My nation, your nation, our nation is hurting today.
We send our troops to foreign soil, to protect our allies, against terrorists and radicals.
We fight to defend our liberty, our democracy.
And we continue to kill one another, in our homeland.
Who or what is the real enemy?
Is it those who continue to disrupt our way of life and our freedom?
Or are we our own worst enemy?
Who is to blame?
We are a frightened nation.
We hide in our houses.
Our children are not allowed to play outside, unless they are supervised.
The media sensationalize horror.
Isn’t that what sells?
We commend our police for the protection they provide.
We want them to put their lives on the line.
But we don’t trust them.
We say that we have come a long way.
We are free of prejudice.
Profiling is not acceptable.
But it continues.
We take sides.
It’s not the guns.
It is the guns.
It’s mental illness.
We march in protest.
The police allow and protect our right to protest.
Shots ring out.
More people injured or dead.
And so it continues.
Is this the price of a free society?
“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or in the holy name of liberty or democracy?”
― Mahatma Gandhi
It’s time to stop this madness, before we are no longer free.