Not all buildings can be saved. Not all buildings should be saved. But, when there is a collection of public buildings, all within sight of each other, each unique in construction and character, each filled with North Dakota history of over a century, we need to take note and make extra effort to conserve those remaining bits of the past.
So, I’m not surprised by the words that Mr. Trump spoke. Because, for seventy years, he has held his head high and looked down on anyone who wasn’t him. And this is why he can’t understand that people are the same. Every last one of us. We have our own basic needs. We love our families, we care about our friends, we want to live in peace, with a fair wage, and dreams to succeed.
This wasn’t some guy who thought about doing a bombing, or shooting, then got caught in a law enforcement sting. This guy bought the parts, built the bomb, set the timer (though he denies that), and placed the bomb with the intent to do damage and cause injury and death.
There is no good time to talk about this. Because now is a terrible time to have to ask why 59 persons were killed and over 500 injured while attending a concert. There is only time to mourn, and to tear at the air in anger, and curse the evil in the world, and pray for those lost. And to forget about it just as quickly as it started, as the next shiny object flits across our sightline. So, now, at the worst possible time, I repost. Please, please, PLEASE, take thoughts to heart, and spread this post if you see fit. Because change starts somewhere.
I take the Korean situation personally. I’ve never been there, but I have friends and students who have served in Korea, and have stood at the DMZ, staring at the North Korean guard on the other side of that line. I have met students from South Korea, friendly, warm, curious, students. I have a father who served in the original conflict, either at or behind enemy lines as the truce took effect, that turning point in time that, with sixty plus years of diplomatic stalemate, has created the crucible that holds the animus between the United States and North Korea.
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.
OK, there may have been substance there, but most of Mr. Trump’s responses were so incoherent that it was hard to read. We’re not talking political gibberish, we’re talking true Trump gibberish, filled with lots of ‘sad’s, ‘bad’s and other single word descriptors. Sentences half finished. Thoughts that weren’t even trying to connect to reality. In a word, the interview was frightening.
The President is calling this man a liar. Maybe he's right. Maybe Comey is a liar. And, I, as an American citizen want to get to the truth of this matter. As such, I ask that our President step forward, and, to insure fairness, place his hand on the Bible, and swear that "what he shall state shall be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth."
But, at what point does our protection really become a barrier, a wall, if you will, that, with each added brick, with each new bomb or gun, sets up the conditions that makes it more difficult find peace with those who oppose us?
We do need to get to the bottom of this, and we need to do it on our time table, not that of a man who made his career on manipulating the legal system. And no amount of being “tired of hearing about Russia. You can’t go ten minutes without somebody bringing up the Russia incident” (Blake Farenhold)