In a 1963 episode (“He’s Alive”) of the “The Twilight Zone,” the ghost of Adolph Hitler helps an inept white supremacist gain a following in a generic town. After the radical is shot in a gunfight with the police, you see Hitler’s shadow as he walks down an alley.
“Where will he go next,” Rod Serling says, “this phantom from another time, this resurrected ghost from a previous nightmare? Any place, every place where there’s hate, where there’s prejudice, where there’s bigotry. He’s alive. He’s alive so long as these evils exist.
“Remember that when he comes to your town. Remember it when you hear his voice speaking out through others. Remember when you hear a name called, a minority attacked, any blind, unreasoning assault on a people or any human being. He’s alive because through these things we keep him alive.”
Sound like any presidential candidate we know? We can not support any candidate that panders to our “dark side” of hate, prejudice, and bigotry. We must support understanding and acceptance of all races and basic religious beliefs if we are to the nation of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Larry A. Johnson, Clovis