“The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.”
So we come to yet another diatribe on the loathsomely illogical debacle that is the election system in America. It has become glaringly apparent that the public in general is being pathetically and intentionally bamboozled. The campaign is in full gear with invectives and inconsistent truths tainting the information mainstream. Each side has gotten to the point of, and this is an oversimplification, ignoring the genuine issues that affect all of America and its noble citizens. We are once more in the grip of the pundits spreading falsehoods, and misdirecting the public opinion about what is actually happening.
What we do not know is the depths at which we are being deceived. Is there a point where someone can stand on some metaphorical soap box and scream…Enough!
While this is a vision that would bring great relief in many while eliciting great strife in yet others, it is not likely to occur. We have come to a place where it is much better to fear then to act with rectitude towards that which reveals our true feelings, or continue the mendacity rampant in the crusade to achieve high office in this the “greatest of nations.” The rhetoric on the prominence of this country is deceiving in that the authenticity of the claim is dwarfed by the magnitude of information revealing the reality of what we have accomplished in the light of the rest of the world. Some disturbing facts show us where we have foundered the American Dream:
• The United States has the largest prison population and the highest rate of incarceration in the world
• The United States has highest crime rate
• The United States leads the developed world in child-abuse deaths. More than 20,000 American children have died over the past decade in their own homes attributable to family members. Seventy five percent of these deaths are children under the age of 4 and almost half under the age of one.
• America is 178th in infant mortality
• The United States has highest rate of teen pregnancy
• The United States has highest divorce rate, twice the rate of the next country (Sweden)
• The United States is ranked twelfth in the world for college graduates
• The United States is ranked 49th in Reading, Math, and Science among fifteen year old children.
• The United States ranks 23rd in per capita literacy rate.
Disturbing as these ratings are (all are verifiable but only to those who are fortunate enough to look it up and be able to understand what is being read) the most veracious of explanations comes down to a simple idea…it is our own fault. We have supplanted the responsibility of citizenship and for the safety of our children, and the education of the population to persons otherwise ill-equipped and unskilled.
Children are regularly and increasingly being educated by overuse of the news media that fears drops in ratings in lieu of factual reporting. Real education has been hobbled by legislation derived from elected officials who, historically, have not included educational professionals into the writing of educational legislation. We have allowed the system to be guided, funded, and administered using standardized tests which have consistently been found to be miserably ineffective yardsticks of things such as imagination, creativeness, and ability to succeed.
We have allowed our government officials to perpetuate the criminal justice system by allowing right and wrong to be secondary to conviction rates. We abuse and kill the very children who we have a moral mandate to protect prior to even giving birth in the first place. This is categorically attributable to the fact that, with few exceptions, judges are elected or held responsible to political agendas by those who appoint them.
The United States federal legislative branch costs the American public $30,275,229 per day to operate. That same body that is affirmed every first Tuesday after the first Monday in November has spent these funds to attack Universal Healthcare 33 times without success. What would be the normal reaction be in the average person being told no 33 times? Would the message ever get to the point where the ideal would become clear?
Is it a wonder why we spend billions of dollars trying to deny healthcare services such as education to young people about birth control? What of realistic care for battered family members who end up in the criminal justice system never to receive assistance that assures safety for the abused? Why not require these elected officials do something about literacy rates, and real education instead of engaging in character attacks against campaign opponents?
The question begging an answer is: why has it come to this? Many rejoinders might be offered, but the answer might still be elusive. Perhaps there is but a simple explanation. The complexity of the process has created an environment of fear. Dread of the future and what it begets. Fear of the forthcoming is certainly a realistic trepidation given the lack of altruism and the mendacious slant of modern electioneering.
While there are probably reasons that number legion as to the truth behind the situation faced in the election, there is little in way of understanding. We listen to polls, and wait for the next scandal while allowing massive amounts of funds to be wasted in the effort to choose who governs us, but is that actually what we want? What explanation can there be for fear? Perhaps we need to go to antiquity:
“To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?” Socrates