Was it the Reagan years that encouraged us to make money, revile the poor and look down on minorities ( remember the fictional Welfare Queen) or was it more modern times when we have seen our leaders engage in sexcapades, fiscal malfeasance, immoral manipulation of people, politics and the media, or what. Far too many people are simply out for what they can get for themselves, something some of our politicians are feeding off of. ” Vote for me and I will save you from THEM”, whoever them happens to be.
What about telling the truth? Taking care of your fellow citizens? Expecting the best from everyone until, unless they disappoint you and then feeling sorry for them because they are flawed? I have always been cynical and judgmental. I can remember having arguments with grown ups when I was about ten because I was sure I knew what I was talking about and was outraged that they used my age to discredit what I was saying, not logic or facts.
I am worried about my country. By my count about 70% of the population is dumb. I am not talking about uneducated, I am talking about uninformed and happy to be that way, and lacking in critical thinking skills or anything approaching logic.
For example, in a country that not only prides itself on religious freedom, but erroneously claims frequently to have been founded at least partially on that principle ( hint: the Puritans did not want religious freedom, why do you think they were burning witches and pressing people to death, they wanted to be free to practice THEIR religion to the exclusion of all others) how can people think that a religious group should not be allowed to build a house of worship or community center because some people who belonged to that religion were the perpetrators of the disgrace of 9/11?
If we use logic then Christians were the driving force behind the Ku Klux Klan that murdered thousands of blacks, Jews, Catholics and others in this country. Does that mean we should forbid the building of new churches???
I’m just sayin”