47 PEOPLE SHOT!

This past weekend, 47 people were shot on the streets of New York City. Think of that. 47 people over one weekend. We live in a culture that thinks nothing of using violence. We spend more money on our military than all other nations combined. As of now, the USA is involved in wars all over the world. Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Somalia, to name just five. The NY Times reports that the Obama administration is using long-distance drone bombers – ghoulishly named “Predators” – against a dozen nations. And then we tell folks, “Violence does not solve anything.” Bulllshit. There is a clear disconnect between what the government does and what it tells The People. The USA uses violence at the drop of a hat. People like Cheney and Bush, Junior started wars based on total lies and they walk free; Bush, a trust-fund baby from New England, finally shedding his fake shit-kicker image to dine on soufflés at the finest restaurants… Violence works out just fine for them. As Malcolm “X” said, “Violence is as American as cherry pie.” Look at the nightly network TV lineup. Murders are our prime form of entertainment… What is it that people find so entertaining about murder?
47 people were shot on the streets of New York this past weekend, Next Sunday, the nation that invented “Carpet Bombing,” will go on an orgy of self-pity over the destroying of the World Trade Center 10 years ago. How many people – both at home and abroad – have we as a nation murdered since then? All the while babbling about being a “Christian Nation,” we should note. And without a trace of irony. A truly Christian nation would have looked at the bombings and said, “We will not fight back. We forgive you.” Instead, the USA kills millions of people across the globe. Violence is the reward of violence. As a preacher once said, “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Look around the world. This nation sows violence. What can you expect in return? Pray for peace. Work for peace.

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