Post-Election America: The World Marches On and So Must We
What we’ve seen this week is heartbreaking. The violence and rioting in the streets of America seem to continue escalating, and at this point, it doesn’t look like anyone who voted for Hillary Clinton is willing to give Donald Trump a chance to keep his campaign promises.
This isn’t the way, folks. Regardless of your thoughts on the outcome, we are still friends, families, neighbors, and co-workers. Things posted on social media are tearing friendships and families apart. One election should not end these relationships. Good people are becoming more divided when what we need is for these good people to unite.
Of course, not everyone behaving badly is a good person led astray. We are hearing of cases where parents have turned against their own children who voted for Trump in mock elections. There are violent riots and calls for death and assassination.Untold damage is being done to Americans at home and to our reputation internationally.
Most of the news from this Post-Election Survival Saturday round-up has nothing at all to do with the election. The world marches on, and so must we all.
Finally, some people just doing their jobs find the integrity to stop just doing their jobs.
By now, everyone has heard about the conflict regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline going through Native American land.
For months, law enforcement attacked protesters and stood by while DAPL contractors attacked protesters. People peacefully protesting the pipeline have been attacked by dogs, tear gas, percussion grenades, less lethal shotgun rounds, and pepper spray. Dozens have been arrested for exercising their First Amendment rights. You can go HERE, HERE, and HERE for the horrible details.
The good news is, this week, some law enforcement officials decided that their departments should not take part in the situation. Fifth Column News reports:
Sheriffs from Wisconsin’s Dane County were more empathetic, pulling out and refusing to return. According to the Bismarck Tribune, Sheriff Dave Mahoney made the decision after a “wide cross-section of the community” decried the deployment. “All share the opinion that our deputies should not be involved in this situation”, says Mahoney. Dane County’s deputies were deployed to Standing Rock for around a week. Sources report Dane County wasn’t involved in recent arrests, a string of which scooped up an alderwoman from Madison Wisconsin.
The sheriffs from Wisconsin were not alone, according to the same article from Fifth Column News:
In addition to the general retreat of departments, two officers have already turned in their badges in support of the protesters. North Dakota water protector Redhawk, MintPress reports, disclosed the revelation. The individual also pointed out “you can see it in some of them, that they do not support the police actions.” “Some are waking up”, they continued, “we must keep reminding them that they are welcome to put down their weapons and badge and take a stand against the pipeline as well.” Hints of shame could be seen in the faces of officers who confronted protesters as they blocked them from prayer grounds. As the protesters condemned officers, some of whom looked down or off to the horizon in shame.
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone who shifts the blame to “just doing my job” would take responsibility for “just doing the right thing?”
Around the world this week
Since the American election and the aftermath of it weren’t actually the sunshine to the whole solar system, the rest of the world went on and did stuff. Here are some of the events of note that didn’t really make the news here in the US.
- A suicide bomber targeted Bagram Airbase (NATO) in Afghanistan yesterday, taking four lives and injuring 14 people in the blast.
- Russian warships have arrived on the coast of Syria in preparation for what some believe will be “an all-out assault.”
- Venezuelan shops stocked up with insanely expensive holiday gifts that no one can afford, but most families still don’t have basic food like beans, eggs, milk, and rice.
- Leonard Cohen passed away on Monday. There was no cause of death provided for the 82-year-old Canadian poet, singer, and songwriter. He is probably best-remembered for the song Hallelujah. Here’s the BBC’s obituary salute to him.
History Lesson: How the Civil War got started in the 1800s.
Here’s a brief history lesson on the Civil War. While most people think it was strictly about slavery, that wasn’t really the case. It was actually about state’s rights, economics, and cultural differences. A British history website gives a less biased overview (since history is written by the victors) and you’ll see some interesting parallels to our current situation when you read these excerpts: