There has been a lot of media frenzy lately about the recent news release of the President’s son, Donald Trump Jr.’s email controversy. The emails show that Trump Jr. agreed to meet with someone he’d been told was a “Russian government attorney” about “very high level and sensitive information” that would “incriminate” Hillary Clinton. Time magazine released their cover with a photo of the younger Trump that read, “Red Handed.”

It seems that almost everyday there’s something in the media about this presidency and the white house.   With so much going on, we can barely keep up. We never know who to believe. Each news broadcast gives a difference spin and the white house gives another. I’m not really sure who to believe. But what I do know is that we the American people seem to be the last thing on the agenda of our leaders.

We’ve got big issues, such as health care, jobs going overseas, corporate downsizing, hunger, medical bills, global warming, racial divides, police brutality, injustices and more. These issues appear to be the last thing on the agenda of our politicians. They seem to be more interested in making a name for themselves, pointing the fingers, getting their 5 minutes of fame, standing by party lines, cover ups and trying to please their donors instead of fighting on the behalf of their constituents.

As a nation, we’ve somehow been able to have a little confidence in the people we elected to work on our behalf. But now, that’s totally changed and I’m not so sure that we can count on any party to represent us any longer. That’s why, we’ve got to come together as citizens, set aside our differences, because one thing we have in common is that we want to this country to thrive so that our children will have a place of peace and plenty to live. Or have we forgotten about THE CHILDREN?  It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white, a democrat or a republican, man or woman, christian or muslim, we are Americans.  We are mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, aunts and uncles, sisters and brothers. Now, I recognize that there are a few people who will never agree with this and they will still be filled with hatred and prejudices. But for the majority of us, we want a place for our children to be safe, to be protected and to have a better future…all of our children.  If our leaders and politicians are not going to do what it takes move this country in the right direction, we must. How will we do it? That’s the real question.

So I want to encourage each of you to start by taking a moment to reach deep inside of your hearts, lay aside prejudices and think about what you can do in your own little part of the country to make a difference. Hold some meetings, get in front of your leaders, right some letters, hold a rally and do make phone calls into your local legislators.  Our children are at grave risk of inheriting a mess. What kind of country are we handing over to them? What are we teaching them? When grown folks are acting like school yard kids on social media and in the news. What is the message we are sending to them? Like I said before, I don’t know what Donald Trump Jr.’s motives were to take that meeting and we may never know the real truth. What I do know for sure is that he’s not the only one that’s been caught red handed. All of us will be caught red handed if we continue to allow this down spiral journey and do nothing. Because to know to do better and not do it is wrong for us individually and collectively. Let’s do something. That something begins with each of us examining our own deep motives and our heart intentions. Let’s not get caught red handed…instead let us all have a “National Heart Check.”