The most recent unbelievable event in the American state of affairs is the case of Cesar Sayoc and the multiple bomb devices sent to, mostly, public political officials.
Cesar Sayoc, Mail Bombing Suspect, Found an Identity in Political Rage and Resentment
And at the same
Is there, could there, be a relationship between these two events? And what of the several of crimes of the recent several months, even going all the way back to the beginning of the Presidency of Donald Trump. A short list would be hard to do selectively, but the following links speak to this point:
- The shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise at a Washington area baseball practice. https://www.khou.com/article/news/local/rep-steve-scalise-this-isnt-what-americas-all-about/285-608026018
- An article discussing “The History of Political Violence in the Trump Era” https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/violence-trump-rallies/485522/
I feel like we all recognize that there has been a ton of incidents around the country. If it is not from groups with social agendas, immigration agendas, gun rights agendas, racial agendas, economic agendas or just straight up Democrat/Republican.
There have been demonstrations at sponsored events, churches, public offices, on streets and highways and anywhere that attention and disruption can be
In the most recent event, the bombings, one side chooses to attach blame and responsibility to the President. In the Congressman shooting one side chose to lay blame on the Democratic side. In each event there is blame placed. That blame seldom remains on the actual perpetrator. Even when mental illness is seen as the overriding factor, there is an attempt to place the broader blame on action, or inaction, on another topical issue. It might be the President, or Congress, political lobbying groups, ethnic groups, but consistently it is going to be assigned to topic group.
Some spokesperson, some politician, will give a speech that begins to call for unity, civility, sanity and compassion…and then make a sharp turn lay blame and hold “the other side” responsible. The effect is that you and I become responsible while sitting at home watching the news story on our T.V’s.
Are you responsible? Am I responsible? Are we responsible? Is it through our silence…or have we not been saying enough? Is it our inaction, or our action…not the sitting watching T.V. part, but the group we choose to affiliate ourselves with?
What I find interesting…well, there are quite a few things interesting about what is going on in America. But particularly interesting is where our religious institutions are in this discussion. It seems that we hear very little, positive and healing, coming from out religious leaders. In many cases we hear anger and blame instead, particularly on racial and religious issues. I always thought that those institutions were where we could retreat to when all forms of bad was coming upon us. When crazy was the order of the day, our religious would be where sanity and serenity could be found. The reality, not so much today.
Our media is split down the middle. It is the major networks lined up opposite Fox. Those major networks, NBC, CBS, ABC, the print media and several others will say they are delivering truth and facts as provided by their reporting sources. Fox will say, no, we get the “fair and balanced” truth and provide it to all that seek it.
The world once was a place where you would identify good, and evil. Today we have a small source of good, a small source of evil, and a vast expanse of optional!
I am wondering what you choose
And making your choice, will you say that choice…but then follow it with one following that directs the matter back to blame and finger-pointing?
Everyone thinks they are right…oops, Correct, is what I meant!