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America, a Nation Whose Directional Compass is Badly Damaged

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Violence in America is pervasive and self-perpetuating. And when you really think about it there are two facets of this violence that seem to be directly related. This is a condition that has been a part of America from its beginnings to our current times. We know that violence begets more violence and so we might conclude that this societal condition, over several centuries, has metastasized and has manifested itself in the proliferation of America's many wars and military conflicts.


Also of great import is the fact that the enormous cost of fueling the engines of America's wars has had a destructive, debilitating effect on America itself, as it has caused critical domestic programs to remain underfunded or never initiated. Just think about the deteriorating state of our educational system. If it were properly funded and administered to the degree that our military establishment is, it could, once again become world class.


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We are going in the wrong direction and must reverse course. Why continue to let this violence wreak havoc in the world and in this society when we should be using our energy and resources for a greater good such as contributing to the establishment of a safer society and a more peaceful world? When was the last time you remember this government being involved in any kind of discussions and negotiations involving peace -- with any nations in the world?


Now as further evidence of an approaching police state emerges, we in America are about to see the introduction of remote controlled drones over our cities, towns and municipalities to monitor and control our actions and behavior. These are the same types of drones that have caused so much destruction in Afghanistan, Pakistan and several other nations. They will soon fill this nation's skies, largely because of the dangerous, highly volatile atmosphere that has been created by the facilitators of unlimited, uncontrolled weaponry in this society. While they may be, initially, unarmed and intended for surveillance purposes only, it's not difficult to imagine what could happen thereafter?

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We might conclude that this nation will never be able to reconstruct its directional compass and take this country into new directions until it finds a way to restore its moral compass, that is, its people's ability to understand right versus wrong; that is, to be able to put integrity, ethics and moral principles above the temptations of greed, corruption and deceit. Right now, as is becoming more and more apparent, this nation's moral compass is badly in need of repair.  


The American clergy that should be alarmed at the depth of this moral collapse should be at the forefront of a movement to reach out to the people and turn them from the course into which they are heading. But where in the world are they when this society desperately needs their help?


If these leaders who are supposed to be the representatives of God, or a Higher Power, are not prepared or are not up to the task of teaching the people the difference between right and wrong and speaking out against atrocities or immoral actions, then just what is it that they think their real responsibilities are? Where are their voices, where is their counseling?

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Instead of hearing the voices of the religious leaders of this country speaking out against moral abuses and atrocities, it seems like the only ones we hear are coming from those pseudo-religions and their demented leaders who show up and try to disrupt funerals or other tragic events where people in America are suffering because of the loss of loved ones. These are people who reside in the lower levels of morality who seem to thrive on and take pleasure from the tragedy and misery of others.


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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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