Two of the hallmarks of a great civilization are the ability of elected leaders to compromise and pass laws to benefit the general public, and a sense of unity among a population that produces compassionate acts and attitudes.
Without these two basic foundations, chaos beckons and governments eventually fall apart, victims of internal strife that seizes the country and undermines the mortar that holds it together.
America is under assault from polarizing forces hell-bent on confrontation, and destruction.
Congress' inability to function shows it's a victim of venomous partisan propaganda that doesn't allow for any middle ground.
Compromise is dead. It's a dirty word. What all great statesman in every civilization had going for them was their ability to compromise and to move forward. America has lost that.
Instead, our country is like a ship moored at port without a captain to take it to sea.
Racial divide is splitting the seams of compassion and people have quit looking at each other as equals.
The people who are trusted to keep the peace are fighting a losing battle. Police brutality and racial bias are thorns in the side of our society.
Lack of respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line everyday for the common good, is too common. What happens when that thin "blue line" can no longer function for lack of support?
Chaos. Anarchy. The fall of the Republic.
It doesn't have to be that way. It's up to all Americans to convince the sloths in Washington D.C. that they want progress, not ideologically babbling that serves no purpose but to put up barriers.
As for compassion...we can make a point of practicing it. Making it a part of our life. We can treat each other as equals instead of enemies of a different color.
It's starts with one person. Will it be you?
Time for me to walk on down the road...