If this global pandemic has taught me anything it is don’t put too much faith in people. People that I have considered friends, who I know to be charitable and kind, have shared disinformation and promoted division in our country. They have forgotten the lessons of 8th grade civics. That power in the United States flows from the people. That our most important rights in this country are the rights to self government and self determination. That we are innocent until proven guilty, entitled to due process and equal treatment under the law. People I have known and trusted have shown a distinct lack of empathy and understanding while witnessing unrest in our country. They forget that our very founding document begins, “We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” And that that above all else is what our government is built to do.
I now question if there ever was a time in America when we looked upon each other as fellow Americans. Divisions and wounds this deep take years, decades, to develop. We did not suddenly grow into a country where people who deride kneeling in one breathe are asking others to kneel before a president that demands loyalty to himself before God and country. I am sorry but as Americans our elected officials swore and oath to support and defend the US Constitution from all threats foreign and domestic. They do not take an oath to be loyal to the office of the President or to any other single person. They take an oath to support and defend the US Constitution and that document in big bold letters declares that power in America is derived from We the People.
So everyday when I open Facebook and I find another person that has decided to share Dr. Demon Sperm’s video or swear fealty to the office of the President or question why people won’t comply, bend the knee, and stop protesting police brutality. I do not wish to put away the idea that people are generally good, that people are driven to love and understand, and that people are creatures of empathy, but everyday I find another person to be disappointed in.