I don’t usually write a blog on Friday, but for weeks I’ve had this topic rolling through me. After reading the newspaper yesterday, I decided to put my thoughts down and share them with my readers.
Is It Just Me?
I’m joining Whoopie Goldberg in asking the question, “Is it Just Me? Or is it nuts out there?” I don’t think I make it through a single day without using the words insane and insanity to describe the behavior of humanity, the disturbing weather patterns, the escalation of violence and war, and the ugliness and apathy of our government.
I watch a little of the news on TV and find myself saying, “It’s all insanity.” I faithfully tune in to Jon Stewart and The View, and as I listen to the hot topics and the rhetoric I shake my head and say, “Has everyone gone insane?” Then yesterday I skimmed the newspaper and over and over in my mind was the same phrase, “The world is nuts.”
I present to you only four of the articles I saw in our paper yesterday that made me shake my head in disbelief:
1. A man was released from a jail in North Carolina after serving a two month sentence. Upon release, he refused to leave because the authorities wouldn’t give him a ride to a motel. They charged him with trespassing and he’s being held on a $500.00 bond and has a court hearing on August 9. What the hell????
2. Products sold in misleading packaging that suggests bath salts, incense and plant food, are actually powerful, mind-altering drugs that have been linked to bizarre and violent behavior across the country. These products are being sold all over the U.S.A. as a substitute for cocaine, amphetamines, and other illegal stimulants. Are people that uncomfortable in their skin that they’ll put their life and others in jeopardy so they can escape the real world? Who do hold accountable for this madness?
3. Some hospitals in Austria and Switzerland are suspending circumcision of male infants by citing a German court ruling that it could amount to criminal bodily harm. Say what?
4. Lawmakers in Washington are tiptoeing around the elephant in the room, namely gun control issues. President Obama has pledged to work with lawmakers of both parties to stop violence. “We should leave no stone unturned and recognize that we have no greater mission than keeping our young people safe.” Really, Mr. President? Are you willing to turn over the stone of banning the sale of assault weapons to private citizens?
Candidate Mitt Romney said, “Many of the weapons the shooting suspect in Colorado had were obtained illegally so changing laws won’t prevent gun-related tragedies.” Liar, liar pants on fire, Mr. Romney. Actually the firearms used were obtained legally, and stricter gun control laws could possibly prevent some of these massacres.
How far will the government go to not step on the NRA? Is it just me or is this allegiance to an organization instead of to private citizens insane? I get the concept of greed and of the NRA’s $50 million “contributions” to our politicians, but don’t the people count?
Let me be clear: I support the second amendment and I am in favor of citizens rights to have firearms for their personal protection, but I am not in favor of private citizens having access to assault weapons.
Because I only listed four of the crazy making articles in the paper yesterday, it doesn’t mean that’s all there was. Actually the paper was full of “news” that made me shake my head in disbelief. I’d like to hear from my readers. What are your thoughts about the above news stories? Is it just me, or are we on the brink of insanity?