We've become a nation that is more driven for business than nearly anything else.
We are a nation that lets corporations gain their annual increases in profits and obscene executive salaries, again, at the cost of our society and at the cost of that same corporation's own employees and even clients and customers.
People suffer, literally, so corporations can make more money. (See the following movies: "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room", "Food, Inc.", "Sicko", read the book "Sick" about our health care system, read nearly anything lately about Goldman Sachs, the banking industry in the United States currently, etc., etc.).
Then there's our gun culture.
Guns and gun holders are coddled so we can have all-important "gun rights" and people can have as many guns as they want and carry them virtually anywhere and do almost anything with them.
Yesterday, here in Kansas City, an innocent woman from Kansas, employed by the Kansas Department of Education went with her 13-year old daughter and Mother-in-Law to the venerable, old and well-known Starlight Theater to see a performance. While driving away, a stray bullet hit and killed her.
Can you imagine the horror of her daughter and Mother-in-Law?
But will anything be done about our culture that, in the first place, wants all these guns and that, secondly, uses them, at whatever time, place and direction they want?
Randomly shooting their gun in a city neighborhood.
The police had been in the area earlier that same day, on reports of people shooting their guns.
Then this happened.
So the police naturally came back.
Yesterday, I predicted here that the local newspaper would cover this story on the front page of this morning's Sunday paper.
Apparently they were all set to go with other stories. They covered, instead, Tom Watson's golf game and his comeback, at his advanced age.
And the "shooting season" of hot summer in town hasn't even really begun.
What we've become as a nation and city and culture--it isn't pretty.
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