Been a while since I’ve posted–retirement can be busier than working…..
Just returned from what has become an annual June road trip, this time to CA. More in a later post.
Returning home and getting back into the normal routine has been a little upsetting this time.
First, there’s the “controversy” over Bowe Berghdal. The decision was made to trade Gitmo detainees for an American POW held by the Taliban. We got our man back. Why is this so controversial?? Possibly because it violates our ban on negotiating with terrorists—-as Reagan and Ollie North did in the arms for Contras deal…..Possibly because our president didn’t authorize a gung-ho-send-in-the-troops violent action to free him……
Also, to no-one’s surprise, more school shootings and mass killings. What else can be expected of a country that unleashed its National Guards on students at Cal Berkeley and Kent State????
So are there no solutions to these crises? Allow me to present two ideas. First, let’s abandon the idea of a “post-racial America.” Were the president white, like Reagan, GHW Bush, Clinton, or GW Bush, I’m sure his errors would not be exploded as Barack Obama’s have been. And let’s be clear, everyone of the named predecessors at some point reverted to violence or warfare to solve a problem that might have had a peaceful solution had they bothered to seek one out.
Second, it is this heritage of violence and warfare in the USA, going back to the country’s founding and constitution that perpetuates the killing of its citizens—-and its children. It is past time for a rational discussion about violence. The USA has been involved in “boots on the ground” actions since Vietnam and we have won none of them. It is time to end our predilection for violence here and abroad.
It is my belief that if we turn off FOX News, MSNBC, and all the other poorly researched and bombastic echo chambers repeating the same mantras of intolerance and belittling of all other points of view, we might, as a nation, begin to rationally discuss the issues we so desperately need to solve.