Some believe the problem lies with early childhood training in the values that define “right” and “wrong.” Parents are the responsible instructors in these areas, schools being demonstrably unable to teach skills, much less philosophy.
Properly taught children will inculcate basic beliefs from their homes at such early ages that they become instinctive rather than intellectual reactions to life’s situations. Unfortunately, between the workforce demands of capitalism, as presently practiced, and the mandatory daily detention of the children, these life lessons are sparse at best and we continue to evolve into a shameless society.
How else to explain the behavior of our culture’s most celebrated and successful leaders? Politicians accept barely concealed bribes and vote against the most obvious benefits for the people in favor of exploiters and profiteers. The financial community rewards theft as long it’s packaged as high-return investment, and when they get caught “short,” they steal tax money to pay themselves bonuses for succeeding once more in screwing over the public.
The history of our nation, and indeed the Anglo/Euro race over the millennia, is laced with events and conquests for which we owe something more than an apology. The destruction of multi-tribal society on this continent and the ensuing genocide of their peoples from Alaska to Patagonia seems, in civilized retrospect, a shameful crime, as does the slave trade and bondage on which much of the United States’ development depended.
With the possible exceptions of our first two wars, the United States’ military adventures have been largely driven by greed for economic dominance of some allied oligarchy in various benighted climes, and even after realizing the infamy of our efforts, we seldom make amends. The Philippines, Nicaragua, Haiti and Cuba, Chile and Colombia all show the footprints of U.S. Marine boots across their history.
Politically, the Republicans have adopted a strategy to defeat any and all legislation to address the economic crisis facing our nation, resorting to the threat of filibuster to block bills to create jobs and provide small business financial relief, unemployment benefits and even pay the medical costs for rescue workers from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. All this in hopes of demonstrating their party’s mantra that government doesn’t work, particularly when run by Democrats, and beating President Barack Obama in the next presidential test.
Now that is what I call shameless!
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.