I just finished a great read this morning. Cigarman501 has posted on his blog this morning, and the ensuing read was tremendous. It covered conspiracy theories, evil, and other topics of great interest. It inspired me to think on a deeper level. I was born early 1973, and while I do not know everything that happened during the 70’s I know that it was a time of turmoil. There is no expiration date on evil. The 80’s saw conflict, war, and other moments of trouble. I can personally remember off the top of my head Grenada, and Panama. Then there was the Gulf War. Evil is everywhere. Many people have a long memory when it comes to slavery, and other moments of atrocity that has given America a black eye.
However, just because there is evil in the world does not mean that we should perpetrate evil on each other. In times of war, innocence is the first casualty. In war, your political party affiliation does not matter. The only thing that matters in war is the man or woman that is by your side. It is the only way to make sense of the horror that we witness. In the deepest parts of our hearts all we want is to be home. Yet, when I came home, I could only wonder what had happened to my country. Where is the country that I sacrificed so much for? Even today, I am often tossed to and fro with this question. Has America done everything right? The short answer is no. However, we are still the greatest country in this world. Why? Because no one cares more than America. There is no nation or country that is more generous than America. In the end, we are great because we love greater, are more generous, and more caring than the rest of the world combined.
The ridiculousness of the bombs being sent to Senators and former President Obama is beyond crazy. What kind of idiot would send bombs to members of the Senate and a former president? What happened to us being able to talk over the issues that our country is facing? It is too easy to blame it on one person, or one group of people that we disagree with. Leaders in the current administration and former administrations have made it to where we are divided into two different groups: Democrats and Republicans. This division has to end. We are Americans. You notice that I did not say Irish-Americans, African-Americans, or any other hyphenated derivative that we choose to embrace.
As a nation, it seems that we have lost our identity in this politically correct world that we live in. Regardless of what is going on, we should always remember how far we have come. Patrick Henry said, “When the American spirit was in its youth, the language of America was different: Liberty, sir, was the primary object.” We have chosen, in this modern society, to liberate those who agree with us. Those we disagree with are despised and verbally assaulted. We rip apart the lives of those we degrade with no thought of whether their perspective is worth hearing. Oh, they have a family? No problem, lets destroy their lives as well. This mentality is every bit as evil as terrorism or murder.
Evil is part of the human condition. Politics today is sinking lower and lower into the mire. The hatred of Donald Trump has given rise to the media looking for any reason to trash his name and family. Do I agree with everything that he says? Absolutely not. I don’t condone adultery, but as I told someone this morning, no one is perfect. We are all flawed human beings, therefore we all walk imperfectly. Donald Trump makes it easy to target him due to his Twitter usage and opinions. However, we all have the right to our opinions. The baseless attacks, the rage exhibited by the media, and the rambunctious “protesters” are falling in line with evil that has existed for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
A friend of mine tells me all the time that “words mean something.” Truer words have never been spoken. Every word, spoken or written, carries with it the weight of emotion in which it was delivered. The media, politicians, civil rights leaders, none of them should use words to stir up incivility. To destroy the lives and careers of people they disagree with, or to empower the fringe elements on both sides of the aisles. The Bible states that we will give account of every word.
At the end of the day, Trump, Hillary Clinton, Obama and all the rest can call for civility all they want. It is just another puff piece by them just in case some lunatic comes unhinged and uses violence to make a point. You can’t work your butt off to keep the rift open, and then call for civility. Two weeks ago, Clinton and Eric Holder was all about incivility. As a people, we need to unify and come together. The issues should not keep us apart, but draw us together. We should be able to generate ideas, and compromise on a solution. However, if people are using violent means, demeaning others, and calling for incivility, you can’t work with this type of people.
God knows how long this rock will spin. Hopefully, we will see it get better but as is so often the case, things must get worse before it gets better.
Take care of each other.