United States a sick society

To the editor:

When are we going to face the fact that the United States is a sick society?

If our society was healthy, we wouldn’t have these recurring mass shootings, thousands of other gun deaths, other types of murders, and gangs roaming around our cities killing each other.

We wouldn’t have hundreds of thousands of homeless, nor millions either unemployed or slaving away at an inadequate minimum wage, and companies shipping our jobs overseas.

We wouldn’t have so much violence portrayed in movies, television, sports and video games.

We wouldn’t have our military stationed in hundreds of bases around the world to intimidate other countries to conform to our expectations; nor a country, saturated with handguns and assault rifles.

The problem is not the rank and file of the membership of the National Rifle Association, but of the gun manufacturers and their toadies who run the NRA. Consider the recent inane remarks of an official of the NRA.

If our country was healthy, we would have a nurturing society where we consider everyone part of our extended family. We would follow the golden rule and be our brother’s keeper if necessary.

We would follow the better teachings of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, humanism, and many of the other religions and philosophies.

We would attempt to be inclusive instead of divisive.

In sum, we would be human beings instead of self-centered greedy brutes.

It’s very disconcerting that the United States, one of the most religious of the western nations, is the most violent with the highest proportion of its citizenry incarcerated. Why?

In the past there has been a lot of talk and hand-wringing, but progressive legislation was continuously opposed by vested economic interests.

Now is the time for constructive action.


Bakersfield, Calif.