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What Are We Doing?


What Are We Doing?

The other day, at the liquor store, I had a clerk accompany me out to my car to help me put my purchases in the trunk. She said that she just wanted to be sure that I didn’t allow my kids to help carry any of the load, because one of the other clerks at her store had been fired for letting that happen. I wouldn’t have let any of my kids help me carry the bags anyways. Not because I care one iota about the fact that I had purchased alcohol, but because the bottles were glass and I don’t trust my kids not to drop them. I have also experienced the freaked out clerks several times already, and I am not looking to help one of them have a heart attack.

I have to wonder what sort of laws, and policies, and police officer attention, is being dedicated to keeping children from touching containers of alcohol. I am concerned about the money being spent to keep these shop employees in constant fear that an eight year old might accidentally brush up against a bottle of Jack Daniels. I am appalled by the notion that it seems as though it is more important to our lawmakers that our children do not put their hands upon a bottle of wine, than it is for them to get a good education. Our priorities are terribly misplaced.

I don’t believe in a legal age limit for alcohol consumption. All that I have to do is take a look at all of the countries that don’t have one, and have fewer problems with its overconsumption than we do, to know that we are going about it the wrong way. I don’t know how long it is going to take us to figure out that adopting a collective intolerance for public drunkenness is the key to making a big change in the culture of alcohol abuse. Regardless of all of that; a child in their parent’s custody, carrying a sealed bottle of vodka is just about the very last thing that our law enforcement should be dedicating it’s attention to.

We have an enormous human trafficking problem in this country. That is what I want my police force working on. I want them putting guys who beat up their wife in jail and I want for them to protect her. I want them out there looking for sexual predators and putting them behind bars. I would frankly much rather see cops out there pulling over the drivers who blow school bus stop signs every day, than stalking the liquor store waiting for some clerk to mess up and let a five year old touch a beer can. Pulling over those cars could actually save the life of a kid running for the bus. I still can’t see how getting the clerk who lets my kid help me carry my groceries fired helps anyone, anywhere, ever.

It brings me back to why it is so vital that each and every one of us get involved in making positive change in the government. All of this that I have just written is just one teeny tiny example of our gloriously failing system. It is sad because we really are better than this. The government that we have in place is a reflection of what we have all created together as a society. I am embarrassed by it because of this, and so many other glaringly stupid mistakes that we are making as a collective. Ultimately, we all want very similar things in life. We want safety and sustenance for our families. We want freedom and access to information. We want to be able to look around and love the communities in which we live. I know that we are going to change it all, slowly but surely. We just need to start paying more attention to what we are doing, and what is happening all around us. It is time to be involved.





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