Monday, December 17, 2012

*Shameless, Blameless, and Nameless

Link to Yale Daily News article

“God has called them all home. For those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on, and make our country worthy of their memory.

President Obama
(Link) Memorial Service at NewtownConnecticut, Sunday, December 16, 2012

Does no one read the president’s speeches? Does no one listen to the words?

This line in the second to last paragraph of his speech at the Newtown memorial for the 20 first graders and 6 staff murdered by a rapid firing weapon in the hands of a deranged 20-year-old, a weapon which pumped five to eleven bullets into the tiny bodies of each of the children; this line is a devastating indictment of America, one which is well deserved:

 We are NOT worthy as a country of the 26 murdered children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

We have allowed political cowardice to override public safety and have failed to renew the law banning assault weapons. 

“We” includes Congress, the President himself, and us, a nation of sheep, lulled into submission by rampant materialism.

 We have filled our airwaves and our digital devices with violent video games, violent cinema, violent music and we have allowed our children to wander aimlessly in this world.

Simultaneously, we have allowed funds to be sucked out of mental health programs for decades while our streets have been flooded by millions of handguns, as we wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on the failed War on Drugs

This faux  "war" is one in which we spend $30,000 a year to incarcerate each addicted violator while not treating their addiction, three times the $11,200 spent on educating the average public school child in America.

Are we mad?

Are we blind?

Apparently we are deaf.

Our President has just told us we as a country are NOT yet worthy of the  murdered children.

And we have no sense of shame.

Just indignation:  " 'Something' must be done now," we say.

We have said this before.

We, the consumers, the taxpayers,  must own up to our complicity, our quiet acquiescence, in creating the culture of violence which poisons our children's eyes and ears a thousand times a week.

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