Political discourse without the spin.
My thoughts this morning were to write about the effect that no agreement between Democrats and Republicans would have on children of a certain income, in regards to the ‘fiscal cliff’ matter. However, the news this day was full of the results of a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school. At last report, there were at least 26 people dead -20 children, 6 adults, and the shooter himself. One of those adults is a relative of the shooter, and was killed at home nearby.
20 children will not grow up, go on a first date, get a drivers’ license, a pair of high heels or football helmet, go on prom, or get married. 20 children is a number that makes a manageable classroom size, in most cases. 20 children who had corn flakes, bacon, eggs or Pop Tarts about an hour before the massacre happened. We have to pray for the families of the slain. They will never get over a 5 yr. old being shot for no reason.
This was not on the streets of a metropolitan area, but conversely, in a bucolic rural town about 60 miles from NYC. The perpetrator did not have a handgun, but an Uzi. How else could a victim hear ‘about 100 shots or more?’ See Google’s real-time news about this story.
The irony is that today, the legislature was supposed to discuss gun control, along with the ‘fiscal cliff’ talks. They are both a wash now. Incessant debates, as opposed to correcting it despite the results that are in front of our faces, means something is definitely wrong with society. Or alternatively, someone really thinks the American citizens are damn fools. Even the oligarchs have children; will they continue to loot the country’s economy, turning normally rational people into angry maniacs? Although the cause of this massacre has not been determined, you can bet that money, or lack thereof, was one of the reasons this guy decided to settle his issues in this manner. It will come out in the course of the investigations.
What does this have to do with [a] politics and [b] lost compassion for future generations? Much more than can be written in one blog post. The political ramifications of patchwork gun laws around the country, rather than a uniform law, has enabled people like today’s perpetrator and his predecessors in mayhem to have easier access to weaponry rather than a shrink. Life gets hard sometimes, but you must reposition your mind, actions and prayer life to correct it. You definitely don’t have to shoot your way out to fix it. That response is the sign of a mental imbalance which must be evident to someone who knows the perpetrator. The ease with which the imbalanced can obtain a gun is beyond belief. No other country has such lax gun laws as the USA, in the guise of the 2nd Amendment. That guy was not hunting deer with that gun.
The lost compassion shows every day. Children are shot in the streets of cities all over the country. We watch the news, shake our heads, and go back to what we were doing. The recording companies are spitting out so-called music that a wild animal wouldn’t listen to, yet our children are blasting these non-artists all day, with lyrics that would make satan blush. Then unfortunately, the kids think that’s the way they should act, as the artists say on these non-songs. Rather than take the time to tell them it’s not so, we scream at them and wonder why. Without a vision, the people perish, don’t they? Didn’t there used to be a government entity that screened lyrics, TV shows and movies? They were bought by the manufacturers. Now, an X-rated sticker is placed on the cover and it’s sold anyway.
Our children’s future is being bought and sold on the stock exchanges on a daily basis. To say that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are ‘entitlements’ is tantamount to insanity, but no one will admit it. In 40 years, when these same children need these services from the government whom they’ve supported their entire adult life, similar to their parents and grandparents, will they still be around in their present form? Not if we the people allow them to be diminished. Even now, the greatest population under the poverty level in the USA are children. One in five children are living in poverty, according to a study by The Urban Institute released earlier this month.
Many times, the public is ‘played’ [a colloquialism meaning made a fool of] by elected officials who say they’ll vote one way, get in office and wind up doing something else. I am not referring to our President, who was also emotionally drained by the events of the day, as his news conference this afternoon showed us. I am talking about the Congress, who spend their waking hours interfering with what the President is trying to accomplish. Whether its falsely denigrating Susan Rice or trashing government benefits, which have been re-branded as ‘entitlements,’ the President is reliving Mayor Harold Washington’s Council Wars on the national stage. Hopefully, he won’t allow his second term to be a rerun of the first one, and remember that he has executive powers up his sleeve.
Moreover, we have completely forgotten about our ancestors, those who came to this country voluntarily and those who were forced to come but survived. Talk about a hard life! There are folk among us now who wouldn’t survive 24 hours without a phone, gas, electricity and a latte. The ones that do, we call them homeless and pretend they are invisible as we go about our daily lives. The Bible said that wisdom is crying in the streets; you can tell, can’t you?
PROVERBS 1:20-33, KJV
20 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets.
21 She crieth in the chief places of concourse, in the openings of the gates; in the city she uttereth her words, saying,
22 “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love to be simple, and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you; I will make known my words unto you.
24 “Because I have called and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand and no man heeded,
25 but ye have set at nought all my counsel and would have none of my reproof,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh,
27 when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind, when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me,
29 because they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord.
30 They would have none of my counsel, and they despised all my reproof:
31 therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own ways, and be filled with their own devices.
32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them;
33 but whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall have quiet from fear of evil.”