Way back, a long time ago (1967 in fact), Harlan Ellison wrote a creepy short science fiction story. You can find the story here, but be aware, it’s pretty gruesome: I have no mouth, and I must scream.
I’ve always thought that it is the epitome of describing several things. Depression is one of them. Unpopular political thinking (un-PC) is another. Domestic violence is a viable third. The need to discuss a problem, express an opinion, get help, get out of a dreadful situation, but not seeing any viable solution. The ultimate description of Stress is “The confusion created when one’s mind overrides the body’s natural desire to beat the <stuffing, crap, sh!t, sense> out of some idiot who desperately deserves it”.
(Side note) I may upset some relatives, but you’re probably already aware of my proclivities. I am who I am (Popeye).
Why is the support of abortion, the requirement to provide it on demand, a federal requirement. But the same groups that support continuation and common availability of abortion do not condone the ultimate punishment for a criminal convicted of any number of heinous crimes. In 2010 there were over 3/4 million abortions in the US and associated regions (Abortion Surveillance report). The same year, 46 people on death row were executed, the remainder (just over 3000) either remained on death row, were convicted, released, died of natural causes, whatever (Executions in 2010). Numbers have been dropping for both executions and abortions. Realizing that there have been mistakes made in the jury’s decision to convict the criminal, 46 is an insignificant number of people in a population of over 300 million in the USA. But 3/4 of a million is a much more significant number, and should be more deserving of attention. These aborted babies (fetus’, whatever) have committed no crime, broken no laws, or done anything deserving of their death (notwithstanding complications of pregnancy). What’s unknown in the long run is the number of potential Albert Einsteins, George Washington Carvers, Martin Luther Kings, or Mahatma Ghandis who were never given the opportunity to exist or make a difference in the world. So the question is, where are our priorities? Elimination of some dreadful people with no redeeming qualities, or saving of the unborn child who may (or may not) contribute to society? Hat tip to eugenicist Margaret Sanger (Margaret Sanger quotes).
Another inspiring thought before it gets too late. If a gunny (person who supports the ownership of guns) finds a business with a “No Guns Allowed” sign, they’ll find another business or leave their weapon in a safe place before going into that business. Maybe quietly break the no-guns rule. And pass the word to other gunnies to avoid that business, they’re not gun-friendly. On the other hand (OTOH), there’s been a movement recently for certain minority groups to select a business, enter the business, and ask for something that the business does not support for religious or other reasons. Business refuses said service or makes a statement to the Press where they do not support providing specific services (outside their normal scope of services) to said minority group. The minority group, rather than moving on to a more friendly business, subjects the unfortunate business to lawfare (threats or actual lawsuits), threats of harm to body and property, intimidation, and public shaming. Which group shows more tolerance, understanding, and cooperation? The gunnies or the minority group? Dollars to donuts, the minority group has a Coexist (Coexist bumper sticker) bumper sticker.
OBTW, the “C” in Coexist belongs to one of the most anti-coexistence religions. A.k.a. “The Religion of Peace”. Do some research, or drop a comment for more notes if you don’t know of what I speak.
More to come on this, my voice is getting worn out from screaming…