Best Reality Ever

I watched the video clip last night, over and over. Reality television on steroids. Thousands yelling racist and build that wall. Emotions so heated it led to violence. 

“Any nation that makes peaceful revolution impossible, makes violent revelation inevitable.” John F. Kennedy

America is in the mist of its second civil war. The battle of words and the escalation of voices is taking us down a dangerous path. 

There are too many guns in our society. My fear, this is going to get worse, before it gets better. In the video below, listen for the bang and how the policemen react. 

This campaign season has created something frightening, encouraging and downright embarrassing. 

It’s frightening to see people fighting and kicked out of rallies for voicing their opposition. Or a presidential candidate fanning the flames of division. It’s frightening to see the hate in this candidate’s followers. We see insecure, reckless and racist attitudes front and center, on the best reality show ever! Let’s call it, Real Life.   The followers seem to believe the candidate is going to give them something that was taken away from them. Worse though, this is a reflection of our values. The World has seen what we ignored for a long time, the bully mentality, front and center.

It’s encouraging because we are communicating. Yelling is a form of communication, if you want someone to hear you over the noise. But not the best method, if you want them to listen.  

For fifty years, civil rights groups and the Black community did a good job using this as a way to suppress the insensitive rhetoric of racist tones. It was necessary to keep the peace. But racism in America never went away.  It was quiet for a while, buried alive. 

It is embarrassing talking to friends from other nations.  America has championed freedom of expression, speech and religion as tantamount to our democracy.  How does this freedom look now with candidates like Trump and Cruz , no matter how insensitive or undignified, railing against the religion of Islam and spewing hate toward Blacks, Hispanics and Mexicans.

I often steer away from talk about race and religion. Sometimes, play devils advocate on my social media platforms.   Because these topics lead to deeper division and I prefer to build bridges of unity.  But, if we don’t get to the core of the problem it will further divide us and we will never solve the issues that plague us.  Politics does divide but policy solutions that can come from political discussions can solve problems when people come together and champion them.

The reality at the core of our human existence is our soul.  Collectively in our country it makes up America’s soul. Her soul has cried out at different times leading to change. Policy changes and legislation that brought an end to slavery, open the door for women to vote, access to universal healthcare and legalized same sex marriage.  Politics, religion and race has historically provided a road map to get us there.  But has also been used to divide.  It’s been a disaster when people exclude others as if there’s only one way made for them.  That’s why it’s important to listen to the collective America crying out to be free!

The division in America comes from her soul’s unhappiness.  The anguish and voices of frustration, no matter what side of the issue, is crying out! Let me be free! Free the shackles of limitation for my people. Those shackles aren’t just about race, religion or politics. It’s about economic opportunity for all!  

Race and the color of our skin is symbolic but it’s just the covering of our soul. Just like our flag is the covering of our country.  The intellect and the people’s conscious are telling us, we can do better.  

But the heart of some, including our leaders is so cold, they can’t hear the soul telling us, there’s a better way, if you come together.  America is not happy, so it cries out, “how can this be for some, but not for them?  I’m here for everyone.”

It sounds strange, but the truth is, Americans don’t know what they are fighting for this election season. 

Race and religion are at the forefront of discussion, because it’s easy and right in front of us. So we don’t see that our attention has been diverted from the issue that can unite us. No offense, but as James Carville said in the 90’s “it’s the economy stupid!”

That’s what the wall is about. It’s what the racial clash has always been about. Land and money, freedom and opportunity for some but not everyone. And the religion thing, is another way to keep people divided. 

Economic factors keeping a prosperous nation from moving forward is imbedded in the separation of opportunity for all. That is the core of America’s problem. 

People fighting each other, takes attention off the culture of greed. And without realizing it, the people feed the  frenzy.  Why does the media feed us a debate or two every week?  Because deep down there’s a lust for more division and to hear who is fighting for me! To believe I’m the chosen one now. I am on the right path. That’s at the core of the religious divide and the cultural one too. 

Don’t believe me? See how  much money the 24 hour media cycle is making courting viewers.  Filling slots with rallies, fights and debates. The media is no longer chomping at the bit. They’re in full stride!   Finally, they have what networks and cable stations found decades ago.  Cheap reality television shows!

It rewards candidates based on popularity  who use religion and fear to fuel the fire. 

More noise, means more fans, for one billionaire. He had a head start with his own show and media circus before the campaign. 

And the people who think he’s going to make America great again, miss this. Is he really funding his campaign?  Or loaning it millions. 

Turns out he’s given it a couple hundred thousand. But lent it millions. Recently, he told a rally that the campaign will accept money from donors after the nomination. That means, it can repay back the loan!

It’s brilliant. The media is giving him free earned press so he doesn’t have to spend like the other candidate because we are all fascinated. Fascinated doesn’t mean excited.  It means we are locked in, wondering what is he going to do next.  

It’s sad but that’s reality television at its best!  If only this was the Apprentice and we could sit across the table, look the candidate in the eyes and say “You’re Fired!”


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