- What happened in Dallas was horrific, and now is the time to stand together.
- Some of our countries political leaders feel exactly the same and have been standing up and expressing their deep pains over the shooting.
- Some have come forward with full press releases, while others went to Twitter to express their condolences.
- Each one reiterating the main point that we, as Americans, need to stand together.
“Rage against the dying of the light.”
Churches around the United States are filled with burning candles today. What happened in Dallas was a heart-wrenching blow to us all. To not only Police Officers but to American’s.
We have law enforcement to protect us. They are the soldiers of the every day. Every morning they wake up and they put on a uniform, laying their lives on the line for people inside their community. Whether it’s in Maine, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, or Idaho. The loss of an officer is never easy.
We are greatly indebted to the men and women who fight for us on a daily basis.
Now, is the time to stand together, and the leaders of our country agree. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and others have stepped forward to speak out for Dallas. Some have said things that aren’t quite correct, while others have spun the situation to help themselves. No matter what the intention behind their speeches, Dallas know that we stand together.
Donald Trump’s statement about the Dallas shootings was surprisingly reserved. He is known for his big speeches with grandiose language and direct comments. Yet today, he approached the public with a soft hand, that lent us a view of the tender Trump, we have yet to know.
“We must restore law and order. We must restore the confidence of our people to be safe and secure in their homes and on the street. This morning I offer my thoughts and prayers for all the victims’ families, and we pray for our brave police officers and first responders who risk their lives to protect us every single day. Our nation has become to divided. Too many American’s feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children.”
That may well be one of Trump’s best speeches.
Although, Trump wrote an official press release, Hillary stuck to reaching out through Twitter. Her posts were short but sweet. Yet, something about her response to the Dallas shooting seemed interesting to me. She posted two responses one for the police officers and one for the “African American” families who have lost loved ones as well. Interesting. Especially after the events that occurred in Dallas.
“I mourn for the officers shot while doing their sacred duty to protect peaceful protestors, for their families and all who serve with them.”
“We can’t hide from any of these hard truths about race and justice in America. We have to name them and own them and then change them.”
“Too many African American families are mourning. Too many young black men and women have been taken from us.”
Obama’s response was also brief, in comparison to his heart-wrenching 16-minute speech that he gave in response to the killing of black men by police in Minnesota and Baton Rouge. Yet, he still managed to give his response that presidential flair that he has so elegantly perfected.
“We are horrified over these events and we stand united with the people and the police department in Dallas. We also know when people are armed with powerful weapons, it makes events like these more deadly and more tragic, and we are going to have to consider those realities. When people say ‘black lives matter,’ that doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter. It just means all lives matter, but right now the big concern is the fact that the data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents. Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices they make for us.”
Even Sanders stepped up on Twitter to give his condolences to the officers who lost their lives.
“The attack on police officers in Dallas last night is horrifying and despicable. We must as a nation stand against violence of all kinds.”
Ryan, like Trump, wrote up a press release and then posted it on Twitter. Ryan’s response was filled with emotion and passion for the American people. Everyone on was affected by this devastating disaster and like everyone is saying – we all need to stand together.
“We are all stunned by the events last night in Dallas. We are all outraged. An attack on the people who protect us is an attack on all of us. Our hearts are with the Dallas Police Department. Our hearts are with the victims, and especially with their loved ones. They wear the badge too. I know that to be a cop’s wife or a cop’s husband is to prepare for the worst, but who could fathom such horror as this. There is no cause or context in which this violence – this kind of terror – is justified. None at all. There will be a temptation to let our anger harden our divisions. Let’s not let that happen. There’s going to be a temptation to let our anger send us further into our corners. Let’s not let that happen. That script is just too easy to write – it’s too predictable. Let’s defy those predictions. A few perpetrators of evil do not represent us. They do not control us. The blame lies with the people who committed these vicious acts, and no one else. And as the president rightfully said, justice will be done. We also have to let the healing be done as well. This has been a long week for our country. It’s been a long month for America. We have seen terrible, terrible senseless things. Every member of this body – every Republican and every Democrat – wants to see less gun violence. Every member of this body wants a world in which people feel safe regardless of the color of their skin. And that’s not how people are feeling these days. Sometimes we disagree on how to get there. Sometimes we disagree passionately on how to get there. But on having this debate, let’s not lose sight of the values that unite us. Let’s not lose sight in our common humanity. The values that brought those protesters to the streets in Dallas, the values that brought those protestors to the streets in Washington last night – respect, decency, compassion, humanity. If we lose these fundamental things, what’s left? We need to take a moment here. For reflection, for thought, for prayer, for justice, for action. Right now, let’s let justice be done, and let’s also let some healing occur, too.”