Monday, August 06, 2012

Sikh, Sikh, Sikh

Yesterday seven people were murdered in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, USA.

How can the USA be regularly rocked by insult & attack fueled by ignorance? We live in the 21st century, with great tools & resources for public education. What contributes to vicious intolerance and race-baiting in America?

In my opinion, here are top American weaknesses:

1) Deliberate neglect
America's underclass grows together with poor communities, lack of jobs, and limited civic opportunities. Shit neighborhoods and stupid neighbors shape too many dud citizens. It's acceptable to grow-up an idiot.

2) Fox News
Hearing aggressive commentary from assholes such as Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity & Ann Coulter make savagery and foolishness OK. Ghosts of the slaughtered innocent should haunt Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes, and other shortsighted programmers. TV people made me do it!

3) Political gridlock
US Republican strategy has been to minimize regulatory oversight and privatize all social services, though with each big scandal the goal slips backward. Because of poor checks & balances, Jack Abramoff, international banksters, Enron & Arthur Andersen, Blackwater & Halliburton, Bernie Madoff, etc., grew hugely powerful via corruption and greed. But poor public funding has nonetheless emasculated public services. Too many Americans stopped investing in their communities; bare-bones taxation has hurt everyone.

4) Overseas adventurism
It's long past time to demilitarize. Few in America truly expect public help - you must survive on your own. Iraqis, Afghans & Israelis should fend for themselves.