Enough Is Enough

Posted on by Brian Hertzog

Last night, I was verbally assaulted on the subway.  It didn't last long, but it was a scary moment to say the least.  I could see the fear in the eyes of the passengers sitting near by.

Though flustered, I am sad to say this is not the first time this has happened, or probably the last.  I see this far too often in San Francisco.  But, should I accept this as part of living in a big city?

Last night, I walked home feeling enough is enough.  We can be better.  As a city, as a nation, as people.  There are times in life where we must put our personal agenda on hold and lend a hand.  Is that spirit gone from America?

With jobs being given to those who will work for less, just so we can add black ink to the balance sheet and collect our performance bonus, what does that mean?  I am not ok with the number of people living in San Francisco who need help.  I am not ok with the number of people lined up down the street in Berkeley before Thanksgiving, just to get a full meal provided by the local high school.

Democracy works for a collective society, not for individuals with corporate sponsored agendas.  Where is the honor?  Where is the civility?  Where is the pride of taking care of our neighbors as brothers and sisters.  We do not prosper as individuals, but as a nation.  We rely on every person to move this nation further, educate our children, and take care of our elderly.

Enough is enough.  We are the United States, not the states of the 98 and 2 percent.  No more excuses.  It is time to lend a hand, to do our part, to take ownership for our mistakes.

Incidents like last night will not be solved by a secret government agency in an ivory tower, they will be solved by us.  There is no one left to blame.  It is our responsibility. We can be better.  We can be brave.  We can say, "enough is enough".