This week on TV (and everywhere else I’m sure,) the world got treated to a stark example of blind justice. Maybe it was an example of blind justice or maybe it was an example of how justice can be slanted depending on your social circumstances.
No matter which side of this argument you come down on, the truth of the matter seems to be, that our country, rich or poor, black or white, liberal or conservative, still has a long way to go before we can ever begin to call ourselves a fully integrated, civilized society.
Do I have any more answers than anyone else? No I don’t. But there are so many things taking place these days that one feels justice is not only blind, but deaf as well and only shines its light on a chosen few. It makes you want to scream “WAKE UP!” in the loudest way possible, and you have to stop and wonder why it is, that as a society we are so much better at getting things wrong than we are at getting them right! Right according to who? Depends on who is asking the question or who you’re asking it of, doesn’t it?
Naturally, in this and many other things, my Leo personality comes shining through and I storm around huffing and puffing as loud as I can wondering why the rest of the world doesn’t see solutions to social problems the way I see them. That may be a faux paus on my part but once again, I take issue with our representatives in Washington who, as I see it, want to take as much of a “dog in the manger” attitude toward solutions as they can. Using immigration as an example, we didn’t build this great nation in spite of immigration, we built it because of immigration. The fabric of our great land is woven from every skin color found on earth and if we have any greatness at all, it is because we recognize this fact. It’s our DNA! It is in everything we are, and everything we do!
Name a large successful organization that doesn’t owe at least part of it’s success due to the labors and efforts of many immigrants and I doubt you’ll find many. Ford Motor company did not become a success because Henry only wanted to make cars for the privileged upper class. He wanted to make a product that every working person could afford to buy! Food stamp programs for the poor and head start programs for under privileged kids are not programs that are going to sink our financial ship. Quite frankly, it pisses me off that we can sit around spending millions of dollars trying to figure out ways to beat up on the poor and the needy while offering fat handouts to the rich and well connected in the name of progress.
This is a country built on equal rights. Trouble is, these days, it seems like some are more equal than others. If you’re a woman, your reproductive health rights are being stripped away from you at the speed of light. If you’re a minority and just trying to make a better life for your family, you’re lucky if you have any rights at all. In Florida, a wannabee cop doing a neighborhood watch wanted to have a gun he could pack around so his second amendment rights would be protected. I suppose they were, but that does nothing for the black kid he shot walking home from a 7 Eleven. His equal rights were delivered from the wrong end of a gun.
As usual, send me your critiques and comments. If they’re not X rated, I’ll use them if I can.
Posted by All Around Seniors at 7/17/2013 5:07 AM