First there was road rage.
Then there was air rage.
And now, we’ve got outrage – and for good reason.
Unfortunately, good reason is something that too many people in today’s divided culture seem to have lost. Same goes for good judgment. Meanwhile, untreated insanity appears to be on the rise.
The fatal shooting last Saturday of 3-year-old Acen King in Little Rock, Arkansas, is unforgivable. The toddler was riding with his grandmother during a shopping trip when she braked their vehicle for a stop sign. The driver behind the grandmother reportedly didn’t like how grandma was taking too much time to get going again, and he honked his horn at her. She honked back. He jumped out of his vehicle, firing a handgun as he approached the grandmother’s car. He missed grandma, but the gunman hit little Acen, who was sitting in the back seat with his 1-year-old brother.
The road-raging assailant was identified as Gary Holmes, 33, who turned himself in after relatives called police. Arkansas authorities have charged Holmes with murder. If convicted, he deserves execution – or at least life in prison without parole.
Now we read about Ivanka Trump, daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, being verbally browbeaten Thursday by a couple of rainbow roosters – one of them reportedly an attorney – as Ivanka settled in with her husband and their children aboard a commercial JetBlue airliner about to take off from New York, bound for San Francisco. One of the ranting cornballs allegedly hollered, “Your father is ruining this country.” (And Trump hasn’t even moved into the White House yet.)
Ivanka remained calm in the face of the unsolicited verbal assault, not wishing to escalate the incident, according to the London Daily Mail. JetBlue authorities subsequently booted the provocateurs off the plane before takeoff. They were identified as hothead Matthew Lasner and Brooklyn lawyer Dan Goldstein. Lasner identified Goldstein as his husband. (Yes, you read that correctly.)
Somehow, some way, we as a society need to find a way to return to civility in the face of adversity. More of us need to find religion – not the Islamic terrorist kind, but the religion that is protected in our nation’s Judeo-Christian roots that led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
The more we allow ourselves to get all riled up by growing permissiveness, by the proliferation of free-wheeling, no-holds-barred social media, and by the growing fears spawned by unbridled mental illness walking around on our streets, the more we’re headed toward the justice system of the Old West. Nobody wants that.