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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Don't blame me! Really?

A Grand Haven businessman is the center of a local controversy today, after posting a 1,200-word diatribe on Facebook. It all began when the local health department insisted that his employees wear face masks. His anger festered, then exploded. His eruption on FB didn’t stop at face masks, but went on to express strong opinions on COVID 19, Black Lives Matter, journalists, politics, and much more.

After reading about that outburst, I was heartened to read another article, this by Washington Post writer Max Boot, who was reflecting on the pandemic, as well as blame being placed on the President and a variety of state governors. He recalled the adage, “every nation gets the government it deserves.” Said Boot: "Trump and the Trumpy governors did not seize power by force. They were elected by constituents…"

He’s singing my song!

You’ve heard numerous verses of that very song on this blog site.

On ill-advised commutations by the President, and zero commutations by the Governor: If we remain silent, we become part of the problem.

Our role in prison reform: …whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. James 4:17

On resumption of federal executions: A movement within the Catholic Church is calling on all of us to “proclaim on the housetops the dignity of all human life.” I’ve signed it. I’m asking you to sign it.

On prisoner problems: If you are a person who prays, I invite you to remember the thousands of prisoners and former prisoners facing problems like these or worse,

On Injustice: “Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” Robert F. Kennedy
On attitudes re prisoners and prison guards: The ball is in our court. May change begin with us.

On racial injustice: The blame goes far beyond rogue white cops. It includes white prosecutors and judges, but goes even further. It is time for us to lament. To confess. And then to be voices and examples for change. We are to blame.

It’s easy to get pissed, like Carl Nelson, and start blaming everyone for everything we don’t like. It’s easy for me to get that way over all these darn prison issues.

The difficult part is accepting our own responsibility. From prisoner issues to national crises, we gotta stop the blame game. It’s time to look in the mirror!

"We live in a culture of blame. People will blame anyone or anything for their misery sooner than take the responsibility to own it and make it better."
 Dr. Henry Cloud

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