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Stop the lunacy

Posted: June 15, 2017 3:06 p.m.
Updated: June 16, 2017 1:00 a.m.

A community ball field is easily the last place one would expect shots fired in blind malice. Such a thought in such a setting is about as far removed from American ideals as it gets. The fact that the victims were targeted because of their political affiliations is beyond insanity and yet in some ways it’s a sad and logical conclusion to the mindless vitriol that seems so prevalent these days. Indeed, it can easily feel like another harbinger that our society -- the greatest society ever conceived on the face of and in the history of the earth – are circling the drain.

We don’t believe that’s the case -- not yet -- but we do believe it’s yet another wake up call to “We, the People.”

That is, it’s long past time to put down the cell phones and get out of the chat rooms, turn off the talk radio and change the channel away from the various talking heads and voices both mellifluous and shrill that continually their recipes of verbal vomit and start talking to -- not at or over -- each other again.

This lunacy has to stop. We have to step back and breathe. Think. Empathize. Compromise. Understand that no one gets everything they want and people have the right to change directions when they see fit. 

Above all, we have to realize this bizarre version of Lord of the Flies and 1984 all rolled into one continuing theater of the absurd is going to only lead us to destruction.

Life is not a contest to constantly be right. No one, at least no one on this planet, has all the answers.

If we are serious about preserving freedom, the first thing we have to do is see each other as human beings and not just “them.” And all such efforts start at the grassroots level.

Liberty, to paraphrase Lord Acton, is not license to do whatever one desires, but the responsibility to do as one ought.

It’s way past time to stop the lunacy.

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