Today's rant is a two-fer, with a third complaint thrown in free
(1) Genocide by Suicide
Having watched black-on-black crime, violence and murder
over the last few decades, I suddenly realized what's at bottom
in this tragically wasteful phenomenon--a large number of poor
African Americans in Chicago are doing each other
(and ultimately, themselves) in, a form of genocide by suicide.
Boy, the racists in the woodwork must be rubbing their hands
together with glee--but why help them out? If only struggling
minorities would band together so that they wouldn't fuel the dark
hopes and aspersions of their enemies. (Sounds dramatic, no?
But it is real--the poor and minorities actually HAVE enemies,
pay attention!) The problem is fiendishly complicated, but here's
an inspiring, important reminder to act on: everyone is greater
than their circumstances. Think of what that could mean to
every life, if everyone on Earth believed this.
(2) Rougher Buffer Zones Around Abortion Clinics and
The news nationwide (~01/20/'14) was replete with laws and
proposed legislation regarding the size of protest buffer zones
near abortion clinics and burial grounds. The zones' sizes vary
widely from state to state, some of which are ridiculously
small (eight feet wide) and therefore, threateningly intrusive.
The pro-life and political activists at these sites claim they are
only exercising their First Amendment rights to free speech.
--But free speech for whom and how, exactly? If you scrutinize
the United States Constitution minutely, you will discover
a most salient fact--NOWHERE is it stipulated there that
anyone is required to hear and obey, or even to give the
merest listen. It is not constitutional to attempt to force
one's views on anyone, even about a serious subject like
abortion. There are other, more effective means to get
one's points across, and I suggest you activists begin
employing them now. YOUR rights stop directly at a line
across the front edges of MY toes, a sensibility generally
acknowledged across the world, if not always honored.
*Less Important, Yet Highly Irritating*
(3) Grammar Gripes, Hither and Yon
Intellectual rigor has departed the planet, evinced by
the network and PBS TV talking heads playing fast and
loose with English grammar...hey, newsies, it's not cute or
cool! New viewers everyday are being "educated" by
television, often to their detriment. Have some pride
as well as community concern, really!
The soapbox is now removed for today.