It is undeniable that we live in a country of devastatingly cruel endings, not of happy ones. They lurk around the corner, peer in through our windows, seep into our homes, and reach across the globe. Our elected representatives deliver them on an almost daily basis.
There are rhetorical perils to basing an essay or story on a song that one loves dearly. First, you’re never going to reflect the brilliance or compassion or beauty or whatever it is that touches you. The best you can hope for is sharing a story of your own that the song has some resonance…
In fact, if you look at the entire Republican/Neoliberal Democrat policy platforms, you will find that they are almost entirely about diminishing the humanity of and reducing the economic and civic power of workers below the CEO and Ownership level.
Being a cop requires more than a gun. It requires the ability to assess situations for what they are, assess people in stressful situations, and do what you can to enforce the law with as little physical force as possible. If you disagree with that, you shouldn’t be a cop.