"...Attacks on police are an attack on all of us, and the rule of law that makes society possible... (President Obama).
'Killing of police officers is an attack on society.'
'Attack on society as a whole.'
'Assault on society.'
"Rule of law.'
'Law and order.'
"When you kill a police officer..."
The president's words and the other phrases are tired variations on a theme. The killing of police officers. The same phrases, used over and over, through the decades, every time police officers are killed.
There is no doubt the president was sincere. He addressed tragedy too many times during his administration. Love him or hate him, Barack Obama, the person, is a man of deep compassion, feeling, and sincerity when it comes to the loss of human life.
The words the president said after were what really mattered. He called for an end to the divisive and inflammatory rhetoric. He asked people to unite.
"Only we can prove, through words and through deeds, that we will not be divided." "And we're going to have to keep on doing it again and again and again. That's how this country gets united." (Emphasis mine)
"...we're going to have to keep on doing it again and again and again."
Not, 'I,' the government, the legislature, governors, police chiefs, mayors, more laws or regulations.
We means we. Each and everyone of us working in synchronized harmony to make things better in our own communities.
Words matter. Words lead to action, for good or evil.
The most important word the president uttered is "we".
Presidents and other politicians did not make America great. Bureaucrats who enforce the dictates of politicians did not make America great. Activists did not make America great. Ideologies, like liberalism or conservatism, what I call idiotologies, did not make America great.
What made America great were people who saw a problem, found a solution, and sold others on it. It could have been a product, service, or idea that solved one specific common problem.
There is no war on cops, women, men, race, creed, color, rich, poor, or ethnicity. There is no war on people.
There is only a war of words by fringe groups with bully pulpits. Be it political parties, religions, politicians, academia, opinion and editorial writers, activists, along with their avid followers, fans, and disciples; the true believers, who hang on every word that does not matter.
This is rhetoric designed to divide us into the camps of us against them. Who ever us and them are.
Speeches and sermons do not matter. Protests and marches do not matter. Activism does not matter. Anger, hatred, or vengeance do not matter.
The only thing that matters is one word. The one word from President Obama.
We should look at our own communities. The places where we live. We should come up with simple solutions to specific problems at home. Forget other places. We do not live there. They do not affect us. Their problems, mores, culture, society, laws, and community standards are different. There is no one size fits all, contrary to what propaganda, politicians, bureaucrats, and rhetoric claim.
Everyday well known or nameless people toil to make their communities better places. Safer places. Healthier places. They do not rely on politicians or government. They rely on ideas and a few people working together towards a common goal.
Block clubs were a perfect example of this. People in a small area agreeing on solutions impacting their day to day lives.
Community gardens, providing fresh fruits and vegetables in food deserts, or creating beauty in ugly vacant lots.
Art centers for children.
Sports programs for children and adults.
Safe activity spaces where people can learn or practice various things.
We can look around where we live. We can find simple solutions to make our neighborhoods, towns, and cities better places. We do not need political slogans, cute tag lines, or fancy logos. We do not need experts with no expertise telling us what and how to think.
We are the experts in our communities. We know the problems. We ignore or try to solve them.
We need to see. We need to listen. We need to do.
Our nation was not made great by one size fits all standards of conduct or morals. It was made great by individual strong communities, large and small, practicing their own cultures, mores, standards, and morals.
It was made great by "we". Rich, poor, all races, creeds, and ethnic groups living and working together for a common purpose.
We do not need more laws or regulations. We need each other.
"We" forgot that.
We do not have to agree on everything. We can agree to disagree, then come up with solutions we can all live with in our own communities.
We owe it to each other.
There is an old adage. "If we solve the little things, the big things will take care of themselves".
Our problems are being caused by allowing the little things to go unsolved until they become big things we feel helpless against.
We need to unite in our own communities. Make them stronger. Make them safer. Make them healthier.
Maybe, as a start, we should start looking after each other. Be a good spouse, partner, parent, neighbor, friend, and then take if from there. It is better than doing nothing.
Keeping America great does not depend on who sits in the Oval Office. It depends on who sits in the easy chair at home.
It depends on "we".
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