Americas Diversity Dilemma
Most folks see diversity as a good thing and for the most part I do too. I am of the school though that there are areas where diversity chips away at unity. When you live in a place that is called the United States of America that can be a problem.
Rural America is part of our great heritage and exists today as a way some of us can enjoy life. It has its pro’s and cons just like living anywhere does. 911 services is one area where the rural setting offers some serious challenges and shortfalls.
The recent event that has gained national attention out of Tennessee speaks to that. I for one do not fault the fire department but I definitely fault EVERYONE else involved.
I am especially disgusted by the pundit humps that used this to denounce everything from the Tea Party crowd to libertarians to ObamaCare. I for one became guilty of that last one when making the case for personal responsibility,the hilarious point there being that the libbie I was railing against made a great case for personal responsibility in his attempts to trash me.
I lost the remaining elements of respect I had for some of my leftist friends in the blog world over this and it only took 75 bucks
There are rules
Whether you like them or not they do exist and exist for a myriad of reasons. I for one am in the dark of some of the varied points of how South Fulton TN fire service operates. The much reported dust up seems to focus on actual responses to a fire. What would have happened if the double wide trailer(for it was not a traditional “house” folks) had collapsed entrapping the residents ? What would have occurred if a truck slammed into the trailer home with a full load of fuel ? You see secondary to agenda driven media entities we may never know. I know the South Fulton and Obion County online resources have failed to shed any light on the possibles for me.Quite simply all I do know is that South Fulton has a policy to allow non South Fulton addresses to submit $75.00 annually and receive fire services.I have nothing on motor vehicle accident responses or kitties in a tree.
Along the same lines I think it right and proper to ask why anyone in the service of a given municipality should be expected to risk life and liberty for another municipality or better yet an unaligned entity. It comes off cold-hearted but many municipalities nationwide have grappled with this one. In fact a variation of the theme occurred right here in my state of MA. A volunteer firefighter died at a fire and his family was not given any compensation. there were calls for legislation after the fact but to my knowledge nothing came of it. Plain and simple the taxpayers and the spenders of their money simply draw the line at where,when and why they fund compensation. Chew on that for a while before you curse the SFFD
Church and State,I kid you not
I saw on Rutherfords blog a charge that those so-called Christians who supported the SFFD policy were hypocrites, this sent me into a red-zone state of mind for sure.Charity and discipleship has no home in 911 services in the truest sense. One may feel they are doing the Lords work or whatever but ultimately there are very mortal rules that dictate your actions and responsibilities.I know for I lived in that world for over a decade in mostly urban settings as a 911 paramedic.
The obvious added angle here is that those like Rutherford are usually front and center on their calls for secularism.
Let’s count the Christians and the Think Progress/Kos types that donate money in this shitty economy and buy the Cranicks a new trailer. If that happens which column is likely to be the best represented?
We the People
We have relatively simple decisions to make when and where we desire government. We lament when government grows by itself into the bureaucratic nightmare it is in so many places,and rightly so. We still need some level of government though and we obviously need to stay involved and vigilant when we seat one.
Unincorporated land is an excellent example of an area we need a collective rethink. Whether under the heading of resource management,environmentalism,energy procurement,education or 911 services at some level we need to get it on the books what is what in the no man lands of the USA. If we learn anything from this let it be that.