It's beautiful when Americans come together during a crisis. Whether it's a hurricane or the Sandy Hook shootings or a terrorist act, we become our brother's keeper in trying times. It's too bad we can't do this every day. Before Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsnarnaev blasted the Boston Marathon and terrorized Bean Town last week, killing three people and brutally injuring more than 170 spectators and runners, Americans were at each other's throats over immigration, gun control, the economy, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé's trip to Cuba.
Once all the national empathy dies down, MSNBC and Fox News will prepare for the next round of divide and conquer the American people. Republicans and Democrats will return to fighting over which ideology is better for the country, instead of reaching a common ground for the greater good of the nation.
And politicians will continue screwing us. The U.S. Senate will keep doing ridiculous things such as killing universal background checks for gun purchases. And the Florida Legislature will repeat its absurd habits, like passing a law prohibiting cities from banning firearms in public parks.
Once everything cools down again, we'll go back to bickering with one another about who's better, conservatives or liberals. Meanwhile, the next terrorist — domestic or foreign — will be secretly plotting the next attack. The hatred Americans have for one another motivates radicals to commit unspeakable acts of horror here. Our divided nation, thanks to public trolls like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, inspires lunatics like Jared Lee Loughner, James Holmes, and Adam Lanza to kill children, women, and men, and seriously maim dozens of others. It's time we take responsibility for creating terrorists at home and abroad.
We have to come together every day like we're facing a crisis. If we don't, America will become a place where there are no more Boston Marathons, Calle Ocho festivals, or Martin Luther King Day parades.
We can't let that happen.
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