Right, here is my expansion upon the three causes I mentioned. While there are
more causes you could talk about, these three in particular seem
to support each other in an unholy triangle of negative feedback.
Number One: the awful police force.
In America, cops are feared.
In America, cops are killers.
In America, cops are military lite.
In America, cops are higher class citizens.
In America, cops shoot first and never bother asking questions.
Now, while in many ways these statements might be somewhat exaggerated, it's quite undeniable that when it comes to the police force, America has
problems. Big problems. Whether it's corruption or brutality, it's all over the place in spades. Why is this such a big problem? Well, aside from the
obvious ramifications, it reinforces the culture of fear and violence
that the United States seems to have fallen into.
How to fix it? While there are a few ways to otherwise alleviate the problem (cop cams, holding police responsible for their actions) the root causes
will still persist. Doing a hard system reboot (the nuclear option) and firing all police officers, chiefs, so on and so forth, may actually do a fair
bit of good. But while there are still so many guns in the country, and more importantly, still so many people who will use them in nefarious ways,
even a force full of good cops will continue to be forced to shoot many people. However, the citizenry would no longer fear them or distrust them and
that would hopefully spread throughout the populace.
Number Two: A Culture of Fear.
While there are other cultural issues (like a vague undertone of might makes right) the United States suffers from a severe ailment in that - ever
since 9/11 - all decisions it makes have been plagued by far. One major political party (Republicans) tends to add fuel to the fire, and feed off of
it (though the other party is also not averse to feeding and feasting from that flame.) Sadly ironically, despite its common moniker as Land of the
Free, Home of the Brave, in this day and age it is seemingly more accurately Land of the Exploited and Enslaved, Home of the Fearful. Citizens have to
fear their police. They fear terrorists. Fear is involved with the enormous proliferation of guns (and while as I have stated guns are not the
disease, they are still the blood frenzying the sharks.) Fear fear fear, everywhere. Fear of Government becoming Dictatorship, fear of guns being
taken away, fear of other people with guns.
Another cultural issue is the red vs. blue mindset, the Liberal vs. Conservative. Many liberals seem to view conservatives as gun obsessed drooling
bible-toting idiots, and many conservatives seem to view liberals as freedom poaching right infringing bleeding hearts. While there are
examples of both of these types of people in each part of the spectrum, tragically and far too often many individuals fail to
realise that while their opinions on certain matters differ, they are all hoping for, trying to fight for, trying to obtain, the same thing.
better tomorrow, a better country for themselves and for their children.
Number Three: Economic Issues.
Or more specifically, the poverty or duress placed on the poor, the stress on the dying middle class, and the insane
gap between the wealthy
elite and everyone else. In a country like Australia, my own, or the UK, while there are a few super super rich people, and a decent amount of the
rich and the poor, it is by and large formed by the middle class. America is... Somewhat different. Many ultra-rich, extreme amounts of very poor, and
only a few of the middle class. This huge wealth disparity, like hot and cold winds, form tornadoes that tear through the country. The numerous poor,
either through lack of options or simply crushing despair, ultimately turn to crime. Where they clash with the police and the government, whom they
(in many cases correctly
) believe to be screwing them.
Now, I haven't written these out as well as I potentially could have and there are things I have left out, but it will hopefully make more clear why I
think these three bits in particular contribute to a large portion of the problems the United States faces.
edit on 15/4/2016 by Eilasvaleleyn