It is one thing to live in faith that God will take care of things. It is helpful to chalk up bad things to God’s will. But it is another thing entirely to live with blinders on; so stubborn that we encourage everyone around us to do the same.
We know that it is wrong to watch neighborhood children playing with matches and to not step in. We vote because we have fought wars for the right to vote. We are pitifully ineffective in protecting children from abuse or bad parenting. We have let predators, racists and opportunists to rule our land.
We have allowed the bad guys to write the laws and we have pointedly ignored our broken contract with the good guys. Our soldiers have put their lives on the line for our global and misguided ambitions, yet we cannot seem to honor our contract to take care of them when they come home.
We allow babies and very young girls to dress and prance around in sick and disturbing ways, whining that “it’s funny” or “we like this, so we do it.”
It is better to have some discomfort now than to suffer great disaster and regret later. Do not worrying about choosing battles. It is too late for choosing. Worry about being able to see the battlefields at all.
The examples that follow are just that, examples. It is up to each person to take a local and personal look around to see where the self indulgent, the evil, the opportunists and the predators have gone way too far in grabbing power and dictating their agendas to the rest of us.
Child beauty pageants and dance groups that allow increasingly adult levels of sexual content:
“The sexualisation of children can pose developmental harm and there’s not a single good thing that can come out of the “circus” of pageantry,”
“Direct participation and competition for a beauty prize conveys messages relating to the desirable self, social and personal value and shapes emotional and psychological development.”
“Infants and girls are objectified and judged against sexualised ideals.”
“Anger about child beauty pageants has heightened after the controversial US television show, Toddlers and Tiaras, aired in Australia.”
—The Sydney Morning Herald
This is an area that we think of as a stupid waste of time. We think that only a small number of dysfunctional people, confined to backward regions of the nation, get involved in pageants. That is not true. Pageants are a big money industry and the participants are stubborn about having the gratification that they get from participating.
Here is the problem: child kidnapping and murder is on the rise and we know it. Any public forum that puts children on display with bizarrely advanced sexuality is adding fuel to the fire. If movies, music, games and more can be monitored and rated, then it should not be hard to get some oversight and regulation for pageants and dance competitions.
These pageants and dance programs need to be supervised, sanctioned, and regulated to prevent them from getting even more out of control. Televised reality shows involving young children need to be regulated and censored to stop the madness of putting children on display as sexual creatures who are not even treated as human beings.
“In-Your-Face” racists who have made advances into academics, mainstream entertainment and news media. This kind of discourse resonates with far too many Americans who hide their beliefs while they make biased hiring, firing, supervisory, academic and other decisions. Nothing will ever get rid of America’s overall love of racism and this will continue to be a polarizing force between increasingly hostile camps.
The only thing that can be done is to identify racists and to put a spotlight on their ideas. It is up to people to decide whether they want to vote for them, work for them, hire them, live near them, attend or send the kids to their schools, pay for their products, or watch their news shows.
“Stand your ground” laws and their enforcement have effectively allowed local governments and courts to apply the law in ways that are hideously inappropriate and unfair. This makes the law illegal. Laws must be clearly understood, applied uniformly and fairly, and cause no more harm than they prevent. In many states, boilerplate law was written by ALEC, an unelected and unaccountable group. These laws were pushed through without appropriate debate, judicial or legal review, public input, or challenge.
Make pre written “boilerplate laws” illegal. Make the legislatures write their own laws from scratch. Impeach or petition for repeal when the law cannot meet the standards. Make secret meetings illegal. Require transcripts of all ALEC style meetings to be recorded and made public.
The Occupation movement has been stopped from assembling in many cities. This goes beyond a reasonable and legal right to break up illegal occupations. Protesters are not even being allowed to assemble. At the same time, local and regional police have developed combat like attitudes and carry military grade weapons.
Law enforcement is being increasingly militarized, but without the required military training, discipline, command and control, or rules of engagement. There is no punishment for misconduct, breaking the law and police rioting. So called “anarchists” commit violent actions that trigger and justify acts of “police rioting”. These well trained and well organized rogues have long been suspected of actually being police or government operatives.
The result has been overly violent and aggressive conduct on the part of police operatives without legal consequence or proper judicial review. There is a combat attitude and there is no longer any intent to protect the rights and safety of American protesters.
Demand local and state wide laws and rules that clarify the rights and obligations of protesters. Set up uniform procedures and rules for police operatives. Establish better training, command and control of militarized police agencies. Demand that regional and community aid police comply with the city’s rules and policies. Set up public oversight committees to review and report on all types of police conduct, good and bad. Prohibit police tactics like refusing to respond to other emergencies, then using the protests as an excuse.
The ALEC government rules this nation, but so do the the drug cartels, the corporations, the NRA and shady or fake right wing “grassroots” organizations. Unelected entities are dictating to our government. The will of the people no longer has an influence on lawmaking or judicial review.
As a result, much of our nation’s policy and law is being devised by unknown and unelected powers in ways that have been overriding the will of the people. Elected representatives find that their opposition cannot be heard. The goal is to stop the secret, backroom and boilerplate legislation movement.
Petition to prohibit the NRA, ALEC, Right wing think tanks and other shadowy groups from secretly meeting with and influencing legislators. Petition and force state and local legislators to record and release the records of all meetings with private groups that seek to influence or create new legislation. Keep track of these groups and monitor their influence on our lawmakers. Make it a federal felony for a politician to take contributions of drug cartel money, no matter how well laundered it is.
Michigan and Wisconsin have become testing grounds for totalitarian government tactics. Look for versions of Wisconsin’s Public Act 4 to show up in more states. This law appears to be legal and some residents actually claim to believe that the actions will help their cash strapped cities.
Wisconsin’s Republican legislature and governor colluded to pass Public Act 4 after the law was pushed by right wing think tanks. Troubled cities were stripped of their rights to their run their own governments. Appointed leaders were put in place.
The problems with these schemes is that a law like Public Act 4 can be used on cities that are predominantly populated by opposition party voters, the poor, the unemployed, people of color, and other unwanted voters. Since the state legislatures and governors are in charge of revitalizing local economies, they have the power to suppress economic recovery, then take control over whole cities, citing municipal mismanagement. The outcomes of these schemes include:
Immediate removal of the elected mayors and other elected and public officials.
Appointing and paying confederates to exercise complete and unrestricted control over the affected cities.
Using the power to eliminate or cancel union and collective bargaining agreements.
Privatizing city operations and enriching confederates and political cronies by handing out lucrative contracts without oversight or public control.
The power to declare a crisis, to shut down polls, and to turn away voters on election day.
Virtual dictatorial powers over the affairs of the cities and the residents who have been taken over.
Flint, Pontiac, Benton Harbor, Ecorse, and the Detroit and Highland Park school districts have been taken over. The city of Detroit is next in the Wisconsin Republican right wing’s sights.
Look for the same attempts in our own states. Find out which organizations are filing lawsuits to stop such laws and support them. Find out what is actually going on in the cities that are affected, and look for loopholes or fine print that would give right wing Republicans chances to disenfranchise even more opposition voters for state and federal elections.
In summary, these are only a few of the dysfunctions that we have allowed, are allowing, or may even be celebrating.
We know that these things are wrong, no matter what our political positions, religious beliefs, or moral stances are.
It is time to take a serious look now and do something before it is too late to say or do anything about it all. Find a peeve and work on fixing it, but do not ignore the problem.