now home to a few generations who, for all intents and purposes, were
raised by wolves….
families have been marginalized and trivialized and in light of that,
dehumanized people -
uncivilized, ill-mannered, with a lack-of socialization and basic
interpersonal communication skills. Cold as ice, heartless if not
killers… Made in
are a clear and present
danger to ourselves….unquestionably,
America’s in a world of trouble, baby.
this is a tirade, a diatribe, and a chiseled onslaught based on and
born of the frustration and disgust I have with my fellow countrymen
where we are: every day is “National Gunfight Day” in
America, the weekends in big cities are like gunfights
at OK Corral - 27 shot, 7
dead….and it’s just
business as usual. Then
occasionally, about every two or three weeks, we get a single event
with a dozen-plus slaughtered. And it’s undeniably ramping and
amping up. I’d suggest it’s tied to ol’ Jimmy
Carter’s “Misery Index” here in post-Pandemic
wheels are falling off; our slip is showin’!
found myself fond of this MLK jewel in my cocktail conversations….
Our scientific power has
outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided
men. That sentiment
summarizes exactly where we are as a decadent empire,
authenticity and substance, i.e.,
shared moments, hard
times, a test of time n’
depth… Friendships are handmade, handcrafted. You just don’t
sign on or log in, tweet,
and “like” each other’s pictures.
do we have kindergartners donning bullet-proof vests? Because this is
an empire built on shaky, shaky, shaky ground - strong armed and
forced upon others with guns and the bloody violence they create.
the mass killings? The
“fear of others”
is rooted in paranoia, knowing that genocide was waged to obtain the
land and millions were enslaved to construct the empire damn near
overnight, and then the oppression and exploitation of everyone not a
White male. Yes, I contend the fear, the well-earned paranoia drives
the White men’s individual/collective hostilities and hatred
far too many of them harbor for, well, everyone. This is the
all-American John Wayne/Clint Eastwood/Rambo culture still rumblin’,
stumblin’, bumblin’ and fumblin’ its way to
global thermonuclear war
as the finale.
the day-to-day reality in
urban America is akin to
being in Al Capone's 1937 Chi-Town, a semi-civilized land. The
shootouts in Philly, Indy, H-Town, the Big Easy, etc., etc., etc.,
are rooted in desperation, frustration, immaturity, and fatalism,
perceiving no way up or out but with violence and criminality.
this point: With public education knowingly manufacturing students
who have middle school skills upon high school graduation, it’s
obvious the Underworld is
far more navigable and profitable than a
career in hospitality,
customer service, retail, or ditch diggin’.
toss into the voodoo chili the obvious - there’s just not
enough love for
each other in America. We don’t like each other, we don’t
respect each other. We don’t trust each other. Not only that,
we do fear each other. And a lot of us hate each other.
don’t love ourselves, hence all the alterations we do to
ourselves. We change our noses, butts, and eyes, twice a week, if we
so chose. So since we can’t find inner
peace, we are, too, a
nation of people at war
with ourselves and each
love our guns more than we love our children, and our children
reflect that lack of love, that lack of a parent’s time, and
effort. Far too many kids aren’t anywhere near the top priority
for their parents, and society displays that. Americans have children
for an endless list of questionable, if not tragic, reasons. Too
many men and women
are involved in a search for
one or more of the
the good life, food stamps, attention.
be real: Children aren’t planned for nearly enough in this
supposed sophisticated environment. Instead, it’s “oops,
oh hell I’m pregnant.” Thus, logically, most folks aren’t
financially prepared to have children in such an expensive,
wait, wait, by just looking around we can see far too many people
aren’t mentally, emotionally, or physically prepared to have
does sound harsh, that’s why I went with “have kids.”
far, far too many occasions children are raised by only one parent,
or two bad parents, or the nanny or a grandparent or siblings, or
relatives, or neighbors, or total strangers. Fathers
are optional today, and
you see how that’s working out: Kyle Rittenhouse, no dad, Dylan
Root no dad, the Uvalda killer, no dad. 75% of the shooters in
Any-Hood USA - no dad.
it or not, a good man can raise up a good man, or at least assist.
hours in front of video games slaughtering life-like figures has an
impact, takes a toll, modifies, and shapes young minds, perhaps…
saying our prayers before meals and bedtime. Not believing
in anything or anyone.
in all these cases when people aren’t good parents, guess who
suffers from that parental failure? Yes, you guessed it, the kids. In
extreme cases, these boys can’t mix n’ mingle. They like
to fight, they respect or fear nothing, and that’s not a good
are, as a society, mass-producing kids who aren’t born to
loving, caring, people who are willing to commit and invest their
lives in raising this child upright in the historical and traditional
manner most civilized peoples abide by and adhere to.
while we’re adding key ingredients to this voodoo chili: As a
nation of mildly educated and only slightly enlightened folks, we,
apparently, don’t believe in much, besides
“get rich or die trying.”
Religion and spirituality seem to be sorely lacking. The “Right”
is more wedded to White Supremacy than they are to the “good
book” or to the US Constitution. They backed a man who has no
morals and values, they made a deal with El Diablo, and they’d
rather have a dictatorship under Putin than a Democracy under
President Michelle Obama.
America, God is money, and
money is god.
detachment from something
bigger than ourselves and our
preoccupation with our bank accounts, “keepin’ up with
the Jones” is allowing the rich to do as they please and is an
ingredient that is eroding away this so-called civilized
“obesity” is the “word
of the war” in
Ukraine! America’s international,
military/industrial/technology complex of arms manufacturers is
getting fatter with every bomb and bullet. There’s an argument
to be made that Lord Trump and Emperor Vladdy P. agreed upon and
scripted the sacrificing of Ukraine for the undeniable astronomical
riches being pocketed. The US Calvary Biden’s leading costs a
lot of money. It’s making a small slice of America’s
wealthy aristocrats wealthier.
do we let rich folks get away with murder? Because tragically, we,
the unwashed and unpolished rank n’ file, little people from
all walks of American life predictably believe rich folks are
“better” than “poor” folks so we let them
society. Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and the “Investor Class”
pimp and exploit us all for unfathomable Russian Oligarch-type
riches. They facilitate inflating the prices of goods, just for pure
profit, while pitting the everyday Americans against one another,
killing each other over the crumbs which fall from their overfilled
elitist asses wipe their behinds with 200-count gold-speckled linen
toilet paper. And as the unwashed masses, we envy them. Can you get
to that? Trump is a role model and an example of
That’s at least one of the reasons why we’re a violent
we need both an education and a therapist.