It's true that Bethel is not an evil place, because places have no morality. It's the people within the places that shape the climate, and it's clear that much of rural USA is far gone down the dark road towards fascism. The irony is that the people most responsible for destroying the nation are those who think they love it the most. Because they are ignorant, emotionally stunted, and intellectually short-changed, they are incapable of grasping the reality that they are the problem. The USA is almost certainly doomed to grow ever-more dysfunctional and violent, not least because unscrupulous politicians benefit transiently from such a situation and the media relies on violent incidents in order to provide endless sensationalist content that boosts ad revenues.

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