Read a rather fascinating article in Mother Jones today. It was a young woman telling the story of her cousin, who was schizophrenic and killed his father by brutally stabbing him. She also talked about her aunt, who had problems of her own, but got treatment. It was a rather cold look at the absolute failure of the current American mental health care systems. The staggering statistics of people who need help and aren’t getting it in this country is almost terrifying. The people who are ignoring this overwhelming statistic are so surprised when shootings like Newtown and Virginia Tech happen. Why that is the case is genuinely beyond me.
As a journalism major, I hear much on the news. So much gnashing of teeth after shootings like this. “It’s because we don’t have strict enough regulations on guns!” “It’s because the public doesn’t have enough guns!” “It’s because of violent video games!” Lots of talk, but the elephant in the room is becoming overwhelming. America simply doesn’t care about people with actual problems. Our country can cry the blues all day about how this is bad or that is bad, but when we are faced with a genuine dilemma, what do we do? We start talking about budget problems, logistical problems, how it can’t be dealt with right now. Reason after reason why we can’t handle this problem now, but will handle it later. It’s almost kind of touching.
I read another fascinating article that was written about a new breed of people in this country – tunnel people. See, it turns out that there are massive underground networks of people in this country. Almost every major city has them. Groups of people with nowhere to go and no help to be found, making a life for themselves however they can. Some of these communities have actual camaraderie. Most of them don’t. The truly saddest part about that is that police who have found evidence of these communities (which is surprisingly harder than you’d think) have found something very tragic – diapers. A lot of the trash in these places is diapers. Babies and small children are being brought up in underground communities. This is happening here, folks! Right here in the good-ol’ USA.
And while we’re talking about things in the US, here’s a neat statistic – there are over a million children right now, in schools, who have no home. There are children who lie to their friends about where they live, because they don’t want to tell them that they go home to their family’s car at night. This is happening, right now, in America. And how much do the pseudo-celebrity jackasses we put in Congress care? Not at all. Hell, even the President of this fucking country doesn’t care! After all, he is embracing the austerity that has been destroying the EU. Cutting massive chunks from our nation’s social safety net. Our President has shown himself to be a turncoat for EVERY single thing that he said he stood for. I hope that the blue-dog liberals are proud. After all, they have yet to say that he is a bad guy about anything. Same way that the Republicans sucked Bush’s cock. Well, every side has a fanbase, doesn’t it?
The reality getting lost in all of this political bullshit is this – America doesn’t care about the people who have actual problems. I wish that someday, somebody in the media would see that they are the single greatest contributor to all the mass shootings in this country. When you have people who have nobody to help them, nobody who will listen and who are having some severe mental issues, what do you think happens when they see the news? They see some other mentally-unstable person who has done something horrible. They see the news and the general public wanting to know everything about them. Everything they said, wrote or may have been a part of. The public is absolutely swarming with people who will listen, where nobody listened before. You don’t think that that sort of coverage has an effect? When we care more about the killers than their victims, you don’t think that that makes a difference? If you honestly don’t, then please, leave the gene pool. You aren’t worth the genetic material that made you.
If there is an afterlife, Mr. Rogers must be looking down right now and wanting to cry. His entire message was about taking care of each other, because it makes the world a better place. That people should care about one-another, because being hateful and divided just makes everybody hurt. But what have I been hearing my entire adult life? Something along the lines of – you gotta look after yourself! Don’t help nobody because if you do, they will become losers! On and on it goes, with everybody finding more and more ways to justify not helping people. Because they really do seem not to care.
What hurts me most about this is that I keep wanting to believe that there is something redeemable about this species. That we aren’t just wild and filthy animals that can occasionally aspire to something OTHER than pure evil. But over and over again, humanity gets more opportunities to prove me wrong. And they take advantage of all of them.
You know, if we are going to be the evil empire, could we please just drop the fucking pretense? Could we just man-up and admit that we are evil? If this country is going to give fuck-all about the fact that we are using drones to kill innocent people overseas and not care that over a million kids in this country go to school and have no home, could we just accept that premise? For real, can we just fucking stop pretending to be so good, when we’re anything but. See, here in America, we trample upon the people who can’t stand up and fight for themselves. A pity that the people who did all these mass-killings didn’t get the memo about that. If only they had known that, they could have done what they want with impunity!
Until next time, a quote,
“But we’re fucked. Because it’s too easy, in nature, for evil to conquer good. For force to conquer peace. Because the tranquility of 20 people at a picnic can be destroyed by one maniac, wielding an automatic weapon.” -TJ Kirk