Sunday, December 16, 2012

Speaking of Friday...

On Friday morning, I hadn't listened to any news or msm. I was getting ready to head into Asheville, to meet up with the rest of a delegation organized by Credo to meet with Senator Kay Hagan's staff. We were meeting to urge the Senator to reject any cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and the turn-out was great. Everyone who showed up had important things to say, and personal reasons why such cuts would be disastrous. Now it remains to be seen if what "we the people" want has any impact with legislators.

A couple of stops later, I got home, and it was then that I flipped on the television and saw the reports of what had happened in Newtown, CT. As more details were made known, the horrific picture of what happened at Sandy Hook elementary school took shape. I felt like I was going to be sick. As a former primary school teacher, first grade was one of the ones I'd taught. The thought of these precious little beings, full of life, energy, innocence, and excitement, dying the way they did, was overwhelming. I felt like I was going to be physically ill. My heart just broke, and I could only imagine the life-shattering grief and despair their parents and other loved ones must be enduring.

Why? WHY?!Why do so many wounded, damaged people seem compelled to victimize those who have nothing to do with their pain? How does someone so young, just twenty years old, become a monstrous killing machine, devoid of empathy and even the smallest bit of compassion? Why do so many parents nationwide allow their kids to grow up spending half their days playing pretend killing games on electronic media? And also teaching their kids that killing other sentient beings is acceptable recreation? Why do we have a nation run by morons who believe that slashing public funds for mental health care and services will not lead to ongoing rampages like this? Why do we live in a country where so many idiots believe that everyone is entitled to own assault rifles? And why does our gutless, morally bankrupt cadre of politicians believe it's somehow okay to go to other countries and destroy their innocent children with drones and missiles?

I'm sick to my stomach, folks. My heart is so full of sadness and despair. The level of crazy in this country has been ratcheted up so high, it's hard to imagine this sick culture not just imploding under the weight of its dysfunction. Will it go with a whimper or a bang? Or with the incessant refrain of automatic weapons firing?

5 Comments:

Blogger Father Tyme said...

It'll end with hand-wringing to death...in the Year 2525!

These same young, new generation chickenhawks are no different from those of my generation or those of age under Bush 2. Talk big until it comes time to put up, then they shut up.

On the real battlefield, you don't just get to insert another quarter or hit reset for another life but they can't understand this.

I can't tell you how many think they're "so cool" because they're aces at Call of Duty or whatever the current Murder ju Jour is. But when I ask them if they enjoy this so much why don't they enlist to get the real thing, they don't want to talk about it - it's just a game - not like real life!

And the blame has to go to the parents. They can't say no to their precocious little darlings because "other kids moms let them kill things on their X-Boxes!"

Make the games like those illegal for anyone under 18...no exceptions. AND enforce heavy fines and jail time for the PARENTS!

As far as the gun thing goes, until Wayne La Dick's family or kids of any major politician, especially Republican are hideously gunned down nothing will change.

In the mean time, since no poilitician has the balls to ban guns, how about "One person, One gun" and you have to be over 21 to get one...and only if you can name any 10 amendments after the first 10! And these righteous assholes think the 10 commandments (which these idiots don't follow anyway) are more important!

The other alternative would be to jail the families, not just parents of any kids under 21 who knowingly have guns and commit any crime with a gun.

If a bar tender can be responsible for some ass who drinks too much and kills someone on the road, why should it be any different for a parent or spouse of one of these idiots? The politicians talk about accountability all the time especially for teachers. Let's see them put the law where their mouths are.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

FT, you make many valid and important points. I agree with you on everything, especially your comparison of bartenders and parents regarding accountability.

There's definitely something way out of balance when parents get a pass when their kids go awry. Obviously, kids learn to harm and maim and kill. Certainly there are precursors to this behavior which are apparent, and others that are not. It's a complex and seemingly impossible subject to wrap my mind around, so I'm not even going to try.

Needless to say we're a sick society, and these mass killings are symptomatic of something that's systemic in our culture.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

The reports I heard mentioned that the mom was the one who owned the weapons used, and it was said that she bought them after her divorce, ostensibly for "self-defense."

You don't need an assault rifle for home protection. And I'm also wondering why a parent would introduce heavy-duty weapons to a child with emotional problems.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Father Tyme said...

Ya know, this all started in the late 70s with the scourge of society (at least in my opinion), psychiatrists and psychologists, especially child psychiatrists.

These assholes started the idiotic "time-out" thing for kids rather than smacking their spoiled little asses. When the little angels are bad, like acting nuts in a supermarket, mom takes them aside and makes them sit for a while to take a time out and think on what they've done. Kinda like a Sternly worded letter to the Republicans in Congress...and just as effective!

Yeah, I could see my father doing that. Anyway, if punishment was inflicted, corporal or otherwise, why, heavens! it might socially amd mentally scar the poor urchins for years to come. So, wag your finger at them, sit them in corner until they are pennatent enough or have the parent bullshitted into thinking they'll be "good" then huses all around and let them go back to their killing people video games - and PUH-Lease don't let them bother us 'cause I have to go to the club to hav a basket of martinis and commiserate with my oh-so-affluent peers! how dreadful!

These behind the couch geniuses never think far enough ahead of what the consequences of their incorrect actions might be. Instead, they lay the blame on the parents after telling the parents to follow the instructions of the psychos!

When we became dependent on the court believed "opinions" of someone who can't even agree with other collegues, things went bad.

Because some ass has a PhD in Psychology that makes him more of a parent than a parent?" Ever wonder how many of these Dr. Phils have kids..and how many of them have problems. And Dr. Phil is a total ass!

If you want a really good, short jist on why psychologists are such frauds, read Carl Sagan's book "This Demon Haunted World." In it he tells how most "therapists can actually lead supposed "alien abducted" people to believe whatever the therapist wants by the way they suggest things during sessions. The sad part is many of these therapists really, truly believe that their subjects WERE abducted by aliens or worse, all of htem were abused physically or sexually as a child, even when evidence shows that wasn't the case. But then the therapist either moves on or denies it was his fault. Their actions are all to prevalent in other situations, too.

In the mean time, the therapist collected money from the patient or the government if the patient couldn't pay. Not to mention the drug induced bullshit done to the patient.

Nice work if you can get it, as Cybil (Cybil Shepard) on he r show used to say.

Worked for the Menendez boys!The Columbine Kids! Now this asshole in Connecticut!

FEH!

10:24 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Hey, I like Dr. Phil! He has common sense, a rarity in academia.

As someone who grew up being beat on, I can't say I agree with you. There is a happy medium somewhere, between too harsh and no structure at all. Too many parents try to be the child's buddy and act like they're in the child's peer group, rather than the child's parent.

That being said, in this case, it was said that the mother was very rigid in how she dealt with the young man. I guess a lot of that we'll never know, unless others come forward with personal details of their home life.

12:20 PM  

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