We see marriages, families, communities, and nations divided on every possible line and that is how HaSatan wants it! The question is how to avoid this kind of enmity as individuals and as communities while still making a stand for HaShem and His Moral code. The other day a neighbor who is something of a surrogate Grandmother to the kids came by for a visit as she does most days, and shocked me by her admission that she had started a confrontation in the store a few days prior. She of course di not view it that way, but that is exactly what happened. She is, as many conservative people are, increasingly fed up with the Black Lives Matter protests and the way they are posing the issue of Police Brutality as an issue of racism only. We all know that some police officers are just @$$holes, inevitably some are even racists. But the majority are just people trying to uphold law and order in an increasingly disorderly world. They have families, they have fears and pain just like the rest of us. When attacked, they bleed and die like the rest of us too.
The hypocrisy of an entire segment of society (Police in this case) being vilified and generalized as brutal racists because of the act of a handful of bad cops is appalling. It is no different than the racism that these people are protesting, it is unfair prejudice against people based on their career. Still, there are those on the radical left who are trying to hijack what began as a valid protest to create total anarchy ahead of the election. They want a race war to prevent peace so that they don't have to face a fair election. Sadly, my neighbor, who means well, is playing right into their hands as are many others. She was standing in a checkout line and being offended by the protrusion of underpants poking out of the low slung jean pants of the colored man in line in front of her. She said (to no one in particular) "Looks like SOMEONE needs to pull up their pants...." This elicited a stream of profanity from the young man, and it is just these kinds of conflicts the socialist left wants to encourage ahead of the election.
A house divided will never stand so we must find a way to remain united despite our differences. We may have different political views, dress styles, and cultures but we MUST find something on which to remain united in these turbulent times! That something is AMERICA; We are ALL AMERICANS!
America is not perfect. It's history and the people who built it are not inerrant. We have never claimed such boasts. Instead, the founding principles of America have always been LIBERTY, and JUSTICE FOR ALL! There MUST be justice for George Floyd. There MUST be JUSTICE for ANYONE OF ANY COLOR who has suffered the consequences of hate crimes, racism, or police abuse of power. But throwing out the entire system, attempting to rewrite it's history, and demonizing ALL law enforcement officers accomplishes none of that. Our National Anthem does not proclaim America to be Land of the PERFECT and home of the WOKE. Rather it proclaims that we are the land of the FREE and home of the BRAVE.
We would do well to remember how these hard won qualities became ours in the first place. Those men who some are now decrying as "racist slaveholders" (in an era when men in every country held slaves) were fleeing from the oppression of the crown themselves. Progress happens in stages. They fled a system that kept the lower class forever held down and founded a system that has allowed all classes an opportunity to own land, vote, and even create a business. Making sure that opportunity is equally available to all persons of all races and classes is a work in progress, but the important thing is to recognize that NONE OF IT... free speech, freedom of religion, women's rights, minority rights, NONE OF IT would be possible if those men who are being erased from the history books or recast as racist villains, had not believed in LIBERTY and JUSTICE FOR ALL! The toppling of statues is another topic, that as believers we have two opinions on, but the premise of the attempt is a dangerous one and we must stand up against this revisionist revolt. Yet to do so plays us right into the hands of the left who wants nothing more than to cast centrist Americans who believe American History has value as racists alongside the likes of Jefferson and even Lincoln! We can not become divorced from our history, we must embrace it and one another as imperfect, and yet wholly AMERICAN! We must remember that above all we are ONE NATION.. Under G-d... and that last part is the part the radical Left refuses to accept and THAT is what they are trying to erase, our accountability UNDER THE ONE TRUE CREATOR OF HEAVEN AND EARTH!
Forest & Andrea Acker