be to look past the rhetoric and not fall for every
tidbit dangled before us by politicians. When Democrats bash those
with opposing views, there’s something wrong with the political
process; and when Republicans lambaste members of their own party for
having opposing views, there’s something wrong with that as well.
Remember this, there’s no action taken by someone without some type of
forethought. There’s nothing solely reactionary without a hint of
When you vote, consider the choices before you. Look past name
recognition, the political affiliation, or their appearance, for one
must gaze upon the very soul of those seeking to lead.
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Greg Allen’s column, Thinkin’ Out Loud, is published bi-monthly. He’s
an author, nationally syndicated columnist and the founder of Builder
of the Spirit in Jamestown, Indiana, a non-profit organization aiding
the poor. He can be reached at 765-676-5014 or