There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.... John Rogers
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
They probably don't discuss these issues because they agree on these issues.
One who makes himself a worm cannot complain when tread upon.
That's why the issue should be a political one. What you state is exactly true and while families try protecting their immediate futures, the Nation must protect our long term future with sustainable policies. That is the importance of the issue. Personally, I think the guns are a bogus issue generated by extreme right wing activists, and people are pretty tolerant, so the gay issue will resolve itself. Climate Change will not resolve itself to our benefit.
The USofA is doing a fine job of changing it's habits regarding pollution and other things. We are not China, India, or Africa. We have the EPA and other things going that help to clean up rivers and protect the planet from corporations dumping sh!t into the water and/or burying it in a hole "out back".
Once we fix the economy, the job situation, and the out-of-control spending our country is currently drowning in, we can shift focus to other things on the list.
But priorities are priorities and climate change just isn't a TOP priority right now.
That's just the way it is.
If you're house is on fire, are you gonna care if a glass of wine gets spilled on the white rug?
We're all about upholding our image as a world power. We're all about sending kids to war, often against their will. We're all about upholding market fascism. We're all about crushing potentially beneficial governments. We're all about human rights violations. We're all about war crimes. We're all about drones and civilian casualties. We're all about national failures.
We're all about burning qurans.
The military budget needs to be slashed and we, as a country, need to invest this money in education and energy.