I’m gonna make this one short and sweet so it comes out before there’s something else in the news that makes me lose my faith in this country of ours all over again.

Gun Control

We still need proper gun control in the United States of America. What we have in place doesn’t work, as evidenced by the insane amount of mass shooting we’ve experienced in this country over the last 50 years, or even in 2018 alone.

I’m not gonna cite statistics, or quote news sources, not this time. By now you either know we have a gun violence epidemic in the US that needs to be dealt with, or you refuse to see reason and love your guns more than your fellow human beings. Period. There’s no other option at this point. Yet somehow—I don’t know how, but somehow—we need to find a solution before we all end up dead.

Immigration

During the month of December, two migrant children from Guatemala under the age of 10 died while in custody of US Customs and Border Protection, and if that sentence right there doesn’t fill you with sadness, indignation, and/or rage, please stop reading right now and go do some serious soul searching. Seven-year-old Jakelin Ameí Rosmery Caal Maquin died on Dec 8, and eight-year-old Felipe Alonzo Gomez died on Christmas, both in New Mexico, while in custody from arguably preventable causes had they received proper medical screening and treatment. This is unacceptable.

I agree that we as a nation need to deal with the immigration issue, but it’s not gonna be by locking up migrants in detention centers to be forgotten, ignored, or silenced; it’s not gonna be by separating children from their families; it’s not gonna be by assuming an antagonistic attitude; and definitely not gonna be by building a dumb wall even if it means shutting down the government over it.

When the President says that, “This is a disgrace,” I agree with him, this is absolutely a disgrace. It is a disgrace that we have policies and laws that allow people seeking refuge to be treated with such contempt.

This Is America

These are just two of the issues we’re facing as a society in the US. Add to this things like the all-but-official policy to disregard climate change even as the rest of the world comes together to seek solutions, or the continuing prevalence of nationalistic far-right groups as if it was the most normal thing, or a general lack of empathy for others, and it can seem dismal. This is America as we close 2018. Let’s not forget about it. Let’s not ignore it. Let’s be aware of it, and seek to do something.

In 2019, let’s strive to be a light to the world, please.