We can’t move on until we face this

Imagine this conversation:

“Well, it was a tough and dangerous surgery, but we were able to remove the tumor.”
      “That’s great news!”
“Yes, but there’s a problem. The cancer has metastasized.”
      “Oh no. What do we do now?”
“It means that, even though we got rid of the main tumor, we still have to do long-term treatment.”

Analogies almost always fall short, but I’m sure you get the point. The tumor that was removed with difficulty was the Trump presidency. The cancer that remains? Domestic terrorism, especially right-wing, and a broken democracy.

I understand – we all want to move on, we all want a return to normal, we all want to breathe in the hope that the Biden presidency is bringing. I get it.

But, even while we do all those things, we must take on three tasks left over from the Trump era, and even before:

  • Accountability. As Marshall Ward explains in his commentary, there cannot be unity without accountability – for Trump, for his enablers, for the terrorists who stormed the Capitol, and for anyone who helped them.
  • Dealing with the terrorist threat. The domestic terrorists are still among us. There are rumors of further attacks. There are continuing threats against elected officials. The Department of Homeland Security just released a report naming domestic terrorism as the #1 security threat in the U.S.
  • “Building back better” our democratic community. We have to figure out a way to be a community again. We have to figure out how to have one shared reality and not two. We have to face, and deal with, our justice issues. And we have to resist just returning to “the old normal” – because that world is what led to our current problems.

These are tough problems. There aren’t easy answers to any of them. But, just like dealing with cancer in the body, we have to face the truth and do the treatment. Otherwise, the cancer in our country will eventually kill our democracy.


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Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. He has been President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Metro Democratic Club, and has served on the Democratic Party Executive Committee in Louisville. He began blogging in 2004, and currently operates two personal blogs (BruceMaples.com and brucewriter.com). He founded Forward Kentucky in the wake of the state elections in 2015, and expanded it in the summer of 2016.
He has lived in Louisville since 1992 with his wife and two sons.

6 thoughts on “We can’t move on until we face this”

  1. Briefly: Biden is not building a lot of unity by signing 40 executive orders. Just 3 months ago he railed against using it too much and called such a person a dictator. Has he changed his mind, or are his real colors showing? Killing jobs, tax payer funded abortions abroad, etc. aren’t good ways to promote unity.

  2. The following is an excerpt from an article about the U.S. Bishops Conference and their displeasure with Biden:

    “We urge the President to use his office for good, prioritizing the most vulnerable, including unborn children,” the bishops add, asserting that the Catholic Church stands ready to work with him to promote global women’s health in a manner that furthers integral human development, and respects the dignity of every human life, “beginning in the womb.”

    “To serve our brothers and sisters with respect, it is imperative that care begin with ensuring that the unborn are free from violence, recognizing every person as a child of God,” the bishops conclude. “We hope the new administration will work with us to meet these significant needs.”

    The mainstream media have presented President Biden as a “devout Catholic” who takes his faith seriously.

    The Catholic Church teaches that abortion is an abominable crime and a sin so grave that the harshest punishment the Church imposes — automatic excommunication — is attached to it.

    The Church also teaches that Catholic politicians have a “grave and clear obligation to oppose” any law that promotes abortion.

    So basically Biden is just plain ignoring the Catholic Church stance on abortion.

  3. Joe Biden has clearly given his stance on abortion rights. As a Catholic, he is against abortion based on the science of pregnancy. Catholics do believe in science. But, as an official of the U.S. government, he is bound by oath to the idea of equal rights for ALL human beings. He must make decisions in his public life that seem to be contradictory to his faith.

    • Thanks for your comments. However, your faith should dictate everything in your life. When mans’ laws are in violation of God’s laws, then a Christian should obey God’s laws. Agree?

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