A World Gone Crazy
July 1, 2011 by Chip Wood
Not always this peaceful. London must be one of the most civilized cities in the world. But this civilized? During a recent visit, I came across two demonstrations facing each other across a street. On one side stood a small pro-Israel group, waving a blue and white flag. Across the street, several pro-Palestinians held aloft their black, red and green flag. Both groups seemed to be enjoying themselves. I hope it didn’t turn into a riot after I passed.
Are we worse off than the Greeks? Greece is about to go bankrupt, possibly taking down the euro with it. Thanks to their profligate borrowing and spending, the country’s debt is a staggering $42,888 per person. But here in the good ol’ USA, our debt comes to even more: $46,403 per person. Our government wants to borrow several trillion dollars more, and other countries seem eager to lend it to us. We truly live in a world gone crazy.
We’re getting too politically correct. I just learned that the U.S. Navy has decided to name one of its newest ships after Latino civil-rights activist Cesar Chavez. What happened to the proud naval tradition of naming ships in honor of a military hero? Shouldn’t this honor be reserved for someone who proudly served his country as a member of the armed forces?
Our kids are too plugged in. A 2010 survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reports that children in this country spend an average of 7½ hours a day, seven days a week, plugged into some sort of electronic media. Yes, our children are on electronic devices for more than 52 hours a week — more time than most adults spend at work.