Tuesday, June 02, 2020

America: Mixed Emotions

As I write this on Sunday, I'm experiencing mixed emotions. Yesterday, like millions of other Americans, I watched at 2:20 PM Central Time as we successfully launched a space exploration from American soil, sending two astronauts to the International Space Station. Yes, I said "we"--because I felt a sense of national pride that America was once more going into space. It wasn't because I was an Air Force veteran. It was because I was an American.

Not long afterward, I heard the President speak, not only giving credit and congratulations where they were due to the NASA and SpaceX people there, but also speaking about the the thugs and organizers of the rioting that, although it might have started as a peaceful protest against the brutality of a policeman in Minneapolis, did nothing to honor the memory of the man who died. And last night, for the fourth straight night, that rioting continued.

I don't have a solution for the rioting, although I have thoughts about it, its cause and how I'd handle it. But let me say this here: We have an opportunity as a people to rise above the problems that confront us, just as the rocket rose above the earth on its journey. May we take advantage of it. If we don't, we might never again experience the America we once knew.

End of monologue. Now it's your turn. Thoughts?


Priscilla Bettis said...

The rioting, the violence, and hatred makes me physically ill.

Patricia Bradley said...

I agree with you both and also the mayor of Atlanta who said, "We are better than this. You are better than this."

Patricia Bradley said...

P. S. Since I know what the weather will be for the next few days, I unplugged my TV. :-)

Priscilla Bettis said...

Unplugging your TV, that's very smart of you, Patricia!

Richard Mabry said...

Pat and Priscilla, thank you for your common-sense approach. I've just read Gary Bauer's column for today (if you don't read it, I recommend that you do). Trump said, ""There are two sides. Pick which one you are on." Ronald Reagan also said this is a time for choosing. Scripture says, in Joshua 24:15, "As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord." So however this turns out, we'll be on the right side.