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America, a Nation Whose Directional Compass is Badly Damaged

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America is no longer advancing to new heights of achievement, it is in the process of regressing. What has happened to what we used to refer to as America's greatness? Yes, we have the most powerful military force in the world; sure, we are still the largest economy in the world but of what significance is that when our society, its people and, especially its children, are forced to remain in such a state of fear and apprehension?

This government looks the other way as the fanatical NRA and the weapons manufacturers continue to largely control this increasingly dangerous situation. The Republican Party has been instrumental in preventing a restoration of the Assault Weapons Ban for the past eight years; and it will, without a doubt, try to block any and all attempts to enact effective gun controls. The American people continue to be split into two directly opposed elements that have been totally incapable of reaching any reasonable compromise in solving this most critical problem. And so far our presidents have done no more than provide lip service to this problem, when they should have declared a national emergency a long time ago.

So is there any way that this violence, conflict and strife within this society can be brought under control? The main question is whether this nation, the government, the society and its people, collectively, possess the resolve and the conviction to restore the directional and moral compasses that it will take to turn this nation into a completely new direction?

Michael Payne

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Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on Opednews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)
 

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