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Why America Still Has a Chance

Two mass shootings in less than 24 hours. 

Twenty-nine families irrevocably changed forever. 

One killer a white supremacist nut.  Another a left-wing Antifa nut. 

Left-wing pundits and politicians blaming Trump because the El Paso terrorist echoed his rhetoric.  Right-wing pundits and politicians pointing out the Dayton terrorist echoed the rhetoric of AOC and Sanders. 

Presidential candidates all posturing and pretending that they have the solution that would stop all this – but they never actually specify what that is.  And there’s a reason.  There is no political solution to hatred.  There’s a spiritual one, but not a political one.

So the situation seems hopeless.  Seems.  But it’s not.  Why not?  I know this seems so anecdotal, so isolated, maybe even so simple.  But look at this:

That’s a video taken outside a blood bank in El Paso.  Those are people who aren’t on Twitter.  They aren’t concerned with blaming people or pointing fingers.  They’re there to offer their blood.  They overwhelmed the blood banks.  And the ones who aren’t offering their blood are handing out free pizza, free Gatorade, free water.  And by “free” I mean free to those who are there to help.  It was purchased or donated by others who are there to help.  Real Americans.

And notice something else about those Americans.  There are white ones, Hispanic ones, black ones, ones wearing yarmulkes, others crosses, others nothing but t-shirts and shorts.

One act of hatred meets a hundred acts of love.  It is possible, even in this era, to put down the cup of wrath we are so quick to pour out on others, and choose instead to serve and sacrifice for our fellow man.  We see it in the wake of tragedy and terror.  If we could learn to make it reality every day, we still have a chance.

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