Democracy – A system of government in which power is vested in the people, who rule either directly or through freely elected representatives.
Through school I was always taught that the basic belief of democracy was the belief that the rights of the many outweighed the rights of the few. As kids, we would vote for everything from which game to play to where to eat, of course with the majority vote winning. The outcome of those votes were accepted, even if not loved by all because everyone at least had input.
Recently things are far from the free world in which I grew up. The rights of the few in many corners seem to far outweigh those of the masses. Freedom of speech squelched by small groups who feel they have the right to quiet ideas they do not like. Political rallies shouted down by a handful interfering with the rights of the thousands who attended to hear the speakers. Media outlets turning off microphones to guests daring to disagree. A free and fair media replaced by big money corporations drilling in ideology from both sides relentlessly in a 24 hour news cycle.
The hatred and division are clear in all aspects of our lives, preventing the free flow of ideas. Social media filled with silly memes and those who must post every article they see supporting the ideas they share. Public shaming of people who not too long ago were allowed, even encouraged to live and speak freely. I find it fascinating that as a society we are so concerned about bullying in our schools yet on a too often regular basis otherwise intelligent adults are bullying each other.
I am sad and aggravated. I long for a better time.
Every time I turn on the television I grow more disillusioned. Being from the Philadelphia area, the local news has continual updates on the Kermit Gosnell abortion murder trial. Murder, late term and live abortions, fetus’s found in boxes, this case has it all. There was a commercial break today during a non news show that started with “a woman who claims she was instructed to snip the spinal cords of fetus’s born alive…..” I changed the channel.
A few short weeks ago it seemed that we were being prepared for imminent war with North Korea. A daily barrage of missile launch warnings and dictator rants. Now that seems to be replaced with the Syrian war drums.
Terrorist attacks in Boston, Swat teams searching private homes, a totally, broken, dysfunctional and honestly in my opinion corrupt Washington all adds to the weight we all already carry with our own personnel lives and issues.
SO what is one to do? Well of course turning off the TV is an option but for a lover of the boob tube like myself that is not a feasible option. Instead I have discovered a loved for Netflix streaming. Who knew all of the gems that were on the air in early 2000. Alias and In Plain Sight or some still on the air that I had never seen like Numbers or Psych. We have seen many of the family movies available and Madison has fallen in love with HR Puff and Stuff.
I am sure to some making the conscious decision to tune out for a while is not smart. To others things that I have mentioned in this post are new to them which could explain why our system is so broken. To me it is a must, my brain can only handle so much bad news and lately that is all there has been. In the greater scheme of addictions, well it could be far worse!
I like to consider myself a somewhat intelligent person. I worry too much about things I can not control. I get very passionate about things I find important. For many weeks I have attempted to totally avoid the news, political, national even local. All it does is get me annoyed, upset or just plain furious.
For as hard as I try, it is everywhere. Some of the headlines I have seen today seem to vindicate at least my attempt to avoid:
-Women’s Unclean Breasts Cause Diarrhoea, Says Egypt Prime Minister Hisham Qandil
-Ahmadinejad: Iran already a nuclear state, but has no intention of launching attack on Israel
-Mexican girl gets pregnant at just eight years old
-Insight: Shrinking U.S. labor unions see relief in marijuana industry
-Carney: Drone Strikes ‘Legal,’ ‘Ethical,’ ‘Wise’
-Library Gives Free Pole Dancing Lessons To Help Boost Attendance
Each of these headlines at the same time scare the hell out of me, make me scratch my head and give me a bit of a chuckle. All sum up the world right now, a real mess.
What does the future hold for my children? Is there anyway to keep them safe in this crazy world?
Our magical trip to Disney can not come soon enough! Just 16 days away for the most important headline to be written, “The Bailey family begin a magical journey!” Boy can we use it!