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The Price For Sacrificing Our Youth

Like many, the rioting in places like Ferguson and Baltimore has troubled me.  These scenes must cause all Americans to give pause and consider what it says about our society.  The partisan media outlets feed us spin.  On the left, we hear about a justified response to repeated racist police actions. On the right, we hear about the need for harsher police tactics and respect for rule of law.  Of course, there are grains of truth in both; however, I think that we must dig a bit deeper to properly understand how it is that we have arrived at this moment.

To me, it starts and ends with the fact that we have sold the futures of today’s youth down the toilet. We have in nearly every way undermined their chances to enjoy lives on the level of prior generations, and the rioting that we’ve see in these two cities to me are a prelude of things to come. Politicians, bribed by teacher’s unions, have abandoned our commitment to education and too many young people today are illiterate and have wasted their childhoods in schools that more closely resemble a prison.  Governmental debts are astronomical, and will surely impact the lives of the next generation who will have to live more austere lives as a result.  Access to capital and the general ability to create entrepreneurship has been greatly stifled by regulation.

I think it is unreasonable to expect the next generation to accept their fates without some sort of a fight.  It would be outstanding if the fight were executed in a civilized manner, however, those who feel disempowered usually choose a different path.

Note:  There is an excellent editorial that appeared on page A13 of the WSJ of May 13th written by Diane Furchgott-Roth and Jared Myer that covered this topic.  I would highly recommend it:

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