Obviously the states have been doing a shit job of providing health care for their uninsured, poor, and dying citizens who can't get it from asshole corporations. So the Federal government should do it instead like with civil liberties, roads, Medicare, and the military.
Over and over again in “Bully,” we see adults who feel bureaucratically paralyzed, who look the other way, who are unwilling to make judgments between perpetrators and victims, or who actively condone vicious and sadistic behavior as the Darwinian natural order of childhood. In many cases you can feel considerable sympathy for these people. After all, the schools must try to educate bullies as well as victims (and the latter often turn into the former), the distinction between normal horseplay and bullying can be hard to parse, and no adult can protect a child from all possible harm.
Declaring that underage kids can’t even see this film without a grown-up to hold their hands, however, falls somewhere near the nastier end of that spectrum of indecision. With the stated goal of not offending anybody, the MPAA has essentially told the bullied teens in the movie and outside it — gay and lesbian kids, autistic kids, disabled kids, fat kids and nerds and Goths and plain old weird kids who don’t fit in — that their very existence is too upsetting for normal kids to see, and they should crawl back under their rocks.
The civilians they murder are deemed “collateral damage”. Over 90 percent of persons killed in US military “engagements” since Vietnam are, in fact, civilians. Those totals, in the case of Iraq, hover right around one million killed. Americans, by and large, are completely desensitized to what should be seen as a massive, one sided, blood bath. Americans, however, are easily programmed and will virtually fall for whatever propaganda is thrown their way. Most Americans are not able to see beyond the coordinated program of indoctrination they have received since childhood. They have been trained not to critically think; therefore they accept almost whatever messages that are methodically presented to them.
People are going to such great lengths to deny the institutionalised racism in this country. If they put half of the energy they spent denying racism into actually trying to do something about it then we would get so far.
“Academics are not the end of the world. You are not competing with anybody. You are just born to shine, not to compete with anybody except yourself. Your life is not worth a degree. Your happiness is not worth a degree. There is no time attached to what God wants you to be or who *you* want to be. Take it easy. We love you not only because of your intelligence, but because you are *you*. Take a deep breath. Go to sleep. I love you.”—
my father, after i called him at 1am sobbing from exhaustion and stress and anxiety. best if read in a broad igbo accent :)
i don’t understand why my mom can’t understand this and resorts to “fighting” even though its not really fighting if one side isn’t fighting back