My first blog post in many moons…
Oh you. America. I miss pies today, thought that might inspire some of you who have the privilege of quality pie at your leisure but do little about it. Love a pie for me today. Not like in that movie where the guy gets busted on the counter with his pants down, I know you thought that instantly. Just eat the damn thing knowing there are pie challenged Americans in the far recesses of the world longing for things you take for granted. I don’t even care if it’s sweet or savory, it could even be an (AWESOME!) pot pie as long as it has that crispy buttery crust and something tasty inside… Specifically hot strawberry rhubarb with ice cream is the one that’s haunting me if you really want hit the nail squarely on the head in my honor.
After such a long hiatus there are so so many things I could grab by the short and curlies and try to take for a run but I think I’ll go current events:
You guys are killing each other a lot and we are all very concerned. By we, I mean the people who don’t live there and for most of whom your news output is something we encounter only briefly (and with its own spin, bear in mind not everyone sees the “everyday happenings” of our fair nation in the same light) on the local news, by choice via the internet, or even at times a much coveted though slightly outdated copy of an American periodical someone accidentally left in a cafe somewhere.
Just pretend I’m your therapist here, a sympathetic third party who just wants to see you overcome your issues and be the best country you can be… Now dig deep. Why are you so angry?
Gun control is the hot topic of the day, and gun control advocates have some valid points: what kind of moron thinks it’s okay to give a gun to anyone over 18 without any proper training or even the time it takes to run a quick background check (that ten minutes might even be used to cool down and decide it’s a pretty bad idea to kill your whole family because someone puts the empty milk carton back in the fridge)? A gun is a dangerous tool, OSHA has standards as to who can operate a forklift because when untrained people operate forklifts, folks die. Accidental gun deaths alone should be incentive for nationwide gun training regulations, and stricter laws making gun owners legally responsible for their “tools”, where and how they are stored, and how they are used seem (to a “logical” human) a generally smart thing to have and no affront whatsoever to the constitutional rights of “law abiding” citizens.
But in my view, that’s just a reach around to the real issue at hand. WHY are people killing each other? Stricter gun regulations will help decrease accidental deaths, crimes of passion (to a certain extent), and legal guns issued to people with histories of mental disorder… They would be a “victory” and definitely sate the “liberal” element for some time if they can get them past the NRA cartel (shit, I meant to say lobby). Gun control appears to be widely supported (80+%) and can happen by circumventing the big money and making it a ballot initiative. I think it will happen, much to my personal pleasure when perusing my facebook newsfeed. But it will only be a matter of time before folks realize a couple less rounds in a magazine hasn’t solved the issue, guns aren’t going anywhere and people are still running around with Bowie knives on college campuses serially stabbing people.
We Americans put too much stake in cure. Curing cancer is great but why do so many Americans have cancer? Is it a statistical anomaly? Ask yourself, “why do cultures with much higher rates of consumption of alcohol and tobacco products have lower cancer and heart disease statistics?” or “why do cultures who consume equal or greater amounts of fatty foods not have an obesity epidemic?” We have a problem and we try to “cure it.” Someone somewhere will soon “cure obesity” I have no doubt. Technology is grand, exponential, and it will prove quite profitable for some lucky pharmaceutical conglomerate. But it’s a superficial fix and just because it will make American beaches far more pleasant doesn’t get to the root of the issue.
Now “what is the issue” you might ask? I have some pretty strong suspicions, but you’re smart folks. Look around you. Most who will bother to read this already know something is (far less) rotten in Denmark (looks like they just cured HIV by the way (http://rt.com/news/hiv-cure-close-denmark-535/).
Locally we have more guns than people, one in ten Czech citizens has a gun permit. If you’re a student of history you will know they have good reason regionally to want them and I for one support that… There is also almost no violent crime.
Love you and stay safe,
Your Native Son