Democrats and Republicans' Valentine's Day Surrender

Although it may be considered politically incorrect these days, there was a time when kids in school would exchange small St. Valentine's Day sayings, and for at least one February day of the year all the kids would be be invited to love.

Can you imagine what it would be like if that same spirit could permeate politics ... Democrats and Republicans sending each other little love messages?

"Valentine, my Valentine,
What gain is there in fight?
Let us join together,
And open to the light!"

But such a sentiment is not going to happen in a system where a majority can trample on a minority, right?

Actually, a system where a majority can trample on a minority is not right. A system in which any one can trample on any other is not right. The flag of the Tea Party movement, which reads "Don't Tread On Me!" implies a moral principle: we are all in this together, so nobody in their right mind should be justifying treading on anyone else.

Jesus Christ, in his 21st Century explanation of his teachings, A Course in Miracles, tells us we are missing the point that we are all in this together, or even more correctly, we are all one:

"THERE IS NOTHING OUTSIDE YOU. That is what you must ultimately learn, for it is in that realization that the Kingdom of Heaven is restored to you. Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect Oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else. Minds ARE joined; bodies are not. Only by assigning to the mind the properties OF THE BODY, does separation SEEM to be possible." (Text Chap. 18)

In some respects, Democrats and Republicans do understand that we are all in this together. They recognize that some people live in poverty and sickness and say, "We feel your pain. If you are hurting, we are hurting. If you are struggling, your struggling affects us all."

So far so good. But then these politicians attempt to solve pain and suffering by forcibly redistributing people's rightful earnings. They don't trust that wealth will be redistributed voluntarily through churches and charities, through God's Voice reaching the minds of men and women, guiding them to give and share. Politicians think it necessary for themselves to take over God's job and accomplish redistribution of wealth by applying government pressure to those who are engaged in productive activity and demanding: "Hand over some of your earnings or there will be consequences!" [Non-voluntary taxation] Ironically, politicians believe they are doing good by methods which are evil.

"The Son of God [you and I, mankind] is free to save himself, given the Word of God to be his Guide. He is not led by force, but only love." (Lesson 125)

In attempting to do good by threat of force, politicians have forgotten we are all in this together. They have forgotten that if intimidation is used to motivate even one, then the opposite of love is unleashed on all, since all are one.

Then because the sense of separation produced by these "good doing" politicians leads to imagined justification for further sense of separation, it's not long before Republicans and Democrats, focusing only on what they think are the mistakes and hurtfulness of "the other side," believe they have reason to fight each other. And the battle is on.

What is the solution to this insanity? Jesus Christ would enjoy seeing us all (including all these politicians) studying his modern revelation, A Course in Miracles. Jesus gently and lovingly encourages us to look upon each other with a new kind of seeing, a vision with which Democrats can look upon Republicans and Republicans can look upon Democrats:

"Dream of your brother's kindnesses INSTEAD of dwelling in your dreams on his mistakes. Select his thoughtfulness to dream about, INSTEAD of counting up the hurts he gave. Forgive him his illusions, and give thanks to him for all the helpfulness he gave. And do not brush aside his many gifts, because he is not perfect in your dreams. Let all your brother's gifts be seen in light of charity and kindness offered you. And let no pain disturb your dream of deep appreciation for his gifts to you." (Text Chap. 27)

In the future world which God would have us create, there will be no politicians. Men and women will listen to their holy spirit and govern themselves. But until such a world can be manifested, let's visualize a different kind of politics. Let's see Democrats and Republicans looking upon each other with the same love with which we all hope to look upon each other. Let's imagine the halls of man-made governments being transformed with endearing little messages passed from one heart to another:

Valentine, Oh, Valentine,
We know only love,
Here on earth as it is...
In heaven above!

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