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My kids are little...so they are a handful right now. Eventually, I want to volunteer more of my time to a "big brother/big sister" program locally. We need more people helping other people (maybe other parents who are single parents working a lot or parents who themselves are broken). This one girl was stealing money from other kids in my son's elementary school. She actually took money from my son. When the principal tried to get with the parent, he informed me that the mother was going through some tough times (not sure if drugs...abusive relationship...whatever).

 

Broken homes = broken kids = broken adults = crime/violence.

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My kids are little...so they are a handful right now. Eventually, I want to volunteer more of my time to a "big brother/big sister" program locally. We need more people helping other people (maybe other parents who are single parents working a lot or parents who themselves are broken). This one girl was stealing money from other kids in my son's elementary school. She actually took money from my son. When the principal tried to get with the parent, he informed me that the mother was going through some tough times (not sure if drugs...abusive relationship...whatever).

 

Broken homes = broken kids = broken adults = crime/violence.

 

 

That Big Brother/Sister program is excellent. My son had a Big Brother for a year, when he was younger. I think it really helped him. I tried to act like a male figure by playing catch, taking him fishing, burping loud and having him pull my finger, but it's just not the same. LOL! I bet that would be rewarding for you too.

 

I have been thinking about helping out with Habitat for Humanity. I called them yesterday and they are sending the paper work. I didn't initially call them to do charity, I called them because a friend told me they sell paint at around half price, and I'm getting ready to paint my house. It just so happens that they have 2 5 gallon buckets of the color I want. Well, I got on their website, watched a video of a single mom, who had been on the waiting list, waiting on a home for 3 years and when they gave her the keys, she couldn't stop crying...and neither could I. Then I thought about it, at thought what a great way to meet nice people, get a workout, and learn something about home building or remodeling. I'm guess I'm doing it partly for selfish reasons. But who cares if its also helping someone. That's the way I see it.

 

I'm sure broken homes do lead to crime/violence, but you know what else causes crime and violence? Poverty. There, I said it, and I know I sound like a broken record. However, it is true. If you mix broken homes & poverty, there's a better chance there will also be crime. So here's what I've been thinking about, and you tell me what you think.

 

We are one of the highest rates for incarceration in the world. Many are doing serious time for non-violent drug offenses. When these non-violent drug users and dealers get out of prison, where are they going to go to work? Who hires felons? Even low paying Walmart does background checks. A lot of companies are not only doing background checks, but credit checks as well.

 

Say for example, a guy in his late teens or early twenties starts selling drugs, either to pay for his habit or make a living or both. He makes enough money and doesn't have to work..He gets busted for the 2nd or 3rd time in his 30's, and is now on his way to prison. When he gets out, he's given a list of companies that will hire felons. He must have a job as part of his parole. The problem is, he's not only a felon, but he has no experience because he made a living selling drugs. You can't put that on your resume. If he doesn't have connections, no friends or family to help him get a decent job, the jobs on the list mostly start out at $8 an hour. I guess I don't need to tell you or anyone else, that $8 an hour job will barely pay for an all bills paid efficiency, and on top of that, I do believe they have to pay for being on parole. So the guy is broke, but works full time.

 

Now he runs into an old friend who happens to still be dealing. He's got a daily supply of cash, drugs, merchandise from people willing to trade a big screen for dope, and women. Drug dealers have as many women as rock stars. Here he is working full time for $8 an hour, and no money left out of his check, all it takes is one phone call to old friend, and he's got cash, drugs, women, and merchandise. Which one do you think he'll pick? I think even the ones who say they are going to quit and are sincere, get out and find it's not as easy as they thought, so they go right back to doing what they know.

 

My plan is to see if there is any organization out there that helps non-violent drug offenders get decent jobs, in order to prevent them from going right back to doing what they were doing, and eventually right back in prison. I'm going to do some research and present it to my social justice group at church. Once a month they go over ideas that will help the community. If there is no non-profit organization helping, I'd like to start one. FYI: There are 743 adults incarcerated per 100,000 population in this country. I believe that's higher than any other country. If it isn't higher, we're very close to the top.

 

I'm open for ideas.

 

 

Wow, that was long winded, and sorry for getting off topic.

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Wow, that was long winded, and sorry for getting off topic.

 

Actually, it was very on-topic. Many on the left or right disagree with the Libertarian view on this, but I think lifting the prohibition on drugs will actually reduce gun violence. I still think people should really lend a hand out to one another, but if someone decided to smoke a joint one day because they need to forget their hard lives for a bit (much like having a drink of wine) they should be able to without our police state breaking in the door, sending them off to jail, and getting them deeper into the hole of society that no one wants to be in.

 

No...I'm not saying we should start using drugs legally (I don't do any at all....not even alcohol). I'm saying that if one chooses to use drugs and does not abuse it, it should be their own liberty to do what they choose to on their personal time. Now drug abuse is not being responsible with your freedom and I covered that time and time again. Freedom and responsibility go hand in hand.

 

I think you were pretty much correct about our incarceration rate. I believe we are #1 (not something to be proud of). :angry:

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Actually, it was very on-topic. Many on the left or right disagree with the Libertarian view on this, but I think lifting the prohibition on drugs will actually reduce gun violence. I still think people should really lend a hand out to one another, but if someone decided to smoke a joint one day because they need to forget their hard lives for a bit (much like having a drink of wine) they should be able to without our police state breaking in the door, sending them off to jail, and getting them deeper into the hole of society that no one wants to be in.

 

No...I'm not saying we should start using drugs legally (I don't do any at all....not even alcohol). I'm saying that if one chooses to use drugs and does not abuse it, it should be their own liberty to do what they choose to on their personal time. Now drug abuse is not being responsible with your freedom and I covered that time and time again. Freedom and responsibility go hand in hand.

 

I think you were pretty much correct about our incarceration rate. I believe we are #1 (not something to be proud of). :angry:

 

 

 

Well, at least now we can go back to saying WE'RE # 1, WE'RE # 1, WE'RE # 1.USA! USA! USA! LOL!

 

 

I can't say I didn't enjoy smoking pot in high school, because I sure did have fun. My senior year is still one big blur LOL! Oh, I wish I could have fun with it like I did before, but it just makes me sleepy now, and I've got too many other things to do. I suppose I just outgrew it. That said, it's completely ridiculous that it's not legal in every state. Geez, it's a natural weed for Christ sakes. Nobody ever gets hurt from a pot smoker. Alcohol on the other hand....well, just ask a battered wife about her drunk husband, or a family member who's lost someone due to a drunk driver. It should be the other way around. Pot should be legal, and alcohol illegal. They could tax pot and use the money for education. .

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