In any alternative dialog the Las Vegas tragedy could have been headlined as “Madman employs weapons of mass destruction to murder 59 concert-goers.”
Bush used the threat of WMDs to involve us in a war in 2003 which saw nearly a half million Iraqi citizens murdered in addition to thousands of American military personnel. Our overwhelming use of firepower did not bring resolution to the people of Iraq, our persecution and consequent prosecution of Hussein did not stop the advance of international terrorism, and our military presence in principalities controlled by centuries-old tribal disputes has not deterred madmen from doing the things which madmen are known to do. They murder.
The American breed of madmen is encouraged by the epidemic of violence which has blackened the souls of thousands of grieving countrymen. The American breed of madmen is assisted in his/her diabolical schemes of murderous rampage by undeterred access to weaponry designed to be used only by soldiers fighting in combat situations. And the American breed of madmen is supported by a senseless interpretation of rights under the 2nd amendment. This underlying creed has facilitated the unfettered growth of the NRA (National Rifle Association) into an organization which became “an avatar of white anxiety” that viewed President Obama as someone who “wanted to deprive gun-toting Americans of their constitutional right to bear arms.”NRA
“The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end,” Trump thundered before cheering throngs at the NRA’s annual meeting in April. “You have a true friend and champion in the White House.”
Under Mr. Obama’s Presidency, annual gun production skyrocketed 239 percent and the NRA membership hit a record five million. It poured over $30 million into Trump’s campaign and millions more to stack Congress with gun-friendly lawmakers. All but one of the NRA backed candidates won. NRA millions
We Americans live in a war zone. The terrorists we truly need to fear do not face the east five times daily to pray, they are not sequestered under the leadership of a man named Kim in North Korea. The terrorist organization in our midst is a well-funded , politically involved, 5 million-strong, violence-promoting corps of quasi-militants who gather under the auspices of the NRA. We need to wake up. This is not the NRA which decades ago protected the rights of sportsmen to own shotguns and rifles for hunting. This organization promotes the accumulation of WMDs under the guise of 2nd amendment rights. It is government approved terrorism.
Please pray with me tonight for our earth. Matters not whom you name as Supreme, nor what you label yourself politically, nor where you live on this planet. Our world needs our utmost devotional attention to the escalating crisis between the United States and North Korea. Millions of lives hang in the balance, millions of our brothers and sisters need us tonight and in the days ahead to fill the spaces of God’s reality with fervent supplication for a peaceful solution.
We know war is not your answer to the problems man has created in the world because of his inability to love unceasingly and selflessly. You have taught us a different way, a path of peace and compromise leading to a brotherhood of humanity all sheltered under your loving arms.
We are on the brink of catastrophe because we have put personal agendas, greed, lust for power, and political philosophies ahead of the instructions given to us in all the scriptures by all messengers from your eternal, universal essence. We have strayed from the truths which tell us that all humanity is created equally worthy of freedom and justice and happiness. We have faltered in our evolution to enlightenment.
Please, let it not be too late. As our prayers are touching the world leaders who are at the forefront of this confrontation use our collective power to heal the hurts which have made them the men they are today, to erase the hardships which have made them insecure, to release the egocentric needs to be top dog, and then fill their lives with the beauty of surrender to a greater universal power. Let them know that they also are sons of a most magnificent brilliance which can overcome all obstacles to peaceful coexistence.
Safety, peace, and happiness.
Donald J. Trump stated at a briefing on the opioid crisis at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.:
“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state. And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.” fire and fury
Who are these people? They threaten each other with dire consequences. They throw sanctions, they name-call, they bully, they test missiles, they use the destruction of vast areas of global territory and the death of millions of humans in their pubescent-boy games to jockey for positions of power within their feeble boy minds. And sadly, they have the power to carry out their threats. Do they represent what you or I want as a resolution to decades of mistrust and botched diplomacy and do they truly believe that a winner could emerge from the conflict?
It is so horribly reminiscent of Vietnam during the 1960s. Millions of Vietnamese civilians lost their lives as American profiteering laid waste to their country while expounding the virtues of saving the country from communism. It was a lie. The military played their war games as the armament industry grew fabulously wealthy. But, Vietnam was not a nuclear conflict. North Korea will be nuclear and there will be no winners. Does anybody else understand that? Certainly you and I understand but we have been castrated by an administration intent on wielding its brawn and might throughout the world, by a President who has never in his entire lifetime embraced the power of compromise and diplomacy.
Quite possibly it’s too late. America has installed a man ill-equipped for compromise and lacking the wisdom for diplomacy. America’s recent election has unleashed within its population a vocal cadre of wannabe saber-rattlers ready to gorge on the bloodshed. The industrial/military complex salivates as profit expectations excite the corporate boardrooms. Those sitting in the halls of Congress with the wherewithal to pursue a policy of mature interaction have failed us.
Meanwhile countless millions of innocent souls are asking, “Who are these people? What authority gives Donald J. Trump and Kim Jong-Un such absolute control of our futures?” The North Korean population has had minimal choice in their dictator. What’s America’s excuse?