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  •  There is no more serious indictment of a society (10+ / 0-)

    than when it refuses to help the helpless - the sick, the old, needy children and families, the mentally ill, veterans in need, the malnourished, etc.  Shame.  Shame.  Shame on those in the US who are perpetrating these crimes against humanity in our country.  There is no excuse for denying food, healthcare, clean water, education and other basic services to all in a society.  Over recent decades I have become aware of a true hardness and ruthlessness creeping into the psyche of many Americans.  A kind of soul-less new person/citizen who believes everyone is in this for herself/himself and a sense of community or a social awareness was never learned.

    As an older American, this is very concerning to me.  I fear for my two grandchildren, living in such a misguided society.

    •  I agree, tommyfocus. I, too am concerned. (2+ / 0-)
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      Gorette, tommyfocus2003

      As a senior, I am concerned not just for my grandchildren, but also for my friends who are my age and even for myself. The trend toward the soul-less, ruthless, self-centered preoccupation with "getting my share" is scary, indeed. It is fostered by the Republican emphasis on being a "Maker, not a Taker' that Romney and his ilk talked endlessly about during the last campaign. It is demonstrated by Paul Ryan's budget, with it's cuts to programs for the poor,and the latest cuts to food stamps endorsed by Republicans and the wealthy farmers and landowners, many of whom are in Congress.  It is supported by the Koch brothers, and is demonstrated by the tea party faithful who cheer when a poor person is denied healthcare. It sickens and saddens me.

    •  Excellent comment on sad situation. Yes, scary (1+ / 0-)
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      too. I agree about the hardening of hearts, which is one way to put it I guess.

      "Crimes against humanity" in our own country. YES. You are so right to phrase it that way. We should say it more clearly like that all the time!

      I, too, am older and cannot believe this is the way so many are going today. Part of this can be attributed to the lack of citizenship training in schools perhaps? Do you remember that class in HS in citizenship? I do. We studied laws and how government worked, etc. and everyone had to take it. It made you see the broad picture, the importance of being involved, of the rights of others. Social awareness and that community you mentioned.

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Wed Mar 05, 2014 at 07:35:21 AM PST

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