Mar 6, 2013

Help! What Happened to America?

A Pop-Tart?
You've got to be kidding.
What has happened to America?

Lastnight I heard a frightened seven year old boy
Stuttering on the news,
"I wanna go back to school--
And I want my Pop Tart back."
You've got to be kidding?
We are living in such an insane day
A 7-year old can say, "Bang-Bang" with a piece of bread
And get suspended from school.
What are we really teaching our children?
Stupidity vs common sense?
Keep your mouth shut and act like a robot--
Instead of freedom to speak, do and be?

 May I share more stupidity?
I loved to fly
But I haven't flown in years.
Because I was treated like the little boy with the Pop Tart. 
That little boy will never forget
That incident as long as he lives.
He harmed no one
And he's been traumatized.
I was too!
Walking through Orlando International Airport
With two college age grandchildren--
Clean Cut--
One an Eagle Scout
And me a Social Services Director--
An American pouring my life out to help others. 

We were "inspected" and harrassed.
As we walked away I said to my grandchildren,
"I can't believe we're being treated like that."
Security standing nearby with an AK-47 rifle snarled,
"Lady, I could shoot you."

Do you think I'll ever forget that day?
Another time I was flying out of Colorado in winter
Wearing snow boots.
I and two other ladies
Were locked in a glass cage--
Until they "inspected" us.
Our handbags were cast aside on a table
And when I said something about my money and credit cards
The officer reprimanded,
"Be quiet."

The last time I flew
Officers were roughing up a delicate little 
White headed lady that was so fragile
She could hardly walk across the floor 
To the wanding area.
She looked like a Sunday School teacher
With everything but a class and her Bible.
To observe such abusive 
And insane behavior I looked at
A tall supervisor standing nearby and said,
"That is ridiculous treating her like that."
Casually and with a smirk he said,
"It's because of 9-11."
That reminds me of Attorney Crystal Eastman's warning:
 "A good deal of tyranny
Goes by the name of protection."
 In my career I had interviewed and screened
People for years.
Like any good policeman,
I could practically smell a problem.
That woman was pathetically abused
For no reason
But power,
And an example to all of us around her.

"If the freedom of speech is taken away
Then dumb and silent we may be led,
Like sheep to the slaughter."
--George Washington
When are we going to wake up and
Stop allowing our freedom
To be taken away?
 When are we going to  teach our children
Once again--
This is the land of the free
And the home of the brave?   

"A decline in courage may be the most striking feature
And outside observer notices in the West in our days.
The Western world has lost its civil courage."
--Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Commencement address at Harvard - June 8, 1978 

Why should we care?
Why should we stand up and be heard?
"The ultimate test of a moral society is
The kind of world that it leaves to its children."
--Dietrich Bonhoeffer