Help Me, Please!

Friends in Arecibo, Puerto Rico

photo by D. Plasman

I don’t get it.  I don’t see the logic.  I don’t understand.  I need help.  I love our President.  I voted for him twice.  I think the law should be changed so he can run for a third term.

I watched his fifteen minute speech last night about the necessity to strike Syria because of President Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons on innocent citizens, including children.  The President went on to describe this brutal act and the horrible way the hundreds of victims died.  He encouraged us to see the images and watch the videos so we, too, will be convinced that this inhumane act requires a decisive, though limited, military response.

Here’s what I don’t get, and here’s where I need help.  20 children and 6 adults were killed by a military assault weapon in Newtown, MA.  These people died a brutal death.  Most of the children were shot multiple times, the faces of some ripped apart by the bullets of an AR-15 rifle.

Since Newtown, there have been more than 5,000 gun deaths in our country.  There has yet to be a national response to the ease with which guns are bought and sold.  No comprehensive legislation on the matter.  No calling back of vacationing legislators to get something done about this horror.  No timeline constructed.

To my knowledge, there have been no Newtown photographs or videos of child corpses, their tangled, bullet-ridden bodies lying twisted on bloodied classroom floors.  Indeed, to see such gruesomeness might awaken our dormant resolve to tackle this epidemic of violence.

Until that time, we remain fixated on Syria, a country more than 6,500 miles from Newtown.  Our national interest is not the lives, well-being and safety of our children, but a region rich in oil.  It’s all about oil.

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2 Comments

  1. David Crump September 11, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    Excellent question and reflection, Dan. i was also intrigued by the President’s lack of energy and usual rhetorical persuasiveness. I wonder what powers lie behind both the shielding of the truth here in our own country as well as what drives this President to lead the drive for a military strike including the possibility of the USA going it alone once again. Both – puzzling and dismaying.

  2. Judi September 12, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    I get it. Thank you LORD for the 22nd Amendment to the United States Constitution