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    that the US was founded by and upon, one more concerned with property rights, individual liberty and a neo-feudal view of how society should be structured and how people should behave, and dependant upon slavery and worshipful of guns and violence, the other more concerned about order, community, justice, fairness, opportunity, equality, prosperity and rights, far more enlightened in its thinking and progressive in its actions, have grown too far apart over the years, with the result being today's mess of a country we live in and its broken political system, leading to tragedies such as today's, in which a psychopathic lunatic exploited his too-easy access to guns to snuff out the lives of nearly 30 people, including over 20 very young children. Although the former "culture" was more southern-based and the latter more northern based, it was never entirely a simple south-north divide, but also a rural-urban one.

    They found a way to coexist for a time, until a growing division between them resulted in the Civil War. Well, the Civil War is long over, but the division has remained with us since, and has grown wider and more pernicious, with one of the results being that we have a rediculously and irresponsibly lax set of laws regarding the aquisition, transport, ownership, carrying and use of firearms. Obviously that's not the only reason for today's tragedy. We also have a culture that is permissive of and often worshipful of violence. Times are tough and that makes everyone a bit more edgy and liable to snap. And, clearly, this lunatic had serious mental issues. But the "cultural" aspect of such tragedies resulting from gun violence is simply impossible to deny or ignore. Guns may not kill people, but crazy people who live in a society that worships guns and violence do.

    We need to do something about this divide, and soon, because it's tearing us apart and sometimes literally killing us. We may never be able to completely "tame" let alone destroy the former "culture", but we do need to stand up to it and put it back in its place, as it no longer serves any useful purpose to the whole of the country. We need to grow up already and start acting like mature and responsible adults and begin to deserve the country we're lucky enough to live in.

    With the key word being "live", because some of us no longer have that option.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 05:52:59 PM PST

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