Posted on | April 4, 2013 | 11 Comments
Just this week, Facebook has informed me that politicians in North Carolina are trying to establish the unconstitutionality of, well, the Constitution… with a measure to establish a state religion. An Attorney General in Virginia is pushing to get the courts to reconsider the unconstitutionality of a law making sodomy illegal. The United States Supreme Court is embroiled in state-started battles to prohibit certain adults from marrying certain other adults and almost every politician in America has an opinion, a stance, and a bill on abortions and on gun control and on the legality of certain drugs.
And I’ll be honest with you… it’s all disgusting to me.
Because stop for a moment and look at those issues… the ones that are popping up everywhere, getting everyone up in arms (sometimes literally), and having everyone taking sides and pointing fingers and losing friends. These are the issues that are getting people elected in this country: sex, guns, drugs and religion. These are the issues that politicians are spending all their time and energy on right at this very minute… or at least that’s what it seems like, if you read the news. So forgive me, for a moment, if I find myself thoroughly disgusted with the state of this union. Because we are falling apart at the seams, and not one single person in any position of power seems to have the common sense or common decency to put his or her big boy pants on and deal with what really matters.
Sex, guns, drugs and religion.
Is that really what’s important here in the land of the maybe not so free anymore and the home of the used to be brave?
Because it only took a few minutes of digging to find out that over 16% of this nation is living below the poverty line, including 20% of this nation’s children. 16.7 million children live in homes that are considered “food insecure” meaning there may or may not be food for those kids to eat when they get off the school bus at the end of their day. On any given night in this country, 750,000 people are homeless and over the course of a year between 2.5 and 3.5 million people are spending at least a night living on the street or in a homeless shelter. Each year there are 3.3 million reports of child abuse in this country and, since reports can include multiple children, that involves six million children and every nine seconds, a woman in this country is assaulted or beaten.
Go back and read those stats again: 16.7 million children don’t get enough to eat in this country. 6 million children are being abused each year. Every time the sun goes down in this “great” nation, 750,000 people are without a place to lay their heads, and 16% of our population is living below the poverty line. In case you’re wondering what 16% of our population is, it amounts to (if my math is correct) approximately 50 million people. And in every minute that ticks by on the clock, more than six women are beaten or assaulted across the United States.
But yeah, I get you, politicians. You have bigger fish to fry, right? You have more important things to focus your time and money and attention on. Just forgive me if I find it all so very, very shallow of you. Do you really have nothing, and I mean nothing, better to do with your time than pour it into keeping people from getting married or forcing people to be born or not be born? Is it really most important that marijuana be legal or illegal? Is “defining marriage” the be all end all of your political career?
Because if that’s the case, then maybe you need a little wake up call. If that’s the case, then allow me to introduce you to some of the causes listed above… try one on for size. Because those are the issues that are making a difference every day to every single one of those people. You remember people right? They’re the ones who elected you to begin with.