The State of the Union

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.


11 Responses to “The State of the Union”

  1. Surf Momma
    April 4th, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    You know, I’ve kept to myself on so much of these issues largely because I’m pretty moderate in my views. And here’s my thing – I may not agree with the lifestyle choices of others and they may not agree with mine. And that is okay. I feel like people have forgotten a few basic civics lessons. I had a professor once tell me that my rights end where someone else’s begin and the meaning behind that has stuck with me. That is what our country is meant to be about, reserve your personal judgements and put the common good first. Save those hungry, hurting babies in our own neighborhoods, don’t bully someone into conformity just because it goes against whatever they believe in. It really is sad to see the way things have been going lately. I hope I can teach my son better.

  2. Law Momma
    April 4th, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

    Yes. Exactly. Let’s put aside berating each other for our tiny little views and lifestyle differences and take care of REAL business. My Sunday school class stuffs bags for kids in our community who otherwise wouldn’t have food on the weekends to eat. There are kids who do not have food to eat on the weekends in this country. HOW IS THAT NOT A PRIORITY???

  3. Surf Momma
    April 4th, 2013 @ 3:41 pm

    Our Sunday school class does that too – and we’ve been told how many of those children are not guaranteed to have access to electricity when they eat so we make sure it’s things they can eat without needing heat or electricity. It is heart wrenching to think of a little boy like my own hungry and cold. I’d much rather fix that than who my neighbor may or may not shack up with.

  4. Law Momma
    April 4th, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

    You and me both, lady. It’s hard to imagine people who think otherwise.

  5. aim
    April 4th, 2013 @ 5:02 pm

    They “care” about that crap b/c it gets people upset, which gets them interested, which gets these folks votes. Its ridiculous. Sex (and the possible procreation that occurs), drugs, rock n roll, religion…shouldn’t be government issues. Gun control? Maybe, but only because of what i am about to say… Minding your own business and not hurting others seems to be common sense that we have forgotten.

    Great post doo-dah! xo!

  6. Law Momma
    April 4th, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    I just… yeah. It’s such a depressing commentary on how our society works: Shock and distract.

  7. Amanda Chapman
    April 5th, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    Rock on! Love it!!!!!!

  8. Law Momma
    April 5th, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    Thanks! 🙂

  9. KerryRivera
    April 5th, 2013 @ 11:37 am

    Great post. When are the leaders of the country going to wake up? I’m worried about my kids’ generation and what we are passing along to them. Debt, broken promises, aging systems. I hope they get it together soon, or I hope the rest of us realize it is time to elect the people who will get this nation on the right path.

  10. Law Momma
    April 5th, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    Agreed. It’s all so very disheartening.

  11. Lola M.
    April 5th, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    Amen! They all need to be fired so we can begin with a fresh dose of common sense.

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