Op-Ed: The first step to a new and brighter future

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Op-ed by I.E. Bloom

This week, Anaheim, California, saw an off-duty police officer first brandish, then shoot without aim a firearm when in the midst of a mob of teens, presumably, on their way home from school via his yard.

Details have yet to emerge about what led to the altercation, but from live video shot on phone cameras, it appears the teens, the cop, and neighbors were all familiar with one another and that the cop had warned the group to stay off of his lawn.

While many were quick to jump to conclusions, railing that the cop was in the wrong to use a weapon as a threat, we need to ask ourselves how far we are willing to let the mob mentality of out-of-control youth go these days.

Look closer at the myriad protests lining our city streets and the riots we watch in horror and you will see, primarily, the faces of young people.

Add to this the protection which judges, teachers, law enforcement, and even churches give to families breaking our laws by living here illegally, and it would seem youth have no sense of boundaries being taught by anyone.

“Where do kids get the gall to do this?” asks psychologist and Sirius XM radio host Dr. Laura Schlessinger, about kids today. Her answer: “From everything around them!”

Watch “reality” television. It’s all about being mean and out of control … Watch music videos and listen to mean/hostile lyrics with out-of-control sexually aggressive scenes. What happened to the heartsick love songs of the 1950s?

Watch television or listen to most radio with people shouting angrily at each other, accusing each other of racism and such simply for having a different opinion or point of view. Dominating people by humiliation is what we do for entertainment in our society.

“Lord of the Flies”-type behavior from our children should not be a surprise. What is a surprise is that adults and parents stand by, afraid of their own children and handcuffed by political correctness, where vile behavior now becomes protected speech.

What are we, as adults, going to do about this, America? It seems that a few generations ago the ball was dropped after so many gave so much for the future of our nation. Now, that mission must begin with us again, because, like it or not, we are being watched and we are being emulated.

The first step to a new and brighter future would seem to have taken place on Jan. 20. But, the president can’t do his job unless we are standing with him, addressing what needs to be addressed, in our everyday lives. That starts with conversations around the dinner table and when driving kids home from school.

Soon, people across America will be gathering to show support for not only our president and his administration but the youth among us, who desperately need strong, positive role models.

For the sake of them, let’s stand together, create those boundaries, abide by those laws, and teach that history — still in the making — the way it needs to be taught. The truth-telling and effort of all Americans is needed now, perhaps, more than ever.

Will you join the movement?

I.E. Bloom is DML’s website editor 

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