With application of logic and positive thinking, Thomas Troward said, “Our repeated failure to fully act as we would wish must not discourage us. It is the sincere intention that is the essential thing, and this will in time release us from the bondage of habits which at present seem almost insurmountable.”  In some circles, it would seem that to gain a fundamental understanding of ones own aggression, projection is used. It’s not just a Freudian defense mechanism, but a tool for justifying accusations executed from a fantasy world. I find it a curiosity that humble awareness of injustice stirs some Tory souls to label it as liberal guilt. Seemingly, I’m “guilty as charged.” So, pack your bag and hop onboard the tour bus. Take a window seat to get a better view of my guilt trip. First off you’ll discover I’m guilty of enjoying a piece of cake even though it’s not my birthday. Following is the guilt of not exercising enough and ignoring the weight of procrastination when it comes to shedding those extra pounds. I remember a face, but oops! What is their name? I’m guilty of believing that cleanliness is important along with a daily change of underwear. Picking one’s nose in public or scratching an itch below the belt should be a disqualifying factor for citizen of the year award. My guilty trip continues with the dislike of sweet tea, catfish and over-ripened bananas. You’ll view misquoted Bible phrases littering the roadside. I tossed “spare the rod, spoil the child” out my window. I’m guilty of believing there are effective means of discipline to instill a greater trust between a child and parent than corporal punishment. As we continue down my highway of guilt, you will find that I believe if men were to live by the “Golden Rule,” our world would reflect a more peaceful diversity. I’m very guilty of disrespecting the Objectivism of Ayn Rand which Paul Ryan faithfully follows. Selfishness to me is not rational. Seems the GOP’s guiding philosophy is, “You are on your own.”  Republicans in the House are saying if you are poor it’s your problem. If you get sick and can’t afford medical care, well, that’s your problem too. These same Republicans threw compassion  to the wind to flaunt their glee at having hastily passed revisions to the ACA and to celebrate with Trump in the Rose Garden. Even Raccoons after raiding a minnow bucket hold more self-imposed restraint. Judge me further guilty that I find it loathsome for a conservative Republican congressman from Idaho to be so insensitive as to say, “nobody dies because they don’t have access to healthcare.” Really? As Seth Meyers on LateNight said, “that’s like saying that nobody dies from falling out of a window, it’s the pavement that gets you.”  As my guilt tour continues, I confess I shudder to see road kill. I love animals. Remember, I’m the girl who kissed the cows. I recall a road trip where I began wailing as we passed a livestock trailer with wooden side slats. A little pig was looking out between the slats and appeared to be looking straight at me as though begging for an Amber Alert to be called.  I cried when Mufasa died in “The Lion King.” I weep when news reports reveal the suffering or hardships of others. Often times, as a nurse, I shed tears along with family members waiting beside their loved ones deathbed. I’m most likely guilty of having high oxytocin levels. The hormone helps compel us to be more empathic, loving, trusting and unselfish individuals. 

Call me guilty, but the political world is presenting like the punchline to an evolutionary riddle with intriguing new species. It seems like there’s been a  White House takeover by Beelzebub bats. Yes, I’m guilty of believing that Trump is a danger to our country. He is ignorant about virtually every area of policy. We can’t allow emotions to override objective truth. We cannot normalize Trump. He can’t be allowed to shame smart people into accepting craziness. 

Are you ready to depart my guilty bus? Had enough of the tour? Sneer ye not. Liberal guilt is a good thing and does not require being justified. The only people who don’t ever feel guilt are sociopaths and serial killers. Guilt signifies possession of a conscience which allows for self-awareness as well as historical awareness. If guilt is painted as something weak, it will only demonstrate ones own Potemkin village. It actually requires a kind of strength to face the ugly truths of history as well as the current events taking place today.

Seems I’m guilty in believing Carroll Bryant when she said, “Everyone in life has a purpose, even if it’s to serve as a bad example.”  And, that’s my opinion. . . 

(Sharen Jergenson of Heber Springs contributes “And that’s my opinion…” each month for The Sun Times)