(Friday’s Populist Capitalist Blog Post)
While I always fasten my safety belt, I understand that life has risks and comes without guarantees. I understand that sometimes things just happen and into everyone’s life a little bit of rain must fall. I get a bit concerned about America’s occasional obsession with trying to remove absolutely every small bit of risk or unfairness from life. We often end up creating a lot more problems than we solve!
I received the following via e-mail a while back and I share it with you because it expresses my concerns far better than I ever could.
HIGH SCHOOL 1959 vs. 2009
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.
1959—Vice principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2009—School goes into lockdown, FBI called. Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.
Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1959—Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2009—Police called and SWAT team arrives. They arrest both Johnny and Mark. They both are charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.
1959—Jeffrey sent to the principal’s office and given a good paddling by the principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2009—Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because Jeffrey has a disability.
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1959—Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.
2009—Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1959—Mark shares his aspirin with the principal out on the smoking deck.
2009—The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.
Pedro fails high school English.
1959—Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.
2009—Pedro’s cause is taken up by the state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.
2009—ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI all are called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list and can never fly again.
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1959—In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2009—Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in state prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.
— Author Unknown