~ As I sat at my computer yesterday, looking at images of Baltimore burning, I couldn’t help but think that our country is broken.
Conversation at the coffeehouse has all but simmered down lately. Thanks in large part to computers and WiFi, it becomes more rare to see strangers connect with each other in positive dialogue. Instead, the scene that plays out at the coffee house most days is a myriad of people with headphones in their ears, and their eyes staring blankly at glowing screens.
A good friend of mine called yesterday and bemoaned the heat that he is getting for moving into a predominantly black city, “Almost all of my friends and family are trying to convince me that I’m wrong to be moving there….and all I can think is that its because they are racist; they don’t believe a young white guy should be living around a bunch of black people”
America is broken.
When I was younger I used to believe in the church as the hope for our country. I had fanciful beliefs that the church really cared for the poor and brokenhearted. I believed that pastors and priests truly cared about the people at the bottom-rung of society, but in recent years those beliefs have been all but dashed. Instead, the christians I run into are more interested in arguing and endless debates; they have all the answers, but have nothing to give to those who are hurting. Being a Christian these days has apparently evolved into being a professional arguer; being prepared to pepper your language with superlatives and nasty rhetoric is what too much of Christianity has become.
Perhaps I was foolish to read the stories about Jesus and take them to heart. Stories about a dude who spent all his waking hours with the poor and neglected. Stories about a guy who gave of himself freely, without asking for money in return.
America is broken.
It is sad to me that most people only go into human service for the money. Doctors, nurses, social workers, foster parents; would any of the people who work in these fields do it for free? Would any of the people in these fields do it for minimum wage? How many people would be a pastor or priest if they had to do it for free, receiving no money in return?
How many politicians would work in “public service” if they had to donate their time for free? What if being senator or working in congress was nothing more than a free public service we asked of people; would men and women be spending millions of dollars trying to get elected?
Hillary Clinton is said to be trying to raise 1 billion dollars for her election campaign. Doesn’t that tell you right there that America is broken? I could clean up quite a few cities if you gave me a billion dollars. I could create quite a few companies that employed a LOT of people if you gave me a billion dollars.
People all over the news keep asking questions about police brutality. Yet I’m sitting here wondering why people are surprised about what we are seeing in video after video of cops killing and beating civilians; for the last fifty years Police Academies have been training officers to treat civilians like crap. Police Academies have been training police to intimidate the public; we give massive salaries to men and women whose full time job is harass us for going 5 over or for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign.
Police are no longer our friends. The days of Andy Griffith are over. Instead we have given power to an army of police officers who believe they rule over us like Greek gods. We are nothing more than “civilians”, we are the enemy in their eyes.
America is broken.
More than fifty years ago the small little country of Costa Rica banded together and kicked out a dictator. This little communal society did not want a government that ruled over them with an iron fist of fear. They disbanded the military and vowed to never allow a leader to rule over them with a military again. For more than fifty years Costa Rica has enjoyed life without a military and life without police who brutally beat and murder civilians.
America is broken…..because America is violent.
Americans believe the answer to everything is violence.
—) Problem in the Middle East; drops some bombs and send troops with machine guns over.
—) Problem in Vietnam, drop some bombs and send troops with machine guns over
—) Problem in Baltimore, drop some tear gas bombs and send troops with riot gear on
Americans believe brute force and violence is the answer to everything. We are a violent people. President Obama who was elected into office on a platform of being against war has carried on every single middle eastern policy of his predecessor. Hillary Clinton, the current front runner in the next election is nothing more than another war monger. Her and her husband started proxy wars without abandon during the 1990’s. And don’t even get me started on the GOP.
America is broken because Americans are obsessed with fighting.
Where Jesus came as the prince of peace, Americans build massive monuments in honor of those who killed for our country. It is a crazy country we live in.
I really need a coffee,
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