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I want to make this clear: when Micah Johnson took his rifle into the heart of Dallas and murdered cops, it had nothing to do with the fact that he served in the United States Army.

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The media pundits are desperate to cast Johnson as an anomaly, and something that we can all dismiss as unrelated to Black Lives Matter. To this end, they’ve now turned to the stereotype of the vet suffering from PTSD in the hopes that we’ll relax and say “so that explains it.”

This is not about PTSD. It is not about being kicked out of the army for stealing underwear. This is about a home-grown hate group empowering individuals who feel compelled to do-the-right-thing. This is groupthink promoting revenge.

Black Lives Matter pays lip-service to peaceful protest, yet everywhere they go, there’s violence. Micah Johnson was the American equivalent of a suicide bomber. He knew he would die, and wanted to take as many cops with him as he could.

And now the media is wallowing in the aftermath. They’re spinning every police shooting that involves an African-America into a horrific tragedy that must have a Black Lives Matter protest response. And then they set up their cameras and broadcast the conflict. It’s a rating game.

I’m sick of it.

I fought for this country. I have as much skin in this country as anyone. Like everyone who goes and wears the nation’s cloth either serving overseas, or behind the badge—I put other people’s lives before mine. The police take those risks everyday.

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When I was overseas, I fought with African-Americans. I fought with Hispanics. I fought with Republicans and Democrats. I didn’t have to fight for them, because they were there beside me.

You know what we fought for? We fought for Americans. We didn’t break the definition down with hyphens and only fight for our ethnic or religious favorites.

America is a nation of diversity. Religious diversity. Ethnic diversity. The day we forget is the day that we bridge into intolerable ignorance. That’s exactly what we’re seeing across the nation right now.

When the media looked for easy answers to explain Johnson’s killing spree, they needed a sound-bite. Racism or reverse racism—those concepts are too distasteful to consider long. So they jumped on his military service.

I’m a veteran. Here’s what I see. The veterans having a hard time returning to the U.S. after overseas deployment are having problems because of the strife they discover upon their return.

Do you think we leave our families, take our American ideas overseas, help build democracy, undermine the legitimacy of extremists—just to come home to this?

Is this what we were fighting for? I have four names on my wrist. Is this what these men died for?

So what’s the solution?

The media and political operatives need to quit stoking the fire. And we need to elect politicians like us.

The political elite in this country stands apart from the citizens who accept responsibility for their actions every single day of their lives.

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They’re so obviously out of touch. When’s the last time you think Hillary Clinton bought her own groceries? Drove her own car? Filled her own gas tank?

Clinton’s support for Black Lives Matter is unfortunate.

Where is the constant presence of Black Lives Matter in Chicago? Why do we only see protests when a police officer kills a black man? Look at the numbers. How many black men are killed everyday by other black men? Where’s the Black Lives Matter shock and horror?

It doesn’t exist. You can’t point the finger at yourself. You can’t blame yourself, because then you are the one responsible.

And now, I fear, we’ve turned a corner with the activism. Micah Johnson was a terrorist. Terrorists use violence to achieve political, religious, or ideological goals. When Johnson took up arms against the Dallas Police Department, he became a terrorist.

It is easy to point the finger at what happened in Dallas, and say “that has to end,” but the rest of–those who throw rocks and wave signs and shout in each other’s face–we’ve got to stop fighting, too. It’s not about being white, black, Hispanic.

All lives matter. Black, brown, white, blue, green, or orange – All. Lives. Matter.

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Everyone needs to be held accountable. Police officers using their weapons with deadly force must answer for their actions. And we have to allow our judicial system to do its job, too. And we, the citizens of this great nation, will hold them accountable.

The time has come to call out those who are promoting violence. They, too, should answer for their actions.

Our leaders need to stop dividing our country. I stood united with my brothers on the battlefield, and if we are going to combat racism, poverty, and fight against a system that’s obviously broken, we must stand together now. We must stand together as the United States of America.

Dakota-218x300 Dakota Meyer served as a United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on September 8, 2009, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

He now enjoys his time with his wife, Bristol Palin, and their children while remaining active in veterans causes.