Before we begin, a footnote- 87 people died by handgun violence on Monday, June 13, 2016. About an average day in the United States. About 32,500 people will die in 2016 from handgun violence.
There are 88 guns for every 100 people in the United States. We have two variables here- deranged people and a proliferation of handguns. And because of the cowardice of politicians, we only want to discuss one of the two problems- and it's not the handguns. For shame. "The hottest places hell are reserved for those, in times of moral crises, preserve their neutrality."
President John F. Kennedy, misquoting Dante.
WHERE IS OUR BOBBY?
In the "long, hot summer of 1967, snipers in Newark and Detroit fired upon police and firefighters. Cities burned. In 1968, the Tet offensive showed that the war in Vietnam could not be won. Dr. Martin Luther King was killed. President Johnson sent tanks and troops into America's inner cites, and Southeast Asia. The times cried out for a leader who could speak to people of color who rioted in ghettos, and were lynched and murdered in the deep south for just trying to vote; students on protest lines, and white, blue-collar workers who feared them both.
President Johnson wouldn't run for re-election. Always politically astute, Johnson knew he couldn't win and would probably not even be his party's nominee.
Who could lead the county out of Vietnam, start the long and agonizing process of racial acceptance, and bring some peace and faith to a white America bewildered at the anger and rage? Could one man do this? Could any politician speak to everyone and speak the truth and not just say what people wanted to hear?
Enter Bobby Kennedy.
Today we have troops in Afghanistan and Iraq and there is a humanitarian tragedy in Syria calling out for American leadership. The planet is overheating, threatening the survival of the next generation. School children are gunned down in mass murder, as are young gay people dancing at a nightclub, and every-day workers at their job. Radical Islamist terrorists are shooting people in France and trying to strike the United States again. Families are working two and three part and full time jobs just to pay their rent or mortgage.
The country and the world are in crisis. It is a time for leadership.
Where is our Bobby Kennedy?
CHAOS IN BROWARD?
According to the JAA Broward Blog here, judges running for re-election are out, as are the judges who are supposed to be covering for the judges running for re-election. Morale is at an all time low (What do you expect? It's Broweird.). And the chief judge won't return anyone's phone calls and spends his time planning lunches for visiting 4th DCA judges.
What to do?
As if we care. It's Broweird.
See you in court.
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