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Bringing the Pain(e)

Writers like Thomas Paine have shown us that you we can change the social fabric through the written word. During these troubled times, each of us, in our capacities as citizen leaders, have the responsibility to step up and speak. This is the blessing and burden of social media. We have unprecedented access to a ‘platform’. Use it wisely. But, more importantly, we have unprecedented access to the people to whom we’ve delegated our authority. Have you contacted your state and local leaders? Governor? Congressman? Senators? Each of them have email addresses posted on their websites. Ours is a government of, by, and for the people. If we don’t communicate with and insist upon action by our representatives, we have no right to complain about the lack of progress. Understand, screaming at the sky … or one another … doesn’t work.

For the first time in a long time, we are united around the underlying principle concerning police brutality without having to argue the facts. But, we have allowed nefarious actors to co-opt the cause. They are easy to spot. They wear sophisticated and expensive gas masks, carry back packs filled with incendiary devices, they are sporting communication device earbuds … and typically appear to be ‘alone’ in the crowd … but leading the violence. They aren’t protestors. They are anarchists.

The question is … will you reject anarchy and purpose to change the social fabric … or will you embrace anarchy and purpose to shred it to feed your hatred of our President?

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