When I was a child, I looked to the 21st Century with wide-eyed anticipation. This was the century when we would have flying cars. We would have robots doing all of the cleaning and cooking for us so we would have lots of time for our family and friends.
This was the century where all our dreams would begin to come true. We might even have a colony on Mars! Man would begin probing the universe outside our solar system. Maybe “warp speed” wouldn’t be a thing of science fiction.
There was a make-believe universe where man learned to live together without hate or fear. It was the Star Trek generation. It was a time in our future where we didn’t hate each other simply because of the color of our skin or any other reason other than behavior and character.
Today is July 7, 2016. We don’t have flying cars. We don’t have robots cleaning and cooking for us, but we do have them doing our jobs instead of us. We don’t have a colony on Mars, and man has not left the planet for another one since the last trip to the moon in the 1970s. We don’t believe that “warp speed” is possible anymore.
Unfortunately, we live in a society that still has not adopted that Star Trek generation. We still cling to our fears. We still cling to our hate. We still cling to our bigotry. We still cling to ideas that “we are better than you”.
We have headlines screaming about another man being shot by police officers. We have headlines claiming there is a “war on police”. We have stories about sexual assaults on women. We have laws being passed to deny people their civil rights. We have politicians who are not politicians, but strategists for “war” against anyone who is not 100 percent behind their ideas.
We have more guns in this country per capita than anyone else in the world. Yet the NRA wants you to believe that we need more guns not less. We have terrorist attacks happening. But, only if those attacks are carried out by Muslims are we calling them “terrorist” attacks.
There is a rush to usurp any “movement” that is making ground. When “Black Lives Matter” arose from the number of black men being shot by police, the counter side came up with “All Lives Matter”. Only, the “all lives” they consider as mattering are not black. If they really believed “All Lives Matter” they would join with the BLM movement and stop opposing them.
Ever since 1968 when Richard Nixon ran for President, battle lines have been drawn. Ever since that year, the code speech began in earnest, and we have fallen for the ticks of “Tricky Dicky”. With each succeeding year getting worse.
Until today, politicians are no longer using “code words”. They are coming right out and letting everyone know the bigotry that roils in their blood. The hatred and contempt they have for everyone not like them. The frustration that they must live in a world with “those” people.
As a result, we see groups like the KKK and Aryan Nation and other White Supremacist groups begin to crawl out from their disease ridden, shadow covered gutters. Their hero has been found and they are coming to “defend” that great “White Leader”. All the while, others cheer and applaud the hate that has brought these disgusting animals from their caves out into the open again.
We shout to the highest mountain tops that we all love and want “law and order”. We will abide by whatever the evidence tells us. Until it tells us we are wrong or it tells us something we don’t want to hear. Then the evidence has been tampered with. And, we must “investigate” the “investigation” because it came to he “wrong conclusion”.
We are a country that has homeless people being murdered and set on fire in San Diego. We have “Christian Terrorists” being arrested for trying to blow up government buildings in Utah. We have mass shootings in just about every state in the country. We have terrorists being able to purchase weapons right here in America without even having to show an ID.
With all of these problems, what does our Congress think is way more important? They need to cut funding to Title X so fewer people will get help with obtaining safe birth control. They need to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood because some of the clinics allow abortions. So, make sure that cancer screening, pre-natal care, and other vital women’s health issues are cut off, too.
You may not need a photo ID to buy a gun at a gun show, but by god you will certainly need one to vote in November! That will keep those “terrorists” from messing with our political process!
It seems we have lost our way. It seems that somewhere along the trail, we stumbled into an encampment of unknown origins. We became inattentive to what is going on around us. We grew numb to the violence that takes place right next door. We put blinders on so our vision is straight ahead. We lost our ability to dream! We began to listen to our own demons.
All of the horrible things going on around us are not “preordained” happenings. All of the hate, terrorism, murder, brutality and bigotry are not foretold in the stars or in the bible. They are of our own making. When good people sit back quietly and allow bad things to happen, then we are all in trouble.
It is time to look in the mirror America. It is time to recognize what we may become. The outcome in November will say what we think of ourselves, our country, and our people. To me, it is a very simple choice. We will choose hate. Or, we will choose love.
The future of our country and even the world awaits our choice. I will choose love over hate. Will you?