In my opinion, the system is broken. I will not argue against that. And I know that several of you feel the same way. However, I suspect that we are coming to that conclusion from very different perspectives.
In full disclosure… I’m a male, caucasian, libertarian leaning, card carrying member of the NRA.
Not joking. Those are four truths about me.
I know! I’m a horrible person, right? Not only was I born into white privilege but I’m greedy and selfish and I lack empathy. I might even be racist. I’m too ignorant to understand that my choices are the wrong ones…
No, I don’t believe I’m a horrible person. I don’t believe I’m a racist. I don’t believe I lack empathy. But, I am greedy and selfish when it comes to my family and friends. I want the best for them.
The following statements, while not popular, are still my opinions, and I will respectfully listen to and discuss your opinions on any and all subjects, not just the ones I’ve touched on here. Send me an email. Leave a comment. Start a discussion and I will respond. If you write something that I deem to be something less than respectful discourse I will delete the comment without warning or response. So, no name calling, please.
You should understand going in, that I am at peace with who I am, I enjoy spirited conversations (arguments), will occasionally defend arguments that are the opposite of the actions I would take in my own life, and these conversation starters are all beliefs that I consider to be truths:
Making it harder for good people to get firearms will do nothing to decrease violence in our country. Those intent on doing harm, will find a way no matter the laws in place. I want the option to defend myself, my family, and my property, without having to jump through more loopholes than those who may be out to do me harm. I believe if every household had at least one gun in it then all crime would decrease. But, of course, it isn’t just about having that firearm. It is about learning respect for it, and proper care and handling, which would require more parents to actual live up to that name.
People will find themselves in difficult situations. This is not a utopia and it never will be. But, the help should come from their friends and families. It should come from the connections they have made in their local communities. And, as a last resort, it should come from charities that have been set up by the generous donations of those who have chosen to be philanthropic in such ways. The government is too broad a business to effectively monitor and distribute resources to those in need.
Perhaps the banking industry was partially at fault for the recent economic crisis, but I would lay the blame on the borrowers and the government before I held anyone in the banks accountable. The government forced the banks to make loans to lower income and reduced asset applicants or face being fined for discrimination. Borrowers purchased homes they could not afford hoping they would be able to afford them in the future or they could flip them. Maybe a few of them were coaxed into loans by predatory lenders, but they still should have done the research to understand the documents they were signing before they did. Nobody forced them to take a loan they could not afford.
The current judicial system is a joke. A tragic, unfunny, travesty of the standard it is supposed to be living up to. I have no doubt there are people at all levels of the system who are truly trying to live up to those ideals but there are too many things working against them. Laws upon laws upon laws trying to encompass every scenario conceivable have made it so on any given day innocent people can go to jail and guilty people can walk free on technicalities, on the lack of proof, on one attorney having a better day than their counterpart, on the cost of trial making it easier to take a plea, on and on. I don’t have the answer, but I do know that we should chisel down the law book to keep it simple. We need to make the law something we can all know and understand.
And, now, what do you think? What questions do you have for me? What are your opinions? How do you feel about the militarization of our police forces? How do you feel about the Keystone Pipeline? How do you feel about the United Nations?
I’m ready to discuss. (be patient with my replies, as most of you know, my access to wordpress is spotty at best during the day)