Rev. Chuck Freeman

3-18-16

‘When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it wanders through waterless regions looking for a resting-place, but it finds none. Then it says, “I will return to my house from which I came.” When it comes, it finds it empty, swept, and put in order.

Then it goes and brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So will it be also with this evil generation.’

Jesus, The Gospel of Matthew

Why did Ronald Reagan begin his Presidental campaign outside Philadelphia Mississippi at the Neshoba County Fair?

On the night of June 21, 1964, three civil rights workers were abducted and murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi, an event which has since been called the Freedom Summer Murders.

This California Governor had no personal association to Mississippi save one – the dog whistle of white superiority.

Reagan uttered these code words.

“I still believe the answer to any problem lies with the people. I believe in states’ rights…I believe we have distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended to be given in the Constitution to that federal establishment.”

The stellar Washington Post columnist William Raspberry opined of Reagan’s inaugural campaign event.

“It was bitter symbolism for black Americans. Countless observers have noted that Reagan took the Republican Party from virtual irrelevance to the ascendancy it now enjoys. The essence of that transformation, we shouldn’t forget, is the party’s successful wooing of the race-exploiting Southern Democrats formerly known as Dixiecrats. And Reagan’s Philadelphia appearance was an important bouquet in that courtship.”

The street wise President Johnson knew that the Democratic party was going to lose the south for a generation after he signed the civil rights bills.

Would that it only lasted a generation.

Nixon began the “southern strategy” playing to the racist blood coursing through the veins of Dixie.

Reagan perfected it.

It is no coincidence that Reagan is the go to saint of the Republican party. “States rights” remains their dog whistle. It is still uttered with nauseating frequency.

At the Neshoba County Fair Reagan spoke in front of a white and, at times, raucous crowd of perhaps 10,000, chanting, “We want Reagan! We want Reagan!”

Sound familiar? Does the name Trump ring a bell?

Trump is a creation of a right wing unholy trinity – white male superiority, their media echo chamber, and the anti – facts culture they have cultivated.

Mexicans are rapists & murderers. We will deport them. Mexico will pay for a wall. Muslims are terrorists to be banned. Let’s flirt with KKK while feigning ignorance. Black protesters are demonized, roughed up and sucker punched at rallies. Carly Fiorina is ugly. Megan Kelly is on her menstrual cycle when asking fair questions. Hillary “can’t satisfy her husband.”

Why is rhetoric like this tolerated and cheered like a last second hail Mary touchdown pass? How do we know things like this are true? They are spread with destable consistency on AM radio and FOX TV. Screaming, bullying, celebrity, and demonizing have replaced knowledge, facts and reason.

The spiritual insight of prophet Jesus is more relevant than your latest tweet.

If the evil spirit is not dealt with – it “brings along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and live there; and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So will it be also with this evil generation.”

Reagan sounded a dog whistle. Trump shrieks with a bull horn.

The God breathed American prophet Rev. King issued an ominous warning. “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

We have overslept the alarm. It is way past time for the good people to wake up and speak up.