I was watching Fox New Channel tonight, I know I'm a neandrathal, but I was struck by something. When did it become the job of the police to determine what laws to enforce? I don't recall anytime throughout my police career being told, "Enforce this law, but don't enforce this one." The police are in the executive branch whose job it is to enforce the laws. The legislative branch makes the laws.
An attorney on the panel stated the police should with the proper training, decide if an illegal immigrant should be arrested. In my career, I just enforced the law. I didn't have a whole lot of angst about how I enforced it, I just did.
One of the most disturbing developments of law is the advent of immigrant's rights law. If one enters this country legally you are welcomed with open arms. You are part of the "wretched refuse." My ancestors and most of yours are in this category. Where did it all go wrong? When did it become OK to break the law?
I could go off on an entitlement rant, but I'm not sure that would be a good thing. It is what it is. The government is not equipped to deal with social problems. It never has been and never will be. This is the last bastion of those among us who feel that all the social problems in society demand that we, as a society, solve them. OK, I'm good with that, but it must be solved within the family. We must reconstruct the family in this country, not seek ways to tear it down. The breakdown of our moral fiber is what is taking us down the toilet of history.
The question then becomes, on what do I base my statement? I read "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" over the summer and I learned a lot. Suffice it to say we are on the same track. When society loses its morals it is doomed. This book was an eye-opener. Did I mention that the last lines of this book were written by Edward Gibbons in June 1787? If you need a history primer try this: the Constitution of the United States was signed on September 17, 1787.
Is it any consolation that social problems have always been around? Society has never figured out a way to bring all aspects of society up to the level of the best among us. My question then becomes, how do you do this? Is it possible? Put aside your feelings that we are responsible for each other. How do you save humanity? How do you save those among us who are self-destructive?
I don't think that any of us wants to see anyone among us sink. But, really, how do you change society? I wish I could be my brother's keeper, but I'm not sure I can. Or that we can. Some say it's our responsibility. I question that. I want to help, but sometimes, we as humans are really inadequate. I quess we strive to be good, but we end up inadequate most of the time.
What leaves me thinking is that I don't feel really badly about the inequalities of life. I earned my life and most Americans have. When it comes to me that the government wants me to share my wealth, I say this, "I'll be generous on my own terms." When government sets the terms it's confiscatory. When I set the terms it's charity. Voluntary, involuntary. Big difference. I struggle daily with my feelings. My faith, my church, tells me that I must feel responsible for the least among us. I do, but I don't feel guilty. I feel I've earned what I have. I don't feel that's wrong. I refuse to beat myself up over whatever success I've achieved, meager though it may be.
I'm a conservative, not a liberal.