Voices of Reason

vic fortezza
2 min readJun 1, 2020

Who would ever have thought Dennis Rodman would be the voice of reason? Here’s what he had to say in an Instagram video, pieced together by yours truly from an article at nypost.com by Mark Fischer: “I think someone needs to come out and say, ‘Hey, guys, Why are we looting? Why are we stealing? Why are we creating more issues, more problems?’ This is a bad, bad situation. But the fact that you’re gonna protest, protest in the right way. You don’t have to go and burn down things, steal things, burn things and stuff like that… Please understand … we have to live together. We’re human beings, we’re not f–king animals.” Kudos, sir.

In his op-ed piece at NYP, Jonathan Podhoretz begins by quoting George Orwell: “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” He addresses the pass elites give to rioters. He closes by comparing the current situation to those who praised groups such as the Weathermen during the Vietnam era: “… “the spiritual virus that provided such rancid moral ‘immunity’ has surged anew with a recurrence of the evil.” Kudos, sir.

Here’s a telling headline from foxnews.com: “Big-city Dems who had imposed strict coronavirus lockdowns now let George Floyd rioters flout rules.”… Meanwhile, no one is protesting the following: “16 dead, at least 30 injured in second straight weekend of violence in Chicago.”

For weeks words like may, might, could regarding the pandemic were so annoying, as it was obviously guesswork, nothing definitive. Now there’s the rhetoric regarding the riots, most of it baloney. I learned to tune out the former and hope to be as successful with the latter. I’m not religious, but Jesus’ words during the Sermon on the Mount is the standard to which human beings should reach: “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” It’s not complicated, but mankind makes it so. Then again, what do I know? SMH.

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vic fortezza

I was born in Brooklyn in 1950 to Sicilian immigrants. I’ve had more than 50 short stories published world wide. I have 13 books in print.