The United States is having a Societal Crisis

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The United States is having a societal crisis that could be fatal! Our crisis has been caused by a number of things over a number of years by a number of people. The talking heads on TV blame everything from technology to schooling to poor parenting, some even venture into blaming our drifting away from our religious past.

I think each and every one of these reasons have had a devastating effect on our society over the past fifty years; however, if you scrape down to the bottom of the crisis barrel I think you will find that the foundational problem in our society is a lack of adolescent acculturation from birth to at least twelve years of age. Today, both parents work and spend very little time with their children, they eat at different times and watch TV (or play on their computers) in different rooms. That group of people known today as “the millennials” did not, for the most part, inherit their parent’s social beliefs or ideals because they never had the time to discuss something so personal.

Those millennials who arrived at school with no acculturation from their parents were at the mercy of the government’s liberal, progressive, socialist teachers who, even if they were not part of the progressive crowd, were being directed by scholastic elitists at the state or federal level of education. Most millennials I have talked to do not know anything about the history of their own country; I have talked to one millennial who thought Idaho was a foreign country!

My acculturation came from my parents, my extended family, my school, and my church. The solution to our societal crisis, since parents no longer have the time and the extended family does not exist, is to take control of the education system away from the federal government. Children in Japan are taught about Japanese culture and philosophy starting in the first grade; have you ever heard of a mass murder event happening in Japan? Most millennials and their children do not have a viable philosophy since they do not go to church, where most of my early philosophy came from, and they seem to have very little empathy for others considering the youth-on-youth murder rate.

If we cannot get the United States back to its religious roots we should at least get philosophy added as a required subject in our schools, starting in the first grade; it is amazing how many ideas, sayings, and philosophical similarities exist between Confucius and The Buddha, and Jesus who followed 500 years later.

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John Simpson

During my twelve-year navy career I served as an electronics instructor and flight crew member tracking NASA manned apace shots. I took the first pictures of the Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker Lenin as it traveled south along the coast of Norway; one of the photographs I took was on the front page of the New York Times. I was a member of the navy’s Operation Deep Freeze in New Zealand and the Antarctic. During President Johnson’s South East Asia tour, I was assigned to President Johnson’s White House staff in Wellington, New Zealand and served as a security team leader. In 1967 I switched to the army and trained young army officers to be avionics maintenance officers. I was recruited by the Green Berets and assigned to jump school. After my airborne training, I was assigned to the 46th Special Forces Company in Thailand where I traveled from Malaysia to Burma installing and upgrading communication sites. On one occasion, I provided support for Special Forces operations in Laos. I was also an instructor for small weapons, jungle survival, physical security and combat-in-cities. In 1970 I graduated from primary flight school and Cobra attack-helicopter training; then went directly to Vietnam and the 25th Infantry Division just outside of Saigon. After six months, I was reassigned to the 101st Airborne Division just south of the dividing line between North and South Vietnam. I received nine air medals, two bronze stars and one army commendation medal in Vietnam. My next assignment was in Munich, Germany where I flew the border between East and West Germany. While stationed in Germany I was recruited by the Criminal Investigation Division and later Military Intelligence to track military drug dealers; my investigation led me to a French Communist woman who was supporting an underground newspaper that was providing instructions on how to sabotage military aircraft, vehicles and generators. While serving with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany I also trained the unit's Aero Rifle Platoon in combat-in-cities and combat-in-forest techniques. During my long military career I was trained in and pursued independent studies in special warfare, psychological warfare, and physical security. My presentations on the military prove that I understand the difference between the problems inherent to war and problems caused by poor military planning, leadership, and management. I have lived and worked in a number of Muslim countries and have studied Islamic culture and religion for more than twenty years. My presentations on the Middle East and Islam provide insight into current world events and our relationships with the Middle Eastern countries of Iran and Iraq. After retirement, I worked for Bell Helicopter and was assigned to Isfahan, Iran as a Cobra test pilot. I enjoyed Iran until the terrorism started. They blew up my favorite Korean restaurant just moments after I had walked out. I escaped from Iran just prior to the overthrow of the government. Upon returning home to Ohio, I learned from the evening news that some of the Iranian military officers I had worked with had been executed (murdered) under orders from Ayatollah Khomeini. Since leaving Bell Helicopter, I have had three novels published and have worked as a technical writer, publications consultant, and engineer for Siemens, IBM, Motorola, and Dresser Industries. I have written more than 300 technical manuals on computers, computer controlled equipment, central-office telephone equipment, pagers, robots, hydraulics, pneumatics, diesel engines, jet engines, helicopters, and mining equipment. Today, I am employed as a research and development engineer for a South Florida Aerospace company; I also continue to do public speaking and radio appearances. I live in Florida with my wife JoAnn and my four-pound Chihuahua named Chiquita.

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