So twenty kids and seven women were gunned down in Newtown, Connecticut and newspapers, radio news and talk, and tv news and pundit programs have crowded out virtually all other news and discussion. Meanwhile, the City of Chicago is apace to in 2012 have near-500 killings, almost ten per week on average. And the sound of silence is deafening.
Whether in Newtown or in Chicago — despite what progressives are selling — none of this has to do with firearms. It does, however, have to do with government schools, with inadequate parenting, with the “parenting” of inadequate and ill-prepared parents, with parents prevented by law from being there to parent, with medicated as opposed to intellectually-stimulated children, with Hollywood’s spew, with games which desensitize people to violence and mayhem. It is also about a pervasive and ingrained sense of entitlement, expecting happiness delivered rather than pursued. When disappointed as is inevitable, nonrational responses happen. In short, it’s about progressivism and its government problem-solving with its ubiquitous “unintended consequences”.
This blogger is fully aware that his tiny audience of drop-byes is highly intelligent and informed, so the writing here is more to clarify the author’s thoughts than to enlighten others. Therefore as to the above-listed causes only brief examples rather than exhaustive enumeration will follow.
After numerous unsuccessful tries between 1865 and 1900 to impose and income tax, thwarted each time by a diligent U.S. Supreme Court, the progresives of the early twentieth century finally gotter dun, led by Presidents Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. They sold it to America’s masses as only affecting to top 1%, and then these progressives also got us the Federal Reserve Bank. The Bank got us inflation, something never seen before here from sea to shining sea. So, there were two new taxes, one visible, one hidden, the former just on “the rich”, the latter on everybody else.
When the federal government overreached, taxpayers just didn’t write the year-end checks. So, with the assistance of an ex-Macy’s executive and the promotional assistance Disney’s Mickey Mouse, Americans were forced to accept the withholding of taxes by employers. Now the federal government could tax and collect sufficiently to force both parents to work so as to afford the taxes. More-important government and less-important parents. The “Rosy-the-Riveter” phenomenon sealed the deal in perpetuity.
Following FDR’s New Deal, an abject disaster, along came LBJ’s Great Society, progressivism on steroids. Its ADC (Aid to Dependent Children) brought young girls getting pregnant, having illegitimate children, and being supported by the federal government, just as long as no man — including a father — was present. In 1965, the illegitimacy rate among black women was under 30%. Now it’s 73%. Millions of black boys growing older with no male role models. Millions of black girls growing older with no father to teach them what a good man is like. Urban “war zones”. Gang turf wars. A culture of violence and misdirected anger. Ignorant self-defeatism. Generations of talent, leadership, fulfillment, nuclear families lost . . . forever.
A Republican Congress in the late 1990s forced President Clinton to agree and sign some welfare reforms, but those have now been reversed unilaterally by President Barack Obama. Progressives create cancers, and cancers untreated — forcefully and aggressively — grow worse and become fatal. The Clinton-era reform was like a one-time radiation treatment. The cancers have been growing for now almost a half-century with but that single-and-limited treatment. It, like much now in America, is probably incurable.