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McCain on Va white supremacist attack: 'Defy those who raise flag of bigotry'

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U.S. Sn. John McCain released the following statement Saturday on the white supremacist attack in Charlottesville, Va., that killed at least one person and injured more than a dozen others:

"Our Founders fought a revolution for the idea that all men are created equal. The heirs of that revolution fought a Civil War to save our nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to that revolutionary proposition."

"Nothing less is at stake on the streets of Charlottesville, Va., where a violent attack has taken at least one American life and injured many others in a confrontation between our better angels and our worst demons."

"White supremacists and neo-Nazis are, by definition, opposed to American patriotism and the ideals that define us as a people and make our nation special."

"As we mourn the tragedy that has occurred in Charlottesville, American patriots of all colors and creeds must come together to defy those who raise the flag of hatred and bigotry."

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Aug 14, 2017, 10:30 pm
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THESE TRYING TIMES:  “The Walking Dead”
  Have you ever noticed how the eyes of racists, dictators, despots look “dead”? That’s what hate does to people.
  Hate kills the innocence and the unconditional love we are all born with. Hate destroys compassion, empathy, kindness, tenderness, sympathy, mercy, and gentleness towards one another.
  Hate is a learned behavior. It is role modeled. It is systematically taught.
  Hate is praised. Hate is preached in “churches.” Hate is joked about. Hate is written. Hate is read. Hate takes control over speech with curses, name calling, and slurs.
  Hate is “beaten” into the soul, until nothing but death looks out through the eyes, until hands turn into fists and feet into weapons. until clubs and guns and shields are worn like accessories, until a muscle car is turned into a projectile rocket guided by a 20-year-old dead-eyed monster, who thought it was his right to injure human beings and kill an innocent young woman, a young woman who, in her short three decades of life, did more for her fellow human beings, than the totality of all the good deeds done by all of the hate mongers assembled in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA on August 12, 2017.
  Don’t fear the walking dead. Stand up and fight them at every turn. Don’t believe them, no matter who they are, no matter their disguise. Do not let them win. Resist until your last breath.  The life of Heather Heyer is worth it. Humanity is worth it. America is worth it.  Our very souls are worth it.
                                                              © August 14, 2017 by Janice E. Mitich, Picture Rock, AZ

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