Letter: Our Country Is At A Crisis Point

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The United State of America, as a functioning society, is on its deathbed. Think about your children and grandchildren. Do they deserve better?

These are the facts:

Suicides have reached epidemic proportions and continue to escalate. Opioid and heroin addiction is increasing annually. Alcohol addiction is a growing problem. Legalized marijuana for recreational purposes, a growing trend, will add to our addictive society. State governments simply want tax revenues from marijuana sales to balance their budgets at the expense of their citizen’s health.

Social media addiction continues to affect mental health. The underlying cause of all addictions is unbearable mental pain. Mental illness and various addictions are the new normal. Americans suffer mental illness from isolation due to cell phone addiction and texting.

Homelessness is a rampant problem from the east coast to the west coast of the country. No section of the country is exempt. What is more frightening is that the problem continues to grow. How about gender? Every biology book states there are X and Y chromosomes which determine male or female gender. Throw out science. Everything you learned is wrong. You are neutral gender or X gender. Shut up and follow the new science.

How about “safe spaces,” “sanctuary cities,” “late-term abortions?” The death of brick and mortar retail stores and the demise of tens of thousands of retail jobs aggravate a country on life support. Furthermore, think about the landscape as thousands of stores are closed and boarded up across the country. A blight of epic proportions.

Medicare’s Trust Fund is set to run out in 8 years and Social Security will run out in 16 years.

Add to this the overwhelming hate and division, which has been with us pre-Trump, and the problems deepen. Obscenities are now acceptable in public and private. Children are reared in the swamp of four letter words and worse as they hear these vulgarities with regularity. The words written on social media, and beyond, are a clear indication that our value system is no longer existent.

History has taught us that a proven criteria to judge the health of a society is to observe the quality of the arts within that society. Look at television. More than 200 channels and most Americans complain that there is nothing worth viewing. Look at the theatre. Revival after revival with almost no originality with worthy content. Look at the movie industry which is on the verge of collapse due to movies devoid of substance and meaning. There are no playwrights of any worth. Where are our Arthur Millers, Edward Albees, Tennessee Williams, August Wilsons or Eugene O’Neills just to name a few? Our society is failing and this is additional proof.

“If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, they you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.” —Plato

Our society and value systems are under attack. The above facts are merely the tip of the iceberg. If you are silent, this is the America your children and grandchildren will inherit. This cannot be acceptable if you love your children and yourself. We are in crisis mode. Begin the conversation now.

—Stewart Landskroner

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