They try to imagine the joy and celebration, but in their heart they know what's really coming is just the next episode of drunkenness.
The United States is like that alcoholic family member, for whom every circumstance is an excuse to hit the bottle. Except, with the US, the bottle is violence.
Barack Obama addresses the nation this evening. He will respond to the attack in San Bernardino that is now being characterized as an act of terror, and linked to ISIS.
For a brief moment, it occurred to me that, on this second Sunday in Advent, as people across this majority Christian country await the coming of the Prince of Peace, the President would go on television and say, "What we are not going to do is respond with more violence."
But then I quickly reminded myself: Remember who and what you're dealing with. Remember the reverence in which this country holds violence. Remember that an addict doesn't magically give up their drug.
What are we going to do . . . ?
Norman Solomon summed up Obama's speech last night ("Obama’s Speech, Translated into Candor"): " . . . As much as we must denounce the use of any guns that point at us, we must continue to laud the brave men and women who point guns for us . . ." (emphasis added).
Obama perfectly expresses the psychotic incoherence of US society.
Again I ask, What are we going to do . . . ?
(See "The way to respond to ISIS is not through violence." )
It's way too easy to launch U.S. missiles. (Maybe if it were a little more costly, challenging, or painful to carry out these attacks, they would at least require someone to give an explanation that makes sense first.)
(See AMERICANS: Happy As Long As They're Blowing Something Up )
(See 360 Degree Feedback in New York (2014 NPT Prepcom and How the World Views the United States))
A virus is able to be so successful precisely because it (most of the time) doesn't kill its host. I can't help thinking that we simply are not being intelligent about how to respond to violence. How might recognizing the "viral" nature of violence help us to respond to it more intelligently?
(See Violence: Taking Over Like a Virus)
Why are people such doubters? Don't they believe the U.S. knows what it's doing?
(See Want to Understand How U.S. Is "Helping" Iraq? Watch this video . . . )