Ferguson Is Your Future Too

(I wish I could say I wrote this, but alas! This post is the work of the Institute’s Cherubic Adonis, the victim of a particularly nasty tech issue.)

This is your future, America. The events in Ferguson, Missouri are a symptom of a broken country. You know it’s broken. You see the damage and you look the other way because it isn’t your children who are being killed at a frightening pace by authority figures in our society. But one day soon, it will be you and your children who are the victims. They will be drawn into the battle on one of the two sides.

Either all Americans share certain “inalienable rights” or none of us do. The problem stems from your own inability to address the 800 pound gorilla in the room. Prejudice. Now, when I say prejudice, I don’t automatically mean race, but racial prejudice is a big part of the problem. People can be prejudiced in any number of ways. Political prejudice (left vs right), economic prejudice (rich vs poor), intellectual prejudice (intellectual elites vs common man), sexual prejudice (men vs women) are all equally as bad for our national health. Until we, as a society, recognize that we all have value, none of us will really be worth a damn.

Local police forces are now paramilitary units who use counterinsurgency and urban-warfare doctrine to establish control of their areas of operation at any cost. Now, I realize that many people will read this and say, “Oh, you’re exaggerating. This is an isolated incident” but is it really? Take a look and you’ll see that these atrocities occur with staggering regularity in America. Some folks think that this squall will pass (and they may be right), but I guarantee you one thing, this storm isn’t over.

Looking the other way when someone’s rights are being violated doesn’t strengthen your rights. It weakens them. Sooner or later you or people like you are going to become very upset about something (perhaps a big gubmint takeover of *insert cause here*) and they are going to go to the streets because of it. When they do they are going to find out what many minorities in America already know: America does not care about you. America cares about its image and it won’t tolerate you making it look bad on the news. America is a sixteen-year-old girl taking a selfie. America is a self-absorbed douchebag talking into their Bluetooth in the checkout line at the grocery store. America will step over your bleeding (and maybe dead) carcass on its way into a Starbucks to get their caffeine fix. America only cares about America. You aren’t America. America isn’t you. You have become a cog in a machine and if you get worn out or break down, it won’t matter. The machine will continue grinding away. Today it’s Ferguson, Missouri, but soon it will be YourTown, USA. It won’t be fair. It will hurt.  You’ll whine about it and maybe your friends and relatives will be killed or maimed by the “authorities” but don’t expect anyone else to care, because you don’t care right now. In fact, expect people to giggle with glee at your misfortune. Expect to be made into a meme. Expect to be shot through the door when you ring the doorbell and cry for help. Expect to be exploited, first as political fodder and then as comedy, because that’s what America does.

I leave you with an old quote about America by Carl Schurz, “My country right or wrong.” Most people have heard it before but that’s not the whole quote. The whole statement reads, “My country right or wrong; if right to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.” Until we are all prepared to set America right when it is wrong there won’t be any right to celebrate.

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State of Your State

( . . . well, at 15 out of 50 . . . )

Arizona: transgendered people can’t use the bathroom of the gender they identify with; they have to use the bathroom that they were “born” as.

Florida: Bong Ban?

Georgia is thirsty.

Kentucky might be hurt it’s not receiving the attention regarding religious freedom that North Carolina must be enjoying is.

Maryland. Sigh.

C’mon, Missouri. REALLY?

This is not bipartisanship, New York.

North Dakota: Our population is growing! Woo-hoo! Oh, but one of the highest incidences of rape in the country. Let’s ban abortion! Yay!

Tennessee: Let’s punish the poor! No. We can do better. Let’s punish poor with children! If your child doesn’t do well in school, we’ll just cut their family’s support

What’s threatening in Texas.

Pretty sure this violates Facebook’s EULA, Washington State.

Honorable Mention:
Hang in there, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.

Evergreen Up Late: Idiot America; I’d Love to Change the World edition

Everywhere is freaks and hairies,

Dykes and fairies,

Tell me where is sanity?

Tax the rich,

Feed the poor,

Till there are no rich no more,

Population keeps on breeding, Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy,

Life is funny, skies are sunny, bees make honey, who needs money? “Monopoly”

World pollution, there’s no solution, institution, electrocution,

Just black and white, rich or poor,

Them and us, stop the war!
RIP Alvin Lee


Sequester countdown: 7 Days!

So, the sequester hits in a week if Congress is unable to resolve their issues. In the meantime, the sequester would mean we ALL lose. Way to bring unity back to the country, Congress!

Also, it’s been over two months since the massacre at Sandy Hook. Has anything meaningful been done or is it mostly name calling, shaming mental illness, etc?

To distract you from this bleakness, I present, in absolutely no particular order: