The people we elected to protect our rights, enforce our Constitution and keep us safe from our enemies are doing none of it. Instead, they vote themselves raises, pensions and exempt themselves from the very laws they enact upon we the people. A neighbor of mine growing up told me that if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Our elected officials, the elite, who now rule us and pander to the world money men, think every problem in America has a legislative solution, their nail. The lawyers see more law as the solution to everything from healthcare to conducting a war or dealing with child abuse. So what is the unspoken secret, the root of the problem?
Bernie Sanders, a Socialist who would have been the Democrats selection for President albeit for some crooked politics, was sure it was more money and a government that takes care of everything. Is that the secret? In the past year, the Department of Health & Human Services, HHS, spent $1.1 Trillion on we the people. That is nearly $9,000 for every single citizen. The latest statistics show we have 41 million people on welfare. Are programs and money going to solve the problem? Based on results, apparently not? The ‘war on drugs’ is working well.
How bad are the problems? A new Kindergarten teacher I talked with a year ago told me she found two little boys, who were missing from her class after recess, performing oral sex in the bathroom. And yes, it was at what the community considered to be one of the ‘good’ schools. What exactly will a new program do for this problem? More importantly, where did a Kindergarten student learn about oral sex? We can rule out President Clinton’s example since they’re too young. What happened to morals?
A few years back I was speaking to students at a local high school. The school invited me to come in and discuss the Vietnam War. They set me up in the library, with tables for the students, and cycled in about thirty at a time for three days. The school was 50% Native American. As each class entered, their teacher sat in the back, and all Native American students chose to sit on the floor, under the table with their backs to me. I looked at the teacher each time, some shrugged their shoulders, others looked away, and I went on. What happened to respect?
If you talk with teachers today, you’ll be horrified at what goes on in our schools. Elementary kids are showing up with no coats in the dead of winter, meals before, during and after school. Teachers are expected to be Mother, Father, and Cop. The Superintendents are much like our elite in Washington, staying far removed from the action and above the fray. We spend $112 billion a year on a Department of Education that is primarily responsible for adding more and more regulations that require more time for teachers and more money spent on non-teachers. America spends more money per pupil than any other country on earth, except Luxomberg, a tiny financial capital in Europe. We rank only average in the world in reading and science and below average in mathematics. What happened to American education?
How is all this working out for our kids? Our test scores are an indicator that the future may not be so bright. How do we treat our children in this new, fast-paced world of the future, full of equality at any cost and social justice as a vocation? We had 1.3 million homeless kids attending public school last year. At least they are in school, how many are there we don’t know. Do you know that in 2015 nearly five children died every day in America from child abuse? 80% are under three years of age. In 1998 that number was three killed per day, with over half abused more than once, and roughly 80% of those abused are by parents. I’ll stop there on the little ones; it only gets worse.
What happens to our kids as they age, outside of abuse that is. Do you know that young people 12-20 years old consume 11% of all alcohol sold in our great Nation? Over 11 teens die each day from alcohol, and over 550 teens visit the ER every day due to alcohol. 35% of 12th graders drink and 10% drink and drive. 8% of 8th graders drink and 4% of 8th graders admitted to binge drinking. And then there are drugs.
A recent survey says 3,300 new students try pot every day. Of course, the Left would have us believe it’s okay, legalize marijuana. According to Recovery Village, 10% of A students smoke pot while 48% of D & F students do. In their findings pot lowers your IQ by at least 8 points. Besides allowing you not to have to deal with the big bad world.