All the news I wish to print

There are all kinds of stories out there. Some will make you laugh, some will make you cry. Some will make you shrug, some will make you scream. Read any daily paper or listen to any newscast and your emotions can go from happy to sad to disbelief to fear to incredulity to horror to anger in very short order.
As we go along, there will be stories, as Paul Harvey used to say, to "wash your ears out with." There will be others that will make you feel like you need to be deloused simply by virtue of have in heard or read them. Some posts will be religious, some secular and for some I expect will defy easy classification in either category. I hope you will join me in this journey and pleas feel free to comment along the way.
For my part I pledge not to remove any posts unless they are vulgar, libelous, threatening or otherwise in violation of the standards of civil discussion. I will not remove any post simply because I disagree with it but I will reserve the right to respond to any challenges that come my way.
God bless you and welome to my blog.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Visit your parents, or else!

China has passed a rather unusual law recently concerning the treatment of it's elderly requiring young people to visit their parents "often". It doesn't seem to quantify just what "often" is but they also granted the elderly a new avenue for redress by allowing them to sue their children for neglect. Since what constitutes "often" was left deliberately vague the only way to avoid running afoul of the is to truly visit one's parents...well...often! 

It might seem odd that such a militaristic police state should be concerned with such mundane issues like elder care but there is an important self serving aspect of the government action here.For over fifty years China has had in place a strict one child per couple policy which was achieved through birth control, sterilization and, when that failed, mandatory or even forced abortions. This policy had the desired effect in the short term of slowing the explosive growth in the Chinese population. But moral abomination such as this policy often yields what is perceived as a short term benefit while the consequences, while they may be slow in coming, are far more destructive than what was posed by the original problem. We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg of consequences that China is running up against now as many, many people will enter old age with no children to care for them and a government totally unprepared to take up the slack. The lesson should not be lost on us. A culture of death cannot survive for very long without suffering the consequences of its morally outrageous behavior.



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