Poorly educated, emotionally driven population that is unfit to govern or take care of itself. This leads to a big brother nanny state, which only further encourages a poorly educated, emotionally driven populace that is unfit to govern or care for itself.
It is a rabid cycle. It is a pattern.
Solution in a nutshell: Break the cycle, interrupt the pattern.
To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.