Returning guest blogger Sunny Frazier, whose first novel in the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries, Fools Rush In, received the Best Novel Award from Public Safety Writers Association, is here today to share her concerns about today’s America and her hopes for better times.
Forty-two years ago I traveled to London. It was the time dubbed “the Troubles,” dubbed when the Irish Republican Army was fighting in the streets of Belfast and Londonderry. Everywhere I traveled my backpack was searched for weapons. It was a time of civil terrorism.
A few years back I was invited to Puerto Vallarta to speak at a writers’ conference. I saw Federales with machine guns on street corners. It was frightening. The locals didn’t seem to notice. It was de rigor for the city.
I never thought this would happen in my country. I’ve always felt safe, untouched by conflict around the world. Although Vietnam brought home PTSD, soldiers affected by Agent Orange, protestors who called those who served “baby killers,” the fighting itself was far away in a land we’d never heard of.
Now my bags are screened and searched for bombs and there are armed security patrols in public areas. Dogs are trained to sniff our baggage for drugs and weapons. Events that attract large crowds have become shooting galleries. You can ask why countries around the world hate us or do we hate ourselves? It’s Americans attacking churches, schools, workplaces, concerts, cars and randomly shooting people on the streets.
What I experienced in other countries has become our norm. We distrust neighbors, the news, our government and nuclear war. We have lost our status of Gatekeepers of the World and are now Barbarians at our own Gate.
2018 will hopefully be better. We can only pray it’s so.