The “Gotcha” SocietySeptember 20, 2013 - Author: newscoma
We live in a world, or maybe I’m just cynical these days, where everyone is looking for any moment to say “Gotcha!”
It’s either “Gotcha” or “I told you so!” or anything where kindness or understanding is thrown out into the yard like dirty bath water on Saturday in 1943. It happens in politics, among friends, at work or in the news. There are things that I think are a lot more effective, so I have really had to re-frame my thinking recently that I just don’t want to be apart of that in the least. I may not be remembered for being a kind person and that’s okay, but I’d much rather have a legacy of love and understanding than one of creating pain.
It hit me recently that I just do not want to be the person that beats down others and, quite frankly, I don’t want to be in any kind of Fight Club either.
And there is so much to swallow right now that it is hard to breathe.
We decided as a country due to the worst Congress I can recall to make hungry families hungrier. It isn’t a hard thing to do when two former political rivals of different parties can come together and call in a unified manner to feed the hungry. Tennessee has a 16.6 rating for people being assisted on SNAP. So, who is going to feed them?
And people who mock victims of devastating gun violence to sell more guns, find your empathy and the real pain of loss that American families are going through after losing loved ones. Why do we blame the victims of rape and domestic violence when that could be our sibling, our child or our friend?
Why does everything have to be a “Gotcha!” moment? Come on, campers, it’s gross.
The recession has left an invisible trail of lives which will never be the same, and yet we make people trying to rebuild their lives into parasites for political gain?
And Stephen Yeargin says it best about what we are going through during these gobsmacking times in our country.
You can run from the label “Great Recession” all you want to, but the fact remains that we have endured the worst economic conditions since the 1940s, worse than the crash of the 1980s. And yet, somehow, we have decided to blame those that lost their jobs for their own plight. I must say “we”, because you and I are both responsible for the actions of who we send to congress, whether we agree with their actions or not.
Thanks to today’s United States House of Representatives vote, you have ninety days after losing the only job your household may have before choosing between mortgage payments and eating. And if you live in Tennessee, you can be assured that there is no help coming from the state government. At all.
Because helping people is a bad thing? Aren’t you a public servant if you are in office?
Government is not a corporation or a business. Roads aren’t built by Wal-Mart and schools should not be run by lobbyists or people that have no idea that education opens doors, doesn’t slam them shut. Do you like that park where your kids play, rarely do corporate interests pay for that unless there is a tax write-off.
This country thrives on overstimulation in the media to the point that no one can hold on to one thought for more than three seconds. And Chuck Todd, who says it’s not his job to be a journalist might want to get a job at Pilot Flying J to be a shill instead because why the hell should we trust a guy who is paid to indeed be a journalist but says he won’t. I have no words. The majority of people receiving SNAP are in very red Republican states. Shouldn’t we know that Mr. Todd? Shouldn’t we know the facts and not the punditry of the Affordable Care Act?
Or is that inconvenient for you?
And we see people being paid handsomely for bad behavior or a predatory lack of action that does nothing to help and yet intentionally hurts people. Let’s just pull the rug out from people who have already taken the brunt of a brutal and devastating decade. Speak up, reach out or at least talk with other like-minded people to make sure that everyone is on the same page. I’ve always been told that government was about three simple factors: Educate, Incarcerate or Medicate.
We’d like that back please.
This isn’t a “Gotcha!” moment because real people with very difficult problems from politics to inequality are on the verge of drowning in invisibility and in the shadows.
That isn’t how I was brought up and instead of wearing a bracelet that has WWJD, why not learn from the lessons that he taught, not from platitudes that push an agenda.
It isn’t hard.
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