Cat and Groucho-madatory sterillization? Intriguing! That delves philisophically into the debate over reproductive rights; a touchy political issue, would you say, not?
Mach-those are examples of what I consider symptoms of a much larger issue. Fundamentally, IMO, there is no difference between entitlement to a welfare check and entitlement to a gun. Both relate a common problem in our society-distorted senses of self importance, rather than seeing ourselves as more than individuals, but as a cog in a complex machine. We live in a society that has placed obscene amounts of importance on self to the point it is easy to depersonalize your environment. Your needs and your feelings and your welfare are all that matter. From that we see what you speak of, Mach; breakdown of the family, generational poverty, undesired pregnancy, violence, etc.
America is, I’m afraid, is far from the mass attitude ajustment I speak of. The best example of what I’m talking about and the perfect microcosm was how New Yorkers pulled together following 9-11. So many people, big and small, played an integral role. There was no ‘me’. Just ‘we’. As utopian as this may seen, it goes to the heart of America’s social problems; their more than political problems. They’re relational problems. The question to ponder is America too fargone to give a darn about their fellow man (or woman) if it means letting them cut in front of you.