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The country has lost its empathy

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

A major problem in our society today seems to be a lack of empathy. That ability and willingness to put ones self in other people's shoes, seems lost and archaic.

What happened to the following sentiments? "Give us your tied, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teaming shore;" "Love thy neighbor;" "He ain't heavy, he's my brother;" or "thou shalt not kill."

All good words to live by, all requiring the ability to forget about ourselves for a while and see what others need.

On a national level, so much of our selfishness seems to have originated in the Reagan era, when making money and deregulating everything to the detriment of the common man and the common good came into vogue.

Donald Trump has taken it to a whole other level with a self righteous, nasty, narcissistic persona that almost mandates putting down the poor, the disabled, women and all minorities in favor of those who have it made it monetarily.

Can you imagine this president ever rolling up his sleeves and actually helping someone less fortunate than himself? What ever happened to the Abe Lincolns, the Roosevelts or Johnsons whose presidencies really helped those less able to help themselves?

Trump has got to go before he and those too timid to oppose him regulate who may or may not vote and further packs the courts with minions of his same mindset.

Bill Redding

Greenville

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