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[Aug. 24th, 2016|07:13 am]

When i read this i wonder a few things:

Would you agree that our world is in utter chaos and turmoil? When we watch the news, there is hardly anything good shown any more. Crime rates are at an all-time high. There is little respect for law enforcement. Teachers have little control in their classrooms. Political representatives are having a hard time agreeing on what is best for their constituents. We ask what we can do to make a difference.

Would reading the news and not watching help? (And what are the odds the author watches Fox?)

Is the comment that "there is little respect for law enforcement" a comment on race?

This morning i also read the first two stories in an investigative series entitled Deadly Force. The second story describes the deputies breaking into a woman's home to admit her inebriated tenant. My mind swirls with thoughts of gun rights and defending one's own home.

I'm listening to the anger and pain that Trump's campaign makes manifest, but with some bewilderment and what seem to me to be counter justifications. I remember  Lakoff's comments between the conventions this year: to frame the discussion in terms of freedoms and liberty.

Now to change focus, to the world i live in, so alive with joy. (I am so lucky, privileged). I think a hawk is arguing with the fish crows outside.


[User Picture]From: bobby1933
2016-08-24 01:13 pm (UTC)
I would remind the author to be more careful with the word "our."
He or she may not know what my world is like, nor God's
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[User Picture]From: weofodthignen
2016-08-24 03:37 pm (UTC)
I think the author should stop watching the news. Little good comes of it.

A less flippant response: crime rates are way down by any measure, even if one is only thinking back 20 years. It's a cruel propaganda trick to present them as up. Or a result of moving the goal posts, of which there has been some. Related to that, some of the good news I see, such as the massive strides in GLBT rights or the fact the US finally has a viable female candidate for President, may appear as bad news to the author, who needs to think about that possibility. But there are also a plethora of good news stories on almost any site I look at, although they tend to be in the sidebar among frightful things. News sites—and presumably TV news programs—are really trying to feature these, recognizing the truth in people's complaints that the news is depressing.

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[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2016-08-25 02:19 am (UTC)
When I read the quote I think how a similar quote has probably been written for every decade dating back to 1400 or so, and before that, too, perhaps.
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