After finishing reading an article about the rise of new radical “patriot” groups around the US since the presidency of Barack Obama, another article confronted me with another example of the uglier side of Americanism: a physician warning away his Obama-supporting patients.
I don’t truly care what is one’s political persuasion, it is time to behave civilly America! WTF is wrong with us as a nation?
The intellectually stunted, unsophisticated reactionary spasms of backwoods rednecks has spread infectiously into the realm of “mainstream” US society (what used to be “news” broadcasts, best-selling books, religious leaders, obviously even practicing physicians!).
This is acceptable? These are American values?
Count me out! I’m better than this group of people.
I certainly hope most Americans are better than these vicious elements, but I’m frankly very doubtful.
For instance, two weeks ago my nephew visited with his father for a week. One of the discussions turned to a political issue, and my 14 year-old nephew offered up a truly thoughtful response — one clearly resting in the realm of Liberalism and one he came to on his own without his uncle or father having fed him the “liberal line.”
I asked him if he ever discussed his thoughts like this one with schoolmates? Now, keep in mind that his school is an upper-class public school in Loveland, Ohio — an area and school system pretty much representing everything cherished as the “Good American Family,” you know… household incomes in the six-figures, at least one if not both parents at upper levels of corporate management or sales management, soccer-playing church-going braces-corrected-teeth smiling children… you know, “good.”
And, my nephew immediately responds, “No way. All the kids just believe what their parents believe; they hate Obama; they can only repeat what they hear from Fox news; and they would hate me if I said what I really thought.”
REALLY? This is what it’s come to in American-defining, mid-western, upper-middle-class families? So now, the folks with whom I attended public school and university are teaching their children to hate, to judge, to ostracize, to ignore the plight of the less privileged, to be disengaged from empathy and compassion of “the other”? OMG! What do the radical groups teach their children? And, what must those who consider themselves outside the system teach their children?
Seems to me that Americans better grow up, accept that we are no longer going to be the “biggest boy” on the world block, accept that now more than ever we need to work together as a people to steady ourselves, accept that we cannot survive as a nation of haves and have-nots, accept that in the immediate decades before us we will become a majority ethnic nation, accept that failing this understanding, this nation will become ever more violent, ever more torn, ever more declining in wealth and stability and civility. Do we really need another revolutionary war? No. But, it seems that is exactly where the nation is headed.
Right now, we as a nation are looking at the danger of armed freaks in the redneck woods, but we might be more worried about the dangers of the disenfranchised one day realizing that their condition is not going to get any better, that the bulk of society isn’t interested in helping to improve matters, that the system accords them no attention, and eventually, that “they” — the underclass — are far better armed and experienced with danger and physical risk than any soccer mom or manager daddy.
Time will tell how stupid is the average American, and if the nation chooses wrong, we will get what we deserve.
Turn off the hate, turn off the rhetoric, turn off the fear, turn off Fox, turn off arrogance, turn off any religion that blinds and support those that preach and teach peace and inclusion.
In a word, America… Grow-up!