Apathy.

Over 1200 women in the US are murdered every year — over 1/3 of them snuffed by an “intimate” party. Unfortunately, in the closest of relationships, there always seems to be justifiable reasons for spouses, boyfriends and girlfriends to kill the one they love. Concurrent to these lethal events, a rather large number of predators are sexually assaulting 250,000 (give or take a few thousand) women and girls each year. Unfortunately, even with the advantage of social media, it appears that some sensitive men are just not skilled at connecting with willing sexual partners. Also, every year on the home front, there looms the outrage of domestic violence. Unfortunately, over 10 million individuals, male and female alike, suffer from some type of physical abuse. But all violence at home isn’t one-on-one. Home invasion occurs approximately four million times annually — hopefully, of course, not during those occasions when one spouse happens to be battering the other. Discovering the extent of this violence is not unexpected. Not at all. Not considering the historical resume of the human race. In fact, you believe some level of savagery at all levels of society is inevitable, if not ordained. You see it on battlefields, on city streets, in homes, in executive suites, in bedrooms and kitchens and concerts. Even on playgrounds. You have profound sympathy for the victims. But you’re more sick than sympathetic. More angry than sorry. Sick of old and young ladies alike, living alone, totally defenseless, not so much as a BB gun in the house. Angry when half naked, unarmed, painted babes strut their stuff at meat markets, as if begging for some sicko to pay attention. Sick of single moms who tolerate live-in, abusive boyfriends, putting themselves and their kids at risk. Angry when a teenager on a running trail, or a mom in a mall parking lot, is grabbed in broad daylight; and neither victim has a whit of defense — no whistle, no pepper spray, no taser, no knife, no gun — no nothing. Sick of individuals, couples and families who, with premeditation, go camping or hiking in remote areas, without a weapon of any kind — babes in the woods — sitting ducks. Angry when a spouse tolerates a single act of physical violence, or when parents systematically ignore the telltale signs of child psychopathic behaviors. People are free to wear blinders. People are free to think, “It won’t happen to me.” Predators love that kind of thinking. And the predators are out there — out there in concrete jungles — and in sleepy hamlets where neighbors brag they never have to lock their doors at night. Unfortunately, locked or not, millions of Americans asleep at home, on the job, on a date, on a trip, eating out, working out or just hanging out, are in no way prepared or equipped to defend themselves. These millions make up the vast inventory of potential victims for predators who always choose the weak, the gullible, the trusting. You know that bad things happen to good people who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time — things that could not be prevented. But most victims voluntarily put themselves at risk by being unprepared to defend and save their own lives. To be sure, they don’t deserve their fate. Unfortunately, however, they are guilty — of deadly apathy.

 

The Offended Generation

The last time you looked, the 20th Century was dead. Dead but obviously not buried in the minds and hearts of millions. And to help keep the 20th Century alive, behavioral scientists and social scientists have made careers out of carving up these millions of Americans and dropping them into their respective generational boxes. These experts say you belong to The Silent Generation. Before you, The Greatest Generation saved the world. You helped begat the Baby Boomers. In rapid succession, then, technology welcomed Generations X, Y and Z, fondly “baptized” by some as Lost, Millennials and Boomlets. These designations are just too complicated, too confusing, too vague. Therefore, with sincerest apologies to social scholars everywhere, you recommend combining these latest generations into a single illustrious category. FANFARE, please: INTRODUCING — The Offended Generation. Anyone with half a heart looks with compassion upon these beleaguered millions who suffer under a daily barrage of insults and disrespect. Routinely, minorities are the first victims. But as it happens, nearly everyone in the Offended Generation happens to be a member of some minority. Most recently, one such member epitomized anguish to a degree so intense that every major news media put her horrific story at the top of the news day. Her story was more compelling than American deaths on foreign shores, more meaningful than nuclear threats from North Korea and more repulsive than murder on Detroit’s dingy streets. Her name is Jourdan Rodrigue, a Charlotte Observer sports reporter who was verbally assaulted by a 6’5″, 245 lb. professional football player. When this young, innocent, female journalist asked Cam Newton a simple question, he laughed derisively, impugning her knowledge and belittling her competence. Poor baby. How humiliating. How offensive. No one should be subjected to this type of bellicose treatment, especially in the presence of her peers at a news conference. And predictably as ever, those very peers and the entire sports media cavalry came galloping to her rescue. ESPN led the charge, swords drawn. The Charlotte Observer said his comments were “inexcusable.” Celebrities and former NFL stars, now turned commentators, were unanimous in their denunciation. The Newton condemnation was swift and unrelenting. The talking points were clear. Sport journalists are ethical, resolute, sincere, objective professionals who deserve to be treated with utmost respect — especially those sensitive females who courageously enter male dominated spaces. There’s no room for the off-remark or the sexist insinuation. And certainly no room for outright rudeness. In a semi paradoxical twist, athletes like Newton must concede that even they are members of The Offended Generation, as they defiantly display their own damaged feelings — on bended knee. Meanwhile, those of you from past generations better walk on eggshells. The Thought Police have you in their sights. You don’t understand or want to understand Boomers I, Boomers II, Millennials or the Z people. You prefer to remember another day, when women were ladies and males were men; when people were resilient; when teens were adults and when even children dealt with hurt feelings on their own. You remember when growing up meant sucking it up. The Greatest Generation taught you that. And they taught you a lot more, They taught you by example — about responsibility, accountability and independence. Try as you might, you don’t recall ever being offended, or knowing anyone who complained of being offended or even hearing the word “offended.” You were too busy. So was everyone else. Including female journalists.

 

Politically Incorrect.

Should you harbor a politically correct bone in your body, you may find this post particularly offensive. Recommend you delete before reading. Ed.

For you, tolerance is at an end. Patience has no virtue. Resignation has no appeal. Tom Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, an anthem dedicated to a single precept — Individual Liberty.* Jefferson’s devotion to individual freedom was explicit, incontestable — a doctrine that unleashed Mankind’s greatest advance in human history. But just 24 decades later, that precious birthright is MIA, butchered and banished by Governments at all levels. Sadly, despite the soaring lyrics of the National Anthem, America is not free. Anyone who agrees with this judgment, at the very least, will be accused of distortion or gross exaggeration, perhaps even deception. Accusers will ask, “How free does anyone need to be?” You travel where you want when you want. You can own a home or invent a business. You can freely buy and sell, worship or not, surf the net or not, own a weapon or not, burn the flag or not, kneel or not. So how free do you need to be? Specifically? Free to be a racist. Free to hold prejudice against anyone or anything, for any reason or no reason. As a restaurant owner, free to post a sign that says, “Whites Only,” or “Blacks Only” or “Jews Not Allowed.” As a bakery owner, free to refuse service for a Gay Wedding. As a private business owner, free to discriminate — against any ethnicity, age or gender. As an atheist, free to condemn God and religion. As a private business owner, free to ban unions. As a business owner, free to reject the Affordable Care Act. As an individual, free not to pay taxes onĀ  “earned” income. As a business owner, free to ignore the NLRB and EPA. As a parent, free to expel the Federal Government from your child’s public school education. As a driver, free to rebuff seat belt laws. As an everyday citizen, free to ignore the millions of regulations made by agency officials who were never elected and never empowered by The Constitution to write and enforce laws. Sorry, citizen, you are no freer, arguably less free, than the colonists were under British rule in 1774. You doubt this, of course. But first, reconsider: Your government controls education, healthcare, the banking system and the discredited justice system. Your government regulates every aspect of business life, intrudes on your personal life and has unrestricted spending power, including the obscene power to tax your “earned” income. If you care to study the 16th Amendment, ratified in 1913, you’ll discover that your recent ancestors were sold a deceitful bill of goods. Or put another way, the Government lied. But, then, the Government always lies. The Government sold the 16th Amendment on the premise that the “income” to be taxed would be “unearned income,” — that is, it would be profit from investments, interest, dividends, capital gains, and net income from business and corporate earnings. Hallelujah! In other words, it was a “soak the rich” amendment. “Income tax” would not apply to the wages and salaries of the “working class.” Suckers, all. Here you are, 104 years later — paying taxes in 2017, to feed the insatiable Federal beast — already $21 trillion in the red. Here’s the bottom line, citizen. You are the Servant. The Government is the Master. Get used to it. Not exactly what Tom and his pals had in mind, although they did predict the outcome. You want to find fault but how can you fix blame? Pogo said everyone’s to blame. That’s not true. There is, prima facie, an original guilty party; and as often is the case, it’s the very one that wears the venerated mantle of wisdom — The Supreme Court of the United States. The SCOTUS decided early on that the Founders’ work needed the benefit of a modern intellect, that their work should be interpreted — continuously sliced and diced, reformed, remodeled and repaired. Presto, their meddling has given America what is known as the Annotated Constitution — The Constitution you live by. No one in America lives by The Constitution as it was written. No, you are not free. Not free as the Founders intended. Nor free as God ordained.

* Critics enjoy attacking Jefferson and his peers because many owned slaves. Was he truly a champion of Liberty or just another hypocrite? You decide. The following paragraph was in Jefferson’s original draft, eventually removed. Had it not been removed, you would not have celebrated July 4, 1776. Decades later, Jefferson blamed the removal on delegates from South Carolina and Georgia as well as Northern delegates who represented merchants actively involved in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Ed.

Jefferson’s Original Draft
“He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating & carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere or to incur miserable death in their transportation thither. This piratical warfare, the opprobrium of infidel powers, is the warfare of the Christian King of Great Britain. Determined to keep open a market where Men should be bought & sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people on whom he has obtruded them: thus paying off former crimes committed again the Liberties of one people, with crimes which he urges them to commit against the lives of another.”

Postscript
In his essay “How to Understand Slavery and the American Founding,” Matthew Spaulding writes: “. . . no charge of insincerity or hypocrisy can be fairly laid to their charge. Never from their lips was heard one syllable of attempt to justify the institution of slavery. They universally considered it as a reproach fastened upon them by the unnatural step-mother country and they saw that before the principles of the Declaration of Independence, slavery . . . was destined . . . to be banished from the earth.”

 

The ranting and raving of critical Dick.