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.