The terrible events that unfolded in Washington on Wednesday were another painful reminder that the myths of America often ring hollow.
America speaks of exceptionalism, but remember how many Americans kill each other with little remorse. Unless the victim is considered pretty, white and female, the person who dies often does so with the country reacting with barely a shrug.
America suggests it has a respect for the common man and woman, but consider how intense the effort is to stifle giving our most vulnerable a legitimate living wage.
America argues for the value of family, but consider what kind of society would doom the unborn and separate families.
America puts forth the idea of faith, but consider the mocking of those people who place their faith at the center of their lives.
America honors the Statue of Liberty, but consider the intensity to slam the proverbial front door of America to multiple groups because of their skin color or religious beliefs.
America claims to respect the power of the vote, but many politicians are supported when they seek restrictions on minorites who want to vote.
America insists it is a benign force for good throughout the world, but its men and women are regularly sent into battle with the principal intent being protecting access to oil.
Accuse me of generalizing, if you wish. But my reply is simple: Prove me wrong.