Sunday, December 16, 2012

Some Serious Questions

I think it's time to take a look at what is happening to our children while we've been distracted by 9-11, war, health care, and the economy.

Something is really wrong. This article on Huffington Post is a must read and should be read out loud to the American people by the President himself. We have an explosion of mental health issues that are being swept under the table as we try and use pharmaceuticals and prisons to contain the problem. But what is deeply concerning is what is happening to our children. Bright, very bright, children are turning into disturbed and violent beings. They terrorize their families, their teachers, their friends, and fellow students. They are often mainstreamed into regular classrooms because most of the time they are good, kind children who are struggling to deal with life and learning with both hands tied behind their back.

The Reagan administration gutted the mental health care system and closed the doors to mental health hospitals. He literally sent these poor people to live in the streets or with families ill-equipped to handle their issues. We can thank him for that. In the aftermath of his destructive policies our prisons filled with the mentally ill. We now house our most vulnerable in an environment of violence and fear. They are left to survive on their own. These same prisons are now for-profit institutions. 

We cannot have this discussion without taking a look at vaccinations. When my grandson was born they wanted to literally give him twice the amount of vaccinations that his mother had when she was born. TWICE THE AMOUNT. I ran a travel immunization program for our local hospital at one point, so I know something about vaccinations, and many of them were not needed for a newborn. The Hep B vaccine they wanted to give him was not given to his mother until she was in junior high school. The Hep A vaccine they wanted to give him AS A NEWBORN is not generally used unless you travel outside of the United States. Our daughters had it when we went to Mexico and they were in high school. I told my daughter to tell them no, he would have them later in life. But they still gave him many more vaccines than they should have, in my opinion. I no longer trust those studies that say all vaccines are safe for newborns.

And then we have to look at the burgeoning business of video games. Violence is epidemic in these games that developing brains are playing over and over and over and over. Like anything we do routinely - it becomes habit. But in developing brains this can have effects that are dangerous. I think we are seeing this now as many shooters are young males - the target audience for these violent, blood-soaked, video games that often involve shooting mass amounts of people.

And what about movies? We've made vampires sexy and super heroes dark, dangerous, and deadly. Graphic violence is the norm for theses movies. On top of that they are fiddling with the frames per second - speeding them up. The new Hobbit movie is making people sick.

We have gutted programs that help families and give passes to bankers that ruin our economy. We put assault weapons in the hands of anyone that can buy them and then we cry when one is used to kill a classroom of kindergartners. We overburden our classrooms and teachers and then blame them for not keeping our country number one in the world. We give tax breaks to multi-billionaires and let our infrastructure crumble. We close our mental health facilities and then step over the mentally ill on our way to work.

It's time to get mad. It's time to take our country back. It's time to hold our politicians accountable to We The People. It's time for our tax dollars to go to us, not black budget military projects that enrich the producers of murder and mayhem all over the world.

ADDENDUM: Fellow blogger Jayne Martin sent a link to this article. It is a must-read if you are trying to understand this most-recent mass murder.


Kathy G said...

Very thought-provoking post.

Brian Miller said...

i agree...we need to be asking serious questions...when it is easier to get a gun than health care....we have issues...

ain't for city gals said...

Yours is the only blog that I have left a comment on this subject...I just have no words. I read the Huffinton post article...I believe every word of it. I think most people could name at least three people that if their name came up as the killer they would not be surprised. I think the most telling part of this is that 99.9% of us have the attention span of a gnat...after the televised funerals and televised grief of these children and families all will be forgotten...until the next time. All the promises of the politicians...from the president on down will be forgotten until the next time. The commitees will be formed and that will be it...until the next time. The football games, the informercial shows etc are already back in play. Except for the families that have lost their loved ones life will go on as usual in a week or two...until the next time.

Nancy said...

Kathy - This is a discussion we need to be having in every home in America.

Brian - Well said.

ain't for city gals - You are absolutely right. Gun control will end up being the only issue - all the other issues will be forgotten or have already been pushed aside. But something bad is happening to our children - that is a fact.

Jayne Martin said...

I read that HuffPo article earlier. Very powerful. You'll be interested in this one, too, Nancy. It seems like so many destructive genies are out of their bottles. I wonder if we can ever turn back what we've allowed our society to become.

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CrazyCris said...

Lots of food for thought Nancy.

I read that article on the HuffPost earlier today. Very brave, and quite sobering! :o(

I think mental health is an issue that isn't really dealt with properly in ANY country. For most people it's something that's hard to comprehend as an illness or a problem unless it touches them or someone in their family personally....

Cloudia said...

VERY wise post!!!

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Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

The Huffington Post article really says it all. We know a woman whose son is like the 13 year old described in the post. He's scary. There is something so heinous about children killed by an assault weapon that it doesn't get much uglier than this.Hopefully, Obama will issue an executive order to ban these weapons. And that mental health organization will get the funding they need.

DJan said...

I read that HuffPost article yesterday and it chilled me to the bone. I agree with everything you have written here, Nancy. It is easier to buy an assault weapon than to adopt a cat. Really. Something has gone badly awry in our world.

Al Bossence said...

Thanks for the link Nancy,
The gaming world and young males are part of the problem for sure.
I wonder why the shooter smashed all the computers in the house after killing his mother ?


Nancy said...

Jayne - Wow! Thank you for that article. He said it all, didn't he? I've been saying all along - those mind altering medications are extremely dangerous - especially on developing brains!

ds - Scary, isn't it?

Chris - And, unfortunately, almost everyone knows someone that has this problem in their family.

Cloudia - Thank you

T&R - He has not shown a real passion for attacking these issues, so we'll see.

DJan - No doubt about it.

Kelly - We will probably never know. He was very introverted and secretive, obviously. My first thought was to destroy and not leave any kind of trail to the sites he had been visiting.

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