Sat Sep 28, 2013, 02:18 PM
Robb (39,658 posts)
This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics.
I have saved this one opportunity, my only event of today, to speak briefly to you about the mindless menace of violence in America which again stains our land and every one of our lives.
It is not the concern of any one race. The victims of the violence are black and white, rich and poor, young and old, famous and unknown. They are, most important of all, human beings whom other human beings loved and needed. No one - no matter where he lives or what he does - can be certain who will suffer from some senseless act of bloodshed. And yet it goes on and on and on in this country of ours.
Why? What has violence ever accomplished? What has it ever created? No martyr's cause has ever been stilled by an assassin's bullet.
No wrongs have ever been righted by riots and civil disorders. A sniper is only a coward, not a hero; and an uncontrolled, uncontrollable mob is only the voice of madness, not the voice of reason.
Whenever any American's life is taken by another American unnecessarily - whether it is done in the name of the law or in the defiance of the law, by one man or a gang, in cold blood or in passion, in an attack of violence or in response to violence - whenever we tear at the fabric of the life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children, the whole nation is degraded.
"Among free men," said Abraham Lincoln, "there can be no successful appeal from the ballot to the bullet; and those who take such appeal are sure to lose their cause and pay the costs."
Yet we seemingly tolerate a rising level of violence that ignores our common humanity and our claims to civilization alike. We calmly accept newspaper reports of civilian slaughter in far-off lands. We glorify killing on movie and television screens and call it entertainment. We make it easy for men of all shades of sanity to acquire whatever weapons and ammunition they desire.
Too often we honor swagger and bluster and wielders of force; too often we excuse those who are willing to build their own lives on the shattered dreams of others. Some Americans who preach non-violence abroad fail to practice it here at home. Some who accuse others of inciting riots have by their own conduct invited them.
Some look for scapegoats, others look for conspiracies, but this much is clear: violence breeds violence, repression brings retaliation, and only a cleansing of our whole society can remove this sickness from our soul.
April 5, 1968
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This is a time of shame and sorrow. It is not a day for politics. (Original post)
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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #6)
Sat Sep 28, 2013, 10:12 PM
Robb (39,658 posts)
8. Thank you both for the support, but let's remember
...as tempting as it might be, it's unfair to criticize someone in a place where they cannot respond.
Response to Robb (Reply #8)
Sat Sep 28, 2013, 11:18 PM
freshwest (51,409 posts)
10. True, Robb. I wouldn't have found this OP without the other, though. I am guessing this would have
been locked in GD as a gun post (pro & anti treated the same there) and not political enough.
And he can't respond here, so he put his own spin, mainly going with RFK. The picture of him and the others just break my heart.
There is no Meta and we can figure out to commemorate and move the discussion of gun control in any way that we choose. I do note NYC SKP did support GC to reduce violence at the end.
It's all good to me, we are not the enemy of each other here. We all have some definite enemies with the NRA, ALEC and those who preach violence daily for a living, while the innocent perish.
The object of DU is to move the goal post to peace and freedom to live in safety forward, not play thread monitor or literary critic.
Excellent, moving thread, with your emphasis on how we have allowed this sector of our society to drag us into a way of living that is really a way of dying. We as a people must get back to what is important and what we want our world to be.
No winners, all lose by this.