I wanted to write about my disgust that the new five-year strategic plan released by Acting CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney represents what I call the “worst that government has to offer” – in that he’s now seized control of the one agency that was really helping consumers and has made sure it will do absolutely nothing to protect them in the future. Yes – it’s a “sell-out” of the American Consumer – and it stinks. But this sell-out does not even touch on the total failure demonstrated by the murder of 17 students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland.
I’m hoping you’re asking, “whose failure?” My answer is that it is our failure. Not the government, not the GOP, not the NRA, not Congress, not Trump. “Our “ means “Us”: you, me, and every parent of every child in America. The day we bring a child into this world, we are bound by a universal truth and obligation to love and protect them. They are the innocents. We introduce them to this world, raise them, and we protect them – through their childhood and after – as best we can. It’s not an American thing, it’s a universal obligation that began with Adam and Eve and must endure for mankind.
When I watch the news and hear the anguish of the parents who lost their children, I become teary-eyed, thinking, “What if it were my child? Our High School?” How would I go on? How could my family and I survive such a devastating loss? Parkland is no different than Farmington Hills, Canton, Rochester . . . The demented psychotic animals are here as well as there. We cannot fulfill our sacred obligation to protect our children by relying on random luck that a murderous rage won’t be bestowed upon our children at school. But this is precisely what we are doing and have been doing since Columbine – April 20, 1999. Throughout our land, every parent of every child is shirking their sacred obligation to protect their children and instead relying on the luck of the draw. The neglect has already tallied 18 years. EIGHTEEN YEARS!
I understand the rage and share it. Yes, we can complain about the ineptitude of Congress, the insane fiscal hold the NRA has on our elected officials, and the pathetic manner in which our President “tweets” about matters that deserve respect and passion for those who have lost their children and loved ones. But complaining does not change things. Every parent in America has to step up and demand change. It is your obligation to protect your children. You can’t pass the buck by blaming the others. We must all make a commitment and put all of our elected officials on notice: “Implement laws to protect our children at school within 60 days or face impeachment and certain defeat in any future elections.” For now, let’s not debate the mix of the laws needed to be passed. We can leave that to the lawmakers. We must crawl before we walk and that begins with action. Write your elected officials – City, State, and Federal. Post the demand on Facebook and all Social Media. Use your words and passion – or if it’s easier, try this:
I DEMAND THAT YOU PASS LAWS WITHIN 60 DAYS TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AT SCHOOL. YOU ARE PREVENTING ME FROM FULFILLING MY SACRED DUTY TO PROTECT MY CHILDREN AND YOU ARE FAILING IN YOUR DUTY TO YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR OATH AS A PUBLIC SERVANT. IF YOU ARE NOT A CO-SPONSOR OF A BILL TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN WE DEMAND YOUR RESIGNATION AND WILL SEEK TO IMPEACH YOU OR PREVENT YOU FROM FURTHER PUBLIC SERVICE. WE WILL NOT STAND BY AND FAIL OUR CHILDREN BY ALLOWING THEM TO BE MURDERED AT SCHOOL. YOU HAVE 60 DAYS.
Perhaps if millions of parents put everyone on notice – we could succeed. I believe it’s our responsibility, do you?