This country is going to hell in a handbasket. I love that saying. I don't know why! Especially since I don't even believe that there is in fact a "hell". I'm a visual person, so when I say this I think of a handbasket (you know, the kind that Dorothy used to carry Toto around in) but filled with miniature sized people, being held by a creepy long arm with long yellow fingernails, (the kind that curl at the ends), and we are all being lowered into a fiery inferno.
Okay, I understand this post is starting out a little on the less positive side, and I can't guarantee that there is going to be a happy ending, but these are my feelings and fears that I live with as a mother to a young child. Society is not evolving, but going backwards.
Unemployment rates are the highest they've been since the early 80's. People are losing their jobs, exhausting their unemployment benefits & losing their homes. Sure, there are jobs out there, but you may be 1 of 500 applying for the same job.
There is negligent abuse of the system that was created for people who truly need it, and that's all I have to say about that.
The English language is being botched because people these days use the Urban dictionary instead of Merriam-Webster. And heck, if one of our own former Presidents, not to mention any names (George W. Bush) can make up his own words, then why can't we? People complain that they have to press 1 for English, but honestly we should be angry that we can't press 1 on the forehead of the dumbass in front of us to speak PROPER English! Everything is written in short hand, and I just wish people wouldn't use words like "imma", "dat", "wuz", and a plethora of other "words" of which I don't know the meaning! (btw, "wuz" has the same amount of letters in it as "was")
Pedophiles. I think everyone is on the same page with this one. For the sake of me not sounding like a barbarian, I will bite my tongue and not tell you what I really think about them. It sickens me that a convicted child molester might serve 2-5 years in prison. Recidivism rates for child molesters are moderately low due to this being a highly under reported crime. Pedophilia is not something that can be cured. So why do they give such leniency in time served. Of course they are going to exhibit good behavior in jail. They are sociopaths that prey on young children. Do you really think they are going to shank their cellmate for not giving up their honey bun? NO! But, the pedophile may get out of jail a few years earlier, than the cellmate who was in for possession of crack/cocaine (who possibly can be rehabilitated)
I really don't feel like going into sociological theories, American history, or talking politics. But I can tell you this, this is not how it should be. Where is our future going if our children are forced to go to work early to help support the family and not getting a proper education and using words like imma, dat and wuz? How much more can we pay in taxes to support the people soaking up free income, while the rest of us are schlepping away 40-60 hours a week and they are sitting home watching Maury, and thinking about calling the attorney on a commercial they just saw that will help them collect Social Security benefits.
I don't mean to come across so negatively but maybe I have been tainted by growing up and living in a society where people think its okay to abuse the system with that sense of entitlement that the government owes them something. Or maybe it's the line of work I have done for the past decade. I have seen true poverty, I have worked with heroin addicted mothers who have died of an overdose because they were physically and sexually abused through their whole childhood.
I know that many of our children are going to have to work much harder to be what they will consider succesful in their adult lives, but as parents we need to guide them in the right direction. Protect them. Help them evolve and not be victims and fall into the abuse of the system. Create a society that can move forward, and keep moving forward for their children. We need welfare reform, harsher punishments for sex offenders, make it easier for businesses to open and stay open. Push for higher educational standards. Support your local markets, and retail shops. Stop sending our money to China. The list goes on and on and on.
I really want to stay positive that we are heading in the right direction. Educate yourselves. Don't just vote for someone because they say they are going to lower your taxes. You don't have to vote for a democrat if you don't believe in their values just because you are a democrat. Write letters to your politicians on issues that you feel passionate about. I always tell people that when it truly comes down to it, you are number 1 and you need to take care of yourself, but I don't mean for them to be completely closed off from what is going on around them. If the greed and lack of care in the world continues, we will for sure all be going to hell in a handbasket.
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