Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dangerous Road

The dangerous road is dark and steep
With playing grandchildren at our feet
There is a country that we must keep
With months and days before we sleep

When something bad happens we look for the reason. Why did IT happen to me or why did it happen to someone I love or someone I know. We are always looking for a cause and effect connection. When we can make a connection we feel better. . It gives us a sense that we can do something. Fix it, change it, or just undo it….. For the most part this is so.

What happens if we cannot connect the dots? What happens if there is no rhyme or reason? Tragic events happen throughout our lives to us and to other we know and love. We ask, "Why me? Why them? For the most tragic events there isn't an answer. There is just the event, the loss and the pain but that doesn't stop our asking, "Why me, why them?"

One in six Americans suffer from some form of mental illness. That’s about sixteen people per hundred… Of this sixteen close to half suffer from one of the many forms of schizophrenia. There are the schizophrenias that show up in the teenage years and others that don't surface until the young adult years. More often than not there were symptoms all along that went unnoticed for the most part. A small percentage of this group have violent tendencies. Some direct this violence towards themselves, (i.e. suicides) and some outward towards someone or some thing other than themselves. Suicide primarily impacts close family, get little or no attention, and seldom rises to national attention levels. However, when something like Tucson happens there is a national response…..

Schizophrenia can't be 'cured' but many can be helped for periods of time with medication. That is the good news and the bad news wrapped up in one sentence.
Schizophrenia has been with us from the beginning. The adage that goes back into, at least the fifteen hundreds, says, "Well every village has to have one" referring to the schizophrenia. Some societies even valued them such as many American Indians tribes.

With this tragedy in Tucson something very different happened with the national press starting the fire and then fanning political flames. This group of people and business they work for heap one shame after another on themselves.

Tucson was not about politics. It was murder and mayhem by a sick individual. The response by the political pundits and the national media made it all the more horrible by attempting to morph this individual into the conservative voices in America.

The noise in the press is dying down. The attacks on Sara Palin are subsiding. The funeral have taken place and hopefully everyone who was wounded is getting better. That’s what's being prayed for. Our President has asked that all step from this blaming and finger pointing. Hopefully he will cool it also. I recall how shocked I was, not that long ago, when he referred to the conservatives who opposed his liberal programs as the enemies. I don't know of any President who ever referred to the loyal opposition as the enemies. What our President did in that one act, in that idea, in that pronouncement gave permission to other to do the same. From that moment hardly a day has passed in the past year and a half that someone in some new room, from some blog site, or some nightly talk show hasn't attacked the Tea Party or some conservative candidate as radical racial bigots and worse.

Our President has pitted young against old, minorities against majorities, liberal against conservatives in a ways that has divided the country like never before. This is a tired old Democrat campaign tactic of divide and conquer. Does it work? You bet…but not quite as well as it used to. When the national economy is the table stake and as this trick starts becoming more transparent the tactic becomes not only dangerous to the Dems but to the country.

Deceit, lies and sold votes by our leaders weakens the moral fiber of the country. Weakens our standing in the world. Our President is in the throws of becoming a middle of the roader, like President Clinton did in his second year in office and for the same reason. Both finally sensed which way the wind was blowing. The difference between the two is that Obama believes in his social wealth transferring programs while Clinton was just trying to shore up his Democratic base. (Also, through wealth transferring and centralizing government.) It's interesting that both went directly towards control of medical services in their quest. Wonder why? Wonder what both understood about centralizing that power using health services?

This dog and pony show yesterday of signing his "degree' that all departments should go through their regulations and eliminate the unneeded regulations that inhibit or burden business leads us to believe the adage that, "You can fool some of the people all the time." This is the President along with his staff who has assaulted America's Golden Goose like no other President in history…..(Wonder why, in the fanfare, there was no mention that American businesses are burdened with the world's highest taxes?)

I listened to a speech on the floor of the House last night…..Representative Cohen from Memphis area….Clearly this man is not delusional so I can only assume he was trying to score points with some group…. During his speech (more like a tirade) on the House floor late Tuesday night, Representative Cohen said that Republicans were like Nazis for continuing to call the health care law passed in 2010 as a “government takeover of health care.”

“They say it’s government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels. You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it.  Like blood libel.  That’s the same kind of thing, blood libel.  That’s the same kind of thing,” Cohen said.

So we seem to have a President seeing conservatives as enemies and a representative seeing us as Nazis. There must be or at least may be a darker side within this current government that no one wants to consider. I was shocked by the speech. I wonder if the people of the Memphis knew what they were buying with this man?

When the citizens are divided the Government is free to rule…It's not simply divide and conquer. Ruling is only possible when primary power is centralized. Already enough centralizing has taken place in Washington that government is able to use our labor and dictates what we, along with our businesses, can and cannot do. A wonderful example is in Mississippi. The government 'gives' the people a sales tax holiday. GIVES the people…How has this relationship between government and citizens become this distorted?



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