It’s June 6—D-Day. Seventy-eight years ago, Americans and our allies displayed unfathomable courage on the beaches at Normandy. Unfathomable courage.
Almost eight decades later our country is suffering from unfathomable cowardice. A country that will not protect its citizens—and especially its children—is a lost and soulless society. It’s not that we can’t protect them. It’s that we choose not to.
Our national numbness is like general anesthesia. We feel nothing, even as our hearts and brains are being surgically removed. The prognosis is dismal.
Gun violence is now the leading cause of death for American children.
Did you just glide over that sentence?
I said gun violence is now the leading cause of death for American children. It’s more than unacceptable and intolerable. It should be unimaginable. This is the United States of America. Or at least it used to be.
We need to stage another D-Day. But this time it needs to stand for Decency Day. Or Dignity Day. Or Dawning Day. And that invasion of morality has to start with a cold, stark look in the mirror.
We’re ugly. We are coyote ugly right now. We are not the country our elders spilled blood on the beaches to protect.
But you blow it off with, “But we’re still the greatest country on Earth,” right?
No. No we’re not. Not even close, currently. We suck right now. Pretty much across the Full Suck Spectrum.
Let me cut you off, because I know you better than you know yourselves. Some of you are thinking, “Well, if that’s the way you feel, Alexander, you can leave.”
No. That’s not the way this works. I’m not going anywhere. This is my home. This is my country. I love it. You don’t abandon things you love. You work like hell to improve them and defend them.
And some of us don’t need 15-foot phallic guns to “protect this house.”
Ideas will prevail. Ideals will prevail. Principles will prevail.
Right now we are witnessing unfathomable cowardice. And like most cowards, they pose as tough guys.
We’ve had ten more mass shootings since Friday. That’s 246 so far in 2022. This is the 155th day of the year. We have had more mass shootings than sunrises.
We have had 33 mass shootings since Uvalde 13 days ago.
And spare me the, “This is just the price of freedom” claptrap. This is a uniquely American failure. And we are anything but free. We are imprisoned by our worship…our WORSHIP…of guns. It’s absolutely true that guns are not the entire problem. But it’s ridiculous to contend that guns play NO role in gun violence. That’s like saying hydrogen and oxygen play no role in water. Stop it.
Cowards fail to do what’s needed to address a problem. Frequently, cowards deny that there is a problem at all.
Societies are judged by their values. We value guns. We value guns more than we do our children. That statement is literal, quantifiable and undeniable. We’ve spent many more resources defending guns than we have defending children.
Where am I wrong?
Seventy-eight years to the day after displaying unfathomable courage, our country is now proudly promoting unfathomable cowardice. It’s disgraceful.
These coward cultists are neither tough guys nor patriots.
They’re Rainbows. They are The New Rainbow Coalition.
Like rainbows, they bend and distort light, and try to wrap that distortion in pretty colors. And like rainbows, ultimately there is no there there.