I responded with the following comments, on November 3, 2015, to another poster’s comment on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog, “Get Schooled.” See below:
Other poster: “Everything starts at home…”
My response: “Even if that is true, you have not solved the problem of why homes are so varied in quality in America. One must ask harder questions regarding what the priorities of our nation have been for 45 years. When one of our own Congressmen in the House of Representatives from South Carolina will yell out during President Obama’s State of the Union Address, ‘You lie!,’ and when the Republicans in the U.S. Congress have been recalcitrant at every possibility to President Obama, and when citizens call him anti-American and not born in the U.S.A., then I believe the adults of this nation, of all races, are out of control in respecting authority figures. We are becoming an adolescent nation in terms of our national psyche and that has happened over decades in which the latest iteration of the American Dream has been ‘Every person for himself,’ and we are not our brothers’ keepers.
This is why I write that Americans need a transformation of the spirit more than they need to raise IQ levels. The soul of America has become selfish and our young people do not respect that in adults, in their teachers, or in their parents. We must demonstrate, not just with words, but with actions, that we care for one another, as we did in the early 1960s in America, and that we are all in this American experiment together. Dividing will not conquer anything, in the long run. We must not point the finger at others, but work to heal old wounds. When our young people see us do this again, respect will return to our young for adults and for themselves.”