Somewhere in Connecticut--I'm thinking New Haven--is a video courtesy of UK's Daily Mail (broaching topics the cowardly U.S. media won't touch) of the shocking encounter that leads me to wonder if these bestial people can be made into productive, civilized members of society.
I've seen it before with footage of a security guard dealing with a feral woman--while her children and slack-jawed husband look on, even joining in on the taunts--and ultimately tasering her outside a mall in Atlanta.
I've read about feral packs of young black males in Portland, Ore., going after innocent passengers.
The question is: In what sense are these people like you and me when they are willing to engage in such behavior that's more animal than human? We are growing and sustaining our Underclass.
I remember a baseball-wielding, no-nonsense, "I call them as I see them" principal named Joe Clark who was able to turn around a chaotic zoo of a school. But the NYT called him an "unguided missile." But that bat beat down the savagery that is prevalent in many of our cities.
And for my brother's Georgetown wedding two years ago I understood why a uniformed police officer stood next to the ATM machine on Dupont Circle _all day_. You won't see that in NH. Not yet, anyway.