th It is shocking the lack of critical thought left in the USA. Equally striking is the effortless manipulation of the populous. And the cherry on top… the abuse of the first amendment by the press. The atrocious murders by Dylann Roof, the unthinkable act of a deeply troubled youth and the incredible Christian forgiveness of those in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church have rightly sparked a deep debate across these “not so” United States. The debate centers on exploring if Dylann Roof, who has been arrested on drug charges, was using psychiatric drugs. These drugs are associated with the Sandy Hook gunman Adam Lanza, the ‘Batman’ shooter James Holmes and the Fort Hood gunman Ivan Lopez. Wait – My Bad – we are not talking about that are we. No, the press and congress are focused myopically on the manifesto. They want to know what was going on inside the mind of this youth; they desire to know what social pressures and injustices have pushed this troubled mind over the edge. I agree it is important to understand these social pressures so we might properly affix blame. Therefore, when the press and congress dutifully dug deep into this troubled individual’s manifesto they read the following:

“The event that truly awakened me was the Trayvon Martin case. It was obvious that Zimmerman was in the right. But more importantly this prompted me to type in the words “black on White crime” into Google, and I have never been the same since that day. The first website I came to was the Council of Conservative Citizens. There were pages upon pages of these brutal black on White murders. I was in disbelief. At this moment, I realized that something was very wrong. How could the news be blowing up the Trayvon Martin case while hundreds of these black on White murders got ignored?”

In an amazingly healthy debate on media bias, race baiting and a collective call out that all life matters, including those life’s that have not left the womb, congress and the press united in one voice. They agreed this taking of life is abhorrent no matter the color, and that the first amendment’s freedom of the press is a sacred trust placed in media to report the facts as they lay, not to drive debate in political or racial directions. Republican Rep Jenny Horne broke down in tears as she delivered a call out to stop race baiting and to investigate these psychiatric drugs and their association to such mass killings.

Wait – my bad again – I was dreaming I lived in a sane country and people could exercise a modicum of critical thought. No, with all of that behind us we are steadfastly focused on a flag. That is right… a flag! Why, because there was a picture of Dylann Roof holding one, the evil Confederate flag. Or if you are cynical like me, you may think the debate is about the flag because we do not want to talk about black on white crime or big pharma pharmaceuticals. I can assure you of this, if Dylann’s manifesto had mentioned the likes of Rush Limbaugh or the Tea Party, we would still be talking about his manifesto, pulling apart every single letter and punctuation mark. To hell with the silly flag, we have a real problem here!