Nowadays people both young and old keep their heads down, eyes on the pavement, without even a glance as to what’s going on around them before crossing the street. What’s going on with those people? Why would someone put themselves in danger, potentially risking their lives?
What’s happening to our society?
A simple look to the right, look to the left before crossing the street or parking lot seems to be a thing of the past, conversely, today’s norm feels more like “you” should be responsible for “me”.
In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, making up about 16% of all traffic fatalities, about a 9% increase in pedestrian fatalities from a year earlier. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association 2016 data, Delaware leads the pack in pedestrian-vehicle deaths, followed by Florida, Arizona, South Carolina, and New Mexico rounding out 5th place. The GHSA mentions potential factors to pedestrian deaths include a better economy, an increase in walking as a primary mode of transportation, and distractions due to the growing use of smartphones.
It’s true America is growing and becoming more of a walking country as time goes by, but could there be a bigger picture why people walk with their heads down in traffic, passing complete and utter responsibility of their life and future, to the driver (a complete stranger) rather than being accountable for their own life?
American citizens becoming more dependent on society sounds disconcertingly familiar, like a room full of liberals attending a government Christmas party, with their hands out expecting free giveaways for the rest of their lives.
Since the time Obama took office liberals have gotten more liberal, more lazy, and more dependent on others for their well-being, even when it comes to simple things like crossing the road, causing unnecessary deaths.
During the Obama era, large numbers of Americans became dependent on the government to take care of them, in a time where people dropped from the job market, and middle-class wages were stagnant. A large number of Americans were dependent on some form of government subsidies like disability, jobless benefits, and food stamps. All of which leads to being dependent on the government, giving up their personal responsibility and making their everyday life dependent on the government and the people around them.
Poverty was already on the upswing when Obama took office as the economy plunged into recession. Under his leadership, the U.S. economy performed worse than it did under any other president since the end of the Great Depression. The month after Obama took office the unemployment rate rose above 8 percent and stayed there for a while. The number of long-term unemployed Americans rose from 2.7 million to 5.2 million, and the median household income decreased by more than $4,000 when Obama entered the White House.
And we wonder why the public seems so lackadaisical today.
If Americans depend on others for their healthcare, cell phones, welfare benefits and financial well-being why wouldn’t they depend on the general public to keep them safe from harm rather than taking the responsibility for themselves? After all, in their minds, why waste your energy looking around to keep yourself safe when someone else can do it for you.
Liberals across America are walking across streets with their heads down expecting everyone else to take care of them, just like they expect the government to.