Here’s the”Pat Political Point Podcast” from the July 17, 2016 edition of WSGW’s First Day show. Why is America so angry, and can we actually find ways to simply chill-out?
Comedian Michael Ian Black perfectly encapsulated the current mood of the American people when he tweeted the following on Saturday afternoon:
That seems to be America in a nutshell, too.
America used to be Andy Griffith. The small-town sheriff who refused to carry a gun while walking the street because he thought that made his constituents feel uneasy. Today, when people want to peacefully protest the recent shootings of black people by police, the police now come armed with riot gear.
That’s not just an indictment on the police state of this country, which is set into motion by politicians looking to fulfill those in military industrial complex who line their pockets with bribes, I’m sorry, I mean, “campaign donations.”
No, it’s an indictment on all of us.
The bombings by Islamic radicals overseas, like the horrific bombing that killed over 200 hundred people in Iraq on July 4th, are indeed barbaric, and we must do our best–under the Constitution–to ensure similar acts can’t happen here in the U.S. The San Bernardino shooting exemplified how ISIS can find ways to infiltrate itself in the country.
But as I said a few weeks ago on WSGW’s “The Art Lewis Show” right after the tragedy of five police officers slain in downtown Dallas, we must guard against foreign terrorism, of course, but we have to really keep an eye on each other. We’re too angry at each other in this country that we don’t need to fear that ISIS to harm America. No, we’re already doing an effective job hurting and killing each other.
Violence isn’t something that happens overseas. We’re not immune to senseless acts of violence. We’ve just become desensitized to violence. We don’t fear ourselves because day-after-day we read about violence happening in America, or our state, or even our own hometowns, and we raise an eyebrow, and move-on with our lives.
Statistics show people are more prone to kill people they know, whether it be a family member, a friend, acquaintance, or someone from their neighborhood. That why the evidence shows that white people are more likely to kill whites, and blacks are more likely to kill blacks. If anything, maybe that’s also an indictment on how this nation’s housing market still remains segregated. You don’t hear that kind of break-down on violent crime because that would ruin the “why doesn’t anyone care about ‘black-on-black crime” nonsensical talking point.
There were over 300-thousand gun-related deaths in the U.S. during the last decade. That’s not just to put the spotlight on guns. It’s to put things into perspective that we’re more of a threat to each other.
AAA unveiled a report on road rage in America, and the numbers are downright scary:
Nearly 80 percent of drivers have expressed significant anger, aggression, or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year, and approximately 8 million Americans engaged in acts of extreme road rage, such as ramming another vehicle or confronting another driver. In other words, misery loves company.
“Inconsiderate driving, bad traffic and the daily stresses of life can transform minor frustrations into dangerous road rage,” said Jurek Grabowski, director of research for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Far too many drivers are losing themselves in the heat of the moment and lashing out in ways that could turn deadly.”
The report also found that 90% of people believe aggressive drivers are a danger to them.
Think about that. There are nine out of 10 drivers who fear aggressive drivers when they hit the roadways.
That’s not very encouraging.
I tend to look straight ahead and jam to my music while driving. I’m hesitant to look side-to-side because I don’t want another driver to misconstrue anything. People are so angry, and I’m not going to give them another reason to lose their cool with me!
Why are we so angry?
There are a multitude of reasons, I believe.
I think Americans are tired of feeling like no matter what they do, know matter how much they play by the rules, millions of people feel like they can’t get ahead. They’re working longer but earning around the same cash they made some 30-years ago. People can’t find any real vacation time, either. They’re paying more for prescription drugs, they’re paying more for college which leaves them in massive debt before hitting the job market, and they’re told to live in constant fear of one another. They’re tired and cranky, and feeling defeated.
The business, political, and media establishments wants us to feel powerless and resentful of each other. Black against white. Union against non-union. Naturally born citizens against immigrants from south of the border. The people against cops and cops against the people. Christian against Muslim. Gay against straight.
Instead of fighting with each other, perhaps we should start electing people who will enact policies designed to help the poor and middle classes. Maybe we could get more vacation time!
Millions of people, most particularly Millennials, are playing the Pokemon Go! game. Many Americans are wondering why? The answer is simple. People are looking for a way to escape reality. Isn’t it refreshing that people are choosing to escape, if just for a moment, with a video game rather than being angry and violent with each other?
However, we just learned a man fired shots at two people playing Pokemon, in Florida, naturally..
Well, there it is.