Burch: The power of human compassion

Friday, April 13, 2012 at 10:23am
By Michael R. Burch

Because I’m an editor and publisher of Holocaust and Nakba poetry, I am often forced to see man at his very worst — in those utterly, incomprehensibly dark moments when human beings forget their humanity and surrender to their basest animal instincts. But as I read the poems and songs produced by the victims of Auschwitz and Gaza, most of whom managed to preserve their humanity and compassion despite the terrible suffering they endured, I can also see “the light at the end of the tunnel.”

I remain an optimist, because I believe in the power of human compassion. I see it everywhere around me: in my wife’s kindness, in my mother’s love, in my son’s empathy for his friends, and in the lives and examples of people like Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Florence Nightingale, Mohandas Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela.

What ended American slavery? Human compassion. Harriet Beecher Stowe felt the suffering of African-American slaves deeply and she wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin in response. When President Lincoln met her, he said, “So you’re the little lady who started this great big war!” Lincoln had been moved similarly by compassion himself, having seen the cruelties of slavery as a young man. He was quoted as saying that he had always known slavery was wrong. For him this was not an intellectual conclusion but an instantaneous revelation of the heart.

What largely ended abusive child labor in Western nations? Human compassion. Writers like Charles Dickens and William Blake wrote touching accounts of small children being forced to work long, grueling, highly dangerous hours as miners, factory workers and chimney-sweeps. Readers were moved, and before long child labor laws were enacted.

What motivates most doctors, nurses, social workers and good mothers? Human compassion. For every Hitler, for every serial killer, there are many thousands of compassionate human beings who empathize with the suffering of the people Jesus Christ called “the least of these, my brethren.”

What will eventually end war? Human compassion. Singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and John Lennon have charged our imaginations with the idea that if we “give peace a chance,” we can end war. While this may seem impossible today, please keep in mind that not so very long ago men were sacrificing children to the “gods,” taking girls captured in war as sex slaves, and burning “heretics” at the stake over points of religious dogma.

Human culture is constantly changing, and in one major respect it is changing for the better. In the past, world conquerors like Alexander the Great and Napoleon won great acclaim for their “heroics.” But today most of us are much more likely to admire men and women of compassion and peace. If we emulate our new heroes, we will increasingly be walking the path of compassion, which I believe will inevitably lead us to peace. When we decide that the vast suffering produced by war is not in our best interests, we can make war illegal, just as we made slavery and child sacrifice illegal. What we need, more than anything today, is for military superpowers like the U.S. to admit that war creates more problems than it solves, and stop using military power to advance their “national interests” abroad. No one likes a bully, so the U.S. needs to stop bullying other nations into submission and give them time to sort out their internal problems, the same way Americans prefer to sort out theirs, without outside interference.

But what can we do today, personally, while we await the advent of peace? We can practice compassion in our daily lives. My lovely wife Beth is a fan of Ellen DeGeneres, who urges her fans to “be kind to one another.” Beth herself commits what she calls “random acts of kindness” for total strangers, asking them to “pass it on.” And I’m a fan of the Dalai Lama, who has been quoted as saying, “My religion is kindness.”

But most of all, we can teach our children that acting with tolerance and compassion is much better than being bossy, bullying and bellicose. If we take the time to teach young children the advantages of compassion in our schools, churches and at home, the whole world will soon reap the rewards.

Michael R. Burch is a Nashville-based editor and publisher of Holocaust poetry and other “things literary” at www.thehypertexts.com.

58 Comments on this post:

By: Captain Nemo on 4/13/12 at 9:16

I find it hard to see the humanity in the far right-wing of the country when so many have lost there humanity. The Republican Party has been over run by Neocons and now Tea Party radicals calling for nothing but their own self interest.

I don’t hear the right calling for child labor laws in China when they get their cheap clothes at Wal-Mart. They demanded we close the boarder from illegal aliens from working in this country, but whine about the high cost of tomatoes when this illegal don’t pick the tomatoes.

I would have agreed with you ten years ago, but a lot has taken place since then. The World Trade Centers fail, Bush imposed his dictator tactics on the American public. Then right wing when on a spending binge, on a war that should never have been. (Iraq)

So I can’t see any of this happening anytime soon Mike. Not until commons sense and logic returns to the right wing and the cooperate world is once again not control by greed.

By: BenDover on 4/13/12 at 11:29

http://tinyurl.com/EnlightenedBurchPreachesPeace

By: govskeptic on 4/13/12 at 2:04

Good letter Mike, I couldn't agree more. As to the first posting I, of course,
couldn't disagree more. I find what I know of the Tea Party as being
individuals who may not be Walt Whitman's but men and women of
many faiths and colors that seek to retain many of the more virtuous
aspects that built this country! They don't appear to have their heads
in the sand and are speaking out for solutions to many problems in
this country, knowing that solving problems by just writing checks does
have it limits and consequences!

By: yogiman on 4/13/12 at 4:25

Good article, Mike, but there's only two reasons for war that I know of: Political and religion. To take over one's land would fit in the political category, I believe. Is there any other?

And as for the parents teaching their children with peaceful attitudes, well, it seems today the government knows much better on what your children should be taught. They seem to think they know much more that the child's parents.

By: Loner on 4/13/12 at 4:57

Amen, Brother Burch....amen.

By: acluu on 4/13/12 at 8:08

"The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth".

Every one of the State Constitutions shows a profound reverence for the welcoming effects of religion on the people. In fact, the Supreme Court in an uncontested ruling acknowledged that the people, grateful to God for the "civil," "political," and "religious," liberties they enjoyed, did so as late as 1870, in this particular instance and acknowledged that He was looked to for those blessings, and the continued enjoyments of them to continue unimpaired.

All in all, Mr. Burch, we are on ruins road, and it is the selfish indulgence of folks that compel us to an unfortunate end.
There have always been murderers.
There have always been liars.
There have always been thieves and robbers.
There have been those who dishonor parents.
There have always been whoremongers.
There have always been drunkards.
This is the short list.
The list is long of bad behaviors and of intimate injury such as those inflicted amongst the homosexual community, which is condoned by people such as Ellen DeGeneres.

Mike Burch, your judges are already here, and they have no respect for you, your Constitution, your Declaration of Independence, and most assuredly, they have nothing but the most extreme contempt for any peace you may seek.

They will kill Jews and Christians and everyone else thought to be infidels and that also includes the homosexual.

There will be no peace on earth, until the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus, returns.

By: Mike Burch on 4/14/12 at 2:24

I don't think the reforms we need will come from the right wing. All the great social reforms have been liberal reforms: women's right, minority rights, gay rights, etc.

Hopefully in the coming elections the majority of Americans will see that the GOP is bereft of good ideas, and vote accordingly. What happens next is up to us, the voters. If we vote for right-wing conservatives, we are voting for intolerance, inequality, war, and the rule of the 1% over the 99%.

If we vote for Democrats, we are voting for women's rights, minority rights, protecting the environment, ending war, and not favoring the rich over the lower income classes.

No, the Democrats are not perfect, and President Obama is too militaristic for my personal taste, but the GOP is trying to return us to the Dark Ages, so I think the choice we need to make at the polls is clear.

By: Mike Burch on 4/14/12 at 2:32

Acluu,

It is obvious that the Noah's flood story is a badly-told fairytale. If there was a flood that covered the tops of the highest mountains, there would be no life on earth today.

In the early stages of such a flood, when the seawater combined with the fresh water, all the freshwater fish would have died, because there is a lot more salt water than fresh water.

Later, when the rain kept falling, the seas would have become massively dilute, and all the the saltwater fish would have died.

Then, when the excess water began to evaporate, the salt in the receding sea water would have ended up salting all the land. Salting land poisons it for plant life. So there would have been no life anywhere on earth.

So there is no reason to believe in Noah's Flood, or any of the dark prophecies of the Bible. The Bible is full of false prophecies that can never come true, such as the ones about Nebuchadnezzar leaving Tyre uninhabited forever, and Egypt uninhabited for forty years. Nebuchadnezzar was unable to sack Tyre and Egypt. He tried and failed. The prophet who said that Nebuchadnezzar would sack Tyre even admitted his own error.

Anyone who has read the Bible honestly knows that it contains many failed prophecies, false facts and contradictions.

By: dargent7 on 4/14/12 at 4:55

Sat. 04/14
Great article.
I'd add Gandhi into that mix. Even Barack Obama and Al Gore.
IMO, the USA lost it's soul in Vietnam. The Tet Offensive, Massacre at Mi Lie, napalm, the horrors are too great to assimilate.
Then, two Bush's come along, and have a hard-on for Saddam Hussein and Iraq.
1991: The Highway of Death. Thank God for Colin Powell.
9/11 came along, and totally freaked us out of our mind's. 12 years later, we're still spellbound and in shock.
2003: "Shock & Awe" and the full scale invasion of Iraq, 100% pure bullshit..
2004: Invasion of Afghanistan where 90% of the people cannot read or write and there's 135 "tribes".
We, as a people, will trudge along, accumulate more bad karma, 50:50 over good karma, but the Universe won't let humanity off the hook anytime soon. The Mayan Calendar, notwithstanding.

By: BenDover on 4/14/12 at 5:54

http://tinyurl.com/BurchLaudsHistoricalWhitewash

By: govskeptic on 4/14/12 at 7:43

From Love, compassion, and understanding to Bible bashing! The intent
and hidden agenda never really changes!

By: Captain Nemo on 4/14/12 at 10:02

There is no Bible bashing going on in Burch commentary, however there is an attempt to clear the fairytales from superstitious children.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/14/12 at 10:36

By: yogiman on 4/14/12 at 7:57

Even if Obama was born in the USA, only one of his parents was an American citizen. The best he could claim would be dual citizenship.

Your reference to Obama's birth certificate; can't you see a document as a fake when the lines don't match, the letters don't match, different letters are shown when supposedly that document was printed on a standard typewriter.

If Obama was legally eligible for that office, why has he constantly refused to prove it when so many American citizens want to know?
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In the first paragraph yogi hints that Obama was born in America to one American parent and at best he would have dual citizenships. This would still mean that he has the right to be in the Office of the President of the United States.

The second paragraph he tries to explain what a lousy and dreadful attempt at forgery of his birth certificate is. Nevertheless he does not enlightens us as to why of how such a grand undertaking got pass the; FBI, CIA, Congress and must important FOX NEWS?

Now in the third paragraph yogi ask why the President, “constantly refuses to prove when so many Americans citizens (1) want to know.” This comes from a man (and I use that word for lack of proof that yogi is a man or that he was not hatched or grown in a Petri Dish) that no amount of evidence can ever show him the answer that he so longs to hear.

By: yogiman on 4/14/12 at 11:18

nimrod,

When, and under what law, did a Kenyan become eligible to become president of the USA?

Your ignorance seems to be in the eyes of the beholder. You're saying anyone born in the USA is eligible for the office of the President.

Please explain (if you have the intelligence) the differences between "natural born citizen", "native born citizen", "naturalized citizen" and "dual citizen".

By: Captain Nemo on 4/14/12 at 1:13

There is no way I can explain to someone like you, who refuses to understand the simples of things. yogi you are a full-blooded imbecile.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/14/12 at 1:14

The yog’nut is a good example why I disagree with you Mike.

By: yogiman on 4/14/12 at 1:56

Its okay, nimrod. I understand why you can't explain the differences to me. I'm sorry you're too ignorant on the matter to understand the meanings.

By: acluu on 4/14/12 at 3:56

You must admit Nemo, yogi seems to make a very good argument.
Why doesn't anyone listen to what the Sheriff Arpaio has to say, Republicans or Democrats?
This is his job and what he does for a living.
Law enforcment around the nation checks for fraud, daily.
It's his job, it's what he does..

He's just saying as an expert in his field, if walks, talks and in this case,quacks,well ......

Sheriff Joe Arpaio talks to Infowars about the media blackout surrounding the Obama birth certificate issue.

The Obama records which have not been released include; Passport records, Obama kindergarten records, Punahou School records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, University of Chicago scholarly articles, Illinois State Bar Association records, Illinois State Senate records/schedules (said to be lost), Medical records, Obama/Dunham marriage license, Obama/Dunham divorce documents, Soetoro/Dunham marriage license, Adoption records and of course the long-form Certificate of Live Birth.

Infowars.com
Thursday, March 29, 2012

State Representative Carl Seel, who introduced the bill, was joined by Sheriff Joe Arpaio, State Senator Lori Klein, and others in support of the bill. Important new information was revealed during the news conference including a request by Sheriff Joe Arpaio to the current head of the Selective Service Board to investigate the criminal forgery committed in the case of Barack Obama’s Selective Service registration. In addtion, Carl Seel reveals some of the resistance that other Republicans are creating to stop the bill from even heading to a vote.

The bill will require Barack Obama, or any candidate seeking to be on the Arizona ballot, to certify eligibility for the office they are seeking. This will essentially require Barack Obama to certify his eligibility if he wants to be on the ballot this year in Arizona. This could potentially be a game-changing piece of legislation.

http://www.infowars.com/sheriff-arpaio-obamas-records-are-missing/

By: Captain Nemo on 4/14/12 at 4:28

I wish when people do give some evidence that it does not come from some conspiracy group. Nice try acluu, but you are almost as batty as the yog’nut.

Again I ask why FOX NEWS hasn't jump on this with all fours. Are they apart of the cover up?

By: acluu on 4/14/12 at 4:42

Are you saying they're all lying and if Fox does not report it then it must be false?

Have you not watched any of the videos?
What are you trying to say Nemo?

I have no reasons to call you names Nemo.

By: pswindle on 4/14/12 at 5:21

Gov. Jan and Sheriff Joe, are you kidding me? Why would Presdient Obama have to produce kindergarten records, and so forth when we could not even get George's Bush's military records. They were purged from the system. Get real. When the GOP have nothing else, they start on that birth certificate crap. It really does not matter where is was born, his mother was an American citizen and he would be an Anerican citizen where ever he was born. McCain and Romney were both born outside the USA.

By: acluu on 4/14/12 at 5:39

pswindle
If McCain prove/ed to illegale ,then so be it.
Even some of the GOP legislators in Arizona is not board with the Sheriff.
Jan will probably veto.

Ask Dan Rather about Bush's Military records, he lost his job over it, why, because he LIED !

By: yogiman on 4/14/12 at 5:41

pswindle,

If he was born in Hawaii, the best citizenship he could have gotten would be dual-citizenship because his father was a British subject and that sure as hell wouldn't make him a natural born citizen.

By: yogiman on 4/14/12 at 5:46

nimrod,

haven't you heard: a good portion of Fax news was bought out by Saudi Arabia who gave a big ol' pile of money to Barry running for office.

Military records are one thing on the issue, birth certificate is another. We can have presidents who have not been in 'service', but we cannot legally have a president who is not a natural born American citizen.

By: yogiman on 4/14/12 at 5:57

acluu,

Its interesting another sheriff finally put his face in front of the camera. What made him decide to come forward?

I believe all sheriffs should be in this investigation with Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

What makes me wonder so much is why congress let this happen in the first place and why they're letting it run now like they're winning a race. As is known, the truth will be found.

I'm beginning to believe the communist party has gotten their foot into Congress in their focus in taking over the White House.

As its known, Obama was raised in a Muslim family paternally, including his stepfather, and a communist family maternally.

So when did he become a Christian democrat?

By: acluu on 4/14/12 at 6:18

pswindle
If McCain Romney prove/ed to be illegal ,then so be it.
Even some of the GOP legislators in Arizona is not on board with the Sheriff.
Jan will probably veto.

Ask Dan Rather about Bush's Military records, he lost his job over it, why, because he lied.

By: pswindle on 4/14/12 at 6:19

His sister is a christian, and so is President Obama. His step-father is the father of his half-sister. Also, if you have one or both parents that are American Citizens, then you are an American citizen, period. I have a friend that was born in France and her father is an American citizen and so is she, period. Just like McCain and Romney, they were both born on foreign soil. Our President was born on American soil, so that makes him more American that the other two. Yogi, is that right?

By: acluu on 4/14/12 at 6:22

Sorry for the double post,sent too early.

By: yogiman on 4/14/12 at 7:34

It might be if you knew what you're posting as a fact, pswindle. How do you actually know he was born on American soil? Because he said so? Gimme a break and don't make me laugh too hard.

By: yogiman on 4/14/12 at 7:38

pswindle,

If Obama is a Christian, why did he make that booboo comment to George Stephenopalis(?) about McCain not mentioning his Muslim religion?

By: pswindle on 4/15/12 at 10:14

That is not what McCain said. He said that President Obama was not a Muslim. Maybe, yu need so have your ears cleaned.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/15/12 at 10:21

By: yogiman on 4/14/12 at 8:34
It might be if you knew what you're posting as a fact, pswindle. How do you actually know he was born on American soil? Because he said so? Gimme a break and don't make me laugh too hard.

So are you telling me that Fox News is lying and the right-wing-yea baggers cheer leaders are Muslims? LOL

By: Captain Nemo on 4/15/12 at 10:26

acluu

Anyone that defends yogi's sick mind and gives me some conspiracy report as evidence that the sky is falling. Well if the shoe fits…

By: Captain Nemo on 4/15/12 at 10:31

pswindel-

Having yogi’s ears cleaned would cause a major catastrophe and his head would collapse. Then again that might not be such a bad idea, after all he is only a waste of space.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/15/12 at 10:39

What I am saying is this business about Obama’s birth certificate is Bull Crap and if it had any legs to it, Fox News would have used it long ago. The GOP would have used it to get Bimbo Palin elected and McCain would have had a short term in office.

The yog’nut is a very sick racist and anyone that that believes in conspiracy under ever rock is getting close to being a yog’nut.

By: yogiman on 4/15/12 at 12:12

pswindle,

I don't know when or where you saw McCain say Obama was not a Muslim. I don't remember seeing, or hearing him say that.

But I did see Obama being interviewed on TV by George Stephanopalis. They were talking about the their political "attacks" in the interview and Obama made the statement he respected McCain for not mentioning his Muslim religion.

Stephanopalis quickly corrected him by reversing his mention of Muslim to Christian and Obama changed what he had just said to Christian.

Why did he say Muslim to begin with if he was a Christian?

Obama and his wife have made too many mistakes when talking to the public.

By: yogiman on 4/15/12 at 12:22

nimrod,

I'm not trying to tell you anything because you don't have enough intelligence to understand it.

You call me a racist because I am so strongly oppose the usurper in office, yet the only reason you and your fellow posters have given was because he was the first black president in the USA. And that isn't racism?

By: yogiman on 4/15/12 at 12:46

Want a good show on Obama? Go to youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw&feature=relmfu

By: pswindle on 4/15/12 at 3:57

Yogi,

A woman at one of McCain's meetings said to him, "Obama is a Muslim, and McCain said, "Oh. no, he is a Christian." Maybe, you could find the clip on Youtube, She had bushy gray hair, and they did a spoof of the event on Saturday Night live.

By: Ask01 on 4/15/12 at 4:03

Can you not feel the tremendous love and human compassion on the board today?

Human compassion can lead to wonderful positive changes in everyday interactions, however, this requires extensive alterations in human nature and attitudes.

We must regard each other as individuals of worth and substance, and accord one another respect and dignity.

One must only read the diatribes posted seemingly daily railing against the 'deadbeat' and 'lazy' unemployed, the 'undeserving' welfare recipients, and the 'ungrateful, refusing to die' retirees using up the social security and medicare who dare to ask for more to realize human compassion is a dry well for many people.

To ask anyone who has ever targetted these groups to exercise empathy and imagine themselves needing help often seems asking the impossible. Many times the replies include declarations of being above such circumstances and oaths that such situations would never happen. My experience based response is, to borrow and old movie title, "Never Say Never."

Somewhere along the way, our society has lost or abandonded the concept of looking out for each other. In business, me perception is those at the top have no concern about long term commitments and slow and steady profits enriching everyone, but are more concerned with short term instant payoffs with no regard for anyone else.

That attitude has seemed to 'trickle down' even if profits have not followed. The "ME FIRST, SCREW YOU" attitude often seems to be overwhelming this nations

Everywhere I look, I perceive the same attitude, sometimes manifested by people resorting to confrontation and then violence when the believe they have been slighted as opposed to employing the slightest courtesy and civility.

We cannot directly change what happens beyond our borders, but we can, or at least I believe should, bring about social change based upon human compassion and empathy within our national boundaries. At the least, we will take care of our own. At the best, we may influence by example the rest of the world instead of trying to impose a Pax Americana by force.

I do apologize for ranting about diatribes while launching one of my own. I haven't found much time to opine since finally finding work, so when the opportunity presents itself, my self control withers quickly.

By: yogiman on 4/15/12 at 4:19

pswindle,

I'm not arguing about what you said, it could well be the case. I'm just remarking about what I actually saw on a television interview between Barack Obama and George Stephenopilos(?).

By: yogiman on 4/15/12 at 4:37

Congratulations on finding a job, Ask01. I hope it's a good one and you can keep it until you retire but this isn't the US I grew up in. It has changed, I believe, for the worse, rather than the better.

In my young days, neighbors took care of neighbors. Today, no one wants to help anyone except, perhaps, their family. How did this happen? I blame it on the government in their takeover roll through congress but I doubt if anyone on this site has the time for me to argue my point.

I remember when the common citizens lived their lives as their hearts desired. The government has now taken over as our rulers instead of our servants.

No? What about seat belt laws, helmet laws, smoking laws.. you name it and a law has been passed to tell us how to live our lives; by our rulers.

By: Ask01 on 4/15/12 at 5:49

Thank you yogi. I too hope I can stay where I am. I actually look forward to going to work every day. I guess my ex-wife was right when she said I was a little crazy.

I share your observation about and lamentations about the shift in America and the intrusion of government into our lives.

I recall a time in America when underage teens caught with alcohol were delivered to their parents to be dealt with. Likewise tobacco was considered an issue for parents to address. Once the wayward teenager was delivered to the doorstep, the case was closed.

Today, arrest are made, lawyers involved, perhaps the parents themselves scrutinized to determine if they should be arrested.

To be honest, while seatbelts do save lives as do helmets, and quitting smoking can only benefit ones health, I do believe communities would be better served passing laws releasing society and insurers from any obligation to provide medical care for those injured or maimed by refusing to use safety devices. Likewise, those who sicken themselves by unhealthy lifestyle choices should not look to public resources or private insurance to provide any but basic care unless they agree to pay premiums appropriate for their vice of choice. Everyone elses costs should not be driven higher to cover those who do not care for themselves.

You probably remember a time as I do when adults at least would hire onto a company with the idea of spending most of their working life with that company. Of course, I also remember a time when employers took care of their employees and inspired them to loyalty.

The US has changed for the worse in some ways, and I'm not sure we can ever go home again.

Have a great Sunday and coming week.

By: BenDover on 4/15/12 at 6:56

Ask01. Thank you for a bit of reason added to the site here. Agree wholeheartedly.

By: gdiafante on 4/16/12 at 5:21

I think, while it's nice to have nostalgia about America, sitting and daydreaming about how it used to be doesn't do anything for the "here and now" or futures. Personally, I think an issue like seat belts is a little crazy. If you think you're being oppressed because you are being "forced" to wear a seat belt, I suggest you visit Syria. If you think our justice system is so harsh and out of control, I suggest you swipe a pack of gum in Saudi Arabia.

Americans are whiners. Pure and simple. No matter what quality of life, they find something to complain about. The next time you pop open some Blue Bell Ice Cream and think back to simpler times, just remember that you have it pretty damn good here.

I don't want America to revert to the 1950's. I want it to start acting like it's the 21st century.

By: yogiman on 4/16/12 at 6:10

Your thoughts is what makes the USA what it is, gdiafante, you have the privilege to think as you wish, so you then have the privilege to have the pleasure of desiring government control over your life.

I also have the privilege of wishing to live my life as I wish, not as the government wants me to by demand. Socialism may be your desired way of life; it isn't mine.

By: gdiafante on 4/16/12 at 7:15

I've got news for you, yogi, it's the states that have the seatbelt laws, not the Feds. See, the Constitution doesn't grant the Feds the authority to do that. That would be like the Feds mandating that everyone purchase healthcare...

Get it, twit?

By: Moonglow1 on 4/16/12 at 8:00

Moonglow1: The guiding principle of our society is greed. Institutions (the government, schools, churches, media, and the courts) are driving the transformation of America to favor the following:
Greed
Hatred of poor people
Dis-information and systematic "brainwashing" of the populace
War on women / erosion of women's rights
Pay disparity (CEO pay 400 times more than The Worker pay)
Imprisonment of a particular segment of our society 1:100 people behind bars; 1:35 in the system (includes probation)
Devaluation of human beings versus high valuation of those in charge of companies-wealth is good, regular working people are bad and should not have rights or good wages with benefits/they don’t deserve it
War and devaluation of other countries and their way of life (Arab society-persecution of them resulting in utter disparity as demonstrated by suicide bombings)
Attack on healthcare "as a right," instead, pay up or die
Corporations are people with more rights than well people!!

I believe the war on society is worse now than at any time is history because of the media's ability to transform our society into one of greed and persecution of the masses.

By: yogiman on 4/16/12 at 8:09

gdiafante,

Do you mean to tell me all states passed a like law at the same time to enforce the using of seat belts? Did all states also pass the helmet law at the same time with the same requirements?

Any similar laws that have been passed by states individually have been worded differently for different wants of different states.

Did all of the states also pass the law we must use a light bulb made only in China?

By: gdiafante on 4/16/12 at 8:37

Yogi, it took all of 2 seconds to find this site...read and learn.

http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/seatbelt_laws.html

And you wonder why people think you're stupid.