If the Occupy Wall Street protests had stayed along these lines, they'd have had me out there with them. [Heads up: a little rough language]
I heard a quote from Colon Powell that turned my stomach. I guess this is what happens when warriors become politicians. It was along the lines of, "America was founded on compromise".
Really? Thumbing through my old, tattered American history book, I see that compromise didn't work. Our country was founded by the exact opposite of compromise - it was founded by war. Our founders took up arms because they wouldn't compromise their principles.
But that doesn't fit the current political climate, so you just change the facts to suit your ends. Bastard.
Did you hear about the kid that the state of Ohio stole from his mom because she was teaching him a religion that was against state guidelines? Yeah, they said that their guidelines require that any religion that teaches that individuals are in charge of their own body, that questioning authority is the ultimate sign of personal power, and that the ownership of property is the only true measure of freedom will result in a child with a warped outlook on life. For the safety and future well-being of the child, they had to act. They had given the mother all kinds of time to change how she was raising the child, but to no avail. He's now much better off as a ward of the state.
Oh, wait, my bad, they actually snatched up the kid because he was too fat [link], at least in the opinion of the state. They piled on fat docs from the federal government and hoity-toity expert groups, and tore the kid away from his family. He MAY have come down with diabetes. Weight loss MIGHT help his sleep apnea. Foster care MIGHT fix the problem.
As the HuffPo regurgitation of the AP article notes,
Roughly 2 million U.S. children are extremely obese – weighing significantly more than what's considered healthy.So, 2 million families need to be looking over their shoulder waiting for the CPS workers with the big dog-catcher nets to pounce on their kids?
I was going to say that if they had tried that at my house, there would have been gunfire. As I read the various articles and watched various videos, my guess is that this family was on the government dole, at least in part. You take our money, you follow our rules.
Never mind. Like the mother in the story, you're too stupid to understand what's best for you and your family. The judgement of a bureaucrat is always superior to that of the individual, right?
And just because this lifts my spirits (no pun intended) when I get overloaded with this mess of a Nation.
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