"With the rise of materialism, greed and corruption in American society, people want a return to a better sense of community--sort of a shared sacrifice, a return to the ethic of service and duty."
Center for American Progress
What is the "Center for American Progress" you ask. It's a Washington D.C. "think-tank", which supports liberal ideals and so-called "progressive" thinking from the left.
I recently traveled through parts of Ohio, both North and South skipping most large cities. What was particularly interesting was all the farm land and grazing land, rural residences. Hundreds of miles of homes and small family businesses out of the way of the clamor of the Beltway and big cities.
I thought out loud that people of the world, including many in this country don't really understand the makeup of America. If you work in a huge city, as I did in Chicago for years, one comes to think America resides only in the big city.
Even with the movement out of big cities traditional rural America is thriving, small towns are thriving and the picture of America is much different than portrayed by the media and blind "think-tanks."
So if Mr. Halpin and his ilk feel a statement about "a better sense of community" is a blanket opinion on America, Halpin should get in his car and travel America. In addition, when discussing "shared sacrifice, a return to the ethic of service and duty," Halpin should take his cohorts and visit military bases in Iraq. He might get a sense of reality in both cases.