Frosty Wooldridge

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Violence becoming the new norm in America


 
A month ago, a student toting a shotgun, machete and 125 rounds of ammunition marched into Arapahoe High School in Denver, Colorado.  His target: to kill the debate teacher whom he felt treated him poorly.
 
On his way to the teacher, he shot a beautiful girl named Claire Davis in the face. She hung on for a week before dying of her wounds. The killer, a regular 17-year-old high school student, tall and lanky, with good looks, shot himself before Swat teams could reach him.
 
As a former teacher who started teaching in the 1970s, my colleagues and I could not imagine such violence. But here in Denver, we suffered Columbine shootings by Klebold and Harris when they mowed down a dozen kids and teachers.  Another killer shot and killed “Emily” in Bailey, Colorado a few years back. Recently, James Holmes marched into a Denver movie theater to unleash his own killing spree on a bunch of innocent movie attendees.
 
Even more disturbing: bullied teachers--145,100 public-School teachers physically attacked by students and 276,700 threatened with injury every year.
 
Over 4,800,000 women, both girlfriends and wives, suffering beatings by their men annually in the United States—a beating every 15 seconds.
 
According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, which includes crimes that were not reported to the police, 232,960 women suffer rape in the U.S. annually. That's more than 600 women everyday.
 
The United States carried on two ten-year wars in Iraq and Afghanistan where we killed an estimated 250,000 civilians.  We killed many more Muslim fighters by the tens of thousands. We destroyed their country with our bombs. Because those third world countries lack birth records, identification and death certificates—the numbers could be much higher.
 
In most large city in America, such as Denver, newscasters relate killings every night of the week.  Chicago, Houston, Detroit and Los Angeles suffer gang killings nightly. 
 
One in four children suffers bullying by a teen thug in high schools across America every day during school terms. In other words, our children cannot attend school without fear of being beat up, harassed, called names and demeaned by meaner, bigger students who have no other purpose in life but to manifest their thuggery.
 
What bothers me:  we promote horrific violence via our continuous wars promoted by bankers and the military industrial complex that profit at the cost of human lives. We promote TV violence such as “Criminal Minds” and “NCIS” where lots of people commit diabolical mayhem.  We support social media arcade games for kids like “Doom” and worse. Our movies feature horrific violence that pours into our kids minds and emotions.  It’s like the 60s movie “Clockwork Orange” seems normal.  You can watch television “Cops” where violence becomes normal.  Our drones in the Middle East kill any number of humans without identity.
 
Today, 68 percent of African-American children grow up under the parenting of single mothers and most of them living on welfare and food stamps.  Who babysits those kids? Answer: television.  What do they see?  Answer: violence.  How do they respond?  Answer: black flash mobs, “knockout” games, shoplifting and gang violence.
 
Over 2.3 million Americans languish in prison.  We spent $1 trillion in the last 43 years on the “War on Drugs”, but a pittance for raising healthy kids. Why haven’t we spent as much money on discovering peaceful ways to rear our children as we spend on killing other people in contrived wars?
 
This information bothers me because Claire Davis could have been my daughter.  Congresswoman Gabby Gifford could have been my friend.  Your kid might be the one being bullied. I suffered bullying and getting beat up as a skinny kid in grade school and high school. 
 
Question: are we a moral and ethical civilization or do we feature immorality and unethical behavior manifested in our wars and violence as stated above?
 
Today, 2014, one in six Americans faces hunger.  That includes one in five children.  (Source: www.feedingamerica.org)
 
What makes for peaceful, happy and contributing citizens?  Answer: jobs for parents, homes for kids, excellent schools, playgrounds, after school activities and positive guidance by two parents.
 
What can we do to change course toward a moral, ethical, peaceful and happy nation?
 
*We need to bring our troops home from Afghanistan and other countries around the world. Let our fathers come back home to be fathers instead of fighting useless wars.
 
*We need to limit imports from China and other nations that take jobs away from our 14 million unemployed and 48 million citizens subsisting on food stamps.  We can make all those manufactured products as well as Chinese workers.
 
* We need to stop importing 100,000 legal immigrants every 30 days into America that take jobs away from our own working poor.
 
·     We need turn our war machine money into production for alternative energy, conservation and environmental balance.
 
·     We need to pay teachers and educational professionals much better salaries in order to educate our children to the highest excellence for competing in the 21st century.  We need classes to teach parents how to parent with respect, loving discipline and positive living.  (Source: www.LoveandLogic.com)
 
·     We need to examine how and why we create so much violence in our society. Then, we must take action to stop it such as stopping violent video games, stopping bullying by parenting peaceful kids, stopping TV violence seen by our young and stop glorifying war, violent movies and violent TV for children.
 
You can think of a dozen other ideas, but in the end, if we keep doing what we’re doing, we will continue to suffer daughters, sons, fathers and mothers involved in violence and death.
 
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4 Comments in Response to

Comment by Anon Commenter
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What, exactly, can we, as individuals DO, to protect ourselves from the CORPORATIST, GLOBALIST (so-called) “elites”?

PLENTY. (#1 EMPOWER YOURSELF. EDUCATE YOURSELF, AND OTHERS. The ‘Founding Fathers’ of this country, KNEW, beyond any doubt, that freedom would only last, as long as the general public was truly educated. Unfortunately, our current “education” system is a complete joke. Read the work of John Taylor Gatto, and Charlotte Iserbyt).

(Individual) SOLUTIONS

1) Trade your FRN’s for SILVER BULLION. Silver is currently the most affordable (undervalued) commodity available, and along with gold, has been used as REAL MONEY, for thousands of years. It also is used in many, many, many industrial applications, unlike gold.
2) Buy USED, locally. Or online, if necessary, such as on Etsy.com – buy from Etsy.com Sellers who ship within the U.S. It keeps your $$ in either the local economy, or the U.S. economy.
3) Buy MADE IN USA, when buying NEW items, if you want jobs to return to the US.  (If Americans begin buying MADE IN USA ONLY, guess where manufacturing jobs will move to?)
4) Buy ORGANIC food! Support your local Organic food store or Co-op! Whole,
organically-grown foods are best. LOCALLY-sourced, is ideal. Support the true HEROES of organic food production (on the right side, of the following poster: http://www.cornucopia.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/prop37-poster3.jpeg)
5) Take a high-quality daily multi-vitamin (such as Carlson’s, NOW brand, Stop Aging Now (SAN), or Mercola.com)
6) CUT BACK ON OIL AND GAS CONSUMPTION!
7) Get out, and/or stay out, of DEBT!
8) USE CASH (or personal checks) AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. Avoid credit/debit cards.
9) Bank at a local credit union! Why bank at a TBTF (“Too-Big-To-Fail”) Bank, such as those that received a CRONY BANKER BAILOUT (from the “Fed”) in late 2008, which Obama authorized with his signature?
10) VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS! (What do you support, with your time, money, energy, and attention?)
11) Contact your Representatives on critical issues: such as “END THE FED!” (I would ONLY contact them on this ONE issue. Otherwise, IGNORE the politicians. They don’t represent you, and haven’t for a LONG, LONG time).
12) Re-read the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It isn’t about hunting! It’s about government tyranny, and protecting yourself from it.
13) THINK for yourself. TURN OFF the IDIOT-BOX (the TV), OR THROW IT AWAY!
14) QUESTION all ‘authority’ (Big Business + Big Government, Big Religion, Big Media, Big Agribiz (Monsanto), Big Pharma, etc).
15) Pray or meditate – reduce your stress! (Stress weakens the auto-immune system, opening up the body to free radical attack).
16) Listen to soothing classical, jazz, ambient or other music you thoroughly enjoy!
17) BOYCOTT – learn this concept well, and EMPLOY IT – against those 1) enslaving, or 2) poisoning you!

There – you now have SEVENTEEN Solutions, that you can begin implementing in your own life, starting TODAY. ADD TO THIS LIST, and share it, with everyone you know!

Comment by Anon Commenter
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PEACE is the way.  NON-VIOLENT, NON-COMPLIANCE with government tyranny, is the answer.  Not a single shot need be fired, in this 'revolution'.

 

Comment by Ed Price
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From the letter: "Question: are we a moral and ethical civilization or do we feature immorality and unethical behavior manifested in our wars and violence as stated above?"

During the Revolutionary War, many suffered and died in Valley Forge. They wanted freedom from oppression, and were willing to die for it if necessary.

In WWII, many German soldiers suffered and died all over Europe. They wanted freedom from oppression, and were willing to die for it if necessary.

The first thing is FREEDOM.

If you read all the excerpts from Hitler's book, "Mein Kampf," found in the last quarter of http://www.stormfront.org/books/mein_kampf/mkintroduction.html, you will see how slyly a twisted national leader moved from ideals of righteousness and peace, morals and ethics, into the direction of war. You can see how he promoted welfare for the German people in a way that dragged his German followers out of good morals and ethics, all the while letting them think that he and they were acting morally and ethically correctly.

Now, set the idea of religion aside for a moment, and read Exodus chapter 20 through the first half of chapter 23. Do you see the difference between the Bible and Mein Kampf?

The Bible promotes freedom. It does so by limiting the major laws to the Ten Commandments. The minor laws are mostly common sense laws that lead the people into the ways to determine how to act in circumstances that are not controlled directly by any laws. And there are many of these circumstances. If there weren't many, Congress would stop making the multitudes of new laws that it makes continually.

The point is, after freedom, there is only ONE major thing that will produce peace. That THING is to follow good, proper moral and ethical laws voluntarily. The section in Exodus listed above has these good, moral and ethical laws listed. Its counterpart in Deuteronomy has the some of the same, and others that are similar.

THIS IS IT: TO FOLLOW GOOD, PROPER MORAL AND ETHICAL LAWS VOLUNTARILY.

There is a third part, the part that makes it all work... Deuteronomy 4:9 (NIV 1984): "Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them." The morals and ethics need to be thoroughly taught to the children and grandchildren by THEIR PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS.

IF WE DON'T FOLLOW THE ABOVE, we will see the weeding out of the undesirables, naturally. It will be painful to the good, moral and ethical people. But it will work. Mein Kampf  and lack of freedom don't work.
 

Comment by Ed Martin
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How do you limit imports (trade) with China without using violence? How do you stop immigration without violence? How do you come up with the funds to pay teachers without violence? I've read enough of your writings to know that you have no problem with violence if it serves your purpose. People like you are the problem. Please go away.


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