The American Dream
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Should we just expect mass chaos on the streets of America every time a major holiday rolls around? At least 42 people were hit by gunfire in New York City over the Labor Day weekend. The violence got so bad that even the mayor felt compelled to publicly address it. In Chicago, at least 6 people(including a man in a wheelchair) were killed over the Labor Day weekend.
Sadly, this is just a continuation of a trend that we have seen build over the past few years. At the beginning of the summer, there was terrible violence all over America during the Memorial Day weekend. We also saw violence break out during 4th of July celebrations. It appears that wherever large groups of young people gather in America today, there is going to be a very good chance that chaos is going to erupt.
Almost wherever you look, you can see the frustration of the American people starting to boil over. Very few public places seem to be immune.
There was even one incident recently where coaches and players ganged up to brutally attack a referee during a youth football game in Florida.
What in the world is happening to this country?
People are getting angrier and angrier and they are starting to lash out.
As I have documented previously, there have been a disturbing number of flash mob robberies in the United States this year. When dozens of young people start banding together to loot stores, you know that things are getting bad. Just check out this video of a recent example from the state of Maryland.
When individuals or small groups commit crimes that is bad enough.
But when large groups of people start banding together to commit crimes that is absolutely frightening.
The sad truth is that it is not even safe to take your kids to the state fair anymore. The following is how one local ABC News affiliate described the “flash mob” attacks that took place at the Wisconsin state fair this year….
Milwaukee police said that around 11:10 p.m., squads were sent to the area for reports of battery, fighting and property damage being caused by an unruly crowd of “hundreds” of people. One officer described it as a “mob beating.”
Police said the group of young people attacked fair goers who were leaving the fair grounds. Police said that some victims were attacked while walking. They said others were pulled out of cars and off of motorcycles before being beaten.
Could you imagine your children watching that scene unfold from the backseat of your vehicle?
Could you imagine your wife and your children being pulled out of your vehicle and beaten by rampaging criminals?
Yes, this kind of thing is now happening in the heartland of America.
Even young girls are increasingly participating in violence. Just check out this video of a group of teen girls brutally assaulting a worker outside City Hall in Philadelphia earlier this year.
How in the world did those young girls learn to act like that?
Sadly, that was not an isolated incident. Young women all over the nation have become absolutely brutal. In Minnesota recently, a mob of teen girls beat the living daylights out of a mother and her two daughters until they were black and blue. Apparently the mob of teen girls was enraged over a pair of missing sunglasses.
In America today, the love of most people has grown cold. A growing number of Americans (especially young Americans) seem to have very little empathy for anyone else.
As the economy crumbles, many Americans find themselves doing very low things in order to survive. So far in 2011, dog thefts have increased by 49 percent. These days, people will steal anything of value if it is not bolted down.
What is certainly not helping things is the rampant unemployment all over the nation. Sadly, the younger that you are, the more likely that you are to be unemployed.
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According to a recent USA Today article, more than one-fourth of all teens are unemployed at this point….
The unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds ticked up to 25.4% in August from 25% the previous month, the Labor Department said last week. For black teens, unemployment leaped to 46.5% from 39.2% in July. The nation’s jobless rate was unchanged at 9.1%.
But those numbers only tell part of the story. The real picture starts to emerge when you look at how many teens actually do have a job.
Back in the year 2000, more than 50 percent of all Americans teens had a job.
This summer, only 29.6% of all American teens had a job.
So we have a whole lot of teens with a whole lot of time on their hands.
Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough jobs for everyone out there right now. There is intense competition even for the most basic jobs.
The number of Americans with jobs overall continues to decline. For example, the percentage of Californians that are 16 years or older that have a job is the lowest that is has been in over 30 years.
What is even more frightening is that we have just seen another huge wave of layoffs. The following is from a recent CBS article….
It’s been a summer storm of pink slips. Along with Borders, Bank of America, Cisco, Lockheed Martin, and Goldman Sachs have all recently announced mass layoffs.
But a lack of jobs is far from the only reason why the fabric of American society is falling to pieces.
Many believe that another huge reason for all of the chaos on the streets of America is the breakdown of the American family. In 1960, married couples accounted for 75 percent of all households in America. Today, they account for just 48 percent of all households.
Millions upon millions of American children are growing up with only one parent, and that one parent usually has to work so hard that he or she is hardly ever home.
So those kids are being raised by our public schools, by government institutions, by the television, by movies, by video games and by other kids.
Now we are starting to reap what we have been sowing as a society.
Many of our greatest cities have been transformed into rotting war zones. As millions of jobs have been shipped overseas, entire communities have been gutted. Those that remain in these cities find themselves trying to survive in an environment where morality has been thrown out the window.
For example, the following is what one British reporter found during his visit to Detroit….
Much of Detroit is horribly dangerous for its own residents, who in many cases only stay because they have nowhere else to go. Property crime is double the American average, violent crime triple. The isolated, peeling homes, the flooded roads, the clunky, rusted old cars and the neglected front yards amid trees and groin-high grassland make you think you are in rural Alabama, not in one of the greatest industrial cities that ever existed.
In Detroit today, residents are literally tearing the city apart in an attempt to find things to sell. The city is literally cannibalizing itself. Just check out the following short video about what is happening right now in Detroit….
It is so sad to see what is happening to America. Things did not have to turn out this way.
But we have turned our backs on the principles handed down to us by our founding fathers. We were convinced that we knew better than they did.
Well, now we are finding out that perhaps we should have listened to them.
In a previous article, I quoted what John Adams, the second president of the United States, had to say about the importance of morality in society….
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”
Our Constitution is in grave danger today. As I wrote about yesterday, this nation is being transformed into a much different place. The federal government has become deeply corrupt and so has a large portion of the American people.
So what is the answer?
How can we recapture the essence of what once made this country so great?
Please feel free to leave a comment with your opinion below….