I Have Compassion, But Really?

I have complete compassion and love as well as prayers for those who are hurt by any tragedy in this world, lately there seems to be a lot more than I recall being around when I was a child. I could just have been in the child state of mind where the world revolves around me, which means I wasn’t up to par on media news, but seriously, are there not more and more tragedies these days?

While I am sad for families who have lost loved ones, best friends and pets I also am a realistic person who firmly believes that each time a tragedy is hit our country goes into this state of panic and politically correct mindset. I understand having compassion, love, and a time for mourning after a tragedy both as an individual and as a nation, however, this doesn’t mean that you need to point fingers at “who or what” is to blame. The media is famous for pointing fingers and Facebook is the stomping grounds for conversations bashing and blaming people or items for tragedies.

Unite as Citizens

One of the things that really bugs me after a tragedy, such as the most recent shooting in Connecticut, is the heightened security. Much like that of the heightened security after the events on 9/11, everyone gets into this panic mode. Schools start being ridiculously locked down and on high alert while knowing damn well in a couple of months that security system put into place being so well used in a military type fashion, will soon subside and things will go back to the way they were.

I find myself jaw dropped at the media and others blaming guns and wanting more gun control for the average situation, or worse yet banning our rights to bear arms as a United States citizen. I recently read a story about a shooting at a movie theater, restaurant and/or store that was stopped by the use of a legally held gun of a woman who witnessed the events in action. Although I don’t recall the whole story nor can I seem to find that news article again, it was in Texas, and not covered by national media, rather only covered by local TX media in that area where this particular tragedy occurred.

Whether or not I own a gun, have ever touched a gun or fired a gun is irrelevant in my argument over the fact that I firmly believe that having citizens who legally bear arms is our right as United States citizens. If you do not like guns, do not want them around you, do not want them in your household; that is your right as a citizen as well. I will respect anyone’s decision and personal opinions on this matter, however, to ban and try to take away from law abiding citizens and to attempt to be on the side of taking away rights that were fought so hard for by our forefathers is crazy!

The people before us seemed to have a bit more of a back bone, they stood up for what they knew we, as citizens, should have for rights. They stood up for things that needed to be fixed in order to ensure the United States stood strong as a united nation of people. What I watch on the media makes me sick, what I read online, makes me sick. When “we the people” are starting to lose our rights as United States Citizens and start to slowly stand down like sheep following a herd, that scares me. My three children are going to live in a world different than that in which I live in now and grew up in, which is fine, but I would much rather have it a better world than what I see right now; our rights as citizens being slowly sucked away from us in the middle of the night.

Stand up and fight for what you believe in. Blog, write, protest in a healthy way for what you believe in.  That is our right as people of the United States of America, but remember it is not our right to try to take away rights given to us by the United States Constitution created for a very important reason.

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Should Welfare Applicants Be Drug Tested?

This is a topic that has been debated for many years and is probably derived from the stigma that associates welfare in a negative light; such as calling those on welfare “crackheads” and “drug abusers”.  The stereotype of drug abusers with welfare has been around for centuries and has created this negative feeling for those families who find themselves needing to apply for help.  Although most states have cracked down on welfare to a point where it is extremely difficult to get on TANF {Temporary Assistance for Needy Families aka Cash Assistance} there are still some who abuse the system. Whether you are talking about a public assistance system or employment opportunities, there will always be that small percentage of people who find a way to abuse the situation.

Let’s look at welfare as a paying “position” that helps you get back on your feet from unexpectedly losing employment. Most employers in America now require you to have drug testing done prior to being offered an employment position. If you take a moment to compare TANF to a paid employee position then it would make sense that one would have to be drug tested in order to receive such benefits. Some say it’s unconstitutional to drug test welfare applicants, even a Judge in Florida temporarily blocked such request citing the idea of drug testing welfare applicants as possible breach of the people’s constitutional rights, saying that “it may violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures“.

The definition for unreasonable searches and seizures is “search of an individual or his/her premises (including an automobile) and/or seizure of evidence found in such a search by a law enforcement officer without a search warrant and without “probable cause” to believe evidence of a crime is present”. source The Free DictionaryDoes this definition really make any sense as a valid argument for drug testing welfare applicants?

If a state requires applicants for welfare to be drug tested prior to receiving any benefits then it’s not unjust and judgmental.  Creating a law that allows drug testing as part of the application process for welfare could be simply be defined as;  a way to ensure TANF is being used for it’s intended purpose. As with any new laws they get grandfathered in, so this process wouldn’t affect current recipients of welfare but may affect them when they are up for reevaluation of eligibility.

There is much debate over the topic of whether or not welfare applicants should be required to go through drug testing as part of the eligibility process and the debate will probably continue on for centuries.

Would you want to be drug tested as part of the TANF application process or do you agree with those that say such an idea is unconstitutional? Share your thoughts in a productive way, refrain from being hurtful and judgmental.

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