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When things change, improvement can be achieved but sometimes change isn’t always improvement.

I find myself having to ascend this slope as well but what I have observed, is the descent of American society. After you read this, let me know what you think.

Consensus is often the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. Consensus is most often something in which no one believes and to which no one objects.

If you just want to be liked, are prepared to compromise on anything, you will achieve nothing of value. (see Compromise of 1850)

Discipline yourself to do what you know is right even if difficult, it’s the high road to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.

seven levels of human acheivementSuccess is a mixture of having skill and achievement in what you are doing; knowing that it requires constant progress, and continuing with a sense of purpose.

A healthy society is composed of individual men and women in families raising children with love, structure and purpose.

Maslow B valuesIn 2006, 54% of the U.S. population living in 50 metro areas were responsible for 67% of armed killing.

The majority of murders in the cities with the worst homicide rates are gang-related.

Since 1981, Los Angeles alone has had 16,000 gang related homicides. That’s more than twice the number of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and it’s more than the number of Americans who died in the Mexican-American War.

Chicago is an area where gang leaders wield a great deal of influence; 80% of Chicago’s murders are gang-related. Chicago is a city divided in control by gangs and politicians. It has 68,000 gang members, which is four times the number of police officers. Chicago politicians solicit the support of gang members in their campaigns, accepting laundered contributions from them, hiring their members and tipping them off about upcoming police raids. And their biggest favor to the gang bosses is doing nothing about the epidemic of gang violence.

Life is cheap and illegal guns are as available as illegal drugs. America is a group of war zones whose problem is not the supply of guns, but their own social dysfunction.

Reformers in the twenties blamed the plight of the slums on the availability of liquor. They pushed through Prohibition to fix the cities. The liquor went on flowing and the slums went on being slums. Gun control has been just as successful in healing the slums as whiskey control. Just like the dry reformers, gun control advocates insist on trying to apply their solution on a national level, when the problem is not nationwide.

STREET GANG MEMBERS - NARA - 552753

Street gang – NARA – 552753 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not all of America is broken, but a lot of it is. The part that is broken most often stems from broken families. Loss of the lowest fundamentals of an emotional healthy individual results in a loss of an emotional healthy country.

The legacy of Martin Luther King reminds us of a leader who spoke difficult truth even to his own people. We need leadership like that today.

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