A part of the solution

Outgoing lawman reminds Augustans of sheriff's role in improving society

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Every generation that slides into the golden years seems to think the country is going to hell in a handbasket.

It’s just that this generation of seniors has legitimate reason to believe it.

Sheriff Ronnie Strength’s speech to the Augusta-Richmond County Committee for Good Government on Tuesday night, for instance, may have been his last to the group before his retirement – but it almost sounded like a goodbye to the country.

“We reap what we sow,” Strength lamented about the state of things in Augusta and America. “The old school is gone, but I was lucky enough to be part of it.”

So what is the new school?

Kids having kids, and not knowing (or perhaps caring) how to raise them, for one thing. All manner of deviance and sexual images in the entertainment media. Parents being marginalized by a society that provides kids abortion services. Drugs and selfishness. A lack of principles or discipline. Leaders who promote what the country can do for you, instead of vice versa.

Strength has seen the results of all this on the streets of Augusta. And while we’re sure the “fixer” in him – guys like to fix things – would’ve loved to have done more, he realizes the limits of law enforcement. Mindful of some of the holistic-approach promises of those seeking to succeed him, Strength cautioned, “The next sheriff is going to be elected to enforce the law, not to be a social worker.”

He’s right.

The sheriff, of course, can be part of the solution. But only a part.

Fixing what ails society requires a comprehensive approach involving parents, schools, churches, businesses, civic groups, political leaders, the media and more.

The first thing we need is an honest dialogue in this country about what is going wrong – which is, primarily, the family.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 09/17/12 - 12:46 am
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It'll be hard to fix the family

when a stunning number of us don't even know what one is.

Jon Lester
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Jon Lester 09/17/12 - 01:30 am
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You know what would be nice?

If you would just print some appreciation for the generally stronger family values that immigrants to this country bring with them, that would be great, and you might even be glad you did.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/17/12 - 06:15 am
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Chronicle Against Love?

There goes the Chronicle with a personal vendetta disrespecting those of us who only want to love each other. I’m not sure I can trust them. Loving each other has resulted in all sorts of unimaginable alliances of former enemies. We just need to get Sheriff Strength on board the love train. Love makes you overlook everything and just keep your mouth shut like I’m doing. If you have love in your heart, you will be wealthy. (Just a metaphor, I'm not really saying money has anything to do with this race.)

At the debates, I say we make it a poetry slam. I will be in the audience, wearing a beret and dark glasses, drinking hippie coffee and snapping my fingers equally hard for each candidate's poem. Roundtree slams one out in rhyme and Sanders comes back with his own iambic pentameter. What an election this is. Glad I decided to stop making biased comments about it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/17/12 - 06:42 am
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Tried to Diagram This Election

You know how you used to diagram sentences in grammar school with verbs, nouns and modifiers? If you tried to diagram this sheriff’s race the modifiers supporting a specific noun would fall apart into unintelligible letters. The same adjectives jump from one noun to another resulting in a double negative mess like a pile-up on I-20 that has the drivers ducking and readers going….huh?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 09/17/12 - 07:38 am
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Fixing societies ills requires

Unpublished

fixing evil, sinful, greedy hearts. One at a time by the power of Jesus Christ. The only hope. Always was and always will be. Following the truth that you should treat others as you would want to be treated.
"Follow peace with all men and holiness ( God's Way ) without which no man shall see God.

PC says, there is no God, no sin against God requiring repentance and forgiveness. Only flawed human mistakes forgiven by other flawed humans.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/17/12 - 08:45 am
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Oh, boy, could I write a

Oh, boy, could I write a response to this editorial. I wonder if I should? Hmmm. Maybe, I will wait awhile and see if anyone else picks up on the obvious.

Granddaddy John
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Granddaddy John 09/17/12 - 09:16 am
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Hear,Hear well said

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Hear,Hear well said

Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/17/12 - 09:22 am
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Well, Willow, I don't make

Well, Willow, I don't make serious comments about the election any more, but I'd say it's obvious the name of the OTHER person who is a law and order proponent in the old school way is missing.

harley_52
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harley_52 09/17/12 - 09:27 am
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What's Happened To The Family?

Government has been involved in a war against the family for over four decades. We pay people to break up families and keep them broken. We teach our children that fathers are unnecessary. We don't hold parents responsible for the actions of their children. We prosecute parents for disciplining their children. We allow children to sue their parents. We drug children to behave in a docile manner rather than teaching them to. We coddle and baby children into their twenties teaching them about sex and handing out condoms whether their parents like it or not.

How do we fix it? We start by dropping any government program that rewards bad behavior. We demand our elected officials become pro-family and pro-success and stop all rhetoric (and programs) aimed at encouraging government dependence and discouraging hard work, personal responsibility, and financial success. We start teaching our children that the United States of America is the most successful, compassionate, generous society the world has ever known. We return American History to the classrooms right along with reading, writing, and arithmetic demanding good performance from students and expelling those who refuse to participate as civil, responsible students. We penalize parents of minor children for the crimes of those minor children. We open orphanages to care for the children without parents, or with parents who prove themselves incapable of the task.

Can we do it? Yes.

Will we do it? I doubt it.

Plato said the two most important questions are....
1. Who will teach the children? and....
2. What will they teach them?

Government run society has been teaching them the wrong thing for nearly fifty years.

Let me summarize the problem in one word....

Liberalism.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/17/12 - 09:41 am
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Good Morning, River, that was

Good Morning, River, that was not my thoughts.
Read the subject of the editorial.

Good Morning , Harley, excellent comment. We send our offspring to be educated in Babylonia and become shocked when they return as Babylonians. The government doesn't get it.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 09/17/12 - 10:25 am
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Or perhaps. I should say the

Or perhaps. I should say the subject of the speech. Begin there.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/17/12 - 11:36 am
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Jon Lester

You made a very astute observation. When you talk to immigrants who arrived here with barely two nickels to rub together; their common chorus is they don't understand why so many native born Americans are slothful and entitled, and don't seem to care where this country is headed.
They come here and build business from scratch, with the entire family pitching in to make it work, some actually living in the place of business to save money.
It is sad to think that recent immigrants are more patriotic, law abiding, and family oriented than many native born citizens.
What has become of us?

harley_52
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harley_52 09/17/12 - 11:44 am
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"It is sad to think that recent immigrants are.....

....more patriotic, law abiding, and family oriented than many native born citizens.
What has become of us?"

Sad indeed. People are willing to leave everything behind, embark on a dangerous (and often illegal) journey into the United States because they've heard what being an American means and that America is the most successful, most generous, most compassionate society the world has ever seen.

Then, they get here and see we've become a society of weaklings and leeches. That they can do just as well by NOT working. That they can live off the wealth the government has stolen from the successful among us. That we punish success and reward bad behavior. Soon, they join the crowd and learn to expect (and demand) "free stuff" from the government and they learn to hate the successful who sometimes object to being robbed.

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specsta 09/17/12 - 04:23 pm
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The Real Problem

The Chronicle wrote - "Kids having kids, and not knowing (or perhaps caring) how to raise them, for one thing. All manner of deviance and sexual images in the entertainment media. Parents being marginalized by a society that provides kids abortion services. Drugs and selfishness. A lack of principles or discipline. Leaders who promote what the country can do for you, instead of vice versa."

Strangely absent from this list is an element that is the central core of the breakdown of our society - a culture of violence and the fact that America embraces violence, promotes it, and markets it to the masses.

The list of societal factors addressed in the Chronicle editorial are basically moral issues (sexual imagery, abortion, teen birthrates, drug use and acceptance) - but VIOLENCE encapsulates every single thing wrong with our society.

A society that accepts violence as a normal way of life - such as the rampant proliferation of handguns and rifles, violent entertainment that parents have no problem allowing their children to see, violent sports, domestic abuse, prisoner abuse, wartime torture, a retaliation mentality in waging wars across the globe - this is a society careening toward a meltdown.

When human life is not valued, where certain "undesirable" segments of our society are deemed not important, human suffering is imminent. We must look at how we treat those who are least among us - the poor, the sick, the homeless, the orphans, the imprisoned, the disabled, and those without a voice. As Dr. King wrote, " Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Children emulate behaviors they observe. When a child grows up witnessing violence in the home, in the movies, in the sports arena, etc., violence becomes a normal viewpoint. So it's no big deal to get into a fist-fight with someone. It's no big deal to pack a gun for "protection". It's no big deal to verbally abuse a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend. Because this is what these kids have learned to be a normal part of life.

As long as violence is as "American as apple pie", this society has a very dim future.

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rebellious 09/17/12 - 05:21 pm
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Agendas

What needs to be revealed are the true agendas of certain segments of the population.

While I agree each generation thinks the times have changed for the worse, I don't necessarily believe it is as bad as all that. I remember being in grammer school and having the nuclear drills, you know, get under your desk, stay away from the windows. We were in the throes of the Cold War with the USSR. People debated the wisdom of bringing children into the world. A president was asassinated virtually before our eyes. There was trash (in my Dad's words) on TV (Laugh In). The hippies with free love, police shooting at Kent State, women burning their bras and young men burning their draft cards and American flags. I remember the Augusta riots when people were killed and businesses burned. It literally seemed the world was spinning out of control.

And here we are today having the same conversations, about different societal ills, but the same conversations none the less.

The annihilation of the family unit is by design. The single mother, welfare, nanny state, abortion advocates is all designed to minimize the value of life and destroy the structure of the family.

All an individual can do is his/her little part. Raise your children right, help a neighbor out, be polite, and get involved. It is all part of a bigger picture, anyway.

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