With the passing of one week since the savage killings at Sandy Hook Elementary school at the hands of one disturbed young man, Adam Lanza the nation still nervously wonders, will this type of violence ever happen again? The answer sadly seems to be yes.
For as much as many Americans wish to stop the violence and live in peace the unfortunate reality is that America’s very fiber does not let it live in peace. A deep reflection of what makes America tick will lead one to come to the realization that America was founded on violence and to this very day uses violence, both physical and psychologically to have its way not only with its own citizens but that of the world.
How ironic that Americans talk about peace, safety and yet in reality an unnerving reflection of its history show that it has in fact supported a gamut of wars, imperialistic notions, subverted foreign governments (from Chile, Vietnam, Korea, East Timor, Afghanistan, Iraq) and stood idly by as foreign dictators crush citizen uprisings because of pre existing relationships in place that served oligarchs needs. Never mind the subversion of its own citizens here in the United States via polarized thoughts and arguments, increasing limitation of rights, invasive social and civic laws, policies and the continuing economic disempowerment of a middle class that sadly these days is forced to live on hand outs which are slowly being taken away from them because we need to take care of our fiscal deficit (a convenient way of saying let society go to rot).
In the end, what keeps America running is the peddling of prevailing interests of entrenched dominant players and a compliant media who does its bidding. The media has a lot of shame to bear as it still refuses to call out much of the illicit, illegal, shameful and illegitimate behavior and repeatedly goes back to the rhetorical questions of celebrity diversions and telegenic media debates that so often fail to address real concerns but rather the hysterical and parochial.
It is quite sinister that such an educated nation can in effect be so easily manipulated and kept at bay and so compliant to the interests of the very few economical dominant and cultural elite. Of course that is not to say that all media in the US works that way, just the over riding bent of it as the nation is increasingly polarized and stymied as media continues to devolve in the electronic age desperately chasing ad dollars.
One wonders why the media refuses to engage and ask questions of how society actually works rather in the end simply preferring to ratify and glorify dominant points of views? Points of views that tacitly do nothing but glorify a rarified gilded minority who live in their untouchable ivory towers and give the false illusion that with a bit of luck and hard work the ordinary day dreaming American can rise to that level too…if only.
Will President Obama find the actual courage to impart a change of gun laws as the visage of weekly gun battles leaves so many of us dead? Will he actually find the courage and do something for the people or will he back down once again and fall in line behind those who insist that ammunition, guns and warfare and the untouchable status quo of the industrial complex must not be tampered with? If you want an clue as to the political resolve to impart real change and thwart the abuse of society have a look at what financial regulations were put in place after the mortgage bubble collapse of 2008 that saw many Americans financially mutilated and displaced and how 4 years later so many American financial institutions (who perpetrated so many complicit financial actions) are now reporting bumper record profits. Never mind the continuation of bad behavior of these behemoths that are so irregularly reported or publicly downplayed. Bumper profits while the average citizen is reporting bumper misery.
And then there’s the culture at large, countless billboards of handsome men clutching guns at a distant enemy with dizzy overhead Hollywood neon lights, countless violent video games, one after the after, countless misogynistic songs, images, portrayals denigrating women, holding them to unattainable standards that leads to so many young women feeling overt inertia and insecurity, countless beatings of gays, transgenders, because in a society like America where we ought to respect different ways of being and feeling we don’t. In fact we condemn it.
Instead we persecute those amongst us who are different and belittle them and attempt to humiliate and bully them. Yes the great American dream where one can have their own identity is just a marketing illusion to sell you as many fast food junkets that you can possibly consume. Is it really any surprise then once in a while the occasional citizen flips out and resorts to violence, guns to rationalize the anxiety, panic and feeling of loss?
Look around, the violence is endemic, whether physical or psychological. It is woven deeply into the fabric of the nation and it refuses to yield. For all the claims of peace and resolution, the reality is that in an imperialistic aggressive culture like America with the triumphant dogma of the individual’s rights, and its denouement, violence is in the end a necessary reaction to the violent subjugation of the community. Never mind disingenuous plans to counter violence with more violence, or the threat of.
Until there is an appreciation of what really ills and undermines America there will be more violence, but really it ought not be that way if we all found the courage to address certain elements of how our society really works and actually consider putting into place gun laws that limit the existence of guns, the creation of mental and social facilities to help address the exacerbation of the individual and the acceptance of our differences rather than the abhorrent rejection of them.