Remember the Chicago Riots? If you are under 40, you hadn’t even been born. When I hear younger people say they’re worried about this country breaking out in Civil War, it’s probably because they don’t realize what tough times we survived 40 years ago.
So now, the political climate seems to many like everything is worse than it’s ever been. Name calling, vulgarity, protests, riots. The crisis at the border. Affordable care. Racial profiling, Tariff’s. North Korea. #MeToo. But for those of us who remember the late 60’s and the violent domestic explosions in the early 70’s it’s deja vu.
Think of all the people you encounter during the day. Most of them are civil and polite. Yes, political disagreements are more divisive than ever now, but I would bet that sane, courteous, thoughtful, people still comprise what used to be called the “silent majority.” It’s nothing new to fear speaking out about controversial issues.
Since that time, we have lived through assassinations, wars in the middle east, recessions, more race riots, and the worst attack our country has ever been through on 9/11 . So here we are again at the crisis point. But. I believe that we share more values and common ground uniting us than tearing us apart. I don’t think we will have a civil war. This nation will remain strong and we will survive.
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The other day, I had a mind slip. Thinking about a roof leak, I distractedly moved forward out of turn at a 4 way stop sign. A second later, realizing what I had done, I cringed with remorse, waiting for a loud blast from the other driver’s horn, at the very least. But he simply waited for me to go on, and didn’t even roll down his car window and yell at me. Such an incident might have triggered an act of road rage in a big city, but fortunately, my fellow driver was a kindly person, who perhaps realized I’d had a temporary brain freeze.
On another occasion, I approached a checkout lane at the Dollar Store with some products on the conveyor belt, but no customer in sight. Since I had just 3 items, and my husband was waiting in the car, I proceeded toward the cashier. But just as I was checking out, the missing person came up behind me, and loudly berated me for not waiting while she went to the back of the store for a forgotten item.