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Saturday, April 24, 2004

Violence discrimination

Our culture puts too heavy a stigma on physical violence. It's the great equalizer.

When physical violence is overly penalized, other forms are allowed to take root and thrive, doing much more damage. Verbal, legal, emotional and other types of violence are given free play. Those without the intellect or money are prone to much more harrowing abuse. Unfortunately, in our fallen world, physical violence does solve just about anything. Let's take a look at a few examples.

A woman is being verbally harrassed by her husband. Constant put-downs and mind games are breaking her. The man is smart enough to avoid being liable legally, and the wife depends on his income. The children depend on both of them; she has no way out. At some point, this man needs to be straightened out. This may come in the form of a frying pan.

A man relies on his job to feed his family. Political machinations of his co-workers continue to put his livelihood in jeopardy. The boss won't listen, there is no legal route, but a well-organized sack party thrown for one of the ringleaders might make sure his kids don't sleep on the street tonight.

A small child is bullied mercilessly at school. The administration never wants to get involved. The incidents begin the spread to his neighborhood, and the parents of the offenders turn a blind eye. The child's grades are suffering deeply, and never wants to leave his room. Schedule-40 pipe can solve this problem.

Just an "an armed society is a polite society," so too is one where retribution can be given physically to non-physical acts. Of course, if possible, it should not permanently injure someone. Now, in our feminized America, the rich, the lawyers, the well-connected, and the smarter among us can run roughshod over anyone they choose, because a good healthy beating is considered the worst abuse out there. Morally, is it worse to break someone arm, or to break their spirit?

In more sane times, when a nobleman oppressed peasants, the masses tarred and feathered him, and the oppression stopped. This principle holds true for the smaller tyrannies in our life.

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