I once lamented to Rusty Osborne about how my youth basketball team did not follow instructions. He turned to me and said, "Brian, all you can do is tell them what to do, once they get out there it is up to them."
Basketball is just a game. Sports analogies are overused but they have merit. Parents can give advice and try to protect their children but eventually the child needs to learn how to play.
In life, the officials are not there for every play to call the foul. That means sometimes you have to deal with people not playing by the rules.
We all learn how to deal with people who break the rules. We learn how to adapt to things. We learn how to stay away from situations that put us in danger. That is not always enough.
My dad had a patient pull a gun on him many years ago. The patient was a drug seeker and was upset with his physicians for not giving him narcotics. He had a number of mental issues. It is a story that lingers in the thought process when you see similar patients.
Samantha Koenig has a job. She works in a coffee stand as a barista. A man who does not follow society's rules abducted her on February 1. There is no way that Ms. Koenig could have expected such a horrible thing happen to her.
There is nothing her parents or anybody else could have done to protect her on that evening. There is no advice that can keep someone from being a victim of such a crime. Samantha had no way to avoid the abductor.
People make the argument all the time that there is no way that marijuana can be stopped so why have a law against it. There may be good reasons to legalize marijuana but it is ridiculous to say it should be legal because people are going to do it. Should we not have a law against kidnapping because people are going to do it anyway?
A cop in San Antonio asked me once why I did not carry a gun when I was a victim. I am sure there are people out there who think Samantha would not have been abducted if she had been carrying. It is possible but random bullets can cause damage. Anybody remember Mason Sylvester catching a stray bullet?
Laws are necessary. Even libertarians understand that chaos is no way to live. As a society we have to accept that the laws will not always achieve their goal.
Samantha Koenig is a victim and with every passing day the fear gets greater that the outcome will not be a good one. Her father likely does not care about ACES or mandatory contraception coverage. He just wants his daughter back.
The rest of us should pause for a second and think about the society we live in. How do we create demons? And is it even possible to keep them from being created?
Health care mandates drive costs higher. The contraceptive mandate is a classic example. That is not where the radical religious right from The Palin to Rick Santorum are going though. To quote Rick Santorum, “[Sex] is supposed to be within marriage. It's supposed to be for purposes that are yes, conjugal… but also procreative. That's the perfect way that a sexual union should happen.”
Mitt Romney has been forced to turn it into a religious rights issue in his statements. All the time, the fact that Obamacare is filled with ridiculous mandates is ignored. Can we get back to the real demons please?
Barack Obama is at it again of course. He has decided people who signed on to bad loans, the equivilant of turning the ball over against a full court press, need to be saved. He has a plan to save them from themselves.
Nobody forced these people to sign on to bad loans at gunpoint. Who else are we going to save in this endless game of bailouts in DC?
Politicians want to save people from themselves. They keep passing laws trying to keep people from making mistakes. It is time to understand that you can give advice but eventually they have to play the game.
Reacting to problems does not always change them. There will always be somebody out there to break the rules. It is true whatever moral or financial beliefs you hold.
Can we really save people from themselves in a world where we cannot save them from a real demom.
Have you seen Samantha Koenig, Mr. President? How about you Mr. Santorum?