I was born, raised, and educated from 1953 to 1975 in a country called the United States of America.
Problems? Oh, God, did we have problems. Racial injustice, a horrific, stupid war, and a criminal in the White House, just to name a few. It’s not that there weren’t problems.
Here's the essential difference between America then and America now:
Of all the predictable reactions to the latest round of mass murders, the one we should be most suspicious of is the news that Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are now "considering" legislation requiring background checks on gun purchases. We've heard that talk before, always in the hours after a mass shooting. It is all part of the Republican playbook. It has always been a smokescreen to give Trump and McConnell time and cover while they wait for the next new cycle's horrors to swipe El Paso and Dayton out of the cable news opening blocs.
Maybe I will be proven wrong. Back on October 4, 2017, three days after a gunman killed 58 Americans and wounded 422 others, we wrote a piece entitled "What Happened in Vegas Will Stay in Vegas," in which we predicted that there would be no change in America's gun laws in the wake of the worst mass shooting in the nation's history.
We were not wrong then.
If the founding fathers could see the state of the nation that they founded today, they would see the problem for what it is.
We are not each pushing -- each in our own way, and each as hard as we can -- to bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.