By Susan Hamilton
We’ve had a lot happen in the last few weeks. It’s already got conservatives and liberals in an uproar. Between arguing gun control, gay rights and the Affordable Healthcare Act, no one stopped to consider all the garbage that would be included in any of it. These days, no bill is passed without a mountain of crap laden into it. It’s a shell game.
When I went to my first rally in Austin last November, I was there supporting TIFA (Texas Inmates Family Association.) If anyone in your family has ever been blatantly lied about and facts ignored in the courtroom, you realize charges that fit the crime and favorable rulings are for people who can afford to pay BIG. What passes for DNA evidence is crap, too. DNA ‘proof’ necessary to damage a reputation forever has only to prove forensics can’t rule out the person charged. What passes for guilt in MANY sexual offense cases would also convict 1 out of every 3 people sitting in the courtroom. It should take more than that, don’t you think? Yet we parade the faces of those who are merely charged, not convicted, across the news screen as though we’re doing our community some favor. Those people have families. But clearly, we’re guilty in America until proven innocent.
We let fear, arrogance and mainstream media define our stances and avoid the real conversations. After the rally, we went in to meet any legislators who represented our areas who were still on the floor. I met a young lady who told me, “Yes, I actually write the criminal justice legislation. But then we hand it off to database companies who plug it into existing code.” A light bulb went off for me. I realized that this is what we had done with ALL the legislation regarding health care, Veteran’s Administration, criminal and tax codes!
It’s time to be BOLD. We’ve created a cobweb of laws no judge can understand. MORE legislation is NOT the answer. Until we agree to take a hatchet to about 70% of the flagrantly ridiculous written into our codes, we’re fooling ourselves if we think ‘there oughta be a law’ about anything more. We don’t know what’s in there right NOW.
A group of people sat down and decided to enact a ‘use’ tax. Why didn’t we stand up and say, “WHAT?” Most of our toll roads have been paid for for years, but another country receives the dividends and THEY never have to prove THEIR accuracy, charging insane amounts for you to get across town. What business can come back to you after 6 months and say, “Oops, we forgot to charge you $1.25 on your automatically deducted tolltag bill, so we’re now going to charge you a higher rate and you have to pay or have exorbitant late fees adding to your debt.” The tolltag authority, that’s who. And THAT’S legal?
Friends, we’re too busy and we’re not paying attention. Traditional news media has become propaganda. If we don’t have a strong position of influence and authority online and in our communities, we’re not taken seriously by anyone. My call to action for you is to find out how YOU can master your business digital presence. Make sure your opinion makes sense in regards to the REAL issues and that it MATTERS. NOT on your Facebook news feed or in your particular Twitterverse. Only YOU can make your business influence strong.
Decide if you are out to draw a line in the moral sand or if you are willing to stand up to those who define us in code. Power to the people, people. (That’s US.) ~ Susan