(recently posted on Facebook)

Beware, beyond here there be rants-

“Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody, don’t hit their head, I said, ‘You can take the hand away, OK?’”

No, it is not OK. It is not OK to abuse others, regardless of what they have done or what they carry as part of their personal history. My faith has taught me to love one another, regardless of gender, of nation, of politics, of incarceration. That doesn’t mean naively going about life, but it does mean that, if given a choice of treating a person, regardless of who they are or what they have done with respect, or being brutal and cruel, I will treat with respect.

No, it is not OK. We live in a nation under law that recognizes that all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Not in the middle of a street. Not sitting in a car, with a girlfriend next to him, and a child in the back seat. I get that there are ‘real bad dudes’ who are dangerous. The United States Constitution does not offer Amendment 4.1 or 6.1 for those people. We have serious problems in this country. Arrogant attitude does not lead us toward a solution.

No, it is not OK. Violence begets violence. To needlessly hurt and abuse a person only reminds those who witness that abuse that their hearts must be made harder, rougher, and more angry for the next time they encounter law enforcement. It is a never-ending cycle of pitiful violence. It will do nothing more than further tear us down and tear us apart.

No, it is not OK. Donald John Trump, you are the President of the United States of America. The position that you hold demands that you look at what is best for all Americans. Not what will keep your minimal base happy, not what will most profit you. The position that you hold demands that look beyond your petty, childish worldview. It demands that you grow up, get your head out of whatever police drama you watch on television that guides your view of crime and punishment. It demands that you have the character, the demeanor, the empathy to lead. I have seen none of that so far, and, frankly don’t believe that you are capable of showing anything more than the boorish behavior of a spoiled brat who stomps and fumes and tweets when he doesn’t get his way. If you want to be respected as a leader, you had best start showing why you deserve respect. I have yet to see any reason to give even a spark respect of toward you and your ilk.

No, it is not OK. The military is not yours, it is ours. The government is not yours, it is ours. The legislation is not yours, it is ours. This country is not some ball that you can pick up and take home when you don’t get your way, or some chess board that you can knock over when good men and women don’t play by your capricious rules.

No, it is not OK.

This rant is not endeth…