Gary Moore

Warning: This will not be my typical column.

A recent chance image of two people enjoying a football game together has amplified the reality that there is a “Cold Civil War” raging in our nation and it is perpetuated and fought by a small group of elitists that are trying to turn us into a nation of haters.

What is the indefensible crime?

Unless you’ve been asleep for the last week or two, you know what I’m talking about. A television camera during a recent Dallas Cowboys game caught a brief image of former President George W. Bush and Ellen DeGeneres sitting next to each other, chatting and smiling. This innocent encounter has erupted into a firestorm of hate that amplified the agenda of the haters. What do they want to accomplish?

Tear the nation apart and remake it in the image of the haters!

I’m sick of it. I work hard every week to write a positive and uplifting column and will continue to do so. I will not dignify the haters by name because we already give them far too much attention, but the fact is they are promoting intolerance for a different point of view and trying to intimidate us all into joining their agenda of intolerance and hate.

I find it stunning that the group that preaches tolerance practices none of it. The group that promotes peace is working to incite violence. The group that professes love, practices hate. The group that screams of fascism the loudest are the fascist.

I am not promoting a political point of view. I am pleading for civility. I really don’t care if you are on the left or right. I care how we treat each other and the examples we are modeling for our children. But with that said, the spewing of hate is coming from a small group on one side. Did anyone hear of any person or group criticizing Bush for his friendly attitude with Ellen? No ... but make no mistake. This really isn’t a right or left issue. This is an angry mob hell-bent on controlling the dialogue through anger, hate and in some cases violence towards those who disagree.

Violence? Really?

Ask an elected official who has been out to dinner with his or her family if a screaming crowd chasing them out of a restaurant was a peaceful act. Ask an opinion commentator if a screaming crowd outside their home was intimidating to their children. Ask a person who has been hit by a brick, thrown by a person wearing a black mask if they were feeling the tolerance of their fellow American.

Unfortunately, if the vast majority of Americans on both sides of the political spectrum do not hold hands and practice peace and kindness towards each other and defy this extremist intimidation and incitement to violence, this “Cold Civil War” could quickly become hot.

Resist!

I have confidence in my fellow citizen. I believe we will not allow these big mouth elitists to push us into returning hate with hate and violence with more violence. I believe cooler heads will prevail but only if more people like Ellen DeGeneres step out and proclaim that because you may disagree doesn’t mean we can’t be kind to each other and even be friends.

Thank you, Ellen and President Bush, for modeling a form of behavior that will lead us out of this hateful darkness that a few are attempting to use to get their way.

In fairness, there has been more support for Ellen than anger, but as usual, the angry mob ... and make no mistake about it ... they are a mob ... their screaming is drowning out the rational behavior of the majority. We must not allow them to speak for us or scream over us.

I’m a committed Christian. I do not hate or speak out against those who believe otherwise. I recognize that almost every religion somewhere in their teaching promotes peace and tolerance. Can’t we all find a way to firmly disagree with the beliefs or actions of others, while still loving them as we love ourselves?

I believe we can ... and we must. The alternative is too painful to bear. Not just for Americans but for the entire world.

May God bless America. I am optimistic that love will overcome hate and that enemies with different political views can laugh, chat and enjoy a football game together.

The Beatles were only half correct when they proclaimed that “All you need is love.” We need more, but love is where it all begins.

Gary W. Moore is a freelance columnist, speaker and author of three books including the award-winning, critically acclaimed, “Playing with the Enemy.” Follow Gary on Twitter @GaryWMoore721 and at www.garywmoore.com

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