I am beginning to understand what my mother was getting at when she said "there is nothing new under the Sun". Americans are no worse nor any better than they were in previous years. What we have now is the culmination of the years of apathy, greed and self interest that has permeated our society since it's inception.
Every generation has it's shame. McCarthy, Mississippi Burning, Nam, the me years, and now Iraq all signify that perfection and harmony are ours to wish for but we only get in our own way.
The problem is no culture can withstand a constant onslaught of hits. Eventually the culture is worn down and worn out. We will get through this but only in time to meet the next test. And with each test more people fall by the wayside numbed by their previous experience. The question is who will rise to take their place? Us or them?