Many Americans, white and black, are cowards.; they refuse to fight to bring about improved America where all Americans are given publicly paid health insurance and their school fees are paid by the public through university. Instead of fighting for justice for all Americans, Americans feel powerless (power feeling is obtained from doing, not from running from doing); Americans feel emasculated and enfeebled and seek solace in drugs, alcohol and addiction to sex.
Liberal Americans stopped fighting for social democracy but instead fight to legalize every type of sexual practices that they can think of. These folks will not stand up and fight for economic justice but fight for what most people are not interested in, people's sexual behaviors.
As for so-called conservatives those are so mean that you wonder if they are evil souls; how can they live with themselves when millions of Americans do not have health insurance or cannot afford higher education if they are poor.
And many conservatives tell us that they are Christians while completely ignoring the basic teaching of Jesus Christ: love God and love your neighbor; care for all people (as illustrated in the story of the Good Samaritan). Conservatives are phony Christians, if at all we can refer to them as Christians; they seem like barbarians.
In the just concluded presidential election Bernie Sanders, in my opinion, was the only candidate who cared for Americans. I supported Mr. Sanders; I am a social democrat.
We need a competitive-cooperative world and a social democratic polity; we do not need pure capitalism or pure socialism but a combination of the best attributes of both economic theories (an example is what they do in the Scandinavian countries).
One ought to stand up and fight for the type of society one desires; the alternative to doing so is to escape into the various addictions (such as over eating, alcohol, drugs, sex, especially perverted sex).
Some Americans escape to do-nothing spiritualism; they devote all their times and energies to searching for God and in the meantime do not lift a finger doing anything to improve our present world. Clearly, it is appropriate to search to see if there is truth to spiritual matters but that should not preclude doing something to improve the only world we actually know exist, this world of space, time and matter.
As we talk, America is slouching to a political crisis, pretty much like the crisis that led to Richard Nixon's resignation in 1974 except that this time the end result would not be just the resignation of the just elected president but a changed polity, the coming of mixed economy and social democratic polity.
Ozodi Thomas Osuji
January 13, 2017