Friday, July 08, 2016
A Violent and Angry America
We've lost our way. Over the years since that time, we've morphed into a land of hatred and violence. Dialogue is far from civil and often is barely literate, as evidenced by vulgar comments here, in online news forums and on talk radio in which shock has more value than honesty.
People no longer talk to each other, but at each other.
Instead of reason, violence has increasingly become the norm. A self-loathing homosexual, in what may have been the worst mass-shooting in American history, stepped into an Orlando nightclub and killed 49 people because of their orientation, claiming Allah made him do it. Two more black men were killed by police officers under suspicious circumstances.
Before an investigation could even be started, President Obama and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton already announced guilty verdicts. Emboldened by careless remarks, a former Army reservist who did at least one tour in Afghanistan and with no known criminal record, assassinated five Dallas police officers, sniper style, and wounded 11 others. Officers being targeted actually threw themselves on top of protesters, in an effort to save their lives.
Now President Obama is condemning that attack, too, while Hillary Clinton claims she is in mourning for a few hours and Donald Trump says we have become too divided.
In the meantime, a St. Louis police officer has been shot during a traffic stop.
In the meantime, we continue to talk at each other instead of to each other. We vilify each other, and then wonder why.
Fear and Loathing in America is the new norm. The American Dream has become a nightmare, and no amount of opioids will change what is happening.
"Those who committed these murders were viciously promoting chaos over order and terror over the rule of law," notes Charlie Dent. That's true, but people don't wake up one morning and decided today is a nice day to go out and kill police officers.This has been a long tie coming, and we need to change the conditions under which this kind of horrific behavior can be countenanced. The first step is to listen to each other.
In a world of Twitter, Facebook, snapchat and blogs, that's just not happening.