Domestic Terrorism – An Institutional Problem

I should be preparing for my oral prelim right now. It’s in 4 days – and I can’t focus. I can’t focus because this world is a mess. I am frustrated beyond belief with everyone and everything. We’ve had more mass shootings than days in 2015, and this doesn’t sit well with me and it should not sit well with you. Our government officials send their prayers to the victims of gun violence and their families that have been torn apart by the selfish acts of a few people, yet they continue to do nothing. I’m not going to sit here and tell you we need to take away people’s guns or demilitarize police – that is not the point of this post.
Our government is made up of elected officials – these people are the same people that attempt to (and often successfully do) capitalize on the economic disparities between “us” and “them” working every angle to their advantage. These guys have been historically creating an unequal playing field for all of us – turning us against one another so that we don’t see where the real problem is (elected officials).

Terrorism n– the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims.

Oppressing the rights of women on the basis perceived religious values.
Oppressing my friends and colleagues of color solely based on the color of their skin.
Expressing xenophobic views in order to oppress people from other countries because the establishment is terrified of people who aren’t just like them and those who weren’t born into the same position of privilege and power are by definition inferior to the wealthy, white, American, male.
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We have domestic terrorists right here – running for the highest elected office in the country, sitting in congress and the senate RIGHT NOW, acting as CEO and fund managers of our major companies. Hiring those who will further their practice of corruption and institutionalized oppression. Using fear as a means of crowd control and hiding behind the first amendment while spewing bigoted filth into the media for all the world to see. Being bigoted is not a right – it is a character defect. To see another human being as anything other than an equal is a flaw that needs to be rehabilitated.
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People are suffering as a result of the actions of our politicians and by our lack of action. Thoughts and prayers are doing nothing, we have reached a point where we cannot allow this political fear mongering to continue. We need to make a change – we need to educate. We need to understand that the world needs unification now more than ever. We need to let go of the idea of individualism and focus on collaboration and caring for one another. We can’t go on living this way – we need to be invested in the well being of our neighbor (locally, regionally, nationally, and globally) we need to care about each other. It doesn’t matter if we have different religions or skin colors. It doesn’t matter if we dress differently. Our hearts all beat the same way (by and large) and all people are deserving of compassion and care.

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THE ACTIONS OF A FEW ARE HURTING MANY
PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING DOMESTICALLY AND GLOBALLY
THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE
WE HAVE THE POWER TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT
LET’S GO SAVE THE WORLD – TOGETHER

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