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Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Great American Disaster!

I do not really mean to sound like an alarmist, but, I guess that is exactly what I am! There are red flags and huge bells screaming at me that we all need to to grab some part of this huge problem and begin to work it. What is this problem I am calling the "Great American Disaster"? To be honest, I think I am still working in the branches of a huge problem tree, but I think we are finally getting closer to understanding our social failures on the home front. Many have spoken about the moral break down, the value void generations now growing up in to adults, the crime rates, the abuses of drugs, drink, and our children, thrown away kids, and social reform, but no one has a solid response. Most of America sets and watches this disaster unfold. I think in many ways it is like when we watched the horrendous events that caused the towers to crumble, there was nothing we could do but watch. However with this issue, the "Great American Disaster", things are much different, we can do something. Our Country's very foundation is built on certain moral values. These values were defined by history it self. Thousands of years of social and civil experience brought about our foundation moral values. One of the primary corner stones of this historic conclusion was the value of family units and the guidance they are supposed to provide the next generation. I think , just may be, in our American arrogance we have discarded the values of wholesome families. Our churches have been so busy condemning us that they forgot to lovingly nurture the American family. Where does this leave us in this crazy time period of global unrest? I do not know the exact answer to that, but I am sure it is not good at all!

I have quoted two Presidents here on my blog:

"The family is the corner stone of our society. More than any other
force it shapes the attitude, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of
the child. And when the family collapses it is the children that are usually
damaged. When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is
crippled. So, unless we work to strengthen the family, to create conditions
under which most parents will stay together, all the rest — schools,
playgrounds, and public assistance, and private concern — will
never be enough."
President Lyndon Johnson

“Every child has in him an aching void for excitement and if we don’t fill it with something which is exciting, interesting and good for him, he will fill it with something which exciting and interesting and which isn’t good for him.” President Theodore Roosevelt
Humm....these guys were saying this years ago! Hello! We have focused billions of your ,our, dollars on "bad" kids. We should have spent it on the family unit, that's what is tearing up all of these kids. Lets face it, the American family is a joke! I am amazed at all the rules and licenses we need to get or test we need to take, but anyone, and I mean ANYONE, can have a kid. In some states the welfare system rewarded dysfunctional , and I use the term family here VERY loosely, families for having more babies. More kids more money on the monthly welfare check. Were these "families" taking care of these kids, hell no. Many of these kids were not even wanted. Today our country tracks a category related to juveniles called "THROWN AWAYS". Thrown away kids, not run away, you have got to be kidding! How far are we going to plummet into this dark hole of absurdity before we , America, will step up and take a stand?

There is research out there that shows that a dysfunctional or anti-social path is created in a child during the early years. In the above slide I tried to put several puzzle pieces together. The primary structure of the slide comes from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. I love the State of Indiana's concept of, if your kid is failing school your welfare is diminished. Humm, now there is a great concept. Make the parent keep their child accountable for learning some basic education. The family is the key to many of our social plights today. We either need to shut up and enjoy our dysfunctional communities, or do something about the American family!

We need to get back to some basics here. How? I am not sure just yet, but I am going to keep working my end of this that is for sure.


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