First, I advise readers to peruse this column by Mr French:
In there was this:
“Moreover, the challenge is compounded by the fact that the crisis is worst in the communities most disconnected from social and economic support. I wrote last October about some disturbing findings from Senator Mike Lee’s invaluable Social Capital Project. Less-educated individuals are more likely to overdose, but look at the statistics on marriage:
Married and widowed Americans account for 68 percent of the population but only 28 percent of overdose deaths. “In contrast, never-married and divorced Americans made up about 32 percent of the population, but accounted for 71 percent of all opioid overdose deaths.”
In that piece I wrote about the necessity of family repair as a means of confronting the crisis, but I fear that using those words doesn’t sufficiently convey the complexity of the task. Family repair is an immense cultural challenge, yet success in that immense challenge isn’t foolproof. The best of families can still face the scourge of addiction. The most loving wives lose their husbands. The best parents still lose their children.”
That is quite the observation, eh?
I am not going to dwell on addiction issues ad nauseum here, because if anyone reads here with any regularity, it is obvious I am outspoken about addiction from what I deal with day in and out doing outpatient work. Addicts are selfish, destructive, and inconsiderate louts at the end of the day. They have no motivation to change or accept they have a problem until they crash into their own personal abyss.
And even then some can’t climb out of such a hole.
Addiction is a multi-dimensional beast, and thus has to be approached for treatment as well as in persistent efforts to squash it as a societal consequence in a multi-dimensional manner. Again, a bio-psycho-social problem, requiring bio-psycho-social solutions.
I find it both hideous and hilarious that so many in the medical field persist in throwing chemicals at a chemical problem as the sole intervention, until proven otherwise. Gee, fighting fire with fire, it works, what, 1 out of 20 times, which is statistical random chance? Good luck playin’ those odds, folks!
I think David French hits it square in the nose in the end:
“Each of those things is important in its own right, but even as we keep our eyes fixed on Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, we cannot forget the larger challenge that faces us all. Too many of our nation’s citizens live in the depths of hopelessness and despair. We in the media and in politics respond by shying away from uncertainty and complexity and focus instead on the things we can change. So we talk more about lesser matters, and while our attention is turned elsewhere our friends and neighbors slip further and further away.”
There are many examples of why our politicians, forget what pathetic party they belong to for just one minute, have no clue how to truly represent their constituents at the end of the day. But, letting this opioid situation just stagnate and continue to take lives, one has to wonder, is this politicians’ efforts to prune down the population they see as expendable? Yeah, a harsh proposition, but, I think the deplorable comments from Shrillary and her ilk legion speak volumes why the Left don’t give a shit anymore about anyone else but their own choir of shriek show scumbags.
(oh, and now that CNN and other idiots are writing and saying shit all over media outlets, I guess George C lost one of his 7 dirty words not said in public, sorry, Georgey…)
Deeds not words folks, sometimes the silence is deafening.
No posts over the weekend, will be doing a walkabout for next 4 or so days…