Maybe I’m a Pollyanna, but I have a dream…
a) a moratorium on police and national guard showing up in riot gear and tanks Every time a weapon is discharged the spotlight gets brighter.
b) a moratorium on burning, looting and pillaging. Every time a building burns the pulses race faster and the response gets stronger. (the same applies above).
c) the right to free speech and assembly. If I disagree with a government action or policy I have the right to peaceably protest. Our country is built on that.
d) the protection of people and property. Burning down a neighborhood doesn’t benefit anyone, but decidedly hurts its residents and small business owners.
I understand that the cops put their lives on the line during every single shift. They deserve the option to protect themselves within reason and within the law.
I also understand that people want the guarantee of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All of these things are under attack by our own government. There’s a reason we call it a “police state” and it has little to do with the actual police. The 12 year-old with bb gun notwithstanding, unarmed people should never have to fear for their lives.
The two are not mutually exclusive
It’s common sense folks. Two wrongs will never, ever make a right. We need to get along to GET ALONG! We have to stop this race towards dystopia.
I’d say the same goes for all the foreign skirmishes around the world, but that’s a dream for another day.