Proactive, versus Reactive Governing… it depends on where you are on the social strata. 

I sent a request to a large lobbying organization to find out if they had any information or support for ‘minor’ problems we have experienced. Despite the fact that it took me 20 minutes to formulate that short 1 paragraph, with a bulleted 2 point list of grievances, requesting ONLY if they had similar claims or concerns on record… they returned THIS automated message:

WE received your request for legal assistance. We regret to inform you, however, that we are unable to provide you with legal assistance in this matter or provide you with general legal advice. Please note, our decision should not be construed as an assessment of the relative merits of any claim you may have, but rather a reflection of the fact that we receive far more requests for legal assistance each year than we can accommodate. If you wish to pursue legal action, we urge you to retain private counsel as soon as practical. Thank you for your inquiry.

Um… never once did I request ‘legal assistance’ or a ‘claim’. I only asked a very succinct question.

There have been 2 main problems that have resurfaced in our health crisis experience. They seem very different, but the source of each is the same as what was expressed by the mailbot above. A reactive, versus a proactive grievance procedure. Just as with everything else affected by the Speed of Government, we are forced to wait, agonizing, until 1 of 2 things happen.

  1. The problem becomes so bad that it starts to affect infrastructure, or
  2. The problem reaches a tipping point of the number of people it affects negatively. The angry mob forms.

Within this governmental formula, problems can fester for so long that by the time the issue IS discovered (or considered a problem) by someone capable of doing something, it’s like one of those beasts from classical mythology, wreaking havoc and terrorizing all who venture near.

Those 2 main problems have been:

  1. A school lunch period that is woefully short. It is only 20 to 25 minutes long, depending on the school district. And this includes getting to the lunch room and in-the-line time.
  2. A medical establishment that is ramping up to remove the rights of the patients in their care.

What’s frustrating, is that these two issues have so much collateral damage, occurring right now. And when I talk to people, or try to, even if they do agree with me, they get a faraway look in their eyes that says, “Well, what’re we gonna’ do?” Implying that we’re ‘nobody’ and we are powerless to change it.

I would list a slew of recent articles, in the past few years, regarding the childhood obesity epidemic. Yes, there are a lot of factors involved, but I tell you from experience that having a longer lunch (and thus reducing the expectation that food should be able to be shoveled down your throat in 20 minutes or less) would change children’s behavior, attitude, and expectations regarding food. This would pave the way for everything else.

As far as the medical establishment that is threatening to become a tyrannous regime, 4 of the 5 parameters are in place to do that:

  1. Doctors and hospitals allowed to be courted by pharmaceutical companies.
  2. Pharmaceutical companies allowed to provide their own research to prove efficacy and safety to the FDA.
  3. Insurance companies that are allowed to decide and enforce what the doctor can/cannot prescribe as far as medicines and treatments.
  5. —————————

I will leave you to guess what number 5 is…