Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Just Wonderin about That Ol' American Dream..

My blog is not political.
I am not a government official.
Nor am I am economist, an accountant or even a mathematician. By any means.
I am not sparking a revolution or soliciting supporters for a March towards Capital City.
I am more or less, just thinking out loud.

Question:
If you do not provide or fund your grade schools, with the best possible opportunities to hire capable and well-intentioned teachers, coaches and staff...

If you cut crucial extra curricular activities which become a physical and mental outlet for developing minds and bodies, able to form relationships with team members or coaches, which will help mold them into more efficient adults, prepared and able to thrive within a competitive and mostly unfriendly world...

If children growing within homes, with over-worked single parents or parents struggling with a recent job loss, due to our economic situation... are unable to find an escape, a purpose, a meaning... in a Sport or Music and Art programs... are simply left to wither in a bubble of hopelessness or fade without the promising gloss of finding a passion...

If those children then become adults, living in a town without employment opportunities, growth or a joyful sparkle of possibility...

What if those young adults are left without choices but to steal, lie, cheat or beg to find their way. Scraping to find housing, in a depressed market. Unable to connect to their life's purpose, without having ever given the chance to nurture their passion...

If a depressed Community or State, turns their back to the mentally challenged or those in need of psychiatric help.... If we leave our neighbors in a time of depressed crisis, without medication, guidance or help. If those patients, our friends and brothers, parents or children... are left to wander... desperate for the glimpse of 'a chance'...

If our mentally challenged or children growing within a depressed home or an adult, trapped in their own sense of hopelessness... turn towards street drugs or alcohol abuse to dull their aching pain...

If they are then arrested...

Then, are we not:
simply mixing a perfect recipe to shape our youth, our young adults, even my generation... to become criminals? To resort to your most primal state of pure survival? To steal and cut corners to provide for oneself and their family? If you do not gift a person, the opportunities to learn BETTER... then how can we ever expect they will become BETTER?

And after a government has mixed this recipe of mass confusion, desperation, poverty with the uneducated, uninformed, unkempt and under appreciated.... Without the promise of hope... It would seem even more mind-boggling that you would then close the already severely over-crowded prison systems (or Oven, if you will...) in which to bake the perfect disaster, you have created.

Essentially, leaving more people, unemployed.
Leaving more towns, without purpose.
Leaving their schools, without funds.
Leaving their children, without opportunities.
Creating yet another generation.... Without.



Again, I am no fancy schmancy Economist.
Just wonderin out loud...
Kinda seems like an ugly, rotating,
unbreakable circle, has been drawn.

4 comments:

The Page Turner said...

Very well put! Our State & Village need to find a way to draw business to help with the financial mess. Reality is, we have to bring money in to have money to spend.

The Mrs. said...

I am not political at all. I do my civic duty and vote each election, but I am very uncomfortable in discussions that steer toward politics partly because confrontations make me squirm and secondly because I do not feel educated enough to make an informed, logical, coherent argument one way or another.

This latest string of developments however? Taking from the weak, the needy, the sick, the impoverished, the most fragile? It makes me sick on so many levels I don't even know where to start. I am ready to start a revolution, a revival of sorts. It's time for our voices - those who trusted these representatives to actually represent US - to be heard.

A wise man once (always) said: NOT ONE GOES BACK. It's my new mantra - simple, wise, and maybe one way of getting something productive done in this messed up state of ours.

The Page Turner said...

Mrs. you are so right. The fact that the government is going after those that cannot speak for themselves makes me so sad. Who will take care of them? Where is our compassion. Someone has to care for these people that cannot speak for themselves!
I will sign petitions. I will go wherever I am pointed to help. Just need pointing.

Anonymous said...

This blog, along with the last three comments need to be published in the paper. Very well said. Gramma G