I remember growing up in a town where everyone knew everyone and everyone knew your business! If you were doing something wrong and the guy down the street saw you, he would take you home and let your dad kick your butt, no need for police. If you acted up in school your mom wanted them to punish you and then she would do it again when you got home. I remember at 16 hitch hiking home after working in the cherry processing plant at midnight and not being afraid of who was going to pick us up. I remember hanging out in the park or the "haunted mill" all night and the only thing (besides ghosts) we had to be afraid of was our parents if they found out we were not where we were suppose to be. Now I don't even dare let my little girls sleep out in the backyard, next to the house, with my bedroom window open. What a crazy damn world it has become. Good Lord, I miss the good old days, but now it goes something like this:
Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1960 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up friends.
2008 - Police are called, SWAT team arrives and arrests Johnny and Mark. Mobiles with video of fight confiscated as evidence. They are charged with assault, Protective Orders are taken out and both are suspended even though Johnny started it. Diversionary conferences and parent meetings conducted. Video shown on 6 Internet sites.
Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt and makes him pay for it with his allowance.
1960 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2008 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. Psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist. Psychologist gets a promotion.
Scenario: Mark, a college student, brings cigarettes to school.
1960 - Mark shares a smoke with the school principal out on the smoking area.
2008 - Police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug possession. His car is searched for drugs and weapons.
Scenario: Vinh fails high school English.
1960 - Vinh goes to Remedial English, passes and goes to college.
2008 - Vinh's cause is taken up by local human rights group. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that making English a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and his English teacher. English is banned from core curriculum. Vinh is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers, puts them in a model plane paint bottle and blows up an anthill.
1960 - Ants die.
2008 - Homeland Security and FBI are called and Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. Teams investigate parents, siblings are removed from the home, computers are confiscated, and Johnny's dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Scenario: Johnny falls during recess and scrapes his knee. His teacher, Mary, finds him crying, and gives him a hug to comfort him.
1960 - Johnny soon feels better and goes back to playing.
2008 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy. Becomes gay.
I don't know who origninally wrote this as I found it about 100 different places when I was looking, but they hit the nail on the head. Don't you think it is all getting a little bit ridiculous???
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