On a Tuesday morning, three bombs exploded in the city of Brussels, forever changing the lives of thousands of people and shaking a country to its core.
Belgium, we think of you, we pray for you — and we go on making asses of ourselves in the eyes of the world.
It didn’t take long for those on the right to stand up, point to Cuba and say to our President of these United States of America, “What are you doing there when the world is being bombed?”
I believe he’s trying to make history and made the world a better place in the only way he knows how … by trying.
Soon after, on that God-forsaken social media model called Facebook, I saw somebody from the left calling out George W. Bush for not racing out of a classroom full of children on Sept. 11, 2001, when he found out about planes flying into the World Trade Center in New York City.
I vividly remember that moment and still recall the look on President Bush’s face when his chief of staff, Andrew Card, leaned in and whispered in his ear.
Nobody knew exactly what was going on in that moment, but it was perhaps the beginning of the most Presdential few months in Bush’s eight-year history in the oval office.
The fact anybody would dare draw comparisons between 9/11 and March 22 offends me.
The only common denominator is both were terrorist attacks.
Remember when terrorism brought us together?
Now there are people on opposite sides of the aisle who use it to try to divide us further apart.
It embarrasses me as an American and it bothers me greatly as a inhabitant of this planet.
The only thing I like about Facebook is it allows me to keep up with so many of my friends, past and present, and what they’re up to in their daily lives.
I get to share in the joys of their newborn children and I get to mourn with them when their parents pass away. I get to laugh with them and cry with them, grow with them and die with them.
In between, I have to put up with bullshit made-for-the-web forms that try to say something factual to prove their point of view — yet if you actually fact-check it you find out it’s simply wrong.
Look no further than the Superior Court situation as Exhibit A, if I may so approach the proverbial bench.
Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan — who once joined forces to create “Stealers Wheel” — summed up this present-day political climate back in 1972 when they sang, “Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am, Stuck in the middle with you.”
It’s how many of us feel right now. Democrats. Republicans. Independents.
Those to the far left and the far right are making us all look bad.
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are both an embarrassment to themselves and the entire political process. Hillary Clinton and Larry David — excuse me, Bernie Sanders — come with their sets of baggage.
All these people, these brilliant minds, in the United States of America and these four are the best we have to offer?
Nah, these are the people we deserve because Karma is a bitch folks.
It’s time to quit blaming other people. It’s time to stop hammering the wedge between us.
It’s time to take a good, long look in the mirror and decide what we really want for our children and our children’s children.
Because if we don’t, this road isn’t leading to the next three bombs going off in some random city.
It’s heading to a place that’s going to be much worse.