2/17/13 The World’s Gone Topsy-Turvy

When the Chicago Police Chief accuses the gun lobby of corruption because of record gun violence in a city where law abiding citizens cannot own firearms, only criminals . . .

When a Chicago official accuses anyone else of corruption . . .

When an Illinois Congressman and heir to the already tainted throne of a civil rights icon gets charged with several counts of corruption, along with his wife . . .

When a mother attends a school assembly program, starts dancing with the students, then strips to the waist in Colorado, and this makes national news . . .

When a sitting Secretary of State has the temerity in Congressional hearings to use the phrase ”What difference does it make?” when answering a question about ANY aspect of the murder of a US Ambassador by foreign attackers on US soil . . .

When our Affordable Care Act seems increasingly unaffordable for those whom it was designed to serve, for the governments that implement it, for the employers that will pay for much of it, and for the health care providers providing the services . . .

When the Department of Homeland Security, The Social Security Administration, the IRS, and several other government agencies start purchasing billions of rounds of .40 calibre S&W Hollow Point Bullets that the military cannot legally use . . .

When the State of Missouri debates a bill in their House of Representatives that has language that will require citizens to disclose to administrators in their children’s schools whether they have a firearm in their home . . .

When politicians who obviously know nothing about firearms begin to talk about firearms after they have been instructed by their aides who also obviously know nothing about firearms . . .

When illegal immigrants can no longer be referred to as illegal, but undocumented . . .

When food stamps and other social programs designed to help Americans are extended to those who are in this country illegally . . .

When Medicaid recipients have to and are encouraged to tie up resources in hospital emergency rooms for routine medical care because they can’t get in to see primary care physicians because there isn’t one in their area, or there is one but they don’t take Medicaid . . .

When our government can target and kill American citizens . . .

When our government can target and kill American citizens by remote control using trained twenty-somethings who are doing the equivalent of playing a video game . . .

When our government, under the National Defense Authorization Act can detain American Citizens indefinitely, suspending Habeas Corpus . . .

When our government, under the Patriot Act, can spy on Americans . . .

When our government acts to suspend, limit, or deny any American their rights under the our constitutional Bill of Rights . . .

When the government attitude becomes one that it is the GOVERNMENT that grants the citizens those rights through the constitution and not that the rights belong to the people and the constitution places restrictions on the government . . .

When Senators, Congressmen, and government regulators are routinely censured, indicted, and prosecuted . . .

When the Justice Department willfully chooses not to enforce the laws of the land . . .

When the US Government refuses to secure our own borders . . .

When we have a President who wants to improve America’s standing in the the eyes for the world community who shifts from military protection of American interests to the protection of American interest by remote-controlled assassination, and thinks this helps his original intent . . .

When the President delegates to himself the authority to assassinate . . .

When an increasing number of drones circle our neighborhoods keeping watch on us . . .

When our government declares US Veterans to be domestic terrorist threats . . .

When a multiple murder by an Islamic psychiatrist occurs on a US military installation, whose own papers declare it to be a terrorist attack, but the government denies this . . .

When our schools don’t teach our children to read, perform simple arithmetic, drops algebra and advanced mathematics from the school curriculum in order to make themselves look better through better test scores . . .

When schools talk of dropping cursive writing and penmanship . . .

When every position advanced by teachers unions is one that benefits teachers but offers nothing that benefits the children they teach . . .

When poor educational results is continually linked to a lack of funding . . .

When states offer illegal immigrants the same college tuition it offers its residents . . .

When ANY state or the Federal government offers illegal immigrants the same benefit it offers its citizens, other than due process under the law . . .

When the government declares that enemy combatants are entitled to the same protections under the law that are the rights of US Citizens, and are not subject to military tribunals . . .

When the Government and the Egyptian people think the “Arab Spring” is a good thing, and Moresi is an improvement over Mubarak . . .

When the government requires me to show a photo ID to obtain medical care, purchase a firearm, fly on an airplane, enter and exit the country, purchase alcohol, buy a pack of cigarettes, open a bank account, buy common over the counter sinus medications, and pick up prescription medications, but refuses to require me to show one to vote . . .

When the same congressional representatives that voted for the ACA have their own, better medical insurance that they will be able to keep . . .

When the same congressional representatives who will be required to cut benefits in Social Security simply because the nation will no longer be able to afford it have, and will continue to have a far better pension program, and are not even required to participate in Social Security . . .

When someone stops a school bus, kills the driver and kidnaps a child to hold as a hostage . . .

When a mixed-up former country music star was held in a mental-health facility, released while still suicidal, commits suicide, and it is covered by the national news media for a solid 24 hours . . .

When a suicidal person is released from a mental health care facility while still suicidal, in all likelihood because they had no insurance or their insurance benefits had been exhausted (I do not know this but suspect it and am very curious to know) . . .

When any nation with nuclear weapons thinks any other nation should NOT have them, too . . .

When any nation with nuclear weapons thinks Iran and North Korea SHOULD have nuclear weapons and will stand by and permit it . . .

When the thinking becomes that with the advent of smart weapons and drones, warfare has become more surgical, thus, somehow, more humane . . .

When collateral damage, when kept to a minimum, is acceptable (unless you were the collateral) . . .

When the idea advanced by William Tecumseh Sherman that, “War is cruelty, and the crueler it is the sooner it will be over,” is thought to be archaic and old-fashioned . . .

When a nation in the process of reducing its Navy thinks this a wise means of maintaining world influence and protecting its shores . . .

When the people believe that a cell phone and dialing will 911 keep them safe . . .

When the people are willing to trade every right they have for a safety that exists only in the pages of academic treatises no one but academics read . . .

When the people are trained to think, and then actually begin to think that those same academic treatises are a better replacement than their own brains . . .

When the people think that criminals will read those academic treatises and then be enlightened . . .

When the people think that outlawing firearms will make them any more difficult to obtain than one can currently get crack or crank . . .

When the people think that more laws regulating firearms will make the world safer when criminals already violate any and all of several laws when they use or even possess a firearm . . .

When a murder or aggravated assault involving what is known as a “hate crime” is any more illegal than a murder or aggravated assault . . .

When the equivalent of Animal House’s Dean Wormer’s “Double Secret Probation” is thought to be useful and taken seriously by otherwise serious people . . .

When a government throws up every sort of roadblock to the continual development of its own energy resources, maintaining a dependance on energy imports . . .

When the government discourages independent citizens and trusts only those who rely on it for their daily bread, their health care, and their education . . .

When the government continually wants more of your tax money and continues to tell you that it will spend your money wisely, and for your own benefit . . .

When anyone thinks that the almost prophetic words of Kipling, “East is East and West is West, and ne’er the twain shall meet,” is less relevant than it was when he uttered them . . .

Well, “Topsy-Turvy” seems just a bit inadequate, doesn’t it?

And Secretary Clinton, you could just see in 2016 what difference it makes. Best regards as you and your husband enjoy your retirement with the millions and millions of dollars you have made while is a lifetime of PUBLIC SERVICE.

Oops? I left that one out.

When “Public Servants” come out of office as multimillionaires . . .

That one certainly makes “Topsy-Turvy” seem woefully inadequate. What would the term be? If you think of one, please let me know. Lunacy is the only one I can seem to think of at the moment.

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