The thickness of the South, trained through corporal punishment. The thinking down there is like the thick, buzzing air of summer evenings. Slow as cold molasses. A glass shard infusion of sweet tea. Southern thinking is trained and programmed into obedience , punishment, and hierarchy. The education of being slaves to the town's upper-crust, so they need to put other people in their place.
Fear. God is to be feared. Today this encasement is about to cause much destruction and pain. War will not make us safer. It will bring us to the third world status, with privatized military protecting the ultra rich. Slaughter. This is what we need to look at, in deciding our future this day.
A rod was used as guidance. No shepherd would beat his sheep.