Our Worst Enemies Are Here At Home

After twenty years in child protective services. I thought I’d seen it all. Every kind of cruelty perpetrated on young boys and girls, I have investigated.

This post is deliberately short, only because I feel compelled to add my voice in protest concerning Alabama Republican Candidate Roy Moore. I do understand that the allegations of child sexual abuse made boldly against him are just that. Allegations! Until they are investigated.

Had a report such as that arrived at my desk, I would have been out there turning every wet stone to see if it’s just filth under there or snakes. Might even be scorpions. But I would not have rested until I had determined the veracity of the complaint AND whether Roy Moore posed a threat to any child in his care, and that would have included his own grandchildren. Is he a threat to them? Yes, I would have done all that I could. TODAY!

Had Roy Moore been an ordinary citizen, he probably would have been arrested. Had I delayed in my responsibilities, the very people in government would have been having a fit, and their convulsions would not have ceased until they took possession of my head and one from each tier above me. Rightly so.

I thought we had reached rock bottom with the election and support of Trump. Well, GOP, please tell me and my fellow citizens, how much deeper America has to fall? When did child sexual abuse become a partisan issue? Then, to rub salt in the wound, his officials who don’t have the balls or competence to do otherwise, would dare demand that the victim take a polygraph test, and yet another attempting an unbelievable parallel with a birth from two thousand years ago. I know that you, Republican officials don’t care, but do you have to be stupid too?!

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Enough Already! Stop The Russia Hysteria

Today,like every day recent, anther headline whips us to frenzy. Today, The Hill reports that VP (fmr) Joe Biden, voiced his concern about the 2018 elections. He reportedly, expressed his belief that Russia will interfere in the U.S elections due next year. Now, I love, respect and support Joe Biden. This is not a criticism of him nor do I trivialise the threat, but please media and constituents, take a mighty deep breath. I have, and I’m vexed with my own country.

If you’re old enough to remember the Cold War, or interested in the period of our political history, you might be tempted to say, ‘well, what’s new’. After all, America mastered the craft and successfully manipulated elections if sovereign leaders dared imagine another way of life. Cripes, we gave Cuba half a century of our ire. Central America and the Caribbean still haven’t recovered from the trauma of the Reagan years. I don’t have to remind Americans of the domestic surveillance and despicable persecution of our own citizens. We hanged people who were trying to vote. Just know that the covert operations we experience now, is nothing new. But I have to admit that if Trump and cronies are all Russia had to work with, debacle is comedy. Ineptitude a tragedy.

At this time having accepted the ethically flexible, John Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio Secretary of State
(fmr), Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Justice Roberts’ Citizens United and worse, I am not convinced that we have the political will to demand transparency of process and unimpeded access to the ballot box. Over 90 million eligible voters didn’t vote in 2016 election. Disaffected? How about willingly disenfranchised? Over 1.4 million African American men will be unable to vote because of state laws. Overall, 3.9 million Americans have been stripped of their right to vote because of felony convictions. I ask, who gave any politician the justification for that? When did the felons lose their citizenship?

Accept this as you would a truism. Our troubles are manipulation of our elections, right? Well, for years Americans seemed to be okay with massive, blatant voter suppression, disenfranchisement, gerrymandering, race-baiting, purging, corruption and every kind of chicanery imaginable. Putin needed only to spice the dishes of animus ready-made to suit him. We happily offered him the opportunity. But who wants to hear that, when we have more pressing issues like Colin Kaepernick. Sad part is, sufficient ingredients are stocked to last several elections -if we still have elections.

A Patron Saint of Sexual Offenders

Why would anyone choose to be the patron saint of people so vile they really should burn in hell. There is no defence for that. Clearly, the perpetrator was fully aware of the abhorrence of his actions, yet did it anyway, despite the well-known consequences. The law has been broken and someone’s person violated. The law is the law.So we accuse, convict and sentence. For most felonies, including murder, it usually ends there. For the sexual offender his nightmare has just begun.

A sexual offender, is usually male and there is often great power disparity as to the victim. As females engage more in work outside the home, that involve juveniles, more of that gender come to public attention.But public outrage is somewhat muted when the offender is female and victim male. It is reflected in reporting, prosecution and sentencing.

Sexual offences are, well, unforgivable by the state. Sometimes by kin and maybe by the victim, but they never escape their Scarlet Letter. All crimes have mitigating contexts, but sexual atrociousness, never.

Never, until the offender is discovered where the majority of sexual violations occur. In the home. Our positions soften a little, after-all, now we are confronting a son, mother, father and many of the loved ones that share our home. Now there is a person. The object is not so vile a creature anymore…to them.

So I would be the patron saint to sexual offenders. They get longer prison sentences and harsh treatment in prison. Some are beaten, raped or killed. Most spend their time in isolation. Their humanity subtracted.

On release, they register indelibly, are restricted as to where they may live and of course are unemployable. They are despised, hounded and friend-less. Constantly burdened by new, sometimes silly, legal codes. Driven to homelessness and cannot stop the downward drift. An irredeemable human being; God’s child, condemned to living death.