About the Suburban Sentinel
The Suburban Sentinel is just an average, middle-aged guy. He is a devoted family man living a quiet life in a quiet suburb with his wife and children. He is also a good citizen. He works hard, pays his taxes and minds his own business. The Suburban Sentinel votes, volunteers in the community and gives generously to charity. He values self-reliance and finds people who are inordinately dependent upon others by choice particularly disagreeable.
He’s not rich or famous. He’s not a religious zealot. He’s not devoted to any particular cause or political party. In fact he would not be considered an extremist in any aspect of his politics or personality. Although well educated he’s not arrogant, pompous or highly opinionated. He’s not popular or fashionable and does not pretend to be otherwise. Although he has trouble relating to those with radically different lifestyles he is (usually) accepting and non-judgmental. He’s basically a mild mannered, level headed, decent man of ordinary sensibilities.
However the Suburban Sentinel is also angry and worried. His grandfather often said that it was a curse to be able to see the insanity around you; and the Suburban Sentinel is indeed cursed. He sees the social fabric of his country slowly unraveling before his eyes: American blood spilled in senseless military engagements, breathtaking levels of federal deficit spending on dubious projects, laws created by and for wealthy corporations and special interests, government infringement upon fundamental rights, bailouts for Wall Street thieves, daycare centers in high schools, college graduates who can barely speak or write, the list goes on and on. The Sentinel is very concerned about the future for himself, his family and the nation.
The Suburban Sentinel sees his country in decline and is compelled to take action. He has no grand vision or foolish illusion of leading a great shift in American society. But the Sentinel hopes that if he, and many more like him, can each get just a few other people to open their eyes and take action too perhaps America will change for the better.