But to the main point of your post here - I'm not buying that crime is this bad in the 85006.....I have had nothing stolen or had any criminal incidents against me take place since living in the 85006 years ago. I do know of some folks who have had their cars stolen - Phoenix was an auto theft capital back in the mid to late 90's but I undertand that's cooled off a bit now. Drugs would be the big deal here - selling and possession and of course crimes committed for money to buy drugs - but like I said, I have not been a crime victim since living here and my block has been crime free (other than one neighbor having some patio furniture stolen two years ago). A lot of this has to do with not being out and about late at night - thereby protecting yourself from both thugs AND the police (in the 85006 we often debate which group is worse - police or those they arrest?) Having nothing to do with drugs in any way shape or form helps, too, as does being on good terms with all your neighbors and getting involved in the neighborhood. It's really not all that bad in the 85006. Rob
This is not a rich people's problem. This is a problem of an entire country really not working well for the majority of it's citizens/permanent residents, and of more and more of the country waking up to this fact. Rob
"America" did not do anything to that doctor. America is not a person. You're freighting a single incident of bi-lateral stupidity with some kind of transcendent importance that simply doesn't exist in reality.
You may regard your own life in America as "pointless and meaningless", but I think you're making a generalization that doesn't apply to others. And blaming "America" for a pointless life is ridiculous. Meaning is not something that can be delivered by a government entitlement program.
Your continuing resentment at not being served by your fellow Americans early enough and on a greater scale leads me to question your definition of "decent human being". Different outlooks I guess, but maybe that's just me.
The description of the festive atmosphere at your several protests, mainly through your emphasis on food and drink, makes me think the protests are more of a social outing in the 85006. A day off work is always cause for celebration, glad you're having fun.
"Things should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler." ~ Albert Einstein
PS Just came back to add that the protests are of course serious events, though there is some networking, meeting new people, socializing and getting to know others going on, and this does tend to center around food and drink, yes. This is just a portion of the protest and not the main reason for attending/participating, however. It's just one aspect of the experience and not the reason for the experience overall.