It is astounding to watch the decline within our borders. It’s unimaginable that Americans are destroying our cities and towns and take such pleasure in burning buildings, striking fear in their neighbors, and trampling over one another. It’s a testament that destruction of life doesn’t come by way of guns, but of wicked hearts, tongues, hands, and feet. Why do such people find pleasure in destroying one another?
Wow, that was quite a sermon. Or, more properly, that was quite a load of unsubstantiated, mostly untrue, suppositions and talking points lumped together as though they prove something. What they prove is, you spend too much time watching Fox News. The cure is the opposite of what you seem to be suggesting.
The “decline” within our borders is a pretty subjective issue, both as to whether it actually exists, and if it does who is responsible for it, as well as what it is that is actually declining. You focus on the riots which have occurred in some cities, principally Seattle, and before that Minneapolis and a few other places, while ignoring the underlying cause of this, which initially was the rekindling of the age-old problem of police treatment of black people versus how white people are treated, This predates Trump by centuries but has flared up again because of recent, highly-publicized cases that are particularly appalling, but were fanned by Trump’s embrace of white nationalism and right wing militancy and tepid to no response to these legitimate grievances that has left the black population, as well as people of all colors who are not white supremacists, feeling threatened and outraged because their lives are literally at risk. Riots are not widespread, even now; many states and cities have seen no violence whatsoever. A bigger source of “decline” is something you don’t mention at all, the coronavirus, and the President’s half-assed response to it; you don’t mention the thousands of deaths, or the massive unemployment, and the loss of businesses and jobs while a few big companies have grown massively richer. That is quite obviously to me a much larger problem than riots, but I don’t know that I would call even that proof of our “decline”, as much as proof of Trump and Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party’s failure to lead. Again, Trump will blame it on everyone but himself, but he is the one chiefly responsible.
Then you throw in that sentence about guns not being responsible, it’s the people…so don’t take away our guns? Somebody should have taken that gun away from the 17 year old pasty-faced jelly donut of a vigilante who killed two people; he wouldn’t have killed anybody with his bare hands, I’m pretty sure, unless it was a neighborhood bird. The right wing militias strutting around with their arsenals would go back to hiding in their basements and training camps if you took their guns away…and for my money they are more responsible for any potential decline within our borders than people seeking equal rights, fair treatment, and the upholding of our constitution are.
Here’s the bottom line: wicked hearts, tongues, hands, and feet are in the eye of the beholder. We might all agree they exist, but we don’t all agree on which people they are attached to. I believe in civil rights; you appear to believe in business as usual, with all of it’s built-in biases and injustices, where white people (such as you and myself) continue to enjoy unearned advantages over everyone else. We’re not declining from a perfect nation, where everything was fine and everybody was happy before; we’re trying to get closer to that place we have never been. It’s messy, chaotic, and unsettling to most of us when the old order and the familiar is rattled, or threatened; a lot of the activities associated will be wrong-headed, wrong-hearted, and condemned either at the time or later, often rightly and sometimes wrongly. But doing nothing is worse. If you want to watch the nation decline, insist that we never do anything to make it better or correct the mistakes of the past. We are a work in progress. As soon as we stop being a work in progress, as soon as we stop trying to evolve and adapt to clearer understandings of the injustice, immorality, and unethical behaviors that WE ALREADY HAVE and have had for centuries, THAT is when our decline will begin. The first step towards stopping any decline as I see is to get rid of Trump. By focusing on the riots that are a direct result of Trump’s divisiveness you are arguing for the opposite of that. If Trump is reelected, the decline is only just beginning.