Uncommon Sense

October 2, 2017

Mass Shooting in Nevada—He Is White

I woke this morning to yet another American exceptionalism display. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada is in turmoil because of another mass shooting. My first thought was “He was white.” So I scanned the report and no mention of race was made, so … he was white. I have never heard of a woman doing such a thing, so the “he” was easy to presume.

I assumed he was white, because, well, if a Black or Hispanic person were to have done such a thing, first that would have been mentioned at the top of every article. Plus, can you imagine the repercussions? Suspects looking anything at all like a photo of a suspect would be been shot or lynched on sight. It is a rare Black or Hispanic man who doesn’t know that he will be killed and probably his whole family, too, were he to act out like that.

In this country, a Black man making a symbolic gesture by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, which wasn’t even noticed until he had done it a couple of times, causes a huge verbal backlash (including the POTUS calling his mother a bitch on national TV), him losing his multi-million dollar a year job, and becoming nationally notorious. If he had actually shot someone, he would have been executed by now.

When white men have a grievance they want to air, well, they go to a gun store.

‘Merica, ‘merica, we’re number one; we’re number one! … in mass shootings … by white men.

May 12, 2016

American Exceptionalism Triumphs

In the most recent New York Times Magazine there is an article with the intriguing title “When Do You Give Up On Treating A Child With Cancer?” I am sure that title was carefully crafted by some editor to evoke a significant emotional response. Unbeknownst to him/her, the American Healthcare System, the Best System in the World (according to Donald Trump and most conservative drudges) has made this question moot.

Parent’s need not struggle with heart rending existential problems any more, at least not in the medical arena. The answer to the question “When do you give up on treating a child with cancer?” is answered by the system itself. The answer is …

… when you run out of money.

December 20, 2015

Post No. 997 So Long and Thanks for All The Fish

Filed under: Uncategorized — Steve Ruis @ 8:18 am
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Dear Friends,
I have had a change in vocational obligations and so to make room for those efforts I am giving up this blog. I was waiting to make the 1000th post mark but have decided that that was kind of silly, so I am pulling the plug now.

Since I cherish the relationships I have formed with those of you who comment regularly, I will continue to keep in touch through comments on your blogs. Thanks for all of the feedback, encouragement, and praise along the way. And don’t give up the fight. We built the middle class of our memory before, we can do it again (this time I hope it does not involve a World War).


Parting Shot
I finally figured out what American Exceptionalism means! It was so simple, I just didn’t see it. It goes like this:

The United States is the greatest country in the world! … except for all of the guns and gun violence … except for all of economic bullying around the world … except for all the warmongering and arms selling … except for the racism and homophobia … except for all the religious hatred … except … except …

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