"So," they say, "nobody's perfect!"
But the Vinedresser won't buy that.
Given the opportunity, He will trim the unproductive suckers and shape the branches so each one will bask in Sonlight.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Domestic Abuse: Sickness or Cure?

Horror stories abound, both involving people abusing other people of all sizes and vulnerabilities, and society's attempts at preventing it. Domestic abuse is as old as humanity and will continue until God pulls the plug. Child abuse is just one manifestation of the problem, but it is the most heart-breaking. Enter The Authorities. Government, with the best of intentions, undertakes remedies guided by all the best and brightest theoreticians academia can muster, locks their sparkling-new modalities in place with the power of administrative fiat, then institutionalizes their infallible solutions as if enacted by the Voice of God. Enforcement is another issue. Thousands of bureaucrats join the government dole, each one dedicated to their job security. Most of them believe to their very marrow that society will survive only when all parental rights are subjugated to their inerrant judgment. God help us all.

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