All legislation, all government, all society is founded upon the principle of mutual concession, politeness, comity, courtesy; upon these everything is based…Let him who elevates himself above humanity, above its weaknesses, its infirmities, its wants, its necessities, say, if he pleases, I will never compromise; but let no one who is not above the frailties of our common nature disdain compromises. – Henry Clay
Today in Florida we had 2 more public officials, police, killed in a shooting and a U.S. Marshal seriously injured. Yesterday we had 4 Detroit police officers shot at their own precinct. This all on top of the Tucson shootings makes me wonder what is going on in our country, what are we doing wrong?
Some people have said that we are being wimpy with how we raise our children. They are saying that we use time outs, and talk nice to our kids to get them to listen and it’s not working. They say that this just teaches the kids that they can get away with anything, so when they get to be adults they just do whatever they want without regard to life or person. They believe that we should beat our kids, spank them, yell at them, give them the rod out behind the wood pile.
Personally, I think that completely backwards. The more you yell, hit, and humiliate a child, the more likely they are to do that to others as they grow up. The problem is in our justice system, where we give people so many appeals, so many chances. It doesn’t matter what you do, you will never spend too much time in jail. Your lawyer will get you out, or you can appeal that they were incompetent. There are people roaming the streets with so many repeat offenses that you would think they should had a “get out of jail free” card in their pocket. Look at the commercials for suing everyone and anything that walks.
But, lets not forget the fringe left and right of our political spectrum either. With all the pure junk being spewed by both sides it’s no wonder people have so much anger at the other side or just anyone they think is the other side. Why do we need to be so left wing and so right wing? It’s not all black and white people! There is so much middle gray and every other color of the rainbow that we need to get together and talk. Lets discuss issues, then make the best decision for everyone, which isn’t going to far from the center.