We are doing nothing, my friend, and that is the point. We cry, we grieve, we send our prayers and healing thoughts; then it’s back to business as usual. Killing has become so commonplace it has lost its shock value.
Since most of us are so sure it will never happen to us, we retreat to the safety of our homes, hoping the whole mess will go away by morning.
Surely, as your question reveals, in quiet moments some of us must wonder – what are we doing to ourselves?
And who will take charge?
Congress will take no action against the weapon manufactures for fear of losing financial backing. Basically, they are complicit in each and every gunshot, and in each and every death. They accept no responsibility.
We, the people, let them get away with it; so are we, therefore, complicit too?
In Washington, Republicans such as Addison Mitchell “Mitch” McConnell, Jr are doing something. They block most initiatives put forth by our duly-elected president, just as 7 years ago their leader, Mitch McConnell, himself promised they would. Mr. McConnell is true to his word. His Kentucky constituents love his honesty and keep him in office.
Now, to make matters worse, we have Donald Trump, running for the office of president. He says the USA is in terrible shape, and he is promising to make the country great again, but refuses to tell us how.
“Trust me,” Mr. Trump says.
Trust? How can we trust this duplicitous individual, who has issued racist statements; who plans to build a great wall against our southern neighbors, and says he’ll make them pay for it. Really, Mr. Trump?
In addition, Donald Trump issued a December press release “calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
In fact this candidate has offended many, by clearly repeating comments singling out people for criticism on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity or religion. This is divisive, which is not a signpost for greatness of any kind.
Finally this candidate, who has encouraged much chaos, by inciting others to violence, in the end feigns innocence.
Consequently, Mr. Trump may fool enough people into voting for him, winning the presidential election in spite of the fact he is woefully unqualified.
If and when he wins, the rest of us will know we have truly done enough of nothing, but by then it may be too late to do something.
I am not informed enough on British affairs to know if the British people ultimately made the right choice or not. It seems to me, however, that the British situation is similar to attitudes and movements in the USA —so many people rebelling against the status quo, yet not really understanding the situation or their options. In any case, for many people in Britain, the decision to vote “Leave” was based on fear, distrust of the county’s government and hatred of the immigrants entering the country, something that we here in America know much about.
I’ve heard say that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Nevertheless, it is astonishing to read about the huge fall of the British pound and the British economy has lost billions overnight. Billions?! As a consequence, experts say a recession may follow. How soon then I wonder will the cheers of victory turn into cries of regret?
“While leaders of the Leave campaign spoke earnestly about sovereignty and the supremacy of Parliament or in honeyed tones about “the bright sunlit uplands” of Britain’s future free of Brussels, it was anxiety about immigration — membership in the European Union means freedom of movement and labor throughout the bloc — that defined and probably swung the campaign.
With net migration to Britain of 330,000 people in 2015, more than half of them from the European Union, Mr. Cameron had no effective response to how he could limit the influx. And there was no question that while the immigrants contributed more to the economy and to tax receipts than they cost, parts of Britain felt that its national identity was under assault and that the influx was putting substantial pressure on schools, health care and housing.
The campaign run by one of the loudest proponents of leaving, the U.K. Independence Party, flirted with xenophobia, nativism and what some of its critics considered racism. But the official, more mainstream Leave campaign also invoked immigration as an issue, and its slogan, “Take control,” resonated with voters who feel that the government is failing to regulate the inflow of people from Europe and beyond.”
[Quote taken from the New York Times.]
I know many high IQ people who want nothing more than to be average. Surely, a high IQ is something desirable; so, why wish to be something less? I suppose we are mostly insecure.
We’ve been taught to hide our intellectual gifts by a well-intentioned culture that teaches lessons in human rights with the words, “We are all the same.” Sadly that is not entirely true, which is why we have beauty queens and sports stars, billionaires and the homeless.
As for high IQ people? They are best represented by a very popular and highly entertaining sitcom, where they pose no threat to anyone’s sensibility.
In any case, two years ago, when one particular individual taunted me with the phrase, “You think you are so smart!” I promptly gave up the argument and the faltering relationship; both of which had stopped being fun for me. In addition, I knew where the discussion was going. Been there; done that. Most important of all, I didn’t want to experience it again.
It turns out, however, I should’ve just acknowledged and countered the statement she had hurled at me with all her self-righteous indignation with the truth.
I should have said, “Yes, I think it. I know it. Yes, I am!” But I didn’t.
Some lessons are harder to learn than others.
These days the Grand Old Party seems to have a steady stream of chest-thumping know-it-alls.
GOP Senate Candidate Somehow Plans To Ban All Middle Eastern People From U.S.
Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Carlos Beruff, running to fill Sen. Marco Rubio’s seat from Florida, is calling for a ban on travel that goes even further than businessman Donald Trump’s proposal to block all Muslims from entering the United States.
Beruff said Monday that all people from the Middle East should be blocked from entering the country. He said the ban would apply to “pretty much anybody that’s got a terrorist organization in it, which is pretty much all the Middle East.” — Apple News
My question: What is Mr. Beruff planning to do about these USA based organizations designated as Terrorist? People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
Animal Liberation Front
Alpha 66 and Omega 7
Army of God
Black Liberation Army
The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord
Earth Liberation Front
Jewish Defense League
Ku Klux Klan
May 19th Communist Organization
Symbionese Liberation Army
United Freedom Front
Tom Delay and 40 others write letter to court saying Hastert gets ‘integrity and values’ from God
By Walter Einenkel
Thursday Apr 28, 2016 · 1:23 PM EDT
Former Republican Secretary of State Dennis Hastert is a pedophile. He molested young boys. He’s a serial rapist of children. Last week, former Republican House Majority leader Tom DeLay and 41 other colleagues wrote, signed and sent a letter that was presented by Hastert’s defense in the hopes of receiving leniency in Dennis Hastert’s sentencing. Lowlights from this letter care of Politico and USA Today:
DeLay, a Texas Republican, recalled in his letter that Hastert started a Wednesday Bible study that the two men took part in.
“So I know his heart and have seen it up close and personal,” DeLay wrote. “We all have our flaws, but Dennis Hastert has very few. He is a good man that loves the lord. He gets his integrity and values from Him. He doesn’t deserve what he is going through. I ask that you consider the man that is before you and give him leniency where you can.”
Sounds like your Bible class is about a God that is okay with molesting boys. If you “know his heart” then you know he’s full of bullshit. Hastert asked the justice system to send people who have done what he has done away for the rest of their lives—regardless of what religious book group they join while in prison.
“We all have our flaws, but Dennis Hastert has very few. He is a good man that loves the lord. He gets his integrity and values from Him. He doesn’t deserve what he is going through. I ask that you consider the man that is before you and give him leniency where you can,” it concludes.
Once again, I can only surmise that the “Him” you are referring to is “God.” Dennis Hastert, by Tom Delay’s estimation, shares values and integrity from God—and those values are being a serial rapist.