Cities reflect their leadership. Beautiful cities are clean and safe throughout their borders. There is a feeling of community; people walk with pride. When a city is properly run a wholesome feeling pervades its atmosphere. City dwellers love the comradery; sitting at outdoor cafes and watching the bustle go by. A beautiful city, through its museums and art galleries, is endowed with the uplifting essence that marks a healthy society.
More than twenty people were shot in New York City over the three day Memorial Day weekend.
Some might claim guns are the problem, but gunfire is a symptom of deeper issues. The President admitted this just days ago, on May 18th he said, “In some communities, that sense of unfairness and powerlessness has contributed to dysfunction in those communities…” In a very real sense he is correct, but he doesn’t see things clearly enough to articulate the key thought in his statement. The most important word in his sentence is “powerlessness”. People who have their lives paid for are in a real sense powerless. Because these payments have gone sky high the only way to mortgage them is to tax business and homes. The high cost of doing business drives out those who seek a modicum of power, or sovereignty, for themselves. Left behind is a citizenry that desires power but does not understand the responsibilities, actions, and behaviors that accompany even a small dose of sovereignty. Stripped by government indulgence of the necessity to contribute to their own existence the powerless become mere shadows of citizenry. What seems clear is that as the contributing citizens are forced to increase the indulgence the powerless grow more resentful of those who make the contributions.
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