We live in a country filled with different people. Colors, shapes, religions, sexual orientations, likes, dislikes, languages, accents, outlooks.
This is traditionally what has made this country so unique. America - the Melting Pot. The place where all can come, dive in, and have their shot at a life of freedoms and privileges unlike any found in the majority of countries on this globe.
Sounds nice, a great marketing tool - at least on the surface.
The reality is much different.
Yes, we are a country where a simple trip to the local Starbucks could find you in line with three different ethnicities, five religions, and at least one vegan. (Had to throw that in there since so many still think of us as something not quite human.) Customer Service lines offer options for at least two languages. And just about every town has, at least, churches, temples, and mosques.
Sadly, instead of embracing the beautiful differences around us, we tend to circle the wagons and hang with those who are just like us, peeking outside our comfort zones just long enough to cast a glance, a glare, an aspersion.
Missed opportunities all around.
You won't "catch the gay" by getting to know someone who is gay. You won't be insta-converted by saying Hello to the missionary on your doorstep. And no one will require you to eat tofu just because they do.
People are actually pretty great, on the whole. And your world will only get larger and more vibrant by letting them in.
Yes, you knew there was a but coming.
There is, in my opinion, a type of people who are deserving of shame, ridicule, ostracization. They are the people for whom other's hardships are funny. Who like to belittle those who struggle. Who trade in lies, half truths, and hate.
I do realize that pretty much encompasses all the folks on AM Radio, FOX "news", the Koch brothers, Karl Rove, Anne Coulter, Alex Jones, etc. Their favorite theme this week is to make fun of the #bringbackourgirls hashtag being seen across Twitter and in memes on Facebook. The hashtag went viral as it did what it was meant to do - draw attention to the heinous kidnapping of hundreds of girls in Nigeria. Can it alone bring them back? Of course not. But since it started, this ignorant country of ours, addicted to reality TV has learned about true reality.
And if a simple hashtag can open some eyes and pry them away from Miley Cyrus's tongue and the obscene display of ME ME ME as Kim Kardashian attempts yet another marriage - then GOOD. To those who have openly mocked it on your radio shows and TV couches? We already knew you were worthless sacks of shit, but thank you for reminding us lest we start to forget from whence that ever pervasive stench emanates.
The other group for whom I have zero tolerance are the Truthers. Those for whom every incident is a grassy knoll. And just like their cousins, the equally doltish Birthers, no amount of proof will ever convince them that the homemade video they saw on Youtube by some Bubba in a bunker is just that - BUNK.
They came out of their NUTshells again after Sandy Hook, when this entire nation - at least the decent people in it - was brought to its knees as the reports came in. 26 dead. TWENTY of them little children, ages 6 and 7.
Still, I sit here and cannot comprehend the soul crushing agony of those parents. You simply do not send your first grader off to school with their PB&J and envision them never coming back. You just don't. Hell, none of us with kids in high school want to envision that, but we have seen enough to know that there is always a risk.
But first graders? No, just no.
Their bodies were not even recovered, the blood in the classroom not even dry, before the assholes of this nation began holding court. It was a set up. All staged. Those crying parents? Actors. All of them.
And why? Because there are enough wetbrains in this land of ours who cannot accept any facts than mess with their inner narrative of "hate the government," "hate the libruls," "gonna take our guns," and that black man is still in our White House."
Their rantings are deplorable, their rhetoric unforgiveable. They are lower than pondscum. They deserve only derision.
Yet they continue to do what they do - harrass those whose lives were torn asunder. Pouring their verbal salt into wounds that will never truly heal, and recruiting equally ignorant minds into their ranks.
Yet just when you think they can go no lower, they find a bigger backhoe and dig deeper.
This is Grace McDonnell. She was only 7 years old when Adam Lanza entered her classroom and ended her life.
This was the sign at the memorial playground named after Grace. A simple, beautiful, appropriate place built to remember a child. It is 1 of 26 being built as memorials to those lost that day.
This sign was stolen from the playground last Tuesday.
Fine. Vandals exist, they do.
But this theft owes not to some prank playing, insensitive teenager, but to a Truther. A Truther who not only stole the sign but then called Grace's parents to taunt them, telling them again that Sandy Hook never happened, and worse, that Grace never even existed.
Put yourself on the end of that phone call. Bad enough that your soul will never heal from losing your child. That your sleep will never come easy; that your dreams and nightmares won't forever replay what you know of your child's last moments on this earth. But then to have a stranger harass you, bragging about their theft and spitting on your lost child's memory.
These people need exterminated. They just do. And if you think that is harsh, so be it. But anyone who seeks to bring more pain to something like this? NOT NEEDED.
To all the truther nuts out there - no one is coming for your guns. But frankly, if you are this mentally addled, this paranoid, this trigger happy - someone should.
Sandy Hook happened. 20 beautiful children and 6 caring adults were struck down, their school turned into a place of carnage. If you refuse to accept the facts that have thoroughly debunked your BUNK, that is your problem.
But when you crawl from your holes and spread your poison, you have made it our problem and society needs to stand up and deal with you.
I know we're all different. I like that. But this is one difference I simply cannot tolerate.