It's hard to trust in a system that says the killing of an unarmed person is not only justified, but not even worthy of a trial.
It's hard to trust in a system that allows children to be brutally murdered, year after year, by unstable, mentally ill people, because the system doesn't want to increase the control of guns, or provide reasonable healthcare to get these people help.
It's hard to trust in a system that tells the average family, struggling to pay bills, that they don't need help - if they simply buckle down, they have a shot at the "American Dream."
It's hard to trust a system where a government bought and sold by corporations and the 1% of the population with the highest income can be called one of the "least corrupt" governments. One where corruption is called fundraising because those who make the laws, made the laws.
It's hard to trust a system where federal funding goes to bombs and guns in droves over books and pencils.
It's hard to trust a system where the leaders of national committees on science, race, gender, or education have never been educated in science, race, gender, or education.
It's hard to trust a system where college is touted as the ticket to a better life, but that better life turns out, for most, to be a lifetime of paying for college.
It breaks my heart when the old white man who for years, couldn't pay his taxes because he lost his company in a broken economy says that the young black man who stole a pack of ciggarettes is a "thug" and deserved to be shot.
It breaks my heart when the mother who lost her child to disease can't sympathize with the mother who lost her child to bullets because a police officer said he deserved them.
It breaks my heart when the drunk and happy white family crowds around their camp site playing guitar and corn hole thinks that they're better than the LGBT community who love to dress up and dance, just because they're different.
It breaks my heart when a nation who prides itself on unity and strength battle over unifying and strengthening their own people with equality, education, and healthcare. One where the president used to be honored is insulted and called worthless because of his race.
It breaks my heart that women struggle every day with the idea that the government is elected on a platform of abortion and birth control, but the systematic wage disparity and uncontrolled rape epidemic have never been platforms for election or change.
It breaks my heart that our prisons are full of nonviolent people who broke arcane laws. People who were taught by teachers that they were bad kids, because of the color of their skin, then went on to act that way, because "how else?"
It's absurd that black parents have to teach their boys to be careful around cops, not because they've done anything wrong, but because they might be shot anyway.
It's absurd that despite that, white people claim that racism doesn't exist, or "isn't that bad," or even "deserved."
It's absurd that I write software for a living while my wife is bringing up the next generation - the ones who will be responsible for leading our nation, fighting our wars, building our economy, and teaching their kids - as a teacher, which really means counsellor, psychologist, protector, bullet shield, inspiration, surrogate mother, nurse, and myriad other roles that teachers fill - and I make almost three times as much as her.
It's absurd that heterosexual couples in love have to drive to another state to get married because they don't want to wait for a marriage certificate in their home state, while homosexual couples in love have to drive to another state to get married because their marriage is illegal in their home state.
Everything is broken.