Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Where we can go and still feel safe in America

“At its heart, Pearls Before Swine is the comic strip tale of two friends: an arrogant Rat who thinks he knows it all and a slow-witted Pig who doesn’t know any better. Together, this pair offers caustic commentary on humanity’s quest for the unattainable.” Here is the latest strip appearing in the Daily Star on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis

Over a year ago, Tuesday October 3rd, 2017, I posted an indictment of America titled J’accuse: Our national failure and disgrace. The occasion was another mass shooting in which 59 people were killed and 527 injured. Nothing has changed except just more shootings and deaths. So, America, this one’s for you. Here are my concluding paragraphs.

I accuse the American people for tolerating the murders of their fellow citizens - adults and children alike - in the name of an archaic document. I accuse my fellow Americans of rewriting their Constitution so as to bestow a right to bear weapons of mass murder. I accuse my fellow Americans of living in mindless fear, of being so afraid of all that surrounds us. I accuse my fellow Americans of being gulled by the gun industry and the NRA and the political leaders into believing that more guns mean more freedom and security.

I accuse, then, most of all, the United States of America for its failure as a nation. I accuse the USA of failing “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity …” I accuse the USA of inflicting unjust injury on its citizens. I accuse the USA of fostering domestic discord. I accuse the USA of harming the general welfare. I accuse the USA of the dishonest equation of guns and liberty. I accuse the United States of America of accepting and condoning the deaths of its citizens.

We have surrendered our quest. Preventing gun deaths is possible, as experiences of other countries show. But in America preventing gun deaths is “the unattainable.” J’accuse.

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