Color of leaves demonstrate nature’s strength of diversity

The vivid reds, yellows, oranges and purples of the leaves of western North Carolina are one of the most endearing natural attractions of the state. When I was growing up, my father would take us on drives up through the Blue Ridge Mountains on Sundays after church.

If trees are more attractive in different hues, likewise all nature values diversity.  Yet, the merchant of fear, Sen. John McCain was in the Tar Heel State today, preaching a different message of intolerance, continuing to use loaded terms like “terrorist” and “socialist” and “European” to whip up racist frenzy against the historic campaign of Sen. Barack Obama.

In my commentary in the October newsletter of the New York Society of Security Analysts,  I made the point that diversity is a business asset, when used properly.  (see

McCain’s rhetoric is like that of the ancestors he failed to mention, William Alexander McCain and John McCain, who took up arms against the United States in the Confederate States Army from Mississippi.

While he protested Rep. John Lewis’ characterization of the hate his rallies had engendered,  McCain-Palin banners fly prominently next to the Confederate flag in Mississippi as the Republican candidate for Senate seeks to hold on to his seat by supporting the effort to retain the Confederate flag in the Mississippi flag.

And his running mate sent a welcoming message to a current-day secessionist group, the Alaska Independence Party, in March of this year.

Those tactics have worked in the past, given the hatred that Lewis correctly described in the United States.  However, the credibility of the Republican party, which just gave control of $700 billion to a 35-year-old second-generation Indian American after the Secretary of Treasury returned from a trip to Communist China, means they must not believe their own rhetoric.

It is hard to believe the charge of “spreading the wealth around” after the $125 billion gift to nine big banks while mortgage holders continue to face hard times.

Just think, who would come see the trees if they were all the same color?


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