This is a great article . Everyone should read it. There is so much truth here and if the comments abd actions of the retail customers don’t really piss you off; well; I don’t know what will. Thank you to Broadside and Ms. Caitlin Kelly for these words of truth
There are several strains in the American worldview I find, even after 24 years living here, confusing and wearying.
There is the persistent narrative that government is bad, that self-reliance is good and that no one who needs government help — other than victims of natural disasters — really deserves it. If they were just smarter/harder-working/thriftier/better educated, they’d be fine.
The self-righteousness is pervasive and ugly.
I get it. My first book, which looked at guns in American women’s lives, included interviews with many women who own guns, some of which they use for hunting, for sport and for self-protection. In speaking with 104 men, women and teens of every income level from 29 states, I came away with a much clearer understanding why 45 percent (then “only” 30 percent) of American homes contain a firearm.
This is a nation predicated on the belief that everyone is responsible for themselves.
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