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America Has Gone Mad And There’s No Place To Hide

Abigail Garcia,2, visits a makeshift memorial at Dallas Police Headquarters two days after a lone gunman ambushed and killed five police officers at a protest decrying police shootings of black men, in Dallas, Texas, U.S., July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
“What sort of people are we, we Americans? … Today, we are the most frightening people on this planet.” — Historian Arthur Schlesinger

As these words are written, I am on a cruise ship pulling into the harbor of the Greek island of Crete. All around me, the morning sparkles. The water is placid, the sky is clear and pale blue, our ship is embraced by gently sloping hills dotted with houses and shops.

And I just turned on the television.

And I just heard about Dallas.

I have made it a point to keep the news at something of a distance these last two weeks of travel, filling my days instead with shell craters on a beach in Normandy, a shopping square in Barcelona, the ghostly remains of Pompeii. So while I know that two African-American men were killed by police under dubious circumstances in Louisiana and Minnesota a couple days ago, I haven’t seen the videos, haven’t checked too deeply into the circumstances.

I’m off the clock now. I wanted to keep the horror at arm’s length.

But distance is an illusion, isn’t it? That’s what I just learned when I made the mistake of turning on the television.

Indeed, sitting here in this picturesque place on this peaceful morning far away, it feels as if I can see the madness of my country even more clearly than usual.

Two more black men shot down for no good reason in a country that still insists — with righteous indignation, yet — upon equating black men with danger.

That’s madness.

Last night, I called my sons and grandson to tell them I love them, explain to them yet again that they terrorize people simply by being and plead with them to be careful. I am required to fear what might happen to my children when they encounter those who are supposed to serve and protect them.

That’s madness.

Eleven police officers shot by sniper fire, five fatally, while guarding a peaceful demonstration against police brutality.

That’s madness.

The usual loud voices of acrimony and confusion are already using this act of despicable evil to delegitimize legitimate protest by conflating it with terrorism, asking us to believe that speaking out against bad cops is the same as shooting cops indiscriminately.

That is madness.

And then, there was this coda: A black man, a “person of interest” turns himself in to police after carrying an AR-15 rifle through the protest in downtown Dallas.

An AR-15.

Through downtown Dallas.

As police are dealing with an active shooter.

Apparently, the guy was not guilty of a crime, but he is certainly guilty of the worst judgment imaginable — and lucky to be alive. But then, in carrying that war weapon on a city street, he was only exercising his legal right under Texas law. The NRA calls that freedom.

But make no mistake: It, too, is madness.

America has gone mad before.

The quote at the top is from one such period, 1968. Hundreds of urban riots had wracked the country, the war in Vietnam was uselessly grinding up lives, recent years had seen the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Medgar Evers and Malcolm X. Now, Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy had just been murdered within two months of one another.

And many people were wondering, as Arthur Schlesinger was, about America and its character, about what kind of country — and people — we were. Said New York Mayor John Lindsay, “This is a drifting, angry America that needs to find its way again.”

His words, like Schlesinger’s, feel freshly relevant to this era, almost 50 years down the line.

There is a sickness afoot in our country, my friends, a putrefaction of the soul, a rottenness in the spirit. Consider our politics. Consider the way we talk about one another — and to one another. Consider those two dead black men. Consider those five massacred cops.

Deny it if you can. I sure can’t. Something is wrong with us. And I don’t mind telling you that I fear for my country.

On the night Martin Luther King died, two months almost to the day before he himself would be shot down in a hotel kitchen, Bobby Kennedy faced a grief-stricken, largely African-American crowd in Indianapolis and with extemporaneous eloquence, prescribed a cure for the sickness he saw.

“My favorite poet,” he told them, “was Aeschylus. And he once wrote, ‘And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.’ What we need in the United States is not division. What we need in the United States is not hatred. What we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness but is love and wisdom and compassion toward one another and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer in our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.”

Those words feel hopelessly idealistic, impossibly innocent and yet, wise, grace-filled and … right for the raw pain of this moment I commend them to all our wounded spirits on this shining morning from a peaceful place that, as it turns out, is not nearly far enough away.


Leonard Pitts is a columnist for The Miami Herald, 1 Herald Plaza, Miami, Fla., 33132. Readers may contact him via e-mail at lpitts@miamiherald.com.

Photo: Abigail Garcia, 2, visits a makeshift memorial at Dallas Police Headquarters two days after a lone gunman ambushed and killed five police officers at a protest decrying police shootings of black men, in Dallas, Texas, U.S., July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Leonard Pitts Jr.

Leonard Pitts Jr. is a nationally syndicated commentator, journalist, and novelist. Pitts' column for the Miami Herald deals with the intersection between race, politics, and culture, and has won him multiple awards including a Pulitzer Prize in 2004.

The highly regarded novel, Freeman (2009), is his most recent book.

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  1. Dominick Vila July 10, 2016

    Good and objective article Leonard. Enjoy your vacation! I am not surprised that you could not escape the latest evidence of racism, fear, and violence in the USA. I watch foreign TV almost every day, and what is happening in the USA is being broadcast worldwide, and eliciting a mix of perplexity and horror among those who still see the USA as a bastion of freedom and democracy. Even our closest friends and allies are perplexed and horrified by what is happening in the USA…and we don’t seem to care, or do anything constructive to solve the social problems we have.
    The tragedy in Dallas was bound to happen. Yes, it is inexcusable, and probably counter productive for ethnic minorities, but it should not surprise anyone. There are limits to how much punishment, insults, and threats a person can endure. That’s exactly what happened in Dallas. There are also limits to what can be expected from a law enforcement person, trying to do his/her job, when told that the person they are confronting has a gun, and is reaching for his pocket. And yet, our response is to defend the right of every person, even suspected terrorists, to purchase and own a gun in the USA. Could it be that those who advocate gun ownership want that right limited to a specific segment of our population?

    1. plc97477 July 10, 2016

      I wonder if the reason we have not heard from the nra about this is because it was a big surprise to the nra that African-americans also have the second amendment.

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        1. idamag July 11, 2016

          Sherrie Gibbs is a scam. This warning is for Godzilla who might just fall for it.

      2. idamag July 11, 2016

        They’ll be working on getting that corrected.

  2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 10, 2016

    Excellent assessment, Leonard. Yes, America is mad—but the devolution in madness started prior to a Thanksgiving in 1614 when a band of happy Englishmen sailed back to England with a ship full of Patuxet Indians intended to used as slaves.
    This insane inhumane act by the new colnizers was shamelessly and in a terrorist fashion followed up as described below:

    In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside. Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared “A Day Of Thanksgiving” because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered…

    To most conservatives and racists, this event and others are conveniently ignored and filed away in dark recesses of the mind marked “NOT TO BE ACCESSED”.

    I just read an article this morning where the Bahamas has declared a Travel Advisory for anyone traveling to the US, warning them of the unstable conditions which exist there.
    I’m more accustomed to seeing such advisories for countries like Mali, Mauritania, Algeria, Libya, Yemen, or certain Central Asian countries.

    This then is the New Age of Darkness which Conservatives and their supporters are only too happy to usher in.

    1. idamag July 11, 2016

      Great! The reason Christianity doesn’t work against hate and anger, instead of action they just pray about it. The United States has more terrorists in the Bible belt than anywhere.

  3. charleo1 July 10, 2016

    Just a really thoughtful, beautiful, and heartfelt piece. Leonard Pitts’ brilliant creativity as a writer evidently doesn’t take hiatus with Leonard Pitts the man!

  4. pjm19606 July 10, 2016

    Another puff piece which doesn’t get anywhere near the core problem: That of a nation ruled by a rich, White, predominantly male minority, which HAS ruled, unimpeded, since 1776. If we were, in fact, a Democracy where the MAJORITY rules, then how is that even possible? The answer is easy: we never were and remain so.

    1. Godzilla July 10, 2016

      Maybe because we are NOT a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic. One big problem is that the education system is a left wing run failure and your proof.

      1. A.T. July 10, 2016

        “Your proof.” If you are going to insult someone’s education, at least spell your insult correctly.

        1. CrankyToo July 10, 2016

          He’s a RIghtie; being correct is not really his gig.

          1. Eleanore Whitaker July 10, 2016

            If ideology has done anything in this country, it has caused major rifts in sane, rational thinking.

        2. Eleanore Whitaker July 10, 2016

          Thank you…It is always the ones who have NO education, never leave their states and then assume their murdering, gun happy states is a national lifestyle.

          1. idamag July 11, 2016

            But he is a former football player. If you are acquainted with any high school teachers, you know they can’t flunk the football players so the football players don’t have to learn.

          2. Eleanore Whitaker July 11, 2016

            Well that explains it…too many footballs to the brain.

      2. Eleanore Whitaker July 10, 2016

        Eat it liar boy! The U.S Constitution mentions no where that the form of government is a Republic. It states clearly…UNITED States…Not Republican states. You boys do love to prove how powerful your Republicans are don’t you? You’ll do and say anything that throws your weight around and becomes the high handed screwball society of men who thrive on violence.

        I’ve heard enough from 40 and 50 something big mouth instigators males who spend most of their time playing violent video games, eating up the worst militant right wing media and then have the nerve to think YOU are sooooo powerful?

        The problem is that middle aged men grew up in daycare. They never bonded as families…so you bet your butt they don’t know what they hell obedience to law and order is. THAT’s what democracy is ALL about…law and order to keep a society safe in public places.

        I’d strongly suggest that Texas got exactly what it asked for. It has been a murderous state since the Alamo boys lost that battle.

        And this is NOT the first some gun happy Texas cowboy picked people off in Dallas Streets…1974 Charles Whitman did the same.

        Don’t go around blaming ALL Americans for YOUR gun lust.

      3. dtgraham July 11, 2016

        Look Godzilla, I know you want to snort hot air and stomp all over America, but are you really going with the idea that the United States is not a democracy? NOT a democracy?

        I know this is a thing among the political right, but really?

        1. idamag July 11, 2016

          Democracy means government by the people. A Democracy can also be a Republic, but a former high school football player know more about government than anyone else. Don’t ask him why we celebrate the fourth of July.

  5. Eleanore Whitaker July 10, 2016

    The truth is that men who own guns cannot protect themselves with a gun or anyone else when they are faced in broad daylight with an impulsive, gun happy freak.

    Texas has the most lax gun laws in the US. And yet, Texas has already had 2 mass murders and a presidential assassination.

    So they swagger, drawl and call that “education” backed up by their assault weapons.

    This last Dallas disaster was just another Texas episode that was inevitable.

    But let’s keep allowing mental cases to own AR-15s.

    1. A.T. July 10, 2016

      And the NRA doesn’t allow studies on guns because there is no correlation between vigilantism and lower crime rates. It just adds more confusion to the situation for law enforcement.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker July 10, 2016

        I guess we should wait on the NRA to let us know who we can vote for. On OUR tax dollars?

        First of all, within a matter of 48 hours, police managed to blacken their law enforcement with two irrational murders. You bet the country is fed up with police brutality.

        So what now? You are stopped by a cop, he asks for your ID and the minute you reach for it, he shoots you in the face?

        Unless the racial profiling by cops stops, this is never going to end.

        1. A.T. July 10, 2016

          Yes, the NRA is already telling us who to vote for. They own the house republicans who keep pushing fruitless investigation after investigation with our money. And many people are drinking their koolaid.

          1. Eleanore Whitaker July 11, 2016

            The government has the power to stop the NRA from interferring in our electoral processes. They cross the line when a Bourbon boozer like Mitch McConnell brazenly states that the NRA will decide on who the next president will be.

            Can you just imagine this one getting past the Founding Fathers? At no time in U.S. History have Americans had to tolerate such blatant electoral corruption.

            The point is that unless someone in Government stops the GOP from their obsession to be the ruling party in government, this country’s rights and freedoms will always be reinterpreted by mentally deranged men like Ryan, Chaffetz, Gowdy, Cotton, Issa and McConnell.

            I can only hope these men are not the icons of what the south and midwest call “men.”

            I’m not saying that there aren’t men and women in other parts of the country who are wearing halos. However, these men are high-handed, bullying and outright aggressive violators of their oaths of office.

        2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 10, 2016

          Eleanore, the NRA will be punching in its hand-picked choice for the bewildered GOP to choose.

          Given their juvenile “Pledge”, the GOP will even endorse “Howdy Doody/Clara Bell” if they were on the ticket and the NRA gave its okie-dokie.

  6. Eleanore Whitaker July 10, 2016

    In a bizarre way, this Dallas mess is amusing. Here we hace a bunch of bigots who lie, contort truth until they no longer are capable of understanding the difference between opinion and fact, truth and lies and then they want to walk around like ISIS terrorists. Yep…that’s real sane.

  7. Robert L July 10, 2016

    Well done, America. You have embraced madness, and you only have yourselves to blame. The entire world looks at you in bewilderment, and your citizens cower in fear and anger. The Colossus is dying, and its wounds are self-inflicted. Well done, America. Well done indeed.

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 10, 2016

      Love the Andorian “Shran” icon.

      1. Robert L July 10, 2016

        I liked Shran as well. He owed a debt to Archer, and he was going to pay it back if it killed him! Nothing he hated worse than owing something to a pink skin!

        1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 10, 2016

          It never fails to make me chuckle to hear Shran refer to Archer as “pink skin”. What great lines he was given, especially about the Xindi not taking advantage of his scam mining operation.

          But, I digress. (Given the times, I need some digression).

    2. Dr. Chris Lee July 10, 2016

      You do not think that this has anything to do with our Leader?

      1. Robert L July 10, 2016

        Of course it does. Our present leader, all our past leaders, and surely our future leaders, regardless of party or philosophical affiliation.

        1. TZToronto July 10, 2016

          OK, but be clear that President Obama is no more responsible than previous presidents for the current state of affairs in America. Those who condemn President Obama for whatever it is they condemn him for should remember that he’s had little or no cooperation from Congress in making things better for most people, including his critics. And as far as keeping your doctor, it’s the fault of insurers–and your doctor, not President Obama–if people can’t keep their doctors. Improve the ACA by forcing insurers to allow people to keep their doctors. Where is that amendment to the ACA? Have the Republicans in Congress tried to put in that amendment? Have those who haven’t been able to keep their doctors contacted their Congressmen to demand such an amendment? Who do I bother to ask?

      2. charleo1 July 11, 2016

        If, by our leader you mean our President, President Obama the man? What he has said, done, or how he has conducted himself as POTUS. No. If you are referring to what his skin color represents to a faction of people in this Country. And how that’s brought out the over the top political rancor, the radicalism, the avoidance of any common ground, the aversion to compromise, leading to disfunction. Yes, absolutely, the skin color of our present President, and what the election of an African American to the highest office in government. And what that represents to the Old Confederacy, has been nothing less than a red cape to a bull. And has a lot to do with the present state of race relation, and political polarization we are seeing. And Obama’s election has also served not to create these divides, but to reveal our remaining deep racial divides. As well as our continuing inabilities, and failure as a Country to fully come to grips with our lingering racial problems, still stemming from our race based structural inadequacies, and inequalities. In how we are still divided in the way we understand these differences, and their root causes. And also, how we have two completely separate, and distinct ways of thinking on how the fundamental tenets of equal protection, and equal justice under the law being applied correctly to both majority, and minority, should look in America.

  8. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 10, 2016

    Pardon me, but there is one last item I like to add to this insightful article re: America’s current stage of demise.

    I believe now is the time to express an extract of an extract, of an assessment offered by the Universal House of Justice in its address to the peoples of the world in October 1985 on the occasion of the United Nations International Year of Peace.

    As I relate this, I think of how the state of affairs as of last week has led America further down a slippery slope, and how such backwards people as the former Congressman above and how certain participants in this forum like “AgLander” and that goat of goats, “Otto The Goat” have foolishly and irresponsibly chosen to respond to the current events, not to mention certain politicians.

    The Universal House of Justice’s extracted Extract reads as such:

    “…’The winds of despair’, Baha’u’llah wrote, ‘are, alas, blowing from every direction, and the strife that divides and afflicts the human race is daily increasing.The signs convulsions and chaos can now be discerned, inasmuch as the prevailing order appears to be lamentably defective’. This prophetic judgment has been amply confirmed by the common experience of humanity. Flaws in the prevailing order are conspicuous in the inability of sovereign states organized as United Nations to exorcise the specter of war, the threatened collapse of the international economic order, the spread of anarchy and terrorism, and the intense suffering which these and other afflictions are causing to increasing millions. Indeed, so much have aggression come to characterize our social, economic and religious systems, that many have succumbed to the view that such behavior is intrinsic to human nature and therefore ineradicable.
    With the entrenchment of this view, a paralyzing contradiction has developed in human affairs. On the one hand, people of all nations proclaim not only their readiness but their longing for peace and harmony, for an end to the harrowing apprehensions tormenting their daily lives. On the other hand, uncritical assent is given to the proposition that human beings are incorrigibly selfish and aggressive and thus incapable of erecting a social system at once progressive and peaceful, dynamic and harmonious, a system giving free play to individual creativity and initiative but based on cooperation and reciprocity. …”

    That last phrase, “at once progressive and peaceful, dynamic and harmonious, a system giving free play to individual creativity and initiative but based on cooperation and reciprocity. …” relates in my mind to the attitude generally evinced by the Establishment in US politics and in the attitudes of many in law-enforcement.
    By dishing out negativity and callousness to a large segment of America based on race and color, one quality being a myth and the other an ephemeral feature, the prevailing order and those who identify fail to display an attitude of cooperation and dispense harsh and unbalanced responses and an atavistic fear of “the other”; and in return, many blacks understandably reciprocate with

    1. TZToronto July 10, 2016

      Don’t waste your keystrokes on the trolls.

      1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 10, 2016

        That is very sage advice and a timely reminder.

        I need to l practice discipline—(“Discipline 007, discipline”).

      2. Insinnergy July 10, 2016

        Timely words.
        I have recently resigned from my self-appointed troll-hunting.
        I just hope everyone can now spot them for themselves, and offer them no response.

    2. idamag July 11, 2016

      Even though ISIS is wrong and should be destroyed, the seed of attacking Iraq created them. Even though the angry Black man who shot the policeman was wrong and should be punished, incidents like Lousiana created that anger.

  9. opinioned1 July 10, 2016

    I`m a white 73 year old male. I lived through the race riots of the 60`s, seen first hand the treatment of black citizens in the south. Colored only signs over one rest room, whites only signs, were displayed over male and females rest rooms. The rear service window “colored only” while everyone else was welcome at the front window. Most of you have never seen any of this and it certainly don`t appear in most history books, but it did happen and I seen it first hand. I never dreamed a black man could ever be elected president in my lifetime but President Obama was. There are thousands of racist and bigots who after nearly 8 years still refuse to live with that fact that he`s a fantastic president and a real leader. These types want to pass off the blame for their own bigotry to Obama. Sad as it is 50 years later the racist and bigots have brought us full circle, minus the “colored only” only signs. Today their wrath is against the poor they help perpetuate, by allowing morons to cut taxes for the rich, send our jobs to China, and destroy unions.

    When black Americans began to feel pride in being an American these pukes did everything in their power to destroy the proud legacy of our first black president and when that wasn`t enough they began writing new laws to discriminate against the LBGT community, their next in line for their bible thumping attacks. These types have so much hate in themselves that it`s just a matter of time before we see a full on repeat of the 1960`s unless it`s shut down now. The very thing these hate mongering bigots have been working to create for the past 50 years. If it should happen and I certainly hope it don`t these bigots win and all of America becomes the loser. You have the ability to stop this-It`s called your vote. If you vote for Trump you get a racist bigot who will lead the clowns to another civil war at some point. It`s your choice and obviously many could give a big sh** since we have allowed the bigots to continue screwing over the little guys by keeping the tax cutting for the rich alive and letting these same pukes call those of us on the left takers — leeches — and 47% ers– never once saying enough is enough!!!

    1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth July 10, 2016

      We need more courageous people just like you who aren’t afraid to expose the warts we all have, black, white and every shade in between.

      1. idamag July 11, 2016

        Twenty years ago if he had torn his house apart, he would have found labels: “made in China, Made in India, Made in Sri Lanka, Made in Mexico and Make in Argintinia,” and none “Made in the USA.” So who sent our jobs overseas? Who demanded cheap and promoted it?

    2. Dr. Chris Lee July 10, 2016

      I also am 70 years old and remember these facts of our past.
      We have come a long way out of the bigotry and hate.
      The man you speak of…..”Obama” has ruined this advancement and brought us back to those days! Yes, he understands the words to fool people like you.
      But, the majority of Americans understand his lies!
      We cannot wait till he is out of office and we have a new president that will get America back on the right track.
      Oh, Obama is the one who wants our jobs sent out to other countries!
      Did you know he is from Chicago? There are more murders here than anywhere in the country. Very strict gun control. You think criminals will follow gun laws?
      Have you kept up with Obamacare? Keep your Doctor?
      Why is there so much welfare? Do you think this is a way to control people?
      I can go on for hours with his :Lies.
      I am tired and must rest. I will give you more later.

      1. chino49p July 10, 2016

        Obama or the fact that he came from Chicago has nothing to do with it. Obama has faced an unprecedented degree of outright racism and obstructionism from most all the republicans, the tp and other sick cons. They stoked the flames of racism against him from the beginning. Obama did not take us back, you and the other white racists who were vehement that a Black man was in the White house are the ones who took us back.

        As far as Obama wanting jobs sent to other countries is concerned, you have lost touch with reality. You need to go tear your house apart because the leftists have put cameras in every room watching you. And there is probably an implant behind your right ear. Wait, look, the signpost up ahead—-you’re in the Twilight Zone.

      2. Bill in Houston July 10, 2016

        I am a 78 year old white male southerner. While you and I are roughly contemporaries, we have apparently existed in different universes. The only way that I see that Obama has in any way caused an increase in racial polarization is that he has driven people like you out into the open. I know how things have been for black people in this country. I grew up on a farm in Louisiana. My family “employed” – exploited would be a better word – impoverished black people. On Sept 15, 1963, as a young professional engineer, I was on a trip and happened by coincidence to be driving through Birmingham, Alabama, at the precise time the church was bombed. Frankly until then I had never given race relations much thought. The events in Birmingham that day were a “road to Damascus” event for me. I realized with sudden brilliant clarity that I had lived in and accepted a highly flawed society. Since that day, I have been a changed person. The day Obama was inaugurated was one of the happiest days of my life. I never thought I’d live to see it happen.

        1. idamag July 11, 2016

          The South needs more people like you and less of the scratch and spit type.

          1. Bill in Houston July 11, 2016

            Thanks idamag. And thanks for your other excellent comments. BTW, we may be in the minority, but there are a few of us down here with functioning brains. Also BTW, it is probably not well known nationally, but Houston city is surprisingly liberal. We are, as far as I know, the only major city which has had two black mayors and two female mayors, one of whom was an acknowledged lesbian. Progress is slow, but keep the faith. Things will get better as my generation dies off.

      3. opinioned1 July 11, 2016

        I feel so sorry for people like you who continue to wallow in your hate and contempt. President Obama has done none of what you claim,but its a fact that those like you will never be able to accept the fact that a black man was elected as our president twice. Never in 240 years has a president faced the racist, bigoted, disrespect Obama has. It started with racist emails from the RNC office, a moron screaming you lie in congress, and ends with old whites guys not even considering his legal pick for a S.C. justice. At 70 years of age there should be a modicum of wisdom instilled is a person, but obviously your racist bigoted beliefs continue to drive your ignorance. I pity those like you who continue to live in denial. You truly are a brainwashed Fox ditto-head junkie..who swallows whole all the bullsh**>>.

        1. idamag July 11, 2016

          Congress persons swore on the Bible to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and defend it against all enemies, foreign and domestic. They have not. They have commited treason twice – once by sending a letter to a foreign country that our President was negotiating with and by refusing to hold hearings on his appointment to the Supreme Court. Yes, the Affordable Care Act could have been better, but Obama had to get what he could so he compromised. Compromise is something the Founding Fathers did very well. One time we were the strongest Democracy around. Now, we are faced with fascist like people destroying our Democracy. We have many members of the House and a few in the Senate that I am sure do not have triple-digit I.Q.s. Case in point: the week Obama was inaugurated, The Senate leader says, “Our number one goal is to make Obama a one-term president.” Every time Obama is speaking to Congress and the cameras scan the members, you see them without any dignity whatsoever, making faces. John McCain is the worst offender. We have the so-called doctor spouting lots of generalities with no substance. My brother was a psychologist. He earned his doctorate. He said, “All generalities are lies.”

          1. opinioned1 July 15, 2016

            Fox ditto-head junkies will never bother to read what you posted. All they know is to repeat the same old garbage..

        2. ryan mcguinness July 13, 2016

          He was born to a white women? He’s a racist and that’s my opinion. I voted for him and I wish I never did. I’m sure you’re going push your fascism on me and tell me i’m crazy. The word racist is so played out. I feel like Liberals first word is racist before mom and dad. When Hillary gives amnesty to 30 million illegals and we don’t have Jobs here now, are you going to blame Bush?

          1. opinioned1 July 15, 2016

            I`m sorry for you. I have no solutions for those like you who are so easily brain washed. Just go, and get back to Fox and talk radio where all your bigoted beliefs can be confirmed.

          2. ryan mcguinness July 15, 2016

            Typical Liberal who brings Fox news up. While i’m an independent, I don’t watch liberal news because it usually only tells one side. At least FOX has Democrats and Republican’s on the show. See Liberals like yourself like to push your fascism on people. If you aren’t living on the Democratic Plantation you’re stupid, dumb and racist. Anything that doesn’t support your liberal way of thinking is brain washing material to others. Clinton News Network isn’t my style. Liberals aren’t rational people that my problem. Hey, it’s cool you support rapist. Bill physically rapes them and Hillary mentally rapes them. One thing I have to give liberals credit for is, they will support a murderer if they are up against a Republican. Maybe one day you’ll wake up and figure out that both parties are a disgrace and don’t give a damn about you!!!!!!!

      4. idamag July 11, 2016

        You are a doctor of what?

      5. johninPCFL July 11, 2016

        You do realize that the STATES control eligibility for most welfare, right? And that most of the new welfare recipients are in GOP-governed states, right? And that those state legislatures set the limits for entry into welfare programs, right?
        So, summing up, the GOP-controlled states that implemented the most austere restrictions on government spending also have the laxest entry for their welfare programs, resulting in a huge influx of GOP-controlled populace into the welfare programs.

    3. jam July 10, 2016

      Thank you! I’m a 72 y.o. white woman and I saw what you saw with my own eyes. I mourned MLK and RFK for years, actually……..to this day. I

    4. idamag July 11, 2016

      Very well said. I, too, remember those horrible days. There was Metger Evans, Martin Luther King, Jr., Emmett Teill, three boys trying to register Black voters, A church bombing in Alabama that killed four little Sunday school girls, and a whole host of unnamed Black people that were killed and maimed. The voting act and the Civil Rights act at least sent those horrid excuses underground. Then Trump took a big stick and stirred and they are rising to the top.

      1. ryan mcguinness July 13, 2016

        Typical liberal blaming Donald Trump. He calls it like he see it. I’m an independent and I’m really starting to get sick of the liberal fascism. Obama is a race baiter and so is Hillary. When Hillary gives amnesty to 30 million illegals your grand kids will be on welfare because their are no jobs. Keep living on the Democratic Plantation. You know the people are pissed if Trump got this far. I’m sure in your twisted mind 15 million who voted for him are racist. I don’t need Hillary Clinton blaming me for the blacks problems. It’s 2016 everybody needs to be accountable for their actions. I’m over the white guilt crap……Blacks have been voting Democrat for 50 years where has it gotten them. Obama who always forgets that he is half white has doubled the unemployment for blacks.

  10. chino49p July 10, 2016

    Yes it is madness and its maddening. What gets me so disgusted is the insane rightwing nutjobs who believe that if you are against police brutality then you are against the police in general. That is such an asinine attitude.

    Any right minded and intelligent person ought to be appalled at and totally against police brutality. The majority of police officers are good people, doing their job to protect and serve their community but its the bad ones who give the good ones a bad reputation. On top of that, the good officers have to be afraid of the bad ones themselves. Then you got these loudmouthed people speaking out and making it easier for bad cops to remain bad cops instead of demanding that ALL cops be GOOD cops and holding them to a higher standard of accountability instead of a lower standard. Nobody is forced to become a police officer, you basically have to demand the right to be a police officer with the power of life and death over other citizens, and as such, you have to be held to a higher standard of accountability. A badge is not a pass to do what you want, or to take out your aggression or hatred on the populous under the color of authority.

    How often would you have to have your rights violated or be brutalized by a bad cop or have a family member killed by a bad cop before it really counted and you started to want the bad cops rooted out. Give me a break, everybody should be speaking out against bad cops. Yes, there is madness afoot!

    1. JPHALL July 11, 2016

      So it is Obama’s fault the someone is a klutz? You have out done your usual level of stupidy this time.

      1. FireBaron July 11, 2016

        Nah. It’s Obama’s fault that Otto has access to a keyboard and internet connection.

        1. JPHALL July 11, 2016

          Right. I forgot. He is also responsible for both the militant White and Black racists. They never existed before he became president. Yeah right! Subject: Re: Comment on America Has Gone Mad And There’s No Place To Hide

      2. idamag July 11, 2016

        I don’t know why your respond to that racist Nazi stinking goat.

        1. JPHALL July 11, 2016

          It is so hard to just let it go. I know better, but he is like a bottle of booze to an alcoholic. Subject: Re: Comment on America Has Gone Mad And There’s No Place To Hide

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