My heart beats for those police, the good ones, who put their lives on the line every day while the rest of us enjoy some level of security. I even feel compassion for lovers of history and heritage who don’t understand why military bases named after Americans gone Confederate should change.
But there are limits to getting, understanding, seeing, beating, and feeling.
Above all, America, if it stands for anything, must stand for the rule of law. This means, if a good cop turns, he must be punished. While racism is woven into the fabric of our lives, and while it must stop now, knocking over confederate monuments, taking over police stations and neighborhoods are not a human right. Those are legal wrongs.
I wish that our Commander in Chief, Donald Trump could lead this country during these days of severe peril. He can’t. He is the problem.
When the top military generals go public in opposition to the president’s support of racial symbols of the past, they do so, because they know that minorities make up a considerable population of the military and those black and brown men and women are spilling their blood onto the desert sands. The long-deceased civil war Confederate generals are not.
When a symbol of southern heritage soaked in hate is now being prohibited from NASCAR, the president should recognize that symbols do hurt, whether it’s a swastika or a flag reminding us that we are not equal.
When protesters have gone violent, a president should know that red meat bleeds and rots over time. A firm but caring voice of compassion goes much further than gassing Americans in a federal park so he can convert a symbol of faith into a depraved political presentation of selfishness.
We live in very troubled and most hypocritical times. We can’t one day blast those folks who put our health at risk so they can protest without masks to open up the economy but the next day march for a different cause and forget thousands are dying due to a pandemic that won’t go away.
I don’t know the answer to our problems other than to be quiet, listen, and endeavor to understand and be civil.
This is quite difficult when we wave our own outrageous on the streets as the country’s moral and governmental leader is totally consumed with winning November 2020.
So, I get it. I really do.