It seems to me we're doing a whole lot of denying and very little defining these days.
We're insensitive to our enemies during a war that has been waging for far too long. We're racist when a white feels it necessary to defend himself. We're not God fearing enough if we're pro choice or neutral on Gay relationships. We're against the poor and the elderly if we think Obamacare is bad legislation. We're selfish if we're wealthy. This isn't who we are either. At least I hope not.
On the other hand who are we? Are we the public servants working for the GSA who mock we tax payers as they party hardy on our money? Are we the military and Secret Service personnel who partook of the ladies of the night in Colombia?
We're either very confused or just not very nice people any more. Self indulgent. Defensive. Entitled?
Of course there is good out there. Tons of it. Kind, caring, giving people who do enormous good daily. They just don't make good enough copy to sell papers or get a discussion going on Facebook or Twitter. They don't raise your blood pressure. They don't generate your rage.
I'd like to think they are the silent majority. Once I would have argued that point. However, when I read about the continuing abuses by Americans against Americans, like the actions of the TSA for instance, I find it impossible. Maybe it's not us, maybe it's those who we've elected to lead us. If so then shame on us. We do seem willing to follow their lead however.
The military takes a lot of the abuse but I can't help but wonder from whence it comes. The Coast Guard, for example, uses live animals for 'live tissue' training. It has been revealed that they will anesthetize a goat and cut off it's legs for the purpose. Sometimes with nothing more sophisticated than a tree trimmer.
Well, that raises my blood pressure and generates my rage. I ask you, what kind of people would sanction such actions? I cannot imagine. Does it start at the top? Is this really who we are?