we in the US like to think of ourselves as exceptional -- the most best nation of all! the rest of the world wants to be like us -- NOT! in fact, this quote on today's school massacre in brazil tells you all you need to know about how the rest of the world views our paradise of violence:
"'It is a massacre, a true massacre,' said Roni de Macedo, a fireman who arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting began and dragged eight seriously injured children from the school.it gives me no pleasure to admit that this guy has nailed it -- this IS what it's like here in the states. with all the "guns save lives" practitioners here in the old confederacy, setting the tone of public discourse, you'll no doubt see even more terrific scenes of mayhem as we go along.
'There is blood on the walls, blood on the chairs. There are 15 to 20 dead I think,' said De Macedo, who was covered in blood. 'I've never seen anything like this. It's like something in the United States.'"
indeed, it sometimes seems like we're within range of a true "open carry" society, where it's not alcoholic beverages we're talking about, but loaded firearms. it might even be mandatory.
in the coming economic collapse and the social chaos to follow, we may truly reap the kind of society we've worked so hard to sow the past 30 years.
(what is it about the past 30 years, anyway? can it all really have started with saint ronald reagan? one doddering hollywood has-been who single-handedly brought the american republic to its knees...)