Our chief enemy is now in full view. No, it’s not Islam nor Isis; it’s not our debt, bloated as it surely is; nor our inept systems. Our chief enemy remains always violence. Our nation was born in the fire of muskets, nurtured by the six-gun at the likes of OK Corral, and fine-tuned in the “sophistication” of atom bombs and semi-automatics. We have found the enemy , and it’s “us”. We murder each other more than all the other Western nations combined. We even shoot our children, and still clamor for more guns.
Violence is now raising its despicable head in our political gatherings. John McGraw, an angry Trump supporter, struck a demonstrator at a Trump rally March 9, 2016, exclaiming, “The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.” A journalist is suing the Trump campaign claiming she was “roughed up” by Corey Lewandowski, Trump campaign manager. One night later, riots ignited at another Trump rally in Chicago which Trump then had to cancel. Violence is becoming an acceptable part of our social fabric.
We claim to be a Christian nation. However, if Christ stood for anything, it was peace. No doubt, anger, vengeance, fear , and racism “dog” our national polity. But if we listen carefully, we can hear his nearly muffled plea, “Put your swords back in your scabbards, for those who live by the sword shall die by it”.