By The Bakersfield Californian
Danny Morrison's longing for the restoration of his relationship with America, as he wrote in his Jan. 21 Community Voices article "Obama came between us, America, but come back to me," is something that I can empathize with, but for different reasons -- none of them having anything to do with the president's skin color.
Rather, the causes of my estrangement from America began with her decline into moral relativism amid the cultural upheaval of the late 1960s and culminated with her "fundamental transformation" under Obama.
Even worse than Morrison blaming racism for keeping America away from him is a former secretary of state, Colin Powell, stooping to that level with his recent comment that a "dark vein of intolerance" runs through the Republican Party, which made national news,
Perhaps Morrison and Powell should ask fellow black Americans like U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, rising political stars Mia Love and Allen West and ex-presidential candidate Herman Cain whether they agree with the charge once made by Vice President Joe Biden that Republicans and banks would put Americans back in chains if given the opportunity.
Chances are that they, as well as conservative critics like Star Parker, Erik Rush, Kevin Jackson, Deneen Borelli and Angela McGlowan, would instead contend that it's the Democratic Party that has been enslaving black people via unsustainable dependency on a government that has been wrecking the economy through out-of-whack entitlements, wealth redistribution and spending fueled by generational theft.
Compounding the problem is the scourge of abortion that in its 40 years of legalization has deprived the nation of more than 55 million potential taxpayers and millions more of their offspring.
Considering that the late Mother Teresa once called abortion the "greatest destroyer of peace," how could Morrison expect for America to be united when state-sanctioned mass murder has taken such a toll on society, and disproportionately so on his race?
This perverse form of racism is rooted in Planned Parenthood's founder, the eugenicist Margaret Sanger, and those whom Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg referred to in a 2009 interview as having originally viewed abortion as a means of controlling "growth in populations that we don't want to have too many of."
Just as revolting was the recent ad by the Center for Reproductive Rights to mark the Supreme Court decision that de-criminalized abortion. Titled "Happy 40th Anniversary, Baby," it features actor Mehcad Brooks celebrating the occasion in a way that none other than Martin Luther King Jr.'s niece, Alveda King, plus many other women, blasted as insensitive and demeaning toward them.
If anyone is to be blamed for causing the alienation between America the Beautiful and Morrison, it's voters like him and a shamelessly compliant media for enthroning what a newly released Gallup poll finds to be one of the most polarizing presidents in modern U.S. history.
That he tied George W. Bush for the honor should come as no surprise to those who heard Obama deliver what some called a petty and partisan inauguration speech, exposing him as anything but the uniter he campaigned on.
Coming up with a solution to this divisiveness first requires identifying its source, which I believe lies beneath the melanin of the skin to where the soul resides. This point is reflected in an open letter that politician and columnist Ken Blackwell wrote to counter Powell's remarks, which Blackwell says imply that those in the GOP "who defend life, protect traditional marriage and advance religious liberty are intolerant."
Blackwell blames the crisis on the Democratic Party's rejection of God, citing, for example, the party's national convention last year when the delegates not once, not twice, but thrice favored excluding God from the party platform, only to be obviously overruled by the convention chairman. That they would send God to the back of the bus, or for that matter not even let Him on it, speaks volumes about who really is being intolerant.
Restoring our ties with America, therefore, will depend on whether we truly become one nation under God.
Joel Torczon of Bakersfield is a member of the Right to Life of Kern County board and Knights of Columbus -- Council No. 9530. Another View presents a critical response to a previous editorial, column or news story.