Our national news media sucks. They lead us around like little ducklings, feeding us the headlines they want, burying leads and posturing their own point of view. The day that Al Sharpton became an accepted daily part of the news media was the day they could finally put a fork in it as a profession.
Today we have the most liberal, most myopic and least qualified president in modern American history. And he faces a clownish collection of half-wits and losers who make up much of Congress. If you can't cut it in real life, for goodness sakes run for office. It is the home now for every egotistical nitwit who could never earn a real living, or got tired of doing so, in America.
And then there are the voters. Most can't name their congressmen, much less their local elected officials. The extreme right-wingers want to tear everything down and the extreme left-wingers want to hand everything out. And they all want to pass a law that regulates every part of our lives.
I recently viewed a likely-to-be-ignored new movie "Parkland," which depicts the events surrounding John F. Kennedy's assassination. I read reviews by critics panning the film. They had no clue what they were watching. With the exception of the occasional historical slip, the movie is a brilliant "in your face" and startling production.
It reminded me of a time when Americans, torn apart by issues of the day, still knew a tragedy when they saw it. Now we simply cry in our coffee over faux crises and find ways to divide ourselves.
Our history provides true moments of crises. There was a real Civil War in which real Republicans provided the leadership to free enslaved black men and women. There was a real World War in which the Nazi's practiced not only terror, but took entire nations and ethnic groups as hostages and victims.
We've had real problems in the past, but little things like determination and a realization that we were the greatest nation in the history of modern civilization overcame them.
We need our leaders, our media, and our public to rise above the small stuff. We need to put the "United" back in the United States of America. And we need to do it quickly.